Hailey turned 16 months old yesterday. 16 months is pretty big because now when strangers ask her age, they look at me funny when I say her age in months. I figure I’ll quit saying months when she’s two years old because I don’t want to be like the person I met who told me her child was 39 months old. I can’t do that kind of math on the spot!
Anyways, what is going on around here? Pigtails.
I can’t get enough. I love her little hairstyles (and the fact that she still hasn’t had a haircut and I can’t tell you if she’ll have one anytime soon), but my favorite is Hailey in the mornings. Messy hair, sleepy eyes and big hugs. She wakes up around 7:45 or 8:00 and will play quietly in her crib for a looong time if I need her to, but I usually grab her at 8:00. She’ll rub her eyes, throw her pacis down and reach for me. After a big hug, she pulls back and like clock work says Ba-Nah-na?
When she is hungry she holds onto her chair, begging to get in. She uses a spoon now, quite well, and is clearly proud of herself. I’m sure it has nothing to do with my enthusiastic applause every time she successfully gets a bite I her mouth.
I’ve decided to only count words when she uses in context, so she says dada, banana, ball, hi, no and Koda. She has said ‘up’ a couple times. She can moo when I say cow and ruff ruff when I say dog. Out of context she says every word there is. Babble babble babble.
Her non-word communication skills are pretty fun. She understands everything. I can ask for a book and she will bring it to me, she’ll follow me when I ask her to, she’ll shrug her shoulders and raise her hands to say I don’t know or what happened, she throws her hands up for SO big, claps her hands when ‘if you’re happy and you know it’ plays, rolls her arms in circles when the ‘wheels on the bus go round and round’, she blows kisses, gives high fives, can point out my nose and eyes, shows us her tummy when we ask (and sometimes when we don’t) and flaps hers arms like a chicken when we say eat more chicken (yes, cousin Alex, we stole that one ).
Basically, she’s funny.
I wouldn’t call her strongly independent, but the girl is a lover. She doesn’t cry when I drop her at gym day care, but she adopts one of the ladies each day as her own and won’t let them out of her sight. She likes to be held or have them sit right next to her when she plays. In fact, I almost fell to the floor in amazement when I went to pick her up and she was actually sitting by herself at the table. I had to snap a picture of my BIG girl.
Our days are so busy now and there is no hope of me doing anything while Hailey is awake except to focus on Hailey. We color a lot.
We tried to paint, but I think I have a neat freak on my hands. Not only does she like to line things up in perfect rows, she does not like to get her hands messy!
Luckily Koda helps a lot with the entertainment. Hailey loves chasing her and grabbing her tail. Koda loves rolling on the floor and licking Hailey’s face while she giggles. They are quite the duo.
I’m hopeful that Hailey inherited some of Mema’s musical talent because she has become quite fond of the piano.
She actually sits and pushes the keys, without banging on them.
At least it’s another thing to do to keep us busy! Busy is certainly the toddler theme word. It’s a lot of fun, but there are definitely days I am exhausted by 4pm and kick toys into a pile rather than trying to pick them up.
What else am I forgetting? She naps once a day, usually 12-2. She goes to bed at 7:00 on the dot. She can open doors. She sometimes throws tantrums. She likes to help put on her socks and shoes. She’ll actually sit and try to push her foot into the shoe by herself.
Too many details? I’m turning into that mom that thinks everything their child does is noteworthy, aren’t I?
Even when she sleeps, I’m busy snapping pictures.
At her 15 month appointment she weighed 22 lbs (40%) and was 31” tall (75%). Healthy girl. She wears a size 4 diaper and most clothing is 12-18 months.
On a daily basis she runs to me, smiling, and buries her head in my leg and giggles. When she does that I feel like my heart could explode.
Let the adventure continue!