16 months already. It's hard to deny that my baby girl is turning into a toddler. Vivi is so sweet and funny and wonderful these days, so here's a very random list of where Vivi is right now.
Vivian is SO HUGGY. All day long I hear "Hug Mama" and she grabs whatever part of me she can reach, gives it a squeeze and says "mmmmmmm" or sometimes "mmmmmmmm, NICE". Super, super sweet. I also hear a lot of "Hug peese" and I have to stop what I'm doing and give her a hug.
Vivi needs a hug and a kiss for even the smallest of bumps and owies.
Vivian is working hard to learn to jump like Adeline and she can get a good bounce going and is often getting one foot off the ground.
Vivian loves to chase Adeline and Adeline loves to be chased!
We go to a weird park where people dump their old riding toys in the tennis court and Vivian can finally scoot around on the little cars.
She loves to jump on the bed with Adeline, but she does it on her knees, thankfully. Adeline's bed is only about 18 inches off the ground, so while I worry about them falling out, I can't say no the gleeful giggling that this sister activity brings on.
Vivian loves to go to bed. When she's getting tired she starts saying "Ni-night, please" and she tries to take your hand and lead you to the stairs. When you do finally say "It's time for ni-night", she crows with delight, smiles wide and RUNS to bed. She falls alseep easily most of the time and she naps around an hour and half during the day and then sleeps from 7:30 to 6:30. There are usally a few wake-ups in the night, mostly in the first few hours, but she tends to settle back to sleep with my help after not too long and she's rarely crying, just awake.
Vivi is still co-sleeping. It's not my first choice and it is hard for me sometimes, but it's really what she needs right now and I think it's really good for our attachment.
Vivian really likes to be "bootay" (pretty) and she loves to check herself out in the mirror.
Vivi wants a tiny pony-tail or a clip every day and she mostly leaves them in. Adeline is really into hair accessories right now, and Vivi wants to do EVERYTHING just like Adeline.
VIvi loves to check herself out in the full length mirror and she will often exclaim "Oh!" as she catches sight of herself.
Vivian likes to sing along to "Let it Go" when Adeline is singing. It's pretty darned cute to watch her throw her arms in the air and exclaim "Le i go! Le i go!".
Vivian really loves to sing and all day long I hear either the words or just the tunes of songs coming out as she plays. "Happy Birthday" is probably her favourite song to sing and she's getting pretty good at it. I even hear Adeline's violin pieces being sung/hummed by Vivian sometimes. I think we might have two musical girls in our family.
Vivian really likes to go outside and she is thrilled to go to the park with her Daddy and Adeline.
Right now Vivi is ALL ABOUT transportation - especially busses. As soon as she's strapped in the car seat or stroller she starts chanting "BUS BUS BUS" and when we see one she is THRILLED and yells BUS! BUS! THE BUS! THE BUS!" and grins and giggles and wiggles. She is also a fan of trucks, vans, ambulances, fire trucks and planes. Luckily for Vivi we walk a pretty major bus route to get Adeline to and from school and we live under the float plane path so on every walk she is guaranteed to see a few big trucks, at least one bus and often a plane.
Vivi is also really into watching for birds and she knows the difference between "Crow bird" and "E-gull (seagull) bird" and just plain birds (the various chickadees, sparrows, finches and juncos we have in our yard this time of year).
Vivian knows LOTS of words. I can't even count them all, although lots of them you have to speak Viv-ese to understand. Here are just a few of her most used ones. Tiss (kiss). Hug. Mama. Dada. Adelie. Nana. Cat. Dogga (dog). Bird. Monkey. Owl. Bun (Bunny). Book. Bus. Cool Bus (school bus). Pane (plane). Tuck (truck). Car. Back. Home. Work. Cool (school). Bed. Shirt. Shoe. Ocks (socks). Pants. Peese (please). Up. Hurt. Ni-night. Birt (blanket). Nice. Uh-oh. Yesh (yes). No. Ba-ba (bottle). Milk. Apple. Meat. Cacker (cracker). Rice. Yogur (yogurt). Milk. Hot tea. Wet. On. Off. Open. Again. Eye. More. Help. Nose. Mouf (Mouth). Ears. Neck. Cheek. Mineminemine (I'd like that) A bite (I want some of what you're having). Bite? (I feel worried about that) and Bite!!! (I feel scared).
Vivi is worried about or scared of lots of things right now.
