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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.