21 months old today! Although I've stopped answering in months when people ask me how old Adeline is - now I just go with "She'll be two in the summer". I'm always amazed that some parents can keep track of the months until their little one is more than three. Soon she'll just be "two" and then she'll be "two and half". Can you believe how close Adeline is to two? Wowza. But before she is two, Adeline gets to have all the joy of being 21 months old!
In her twentieth month...
Adeline talked and talked and talked and talked. Just like her Daddy, Adeline loves the sound of her own voice and she chatters all day long. People think David is such a quiet guy, but at home he's anything but., and Adeline definitely is just like her Daddy. She speaks most of the time in sentences of 2 or 3 words, some of them getting quite complex with up to about 6 words. She is starting to grasp pronouns and uses "I" and "me" and sometimes "you" correctly. I love to hear her talking to her toys. Actually, bossing them around would be more accurate as she's usually telling them things like "Turn around!" "Sit down!" , "Time to sleep", "Look at me", "Everybody eat" and "Uh-oh. No no no. No feet on the table" (which is what she hears me say to the cat). Adeline also learned the words/concepts "everybody" and "nobody".
Adeline learned to use some fun phrases, and knows when they're appropriate, such as "excuse me" (when you squeeze behind someone), "oh well" (when something doesn't go as expected or you give up on something) and "I'm cool" (when walking with her hands in her pockets or when wearing her sunglasses).
Adeline continued mostly sleeping through the night and also started taking some nice long restful sleeps during the day. We hope this trend continues! When Adeline is well rested, she always wakes up super happy and has really nice days! It's been good!
Adeline worked really hard to learn how to do a "thumbs up" but hasn't mastered it yet.
Toilet training is at a standstill after some gains last month. We're not pushing it yet.
Adeline now weighs 24.5 pounds and she's about 31 inches tall! She's wearing mostly size 18 month clothes, although we do have to cinch the waist on many of her pants or she'd be losing them. The Dapper Snapper is an awesome invention for tall skinny girls!
Adeline celebrated her second Easter at home.
Adeline started to spend more time each day playing on her own and it's amazing to see the all the different ways to play she thinks up!
Things that make Adeline really, really happy right now:
- that monkey hat (but only inside)
- chocolate (those twenty or so m&m's at Easter have made her into a chocolate fiend and she asks for it all day long).
- prawns, tofu, pretzels, noodles, cantaloupe and red peppers - her favourite foods (since I don't classify candy as food)
- being upside down, hanging from things, jumping and calling herself "monkey girl"
- pretending to be a kitty and being patted and fed pretend cat food from your hand
- reading books tucked under the covers in the big bed. Her favourites this week are "Home for a Bunny", "Curious George Rides a Bike", "Owl Babies", "Cowboy Bunnies" and "Colour Kittens".
- helping cook
- playing with her animal figures and having them get stuck and then rescued from the fire truck's ladder over and over and over again
- making beds in the playroom by taking pillows and blankets and then arranging them so she can lay under the carpet with her stuffies
- using her toy record player to make her little figures go "round and round and round"
- going to the park to slide and to learn new words from the big kids
- working in the garden with Mama
- the moment when Daddy comes through the door at the end of the day and scoops up his giggling girl
- visiting the chickens that live across the street from us
- bird watching
- getting mail
- the peach coloured marker (she got a set of 20 new markers in her Easter basket and has learned lots of new colours like "magenta" and "teal" but it's the peach one that's really captured her attention
- hugging... I'll stop pretty well anything when I hear a sweet little "Mama, hug Adewine, peese"