Thursday, May 22, 2014

17 Month Update

Happy 17 months!
You have a personality like none other. You are so energetic, expressive and full of spunk. You keep us on our toes for sure, but we wouldn't trade your craziness for anything!

Your biggest milestone is all of the words you are saying. You've caught on to two-syllable words now and can repeat almost every word we say! Your favorites right now are George (Curious George), stroller, hammer, and outside. 

Last week, you were coloring in your coloring book and you pointed to a heart and said heart! I had no idea you were able to catch on and make the connection with shapes like that. So now I'm teaching you even more! I love it! We have also taught you several words in Spanish and you know about 15 words now!

Oh, and I can't forget how quickly you have learned to use an Ipad. The little girl I nanny for has an Ipad and you can already navigate that thing better than I can! Just look at you!

You are also in the stage of life where you like to "help" with everything. And I mean everything! You like to help me unfold all the laundry, spread my piles of swept dirt back around the room etc... Even though at times, it's hard for me to be patient, I know I will miss these days of you being my helper:) I love it when you walk up to me and say in your baby voice heper which of course means helper. 
You especially love to help me nanny and feed the baby!

To say you love to eat is an understatement. You ask if you can eat almost every hour of the day. Now when we lay you down in your crib at night, you tell us you want to eat as well. 
Girl, you love your food, just like your mama!

The other day I got you a little cup of sherbet while we were out for a walk and you were as happy as a clam! Just look at that cheesin'!

You are still sleeping through the night most nights, which is great! Lately you have been waking up at like 3AM saying you want to eat. What's up with that? You've also been saying you want to eat every time we put you down for a nap or to bed. I think you're being sneaky but I always give you a snack or something to make sure I'm not putting you to bed hungry.

The teething monster is back again! You have 12 teeth and are currently cutting your eye teeth which seems to be very painful and makes you pretty cranky some days! I can't wait for them to pop through so you can be back to your happy self :) 

Potty Training
We put a pause on potty training for this month. We've been running around so much, it just wasn't working. We will start back up when you express interest. Although I'm exited about the prospect of no diapers, I'm not in a hurry!

We have had so much rain the past month it has turned parts of our garden into a muddy soup which I hate, but you love! We were walking outside after the rain and I was trying to keep you clean (imagine that!). I finally gave up and let you splash in the mud. It was a one year old's dream come true, I'm sure.

Until you got stuck in the mud and needed your dad to come rescue you!

One evening while your daddy was fishing, we took a walk along the river front with our friend Kristyn. I love watching you be fascinated by new things!

I know I will miss your incessant "no" as a response for everything so I have it captured as a lasting memory!

You still love babies, but being gentle is definitely not one of your strong points. You love giving hugs and kisses and "taking good care of" your baby friends!

You had your first movie and popcorn night with dad watching Curious George, your favorite show. 

 You and your cousin Madison have so much fun playing and fighting together! Even if you don't always get along, the two of you are so adorable together!

You have been a little trooper this month as we have been so busy getting our garden planted, and running around all sorts of places for doctor's visits and other errands. I couldn't help but capture this cute little post from the back seat of the car!

 For our 3rd wedding anniversary we took a little trip together. We had been planning on camping that weekend but Jimmy's great grandma passed away so we headed out earlier in the week for her memorial service and funeral. We decided to take a pit stop in Chicago since neither of us had ever been there and we had a blast at Lake Michigan beach and in the city! You can read all about our trip here

You loved the view from the top of Willis Tower!
 And your crazy dad took you out on the glass floor making mom very nervous!

My sweet daughter, 
This month has had it's challenging moments as you are learning to be more and more independent. At the end of the day, your hugs, kisses and cuddles make all the tough stuff worth it 10x over. It's amazing to see how quickly you learn things we teach you and sweet to watch how you love to mimic your mom and dad. We pray that we could be good examples to you in how to live your life and bring God glory. You have taught us so much just in your 17 months of life here on earth.!
Sometimes I look at your sweet face and have such an intense feeling of love and gratefulness to God for blessing me with you. You are special and we love you so much. Don't ever forget that!
Love, your mama

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  1. Wow! I especially like when she got stuck in the mud!

  2. What a sweet child of God! :) Bless her heart and may she continue to bring you joy and growth. =D

  3. My son loves George too! I never thought he would, but it's his favorite show. It always keeps him super interested. I love the picture of her in the mud! Getting messy is fun!

  4. Happy 17 month birthday :) such a sweet girl!!!


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