Wow, I have really lost track of time and slacked on blogging lately! I can’t imagine it will get any better this summer either as David will be traveling in May, June and July. I’m sure the girls and I will have lots of fun but we will sure miss him being home!!!
So Jaida is now almost 16 months old and those first few exciting steps really solidified about 4-5 weeks ago. She’s having so much fun walking and loves to hold my hand as we go. She and Graceyn play together alot more now too…I guess being mobile really helps with that! It’s so fun to watch them laugh together, play with their babies, and pretend to cook. One of Jaida’s favorite activities now is to take everything out of our cabinets and then put it back. At least she likes the clean up part too…if she doesn’t get sidetracked first! :)
We had her 15 month checkup on Friday and she’s still “long and lean” according to Dr. Fridell. Those words are oh so familiar but I quickly questioned him this time…I mean have you SEEN this girl’s belly? She is very proud of it and will show it off to anyone who asks. It reminds me of Winnie the Pooh! But anyway, I guess the rest of her is small enough to make up for it.
Jaida eats like a champ. In some ways she’s pretty picky. The only veggie she’ll eat is sweet potatoes… until recently when I re-discovered smoothies. Now she and Graceyn will both drink up their spinach because it’s mixed with other yummyness. Jaida is also fairly particular about fruit. She’s the only kid I know who doesn’t like applesauce! I think she’s more of a sour girl because she’ll drink plain kefir mixed with just a touch of cranberry juice and eats cottage cheese. She could LIVE off of dairy, meat, and bread with a banana or strawberry mixed in here and there :)
Our girl is still super super sweet and happy, though we can definitely see her temper coming out these days. She has a very pitiful sad face that will melt your heart! Her favorite NON-approved activity is throwing her food, cup, etc on the floor. Smacking her hand used to make that bottom lip pucker out and bring in the tears in a heartbeat. But now sometimes she’ll throw her food down, then hit her own hand and smile. Grrr…so that tactic isn’t working and I’m experimenting with alternatives.
Although we’re in the middle of some changes/uncertainty with her sleeping, she still does really well. She sleeps about 12 hours at night and around 2 or so during the day. Most of the time she still takes 2 naps at home…but they’re often no more than an hour or hour and a half. If we’re out and busy all morning I try to get her to do a longer one in the afternoon. Sometimes, if she wakes up, I can get her back down. Other times, no chance. We’ve had some issues with her waking up at night but have finally broken that habit for the most part. If she does, she either settles back down quickly or we go give her paci back to her and she’ll lay back down pretty easily.
Not much on the language end yet. She “talks” up a storm but doesn’t say much that is intelligible to most of the world. “Daddy” is “Addy” if she says it at all. “Mommy” seems to be making a debut here and there. But mostly it’s “Ba” as she points to what she wants. I’ve heard her do a version of “up please” and “thank you” and of course she can tell us what a doggie says :) But I think that’s about it. She does a little signing but has somehow gotten confused and uses the sign for “more” when I think she really means “please.” I guess because we always taught her the “more” sign and we said, “more please.” Oh well, we’re getting the hang of it!
Our sweetest moments with Jaida now are at prayer times when she holds our hands and does so very happily. Then she’ll cheer when we say, “Amen.” And then her HUGS…oh her wonderful, heart warming, eat ’em up hugs!!! I just LOVE them and they’re the perfect way to start/end our day and any other time in between :) We are so thankful for this gift from God…but she’s getting big way too fast already!