Monday, November 26, 2012

Meghan is 15 months old!

It is Cyber Monday, but instead of shopping I'm blogging. Month 15 was a long one! Halloween, then Thanksgiving, its been a busy month! The pictures were taken two days late because we had so much going on. I took them immediately following her nap in the hope of getting her to sit still for a bit, but that didn't really happen so the result was just the "I just woke up from my nap" look in the all the pictures.  If I thought this month was crazy next month is going to be crazier since Sean will be in Vegas for two of the next four weeks for training for work. I am not looking forward to that at all, Christmas is crazy enough, no need to throw in extra drama!

Where did those long legs come from? I will have to measure her to see how tall she is now.

Sleeping: Mostly the same as last month, still awkwardly adjusting from two naps to one. Some days she does one, some days she takes two. Just when I think she is moving on and just going to be taking one nap, she spends the next three days taking two. Her wake up time is moving around a bit too. I put the brakes on weaning in order to concentrate on getting her to sleep past 4am. For the most part it has worked, she mostly gets up around 5/530 to eat then sleeps until 6/630. She is tricky though because some days she simply isn't interested in food and that is a guarantee for a 4am wake up "starving"... I can give in and feed her or make her wait until 5, the later involves a lot of crying and complaining, which isn't fun for anyone.

Likes:

  • Daddy. I have no idea how she will react to him being gone for a week. I hope it will be out of sight out of mind, because when he is around she only has eyes for him. She even gets angry now if I try to take her out of the car seat instead of him. She just shakes her head no and signs daddy over and over  again. Should I mention that this doesn't bother me in the least, in fact I much prefer not being the center of her universe.
  • Books. She love to be read to and is starting to memorize her favorite books and anticipate some of the "words" or motions. For example, in Goodnight Moon she says "shhuush" when you get to the "old  lady whispering hush". She also loves to sit quietly and read books by herself.
  • Music. Meghan loves to have music on and dance. One of these days I will put up a video, its pretty cute.
  • Video Chatting. She just loves when we get someone to Skype or GChat on the computer. We have our camera hooked up to the TV so she will often ask for someone to talk to her by saying hi repeatedly to the TV. Pretty cute. 
  • Cats?Dogs. She can now say both Sadie "deedee" and Griffin "geeden" and will follow them around the house making kissing noises at them and signing cat over and over again. She also loves to see dogs when we are out although she generally prefers the little ones. She will often sign dog after hearing a dog bark and it usually takes me a minute to realize that I heard a dog.
  • Brushing Teeth/Washing Hands. The girl loves the water.
  • Saying Hi to whomever is on the phone. I can not make or receive a phone call without her saying hello to whomever is on the other end...its cute when its Grandma calling, not so much when it is the insurance company.

Mom do we have to do this?
Dislikes

  • Being read the wrong book. She has some serious preferences when it comes to what books she wants to be read. I often try to sneak in a new one, since we have so many great books from Colin but she will have none of it. She is not quiet in her protests, and will resort to throwing the book on the floor if she has to.
  • Sitting in the high chair for more than 10 minutes at a time. She is very tricky to feed, not because she is picky, but simply because she won't sit that long. You really have to put new things in front of her frequently to keep her interested but this is quite counter to the way I feed Colin since he is supposed to eat the food presented to him, so it is a difficult balance. I can't just hold back on her the things that are already in front of him because she can see what he has so she checks to make sure everything is the same before she starts to eat. She notices inequalities with extreme accuracy! 
  • Putting on her coat. I suspect this has to do with the fact that we leave the house so many times a day, but she really gets frustrated with the constant wardrobe changes. I have attempted to compromise by sometimes allowing her to put it on in the elevator..this helps me too since she has less room to run away! It doesn't help the neighbors who can hear her screaming... (I'm exaggerating...a little)
  • Gloves. She will wear them for a bit but they generally don't last more than 5 minutes, which is tricky since we are out for about 30 minutes to get Colin to school and back.
  • Blankets. I remember this phase with Colin too, she acts like you are putting a torn bush over her when you try to cover her with a blanket! Also means she won't keep her ice cube hands under a blanket either.. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when it is legitimately freezing outside. I'm hoping not wearing gloves will be punishment enough and she will agree to keep them on.

Bed head...the bow didn't really help much I guess.
New and Notable:
  • Teeth: Both bottom molars are now in and the top molars are swollen but don't appear to be causing any trouble at the moment.
  • Sounds of the season. Meghan will now say HoHoHo and Gobble gobble, although she gets a bit of performance anxiety when performing for an audience or camera. She has done it over the phone for a few people. 
  • Words/Sounds..she will repeat sounds on command occasionally, so she is now repeating colors, like blue, purple and yellow, but doesn't produce them without being asked so far, and she won't try red or orange. You also have to catch her in the right mood for this. She also says uh-oh (pretty sure she was last month and I just forgot to write about it. She started saying just the uh part a few months ago, then would just say oh then eventually put them both together.

focused

and now I've lost all control. Goggles can stand in for a mask if needed.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Silly Kids

A bunch of pictures here that don't really go together but don't really justify a full post of their own.. Some cuteness I couldn't resist sharing.

Meghan came up to me recently with a piece of paper in her hand, she took my hand and lead me to the living room where she climbed into a chair and then handed me the paper.. on that paper was a "9 month" sticker I apparently never tossed. I guess she decided she wanted to play photo shoot... So I played along...
Hopefully I don't have to mention that she is NOT 9 months old in these photos, shes about 14.5 months.. I thought she wasn't a fan of the photo shoots since she generally spends most of the time trying to take the sticker off, but I guess they are growing on her!
The cutest picture from the shoot!
One of Nutmegs current favorite activities is walking around with the super hero cape and mask on.  She generally prefers the red set, but will wear the green if Colin insists.

It is pretty stinking cute when she walks over and hands Sean or I the cape then turns around to have the cape put on her. Then she goes looking for the mask. She often tries to put it on herself but ends up putting the mask part in one hand and the strap in the other and tries to pass it behind her neck. After she gets it on she then goes looking for Colin's cape and mask and insists he put it on too. Generally he plays along...God help him if he doesn't!










The red cape was a store bought thing, but the green cape was a personalized birthday gift from Dawn and Leo. When I got the red cape I also ordered the masks that came in a two pack..they just happen to match (they are double sided, so we can also get a blue and black cape and we are still covered!)


Sometimes Colin prefers to wear the red set, although sometimes I think he is just trying to not be pushed over by his little sister...she wants him to dress up and he will, but he wants the set she has instead.
Siblings! We had a birthday party to go to and Colin insisted on wearing "something he never weared before" so I pulled a dress shirt out of his closet from Matusa. He loved it. The party was at Chuck E Cheese, and Colin as all too happy to share the rides with his little sister. Love his unselfish spirit.
Meghan REALLY wanted to ride the horse but there was always a line and she couldn't hold still long enough in front of the horse to keep her place in line. When Colin only had one token left he decided to get in line for the horse. I'm pretty sure it wasn't for Meghan's benefit but he was happy to let her ride along with him.
She isn't all too visible but she was having a great time. This wasn't just a simple ride, it was a game and Colin was supposed to steer the horse around the track...yeah that didn't happen.

Hugs for big brother.. Thanks for taking me on a horsey ride.