Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Rose-18 Months

Of course this is late (in fact, this started as a 15 month update then time became what it was). Turns out-having 2 toddlers (and in a pandemic!) is hard! But here is an update on our sweet Rosie Pose. She's growing up so fast!

Date: 18 months on August 20, 2021

Height: 31.3 inches, as of August 26 doctor's appointment. 

Weight: 24 lbs. 1.5 oz. (as of most recent appointment)

Sleeping Pattern: Rose transitioned to 1 nap shortly after she turned one and it's settled into a pretty good routine. She starts getting ready around 12:30pm and is usually down in her crib (and usually asleep) by 12:40. The ideal is for her to nap for about 2 hours but it's a complete question on any day how long she will sleep (she keeps teething so that makes for some bad nap days). She always just goes to bed early however long she was shy of 2 hours for her nap (so if she sleeps 1.5 hours for her nap then she goes to bed 30 minutes early). Bedtime's ideal is to start at 7pm but it's usually earlier than that because of the naps not making it to 2 hours (recently we've started doing 6:30 as the earliest her bedtime would start.) But once she's down she usually sleeps fine all night until morning.

Eating Habits: Up until July we were still doing 2 nursing sessions-morning and night. Mostly so that I could potentially give some antibodies to Rose since I got fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in May. A couple weeks ago, though, I fully weaned her off (and she was absolutely ready for it, she didn't mind at all lol. It probably was more emotional for me than for her.) Rose also eats 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and 1 post nap snack. She's still a really great eater overall, though definitely more selective than she used to be. Meat doesn't seem to be her favorite, though she'll eat some. She really loves guacamole, carbs, fruit, Indian food, beans, and most vegetables. Every day is different on what she's going to want to eat and how much but she's pretty easy actually. I'm usually fairly confident she'll eat some of most things offered to her. And now that she can communicate better she'll tell me us if she wants more or is all done or pretty much just anything since she just fully talks now lol. 

Development & Firsts: A LOT has happened since lady turned 1. Rose now has 12 teeth (3/7 she got her top left lateral incisor, 4/19 she got her top right later incisor, sometime in May her top left 1 year molar cut through, 6/4ish she got her bottom right 1 year molar, 6/6ish her bottom left lateral incisor, 6/25ish her other 2 molars, and 7/16 right lateral incisor). Lots of teething has been happening (and still is-those canines haven't come through yet!) Rose started walking in earnest like right after she turned 1 and now just walks and runs (usually chasing James) everywhere. She also tries really hard to jump but, so far, no luck lol. She loves to dance and twirl (usually until she gets dizzy and needs to sit). She can play on her own now and frequently likes to yell "hide!" and hide in the play teepee we have, or "build" and build with blocks. She pretty much wants to do everything the rest of us do-which results in her picking a lot of things up very quickly, and also being entirely too influenced by her brother's antics at times. She drinks out of an open cup, uses utensils to eat, runs and gets shoes and tries to put them on when we go outside, tries (and sometimes somewhat succeeds) to put her clothes on, puts headbands on, looks at books as if she's reading them, puts things away (while saying "put away!"), tries to help clean, etc. Communication is just fully there at this point-I'll get into it more in the talking section but she's saying more and more words every day and comprehends everything and can communicate and respond. She'll do what you ask her to do and ask for what she wants and answer when you ask her questions. And potty training snuck up on me. Around 15 months she started asking to go to the potty (even taking herself to it/taking her own diaper off) and so we started letting her use it when she asked and that eventually evolved into using it before her naps and bedtime too. We started potty training her for real not long after she turned 18 months and she's been doing really well!

Mischief:  So Rose isn't really mischievous but sometimes I think she looks mischievous because even if she does something she shouldn't she just is perpetually pleased and pleasant and smiley so it seems like mischief buuut she's not usually big on doing things for which people will get upset. She may think something is a game at first but if she knows you're unhappy then she tends to get unhappy. Most of the time it's either her exploring (aka getting into) everything or imitating something her brother did. She does make a lot of loud yells and noises too and of course when she's mad she will scream and tantrum it up also. She'll also frequently respond to questions (usually about if she has to go potty) with, "Me? Noo." She is absolutely assertive and full of emotions-but mischief isn't the big one lol. 

