One more Christmas morning picture just because...Adeline thought that the orange in the toe of her stocking was very surprising and very wonderful!
16 months was huge for Adeline. HUGE. She changed and grew so much and is becoming such a FUN little person with a mind of her own, an amazing sense of humour and smart? Oh so smart.
This past month:
Adeline went from a tentative new walker to a confident walker, climber, runner and jumper.
Adeline discovered how fun going to the playground is when you can walk and climb, but swinging is still what makes her laugh and laugh.
Adeline started to really get up on her feet and dance and the girl has MOVES and even choreography. If she sees dancing on television she tries to imitate the arm movements. Super cute.
Adeline has started singing. Mostly songs she makes up about her Daddy or cats. She has a little keyboard that she only has in her carseat so she plays the keyboard and sings songs while we drive. Super awesome insanely cute.
Adeline got 3 1/2 molars this month. Ouch. Right now she's working on her eye teeth and the other half of that molar. Ouch. The teeth along with losing the baby fat in her cheeks is really changing Adeline's face. She's losing some of the cute, but she's more beautiful than ever!
Adeline slept through the night a few times (and even a few times in a row) but mostly didn't. I guess that hasn't really changed. It might be time soon to try some different things at night, although we are not going to do any version of "crying it out".
Adeline noticed the print in her books and although I never set out to teach her, she has figured out what a capital "A" is and can find them most of
the time in the titles of books. She does a lot of drawing with crayons and markers and I always write her name on her paper, so I'm sure this is where she learned it.
Adeline can count to two and really knows what "two" means. I didn't teach her this either.
Adeline has a huge vocabulary and is adding new words every day. Recent new words include "awesome" and "octagon", although she calls all the roundish shapes an octagon and has no idea what any other shape is except the star.
Her favourite word continues to be "NoNoNoooo". She says no to EVERY question even when she doesn't mean it. We joke that she's so advanced that she's even defiant at the level of a 2 year old.
Adeline has been VERY affectionate this month and she has learned how to give big squeezy bear hugs and does it many times a day. If all she can reach is your leg or arm, then it gets just as enthusiastic a hug. I can't get enough of them!
Adeline grew and grew and grew. She'll be weighed and measured next week at her vaccinations, but I know that she is zooming through the 12-18 month clothes which she only started wearing in late fall and she'll surely be in a size 2 soon. Even her diapers are getting small.
Adeline's hair really thickened up this month and it got crazier than ever. Haircuts are traditional for Tet (which is coming up in early February) so I think we'll get Adeline a professional haircut for her first Tet at home. Hopefully she will freeze rather than fight like she does with me. I've only ever trimmed her bangs and I'm tired of them constantly being crooked and it's finally time to cut the back. I think she's going to look like a real kid and lose all the traces of baby once she has an actual hairstyle.
Adeline had her first cold since coming home and along with it came her first big gusher of a nosebleed. It was the first time we'd had blood of any sort and I think I dealt with it pretty well. Of course she was wearing my very favourite shirt when it happened...
Adeline can play "Ring Around the Rosey" "Sleeping Bunnies" and other games and can do parts of some fingerplays.
Adeline discovered how hysterically fun it is to be chased by her Daddy, although sometimes it gets to be too much for her and she starts to cry and needs hugging instead of chasing.
Adeline hung out with her friend Mylan a few times. Adeline calls her "MeMan" and talks about her a lot. If you ask her who her friends are she always starts with "MeMan".
Adeline discovered chocolate and the world will never be the same for her.
And of course in her 16th month Adeline celebrated her first Christmas at home and you could tell she found the whole thing magical and SO MUCH FUN. I think she's going to be very sad when all the lights and sparkles go away this weekend. She's already very disappointed that the advent calendar is no more as she really looked forward to pulling out an ornament and putting it on the felt tree every evening after supper. The thing Adeline misses the most so far are the elves.
The elves showed up on December 1st and left on Christmas Eve and every night after Adeline was asleep they moved to a new up-high place. By the third day she totally got it and would look for the elves in the morning and was always thrilled to find them and then would talk to them all day long. One day she was trying to get them to come down and sit in her Daddy's chair and getting quite frustrated with them that they wouldn't. She kept yelling "Elf!" "Chair!" and pointing at the chair with a stern look on her face. I already can't wait for next year!
There are lots of new adventures coming for Adeline's 17th month too - music classes and swimming lessons, a visit with her exactly-the-same-age cousin Angus, preparations for Tet, a visit to the Occupational Therapist and the Plastic Surgeon to check on her hands, a new potty arriving in the bathroom (no pressure, just there to get used to and if she wants to sit on it she can), maybe a trip to Vancouver, and of course all the usual fun we get up to!