Our little baby sure is growing up – she even has “babies” of her own now: a doll, a stuffed zebra, and a stuffed monkey whom she all refers to as “baby.” This month Ada turned 14 months old, which doesn’t seem like a particularly significant age. But, this month also marks One! Year! since we moved to Minnesota from Missouri, and also marks my one year anniversary as an RN at a pretty well known institution. When I think back to how little Ada was when I started (nine weeks!), it’s kind of mind blowing.
Now, Ada is MUCH more independent than she was at nine weeks. Funny how that whole growing thing happens. Fun things Ada is into these days include the following:
- Shaking her fanny to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. She really loves to dance, and she seems to favor songs with great bass lines.
- Reading. Her favorite books are First 100 Words which is a book with lots of pictures, and she also loves Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin, which is appropriate for the season, I suppose.
- Trying to say new words. It’s so fun to watch her attempt to say new syllables and put together words. She has a pretty strong vocabulary for her age, although a lot of times she’ll say a new word for a few days and then won’t say it again for a long time. She keeps a handful in regular rotation though, like “baby,” “pih,” (pig), and “eat.” She’s also starting to say Mama and Dada directly to us, which is pretty awesome.
- Erratic napping. The past two days, she hardly took a single nap. Today, I think it’s finally caught up to her after she threw a 30-minute fit after I wiped her snotty nose. I put her down for a nap (or at least, some quiet time in her crib) and I think that this very minute, she might be asleep. We’ll see how long it lasts….I know toddlers typically give up a nap at this age and I’m pretty sure that’s what we’re facing, but I think we’re all (Ada included) very confused and sort of struggling to solidify just one nap a day.
- Walking all around. No more crawling for this kid! She REALLY loves her shoes, too. And she loves going outside to watch Andrew feed the pigs. She likes going outside in general, but she especially loves going out and saying “Pih Eat.” She’s even reportedly attempted to join the Pih Eat and has managed to sample their feed. (I played no role in this questionable parenting moment, by the way.)
- Her hair. Oh my goodness. She has a mop of thick, fine blonde hair and she desperately needs a bang trim, but I have no idea how to successfully accomplish this because she won’t let me near her with the scissors, and she hardly ever sits still when I’m NOT coming at her with a sharp pointy object, so at this point in time, haircuts? Not safe. She might have to grow the bangs out until she can sit still. So like, maybe when she’s 10 we can cut her hair?
Halloween is next week and I don’t have a costume for Ada. I’m not really that jazzed by the idea of making or purchasing anything special since all we’re going to do is take a picture of her and post it on Facebook, but after this gem last year…
…we’ve got to follow it with something fun, right? We’ll see what we can scrounge up…any ideas would be welcome!