Friday, September 20, 2013

[Shortcakes] 17 Months



Ashlynn turned 17 months on Wednesday, can't believe that when people ask her age I reply "almost a year and half"!  Once again, this is my new favorite age... it's awesome.  Pure awesome.


Says:
Check last month for the long list of words Ashlynn has compiled, but it's really taking off at lightning speed.  She's still pretty indistinguishable to strangers, but her daddy and I can understand her and hold mini conversation.  No sentences yet, but definitely enough words to get her point (or demands) across.



I'm mostly (still) amazed at the communication level.  In addition to the horse and pony show of animal noises she's got in her bag of tricks of performing when asked (lion, tiger, elephant, fish, duck, sheep, horse, dog, cat, birdie, cow, monkey, frog, and sad attempt at pig), she also follows instructions.  I can ask her to go sit in her chair or highchair, if she wants certain foods - she loves requesting 'cheese' and 'bloobs' (blueberries), not to push her toys that aren't made for pushing on the hardwoods.  If I tell her her food is hot she either holds it out for me to blow on or blows on it herself.   She'll also say "hot" if she sees something steaming or if I'm using the stove.  She loves having her teeth brushed and runs to the bathroom pointing at her mouth if we ask her if she wants to brush, same with the tub for bath time.



The biggest milestone, and it may be ridiculous to call it that, is that she's communicating when she's doing her business (keepin' it real friends).  She's recognized when she needs to and is going.  I'm definitely not one who will be forcing potty training, especially at 17 months, but we have introduced the potty seat (talked about yesterday) and are hoping she gets acclimated to why it exists and what to use it for.  I mean, I haven't been to the bathroom solo in 17 months, you'd think she'd start to understand the concept.

She's also saying and signing "thank you", in addition to the signs from previous months.  Nothing like teaching our girl some manners.



Stats:
So last month she had only 5 teeth, with one just coming in time for the post, by the end of that week she had 3 more!  Current count is 8, 4 bottom fronts, 2 top front, and 2 top molars.  Her bottom molars have been ridiculously swollen for 2 weeks and we are just waiting for the relief to come.  I also think her top incisors are on their way too.  

She had 2 teeth at Fourth of July, my guess is that she'll have 12 by Halloween.  Insane. 





Loves:
The Fisher Price tea set that her Mimi bought her this week.  I've never seen her so excited about a toy and have it hold her attention for so long (been playing with it almost exclusively for an entire day).  She discovered the low drawers in the kitchen and now loves opening and closing them and taking everything out.  Luckily, she has fun putting everything back too.  Standing in the tub.  Not sure why, but she's been refusing to sit, has to stand her whole bath.  String cheese.  Field hockey.  She loves playing with her toddler stick I bought her and she lasted a whole game (local high school) that we went to watch earlier this week.  Blankets.  Now that the weather is cooling, I started giving her a blanket at night instead of going back to a sleep sack.  While she does eventually lose it from rolling around too much, she seems to really love being tucked, adorable. Watching video's of herself.  If I'm on my phone, she'll climb in my lap and sign/say "more" until I show her every video I have stored.  She doesn't even watch tv for that long.  However,  she's developing a longer attention span, which I've been thankful for when needing to rest here and there for the rough days I've been having.




Hates:
Being wet.  She's become a heavier wetter at night and we've been changing jammies and sheets more frequently than any of us enjoy.  I finally bought some Pampers overnights and hoping they help keep her and the bed dry.




Sleeps:
Finally consolidated the nap.  It was a bit forced, but I think she needed/wanted it.  Her schedule now looks roughly like this...

Wake up 7-8am (give or take, sometimes earlier, sometimes later)
Nap 10:30-11 to 1-2pm - sometimes 90minutes, others up to 3 hours - GLORIOUS
Bed 7-730pm




Still usually wakes up either an hour after going down or once or twice during the night.  Sometimes she goes back to sleep.  Sometimes I know it's teeth.  Others it's just a lost paci and need for a short snuggle.  Other times a quick diaper change. Every once in awhile she'll just be up.  She'll lay in the crib for over an hour awake, which of course, I usually can't sleep during that time either.  The silver lining is that those are the days she sleeps past 8am. 


Eats:
Still pretty much a great eater.  No crazy new additions this month, still relying on a lot of favorites, but she'll try anything.  She has become even more independent insisting on feeding herself her yogurt.  She holds the cup and is actually able to spoon and fed herself with minimal mess.  I mean she still needs a wipe down, but it's confined to her face and some spots on her tray where she puts her spoon down.  Such a big girl!




We've had such a great month.  We are officially signed up for pre-school in the spring, visited friends and family, going back to storytime, and just had a blast playing like never before.  She's a little sponge and every day I'm impressed with something new she's learned to do or say.   I know when Kenley is born, she's going to seem like such a big kid.  I'm trying to soak in every minute we have just us three.

31 comments:

  1. Wow it's amazing how much kids change in a short period of time. It seems like night and day with how much she does and how much my Noah does! When you think there's only 6.5 months difference it doesn't seem like much but it is with babies!

