Thursday, March 28, 2013

Meghan is 19 months

I'm late. Again. Lets not dwell on the negative. The pictures were on time. I almost didn't take them because her hair was in quite a state but I decided it was accurate for her at this age so I went with it. I feel like I got hit in the face with 18 months, her new favorite word is "no". Colin never really went through a "no" phase so this is all new for us. She definitely knows her mind, if she is tired she wants to go down for a nap she says "hand" and takes my hand and pulls me into her room where she grabs onto the crib and says "up".  She skips books at nap time most days simply because she has no patience. Oh, and if you say no to her, you better mean it, because she will fight you for it.

She had a doctors appointment about a week before her 19th monthiversary so these are her current stats.
Height: 33 inches (82nd %ile)
Weight: 23lbs 6oz (34th %ile)
Head Circumference: 18.1 inches (31st %ile)

Pretty much the same as it has been. She goes down around 7:30 and gets up around 6:30.  Naps are 2ish hours from about 11-1. I can't claim we did everything right with these kids but one place we definitely got right was getting them in bed by 7:30 every night. It allows for a few hours of personal time before we need hit the hay and it really is essential to my personal well being.

Weaning: Done and done. End of story. She stopped completely for good on March 7th. I had a PTA meeting that took me away at bedtime, and the next night I went to the gym and then both Saturday and Sunday we were traveling so she went to sleep in the car. I can't say she never looked back, she defiantly took a good two weeks to stop asking but she never got too upset when I said no. It was time, no regrets.

  • Brubee (aka Colin). All of a sudden this month she has taken a liking to Colin. They are playing together now more and more and making up these little games and giggling like maniacs. The other night in the tub they both had pitchers and Meg was pouring her water into Colins pitcher, except that Colin would quick dump his pitcher before Megs water would get into it.. I left them in the tub longer than I should have because they were having such a great time with each other I didn't want it to end. 
  • The cats. Her word for "kitty" sounds more like "baby" but thankfully she still signs cat when she says it so we know what she is talking about. Both cats seem to enjoy or at least tolerate her affections.
  • Rosie and the Paci. She seems to get getting more and more attached to these items. She will now pull them out of the crib and walk around the house with them when she is cranky. I thought I would pull the paci at 18 months but want to wait until she is done at the babysitter so maybe in May. My current plan is to poke holes in them so they loose suction but she still physically has them and just tell her they are broken. We'll see how that goes... I hope it allows her to "reject" them, rather than have her feel like we are keeping them from her. 
  • Brushing her teeth. She brushes her teeth probably 4 times a day, sometimes with toothpaste sometimes without. But this is usually how I get her hair done. She basically stands in the same spot long enough to get something accomplished
  • Braids. For one reason or another she really likes when I put a braid in her hair (basically on the top of her head to keep her "bangs" back), I think she likes to pick it up and look at it in the mirror.
  • Lollipops. aka "bee-bop" thank you barber, and pediatrician and big brother our little lady is a big fan of the bee-bop and will request one at the oddest times (bathtime, 7am, playing on the playgroud). Fortunately this is one "no" she takes pretty well. 
Happy girl with crazy hair.

  • Bibs. nothing new hear. I give up.
  • Sitting in her own chair for anything other than dinner. I don't get this one. She climbs in at dinner time without an issue but for breakfast or lunch she will loose her mind about 60% of the time if you try to put her in her chair. I guess she figures if other chairs are open they are for her. She rarely falls from a chair (unlike her big brother who falls daily) so I tend to go with it. Like I said, don't say no unless you mean it because you are going to have to fight for it.
  • Being left. She is doing better but she still gets upset when she realizes we are at the babysitters door.

New and Notable:
  • More and more verbal every day. I have a working theory that words and weaning go hand in hand. It seems like she is saying a new word every day. Today it was "seven".  
  • Numbers and Letters. She can't say all of them but she seems to be able to identify quite a few if you ask her to point to them. She can say and identify, L, M, O, B, E, I, Y and Z for sure as well as 1, 2 and 5. 
  • Colors. She can say blue, yellow and purple, but also can point to green, red and orange.
  • Potty has slowed. She seems less interested and does not "deliver" quite as often these days.  We will stick with it at bath time and let her progress on her own for a while. 

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