Cuteness: All the things that have always made Rose a cutie remain true-she's just a sweet and snuggly and affectionate little dumpling. She is definitely looking and acting more like a toddler than a baby (*sob*) but I so so love this age. It's so much fun and so adorable. Rose has such a fun and silly sunshiney personality. She's always talking and singing and exclaiming things like "ta da!" She's even started making up her own songs ("little baby dodo in the skyyyy!") and emphatically demanding we sing or play her favorite songs--which include Hey Mickey, The Greatest Show, Let it Go, and Do You Want to Build a Snowman. She'll even move her lips if she knows the song she's hearing someone sing. The lady is definitely not shy about telling us (or yelling at us) what she wants. I get frequent demands of "picture!" (usually because she's doing something that she has figured out/decided is cute) and then "le-me-see" so I must show it to her. She loves looking at pictures of herself in the photo albums too-she'll point and call "Baby Ro! Baby Ro!" After learning how to say her own name, it took her almost no time to begin walking around and pointing to things she wanted with a declarative, "Ro!" Now she'll also proudly and amusedly inform us "Ro do that" (like if she did something...or if she wants to do something) or "James do that" (either because she's impressed by something he did or thinks it's hilarious he did something he should not have). Speaking of James: I mean there cannot possibly be a brother and sister who love each other more. She always asks for him if he's not around, she loves to play with him, they're still always hugging and smooching. Watching them chase each other around and giggling is just the sweetest. One time after getting them both up from nap, they were going downstairs together and Rose just declared, "I love you, bruhbah." And he said, "I love you too, Rose." She came back, "I love you so muuuch!" "I love YOU so much Rose!" and yeah you know my heart grew a million sizes. She's the most ride or die wingman for him. He was randomly running around with a toy mop singing one day and she just took one look at him and immediately grabbed a toy broom and started running and singing with him, fully committed. She also still loves loving on pretty much any toy or stuffed animal, but especially their baby doll. She loves to grab it to dance with-holding it in the air and spinning. She's also enjoyed showing the baby how to use the potty lol. Somewhere along the way she started being able to play by herself, which is super cool. Definitely getting more independent and always trying to help ("Ro put away" and then running to put whatever it is away). She's still such a snuggle bug too, though. She'll frequently put her arms up for "uppa" or "carry you". Or she'll just say so sweetly and emphatically, "Myyyyy mama, myyyy dada, myyyyy bruhbah." (Once, after she had badgered James for a piece of his cheese and he eventually gave in, she exclaimed, "MYYYY cheese!") It never takes long for her sweet to turn to silly lol. She legit has tried to hug the water during her baths (she also enjoys laying in it, just relaxing and not wanting to get up sometimes). Her frequent desire to just lay and cuddle with the ground, or whatever really, has been given the name of "mmm, down" by her. Anytime there's sunshine on the ground is a favorite occasion for "mmm, down." Poor baby isn't gonna be too pleased with fall. On one of the first fully cloudy days she walked all around the house calling, "Sunshine? Where are you sunshine?" Oh our little sunshine. I'll never get tired of her laying her head on my shoulder, sucking her thumb, then removing her thumb just enough to say, "I love you mommy." 

Nicknames: Rosie, Rose Rose, Roses (Michael's mom calls her this), Rosie Posy, Rose Pose, Pose/Posy, Baby Rose, Miss Rosie, Baby girl, Pretty girl, Lady, Young Lady, Chunk/Chunk-a-munk, "The Chub/Chubby/Chub-a-lub" (James' favorite nicknames for her), Hey You (which she repeats), Pork buns (when her hair is in 2 buns), Sweetling, Sweetie-girl, Sweetie pie, Cutie-girl, Silly girl, Honey girl, Honey bun, Muffin, Little miss, Missy, Ma'am, Sweetness, Love, combinations of all of the above, or whatever pops into our head in that moment. She also calls herself "Baby" and "Ro"/ "Rosie". 

Talking: Like I said earlier, we're really able to communicate with Rose now-which is so cool. A big turning point was her learning how to say no (or, more accurately, "nnnNOoooo") so she could actually answer yes or no questions. Then she started repeating like every word she heard and her vocabulary just exploded. She then started saying sentences ("Rose want pillow", "I don't think so", "I love you, brother-so much!" etc.) and yeah she's just a person, talking away, telling us her thoughts and desires and stuff. She can identify all the colors (and is starting to work on counting to 10, she usually skips 4 and 7 for some reason lol). I love her little voice and being able to start talking with her is the best! We've got very verbal kids, go figure lol. 

Favorites: James, mommy, and daddy. When James reads to her or kisses or hugs her or does something she thinks is funny. When daddy plays with her and makes her go "dadaaaa!" Snuggles. Kisses. Belly buttons. Books. Dancing. Singing. Dresses. Shoes. Headbands. Bows. Accessories/dressing up in general. Outside and going on walks. People. Babies (still especially her little cousin Juliet) and her baby doll/any toy or item or character from something that looks like a person or baby. Animals and making animal sounds. Stuffed animals, pillows, and soft blankets and snuggling them. The sunshine. Toys. Food (especially certain foods. Her reaction to guacamole is hilariously intense- "mo! Guac-a-moleeee!") Helping. Doing anything James does. Affection and attention and fun and happiness and love!

Dislikes: Being kept or taken from what she wants. Being yelled at/scolded. Getting hurt. Teething. 

Concerns: Ya know, COVID and COVID related stuff. As per usual. Crossing my fingers we can get the baby girl vaxxed before her 2nd birthday. 

A Day in the Life: (This is pre-potty training since we didn't start until after she turned 18 months) Everyone's up around 7:30 (sometimes they may wake up earlier but that's when I wake up lol). I get James then we get Rose (who is very happy to see us). We go downstairs and give the kids their waters and they play while I get their breakfast ready (usually fruit and something else like yogurt, cereal, toast, etc.) Then we play for a little bit before lunch time at 10:30. After lunch we play some more and then at 12:30 Rose goes potty, washes hands, brushes teeth, we put her in a diaper and pjs + sleepsack, then lay her down in her crib. Usually I get everyone up from their naps around 2:40 and then give Rose (and sometimes James) a snack. We play some more, I make dinner, then we eat around 5ish. After dinner we hang out for a bit-maybe do a video call or someone's bath-then bedtime starts around 7 or earlier to compensate for a short nap. Michael and I take turns every other day-one person says goodnight to things downstairs (including James), then does potty, wash hands, floss teeth, brush teeth, diaper, lotion, pjs, sleepsack, and reads to her. The other person comes up and sings to her, says goodnight to the various elephants in her room, then lays her down for bed. Sometimes she falls asleep fairly shortly after and oftentimes she talks for a bit in there before falling asleep. And that's it!

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