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    1. It's so true, 6 months ago, Ashlynn was taking her first steps. Now she has a full head of hair, is thinning out, "talks" up a storm and runs all over. I know more development happens during the first year, but it's definitely a bit more evident for some reason in the 2nd... it really just keeps getting better!

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  2. Such a cutie. My little guy is just 15 months now and has also started wetting his sheet/jammies etc every night. I tried the overnight pampers in a size up last night and they didn't' work. Let me know if you have success!!

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    1. So far, haven't noticed a difference really :(

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  3. She is such a sweetie. It seems like she is in such a fun stage right now! It only makes me more and more excited for the future...especially the "following directions" stage!

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    1. I thought she was a freaking blast at Hudson's age, I just cant believe it continues to be so much fun. And the following directions or doing what is asked (can you put the blocks in the basket?) is so awesome!

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  4. She sounds like such a little bundle of fun! She is seriously the prettiest little girl I've ever seen, besides my daughter of course ;)

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    1. Aww thanks Laura.... of course I'm biased and think she's pretty damn cute too!

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  5. What a cutie!!! Cameron is just 2 months behind her, so I love seeing what is coming up for us!! :) Where did you get that kitchen? I have been on the lookout for one for Cam! (PS We have been using Pampers overnight diapers for months, and we NEVER - knock on wood - have a leak during the night.)

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  6. she's SO CUTE!!! i love it. . . and i think lex saying "plllease" is my favorite thing too. yay baby manners!!! and pre-school?! i cant believe it!!! we've got another 2 years before we hit preschool!!!

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    1. We are just doing part time (4.5hours) 2x a week. It'll be a nice break for her away from me and the baby and chance to develop skills I can't work on here at home (social skills, waiting turns, listening to other adults, art projects, music, and of course some ABCs and 123s too) :)

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  7. she is just the sweetest! my daughter is just a month younger than Ashlynn and has never been a great napper, so I hear you on those 3 hour naps! They don't happen often, but when they do it's basically the greatest day ever!

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  8. oh yes... I am very familiar with the standing bath phase. I think it started for us around Ashlynn's age, too. She JUST finally sat down a tiny bit during her last bath so you're in for at least a month or two of it, haha. We have a bath/shower combo so I started just turning on the shower part while leaving some water in the tub area. She runs through the shower water and at least gets a good rinse-off that way.

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    1. Glad I'm not alone!! Our shower has a handheld attachment, I should just grab that and hose her down like we do the dogs, not sure why I hadn't thought of that haha... thanks!!

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  9. She is so sweet! Your posts give me things to look forward to since our girls are 6 months apart.

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    1. Aw thank you, and enjoy all the milestones, just don't be too sad about them growing up too quickly. It's just so fun!

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  10. She is too cute, love that little outfit!

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  11. We had that same jam/sheet wetting with my one year old. We use the pampers night times and buy them one size bigger. It has been working like a charm for us. Good luck!

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    1. Ahh, maybe next time I'll grab size 4s... thanks!!

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  12. So exicted to hear how fun of an age this is! You might have a big girl using the BIG girl potty soon :) :)

    Hope you all have a great weekend!

    Megan
    Hello Newlywed Life Blog

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    1. Haha, I don't think it'll be that soon. I wasn't even hoping to attempt real training until after she adjusts to having a sibling in the house, I just thought maybe this would spark her interest and if she figures it out a little herself than awesome!

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  13. I just cannot believe how big she's getting and how fun and interactive she is now. She looks more and more like you every day...it's crazy!! Happy Friday Friend!! xo

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    1. Aw thanks Natasha! It's funny I don't really see it unless I look at old baby pictures, but I do love the comparisons :) She looked soooo much like her daddy at birth, it's nice to see a little mini me now :)

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  14. Those leggings are darling!!! Where are they from?

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    1. Thanks Michelle! They are Sugarplum Lane Baby from Etsy, I hosted a giveaway last week for her shop!

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  15. Odd question for you, but how do you do lunch time since she switched to 1 nap? We're not far behind you and Reed's schedule has always pretty similar to hers. I'm trying to figure out how I'd do lunch if he did the one nap at 11. Do you just feed her a snack and then lunch when she wakes? Any updated meal/snack schedule post would be much appreciated!

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    1. Great Q and I really don't have a concrete answer since each day is a little different with nap time not being super strict. If I can keep her up until 11 (which depends on when she wakes in the morning and her attitude) I'll feed her a snack or small lunch (1st lunch)... typically banana and half a grilled cheese or almond butter sandwich. They when she wakes from her nap she'll eat a yogurt or something bigger if she didn't get a real lunch or anything before she went down.

      I'll definitely do another "day in the life" post soon. I think they are so fun to have to look back on!

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  16. She is just adorable and I love that she is feedin herself and showing interest in the potty (I am sure that had a lot to do with your non solo bathroom trips) monkey see monkey do! Love that she is getting more teeth and that she is having so much fun with her tea set. I loved mine growing up and can't wait to get one for Ellie!! A is so adorable and I am so happy for you and your family and can't wait to see how A and baby K start to interact!

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  17. this was such a sweet post! i just love seeing the similarities in A and B. Although I am still waiting for B to use her own utensils and recognize when she has gone #2. When I ask her she will say "no" but I'm starting to think that is her way of trying to avoid a diaper change...

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