Days with Nora just get more and more fun as the months go on. I can't believe she is almost 18 months old already. She will officially be closer to 2 than 1 pretty soon! She continues to change daily and do and say new things all the time. I just can't put into words how fun she is to watch.
She has many words now and is trying to say almost everything all the time, but to often just comes out as a grunt or an "ah ah ah". By far her favourite word is DA for Daddy. She says it ALL.THE.TIME. But the funny thing about it is that she doesn't just say Da, she says Daaaaaaaaa every time with a surprised intonation that makes it sound like she is saying it for the first time, or seeing him for the first time every time! It's so funny! She says it every time she sees something of Tom's, a picture of him, his name is mentioned, or she remembers something he did. Daaaaaaaaa! MA? Forget it! In fact, she pretty much NEVER says Mama!
Another new fave is singing and saying nursery rhymes. As you know, she has always loved books and we have one full of simple nursery rhymes. She has that book memorized now and she loves flipping to each page and saying a few words to herself from each rhyme. She says "rock, rock" in a soft voice and rocks back and forth on the Rockabye Baby page. She claps and pats her legs and says "pa pa cake" on the Patty Cake page and she says "go go" for Rain, Rain Go Away. She also LOVES Old MacDonald right now and we have been singing it 8 million times a day! E-I-E-I-O!!!! All day long! Other faves are Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus and the ABCs. She does the actions for Isty Bitsy and Wheels on the Bus and I die over the cuteness every time!
She just loves helping us with anything and everything we do. On the weekend, we cleaned the whole house together and she didn't get in my way at all. She had her own cloth and helped me dust and wiped every surface. She did some sweeping and mopping with me and I also gave her a spray bottle with just water in it and she "helped" clean the bathroom! She even knows how to clean the filter on our vacuum. She pushes the right button when I am done vacuuming and carries the canister to the garbage and dumps it out! I hardly even ever do that! She also loves helping with the laundry and I'll say " go get your dirty laundry" and without skipping a beat, she does! She puts it all in the washer, and then pushes every button 18 times until the settings are messed up and then protests when I try and fix it! ;)
She understands and remembers so much it is scary sometimes! I had an old magazine laying around from December and she was flipping through it. She stopped at the Dove soap ad and brought it to me grunting and pointing and mimicking washing, and then ran to the bathroom to show me that I have the very same body wash in the shower that was in the ad. The next page she stopped at was a picture with a bunch of different Christmas decorations. She pointed out the very same nutcracker that we had out at xmas! Is she a genius or what?! She also loves finding books where you have to hunt for little objects. The other day, we had to find "dice" and she pointed right to it! How the F does she know what dice are?! We don't have a single thing in our house with dice in it, nor has she EVER seen anything with dice on it on my watch....!!!
Speaking of being on my watch... She still spends 2 days a week with her grandmas and they play all kinds of interesting things with her that I may not. They are kind enough to do things like let her have her own basket at the grocery store and follow her around and watch her put things in and take things out for as long as she likes. They both always take her out and about to do errands around town, which she loves. Those kinds of things are becoming harder to do with her these days as she wants to be so independent and walk/run everywhere herself. She has definitely started to practice the selective listening skill!
I just love watching her play. She just mimics everything we do all the time which seriously cracks me up. She "cooks" in her play kitchen and the latest obsession has been trying to flip things with her little flipper. She is actually getting it and she can balance pancakes or bread on the end of the flipper and walk with it. She loves to pour imaginary tea from her teapot into every container she can find and she will stop every now and then to pour some of it right into her own mouth!
We haven't been lately, but she started to skate a little bit on her own, kind of.... she was able to take about 4 short little gliding steps before falling down the last time we went. She doesn't mind the cold or the falling in the snow or getting wet AT ALL. She loves being outside, but is REALLY starting to hate the snow pants. If she catches a glimpse of me getting them out, she runs away or throws herself on the floor in a heap. I have to fight her and struggle to get them on, and then she is fine! I am looking forward to not having to wear those! We won't be able to wear them soon anyway, as she is growing like a weed!!!
I just can't believe how much she has grown! She is now wearing all 2T clothing and it fist just right. Her 18-24 month stuff has long been packed away already. We will have her 18 month shots next week where we will see how much she weighs and how to tall she is now. I am very curious!
I could keep writing for days about all the cute and funny and smart things my little monkey does all the time, but I won't continue to bore you with all this mom stuff.
|These are pictures of me at 18 months! Pretty darn similar to Nora!|
Thank you for sticking around for 18 whole months of updates! Happy February!