TGIF!! I'm taking a short break from my usual Five on Friday today for a monthly update on Waverly Maye. Her nineteen month birthday (am I allowed to call it that?!) was on Wednesday which makes it official, we are now closer to TWO than one!! She has changed so much in the last few weeks, which I hope makes it at least halfway socially acceptable that I still continue to do these posts each month. ;)
Stats: 30 inches & 24 pounds. At Waverly's 18 month appointment a couple of weeks ago, her pediatrician confirmed a few things ... (1) her development is right where it should be!!, (2) she is as active as they come & (3) she is starting to look like mama!!!! :) We really do love going to see Waverly's doctor & are so thankful to have one we trust. As far as clothing, Waverly is still wearing mostly 12-18 month clothes & we are so excited to be stocking up on lots of pieces for spring! So excited that we are already getting some use out of many of the dresses by pairing them with thick tights & boots.
Favorite Words & Other Milestones: In many cases, we have moved on from words to phrases & it is so impressive! Her favorite phrase is "what's that?" anytime anything random is ever on the floor as she picks it up to hand to me, even a little piece of fuzz. My OCD ways really love that about her. :) This week, she has started to attach "go" to some of her favorite words, like "outside, go" "dada, go" & also has decided to combine mama & dada for "ma-da". Without a doubt, her most used word is "Sam" for her favorite cousin, he is 7, as wild as her & they are the best of friends.
She continues to amaze me & I really think she is way smarter than we give her credit for! The other day I showed her a picture of our entire huge extended family & she could point out every single person. And the smartest, she now associates products with people ALL of the time ... for example, anytime she sees a diet coke, she says glamma, a coffee, she says mama, & a bud light immediately gets a dada. Yep, that's about right & we should probably be getting our act together right about now.
Favorite Foods: Her appetite is all over the place right now, just when we think we have found something she will eat, we make enough to feed a small army & then she won't touch it. I really think she just gets bored & wants new tastes all of the time. Either that or she just wants to laugh at us as we cook everything in the pantry each night like a couple of idiots trying to get our kid to eat. It's probably that & yes, we are those parents.
Favorite Activities: SO many right now, Waverly is the most fun!! Puzzles, board books, & animal flash cards can keep us occupied for hours, I love that I can really tell a difference in how much she progresses literally by the day. Other favorites include anything involved with being outside, hanging with the dog, playing with jewelry or shoes, & watching Sesame Street while dancing to the songs.
I've really tried to change my whole mindset with our everyday since I have noticed that she is more interested in helping me with daily activities lately. I have been incorporating her into everything I can, from mixing up dough for cookies or sweeping the kitchen (that either makes me a really good mom or a really lazy one, not sure which?!). She really does love to help, everything takes longer but is more fun & (many, not all) meltdowns have been eliminated this way.
Favorite Things: A typical girl, she loves her babies SO much. We definitely have chosen a favorite baby & she has red hair ... Waverly sleeps with her, the baby's blanket & the baby's diaper each night & asks for her the minute we walk in the door. And if you are really wondering, the baby eats with us most nights (like literally, we set her next to us with a chip on her lap) & although Waverly has fought many times to have her in the bath with her, we have finally worked out a deal where she sits on the sink & watches. :)
Her obsession with anything with buckles remains, so she still uses her buckle bear on a daily basis as well her baby stroller, car seat straps & any of our other "riding" toys for that reason mainly. And not sure what this means, but she likes to carry the butt paste bottle around at all times. Hmm.
Least Favorite Activities: A happy afternoon can take a terrible turn if Waverly falls or slips, she usually isn't hurt at all but gets really, really mad at the ground, floor, wall ... whatever got in her way. My natural instinct is of course to scoop her up & love all over her, but at that point, Waverly wants NO attention & we have learned to step away while letting her work it out. Miss Independent will also say no to help with her shoes, opening her sippy cup or snacks lately, apparently this whole year & a half thing is starting to get to her head. ;)
Other "little things" about Waverly Maye that I just never want to forget ...
She has her own rocking chair (a smaller version of the one I rock her in) & lately at least once a day, will go sit in it while rocking back & forth, singing in a sweet, high-pitched voice, just like I do to her each night. Melt my heart.
She is obsessed with our dog (an understatement) & kisses him at least fifty times a day. I'm pretty sure that he is at his highest weight of all-time since she feeds him so much & she also think anything & everything he does is hilarious (she especially loves putting her necklaces on him).
Back to her baby, she gets really, really upset if her baby's head is turned to the side & not completely straight forward. She immediately says uh-oh & I know to fix it back, but my poor dad had a rough night a couple of weeks ago when it was on wrong & she repeated uh-oh all night long while desperately holding her baby. He didn't know what to do, she didn't know why on earth he wouldn't know that ... I felt bad for both of them.
I really love this age so, so, so much. She makes every day better than the last & I constantly find myself closing my eyes after seeing her do the cutest thing to make sure I never, ever forget it. I'm obsessed & amazed at how I could possibly love her more everyday. And then the next day, I do.
Happy 19 months, Waverly Maye. We love you to the moon.