Vivian is using lots of word combinations as well. She likes to tell you who stuff belongs to, like "Dada's shirt" and "Adelie's milk" and throughout the day she often runs through her list of where everyone is - "Dada work, Adelie cool, Mama home". If I go out for awhile she gleefully exclaims "Mama back! Mama back!" when I get home and when she wakes up and I'm not there she calls "Mama back, peese. Mama hug, peese". One of her favourites is "Ocks off, peese" (socks off, please). I was really hoping she wouldn't be another naked kid, but she already wants her clothes off every chance she gets and she really doesn't like socks or slippers.
As Vivi is falling asleep she likes to list off everyone in her family in her sweet little sleepy voice. Mama. Dada. Adelie. Nana. Cat. Mama. Dada. Adeline. Nana. Cat...
With some encouragement, Cat has taken Lemur's place as Vivi's bedtime lovey. We have three cats so that there is no chance of being without. Vivi loves Cat and she falls asleep rubbing his tail on her cheek or twiddling his ears. Cat isn't the softest or cuddliest of stuffies, but Viv seem to prefer a small firm friend that she can tuck under her chin.
Vivian has really started to play this month. Her favourite toys are baby dolls, little people and animal figures, busses, trucks and cars, balls and musical instruments - especially drums.
Vivi has no interest in television, although if Adeline is watching something that has a catchy theme song, she'll race to the living room to dance to it. Vivian watched television all day long in Vietnam, so I worried that she'd be hooked on it, but it seems now that there are better things to do she's not interested.
Vivian would very much like to spend the whole day sitting with me or her Daddy reading books, singing and doing fingerplays. We, however, need to do other things in the day, which sometimes leads to some whining and crying and pant leg tugging.
I do think Vivi would prefer to spend almost every minute of the day and night touching me. Even though we're always in the same room, it's not enough for her most of the time and she wants to be touching me, even if that means hanging on my leg as I do dishes.
Vivi loves books. Her favourites right now are "Night Cars", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?", "Wheels on the Bus", "Five Little Monkeys" and "Everywhere Babies". "Everywhere Babies" has continued to be one of Adeline's favourites and it has never left our book shelf even when all the other board books got boxed up. If you have a gift to buy for a new little one we highly recommend this book - it celebrates every kind of family, it's bright and engaging and my girls both love it.
How do I put this? Vivi isn't much of an eater. She is growing and healthy and full of energy and I don't know how she does it as she seems to survive on a diet of mostly lemon yogurt and crackers and not even very much of those. She's also very inconsistent and some days will act like corn (or eggs or banana or whatever) is the BEST FOOD EVER and will eat a big serving of it and then she will refuse it every single time after that. I think she gets enough dairy through milk and yogurt and protein is okay as she will often eat some meat as long as it's easy to chew and she gets enough carbs although I wish she'd eat healthier ones than crackers (even the best I can find are still pretty nutritionally void) but fruits and vegetables are just not something she wants to eat and I just never feel like she eats enough of anything. We keep offering healthy choices meal after meal to see them go in the compost, and all of us eat lots of tasty and healthy foods in front of her, but that's all we can do. I do make a vegetable soup that she sometimes likes and it's one of our go-to foods, but lately she's refusing that as well. It could drive me crazy if I let it! I supposedly only ate crackers and gravy for about a year of my life, and I turned out okay, so I know Vivi will as well.
Part of her not eating may be that she is rejecting the high chair, but at 16 months I'm not quite ready to have her sliding off a regular chair at the table. I do look forward to getting rid of the the high chair though!
Speaking of growing...Vivian is in the 90th percentile on the North American charts. People often think she must be over two, because of her size and her words.
Even though summer is long over, Vivian is still getting browner and browner. She was so pale in Vietnam but now she's a lovely shade of caramel brown.
Vivian grew a freckle on her knee this month. I tried to wash it off.
Vivian is not a fan of baths over 5 minutes long or showers.
She does love her toothbrush though. Giving her the brush with some water on it will almost guarantee you ten free minutes to get something done.
She also likes having her hair brushed and having moisturizer put on. She's a dry, dry girl and needs cream many times a day on her itchy spots - mostly her cheeks and the back of her neck.
Vivi loves to laugh. And giggle. And guffaw. You just have to laugh along with her.
Words I would use to describe Vivi right now are loving, cautious, curious, smart, gorgeous, calm, easy-going, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, affectionate, quiet, stubborn (in a good way) and happy.
I just love my sweet girl! Growing and changing right before my eyes.