So I planned to write a 15 month post...instead of racking my mommy brain for what was happening a month ago Ill just write a 16 month post. :)
A LOT has changed since my 1 year post. (I realize I only posted it a week or so ago but I actually wrote it when she turned 1...) There is no denying it now, Amelia is a TODDLER. She has her own personality, she can communicate...for the most part and she is a blast(and a handful!).
She has so many words now. Many that anyone could understand and a lot more that aren't exactly right but we know exactly what she means. On top of the words she knows she will try to say any word you ask her to and most of the time its pretty close if not right on. New words and phrases since 1 year include: No, eat, more, hi, bye bye, ball, baby, paci (she doesn't use one but her baby doll has one), please (sounds like peeeeeees, so cute), thank you (almost always used appropriately),"nye nye" (night night), love you, na-na-na (banana), black bean, blueberry (sometimes it comes out clear), are you? (said when looking for someone, like "where are you?"), shoe, sock, snack and orange. It seems like every day she says a new word, I know I am forgetting some. They aren't all perfect but she works so hard. She can also sign a handful of things including: milk, sleep, eat, more, all done and baby.
She has recently started "singing" her ABC's. Her current favorite book is "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" (thanks Aunt Abby) and the last page is the alphabet and we always sing it to her and lately she has randomly started signing it to us. Its obviously not quite there yet but the tune is right and she gets the occasional letter right so we just keep doing it with her. She will have it down in no time!
You would think with all these words communication wouldn't be a problem but it is. She has started throwing TANTRUMS. Who knew the "Terrible Twos" actually started at 16 months? Amelia is still overall a happy child but sometimes she flips the switch and screeches! Sometimes it happens in a grocery store...its not pretty! Hopefully this won't last until she is 3...
Happy for the moment with Mommy's sunglasses...this only works for so long...
Along with her tantrums she has also started refusing to eat things we give her. This causes me high levels of anxiety. She used to basically eat anything we gave her but no more! Everyone assures me this is very normal for this age but it stresses me out none the less! Again...I'm just hoping this doesn't last for years...
Working on our spoon skills
Amelia LOVES Baby dolls! She has a cabbage patch doll from Nana, a Bitty Baby from Aunt Sarah and sleepy Baby that Great Grandma Beck gave her before she born. She is never without one of these babies! If for some reason she puts baby down she will run around the room shouting BABY until she finds her and then is very happy once baby is back in her arms. If it were up to her Baby would go everywhere that we go.
I mentioned that Amelia says "nye nye" when going to bed. She also uses this to communicate to us when she is tired. Its quite amazing. When Amelia is ready for a nap or to go to bed for the night she grabs baby, heads to her door and says "nye nye." We are very blessed to (usually)have no trouble putting her down. Sometimes Amelia plays "nye nye", she will put her head down on the couch or on my shoulder and say "nye nye" but then immediately pops back up, smiles and runs off. We can usually tell the difference between real "nye nye" and play "nye nye."
Speaking of naps. We are in a bit of a transitional period. Some days Amelia clearly needs a morning nap and others she is fine staying up and playing and taking one nap in the mid day. Most times she skips morning nap we are out and about so she is distracted. If we are home she almost always takes a morning nap. Nap lengths vary day to day...she has never been consistent with that. Oh well!
Amelia LOVES: opening and closing doors, walking Elle, taking lids off things and putting them back on, phones (or making everything into a phone), reading books (by herself and with Mommy and Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa and strangers...lol), snacks, play dates.
Our new besties Shannon and Aiden
Amelia HATES: being washed during bath time, she loves playing in the bath but as soon as I bring out the washcloth she freaks out until I'm done. Same story with diaper changes, she freaks while I clean her up but is fine the minute I put the wipe away, not immediately getting what she wants...
Weight: right around 22 pounds according to a recent doctor visit, no idea on height
So many teeth, at least 12, working on Eye teeth
Clothes: Mostly 18 month with a few 12 Month and a few 24 Month/2T
Diapers: Size 4 and some cloth
Nursing: done! (full update to come!)
Our little baby is a toddler and is growing up every day. Eric reminded me the other night just how quickly its happening...I told him to stop! :)