So, today the chickpea is 17 months old. Here's Elle right now...
Elle loves birds. Might be a little obsessed with birds. When she sees a bird (or an airplane) she points and says "bod bod bod bod" over and over.
Has become quite the parrot when it comes to repeating words. This means I have to be careful what I say, especially when they are single syllable exclamations (use your imagination). We are working on her saying chickpea banana, but so far we just have the nana part. This used to be mamana.
Will one minute scream when I lie her down in the bath to rinse her hair and the next minute dunk herself. While still screaming. I sometimes can't tell if the screaming is for fun or in protest. Ours is not a quiet household so I can never be sure.
Has started to request bows for her hair. Same with the birds except it's "bow bow bow bow"
As soon as we go out the back door to leave for somewhere she says "ball ball ball ball ball" because she knows there's a soccer ball and tennis ball in the grass that she loves to play with.
Belly button is behbuh. Baby is baybay. Bye bye is bay bay. Balloon is bao. Now I understand why only parents can understand their own children's babbling. Uppa is both up and down and open. Eat is eat and light.
Notice the love for B words? In the grocery store the other day she was pointing up saying bah bah bah. Turns out there was a cut-out of a sheep on the wall. Yup, a sheep says bahhhh. A cow says moo. Kitty cat says mee. Doggy says ruh. Though she won't do any of these on command. Ohhhhh no!
She doesn't need toys as one of her favorite things to do is take the items from the bottom shelf of the fridge and move them all over the kitchen. She's also fond of pulling out snacks from the pantry and holding them up for me saying "Mo mo mo mo mo" (more). It's especially cute when she does the ASL for "more," which I think in her mind just means "want."
She does have a few toys that she thinks are funny, but mostly she's not interested. She'd rather pour her puff snacks into one bowl, and then move them to another bowl, and then to another, and then back into the container.
Though every day when I pick her up from school she looks around the classroom for something that she can bring and show me. Every day.
No reciprocal hugs or kisses for mommy yet but she'll give me eskimo kisses. She also thinks butterfly kisses are the funniest.
She still sucks her thumb when she gets hold of her blankie but will also occasionally suck her thumb without when she's really tired. It's always strange to me that she doesn't really suck her thumb when she's upset and without her blankie.
Elle will be so proud of something and get the biggest grin and clap her hands together while she says "yay." Not yay as an exclamation but yay as a statement.
Has become quite the picky eater and will love something one day and refuse it the next but then love it again the next go round. It's frustrating and I'm really not sure how to handle when it seems to be mostly mood related. I hate the idea of having to cater to her tastes but also realize that this is probably typical?
Is so silly. And so serious. And doesn't miss a single beat.
Elle is down to one nap a day. This is tricky as she still gets kind of grumpy around 10:30-11ish but we try to stay busy. When on a two nap schedule, though, her first nap was too long and the second not long enough leaving her really grumpy in the evenings. Plus she's been on one nap schedule at school for almost five months!
Toddler radio is a new discover and while Elle never did the bounce dance that so many babies do, she does her own little groove when there's music playing—usually this involves her shaking her arms or bopping her head.
Elle loves to find her belly button, head, and nose. Also mommy's belly button and nose. Finding nose usually involves sticking her little finger up the nose.
Cries whenever daddy leaves the room.
Grabs my hand to walk me to wherever she wants to go or to whatever she wants to show me.
Nestles her little head into the crook of my neck when I hold her. My favorite.
Never ever a dull moment. Never ever. But that's how we like it.
I'm in total denial that next month she'll be eighteen months.