I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since one of these posts! Time flies when life gets a little crazy. Before any more time passes, I thought I should write about how much she’s grown before she goes and has another growth spurt on me. Here’s what she’s been up to lately:
-At her 16 month checkup (we had to do our 15 month one a month later because we were gone) her height was: 92%, her weight was 82%, and her head was >95%. Being the only grandbaby to two sets of grandparents, and only niece to all aunts and uncles has really gone to her head. It’s huge. Literally.
-She has 13 teeth now. Her left lower cuspid just started to poke through, and the other three are not far behind.
-She is moving from signing into talking now! This is so crazy to me because I feel like I spent so much time trying to get her to learn them and now she’s already done with them. She says all sorts of words now: ‘nanana’ is banana, ‘up,’ ‘lahder’ is water, ‘papa,’ ‘dada,’ ‘mama,’ ‘ow,’ ‘hah-t’ is hot, ‘cooh’ is cold, ‘mo-mo’ is more, ‘ca-ker’ is cracker or chips, ‘no,’ ‘bah’ is ball, ‘CAH!!!’ is car (she is obsessed with them right now, so it is always with great excitement that we use that word), ‘buhbo’ is bubbles, ‘hi,’ ‘bye,’ ‘ah-po’ is apple, ‘cir-coh’ is circle, ‘tuh-tol’ is turtle, ‘ahma’ is Ouma, ‘nay-nay’ is Auntie Rene, ‘cah-kul’ is Chuckle, and ‘GaGa’ is our lovey giraffe that we must have with us at all times.
-She is also starting to put words together. So she’ll say ‘papa up’, when Emile goes up the stairs, or she’ll say ‘mo-mo ah-po’ if she wants more apple, and ‘ma-MA-ma’ when she wants to sit on my lap and eat my meal.
-She is starting to give kisses!! Although I should clarify she is more willing to give them to my husband than me. It’s very funny if you ask her to give you one and she does it, because she scrunches up her face and says ‘mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…’ all the way until she kisses you. Ha! I think it’s because Emile and I have been showing her exaggerated kisses to try and get her to do it, so we would make the ‘mmmmwah!’ sound.
-You know how there was that whole thing with people ‘planking’ all over the place, in all sorts of random places? Well Esmé does downward dog everywhere (sorry the video isn’t great…I just saved it from my snapchat). It started because she was copying my husband stretching before a run, but now she does it all the time. She does it in the parking lot, she tries to do it on the steps, she also tried to do it in the swimming pool, on the bed, on the floor, or on the couch. I don’t know if it’s a comfort thing for her or what, but she loves it. And it’s hilarious.
-Speaking of swimming pool, she started taking swimming lessons last week. We saw how much she loves being in the water (and playing in the water) when we were in Europe this summer, and thought we might give swim lessons a try when we got back. Funnily enough, she is somewhat blasé about them. She likes to play with the toys they have, likes to climb out of the pool, and doesn’t mind having to go under water, but she isn’t crazy about the songs we sing going in a circle. She also really dislikes being on her back in the water. I guess we’ll just have to see if they get better with time.
-Her fine motor skills have really started to develop. She can now stack her rings by herself, she can fit a circle shape into her shape sorter, and she is starting to put things away (not necessarily where they belong, but she packs them away where she feels they belong). She also really likes to color. Most of the time it’s on paper, but sometimes we get excited and it ends up on our mat. She also likes to eat the crayons.
-She isn’t quite running yet, but she is a very fast walker. She also loves to dance. I can’t wait until she is 18 months old, because there is a dance studio here in Raleigh that allows for children that young to come. Yes she will be in a tutu. Yes it will be the cutest thing you have ever seen. And yes I will take pictures/ videos galore so you all can see too.
She climbs onto chairs to get on top of end tables. She climbs the couch to try and climb over the banister, so we had to pull the couch out away from the banister. She climbs the bookshelves, but that’s ok so far, at least, because they’re anchored to the walls.
She climbs on top of her piano to try to reach the top of the mantle,
and she climbs onto the dishwasher. This is not something mommy is very excited about, because I know we are going to have an epic fall sometime in the near future.
-Lastly she LOVES her books. She will sit right in front of her shelf and pull them all out and get lost in her own reading. Her current favs are the ‘BabyLit’ books, her ‘Happy ABC Book,’ that her Nana made specially for her, her little family album, and her ‘Highlights’ books.
She is getting bigger all the time. While I wish that time would just slow down, we really are loving how much more we can play and do with her as she gets bigger. She is such a clever little monkey.