Our baby girl is 15 months old. Wow. She looks so big to me. She is getting taller and her face is looking more and more child-like and less baby-like. She weighs 23 pounds and is 31.5 inches. She is in the 90% percentile for height and 50% for weight. She is gabbering a ton. She is close to running, though she still falls a lot when she has her shoes on. Her feet are big.
She climbs. On. Everything. She can now climb on our dining chairs. the toilet, the sofa, the chair. She's a daredevil. She loves the stairs. Loves the slide at the park - also loves to hang from the monkey bars. I timed her and she hung for 20 seconds. Do we have a little Olympian? Perhaps!
She loves the song "wheels on the bus". She will make the "round and round" motion all of the time. When we sing the song she gets the biggest smile on her face and giggles. She also loves the song "there were five in the bed and the little one said roll over, i'm crowded". She and Kaneu roll over each other and it is so cute. Again with the giggles. I tried to get some pictures of it and of course they all turned out blurry, but you get the idea. It was sheer sweetness. I love seeing my kiddos having fun and loving each other.
She is learning where her ears are. She knows where her nose is and loves to find mine. We're also working on her belly, which is probably the cutest (and biggest) belly I've seen on a baby.
Her newest signs are: poop, banana, cheese, eat
Like I said above she babbles a ton. When she wakes up I'll ask her if she's hungry. She usually responds with signing "more", as in more food please! I'd say that "more" is her most frequently used sign.
Ruby vetoed milk about 5 weeks ago. I believe it was a Friday and she decided that she wanted nothing to do with it. It was a rough transition because in the evening before bedtime she would sign for it but she didn't want it when we would offer it to he. I even tried to give it to her in a bottle, but no she didn't want it. We continue to offer it to her and occasionally she will take a sip or two, but for the most part she is not interested. Wierd! The doctor is okay with it since she is getting calcium through other means. It's just a strange thing for a baby not to want milk. As for the rest of her diet just depends on her mood, the day of the week, her teeth, etc. She is, for the most part, a really great eater, though we have had some rough 3 day stretches where she rejects everything we give her. She loves to take the rejected food and rub it into her hair. She thinks it's pretty funny. If she doesn't put it in her hair then she likes to toss it behind her head or dangle it over the side of her tray, dropping it just before I can reach it. She's a smart cookie.
I really feel like her attachment to us has become stronger in the last month. When we first brought her home she seemed very comfortable with us, ate well, was snuggly and slept well. I wasn't able to see that she was grieving at all. I am sure she was processing it somehow but it wasn't anything that we could observe. About a month ago when she and I went to Philly we had a really tough time at night. She would go to bed OK but would wake up around 2 am and would not go back to bed. She would cling to me and pinch my skin because she was holding on so tight. I ended up putting her in the bed with me and she would only sleep on top of me. If she slid off next to me then she would immediately cry and moan. It was like she couldn't get close enough to me. It was really sad because for the first time since we had been in Seoul she seemed scared. Thankfully we were only gone for two nights and once we were back home she was sleeping better again, but she did have some more late nights where she just wanted to be held. Now that I can look back over the last 3 months I can definitely see that she has made big steps forward in her attachment. She holds eye contact for long periods of time, she seems to be more wary of strangers and she doesn't wander off when we are out and about - instead she will take my hand and lead me toward where she wants to go. These are just little things but they are huge to us. I know I am forgetting a ton of stuff but I guess that's how it goes.
Thankfully she is over croup - yay!!! It was an incredibly tough week. Doesn't she look so pitiful? She still wasn't 100% by Friday so we went back to the doc and she's now on antibiotics. I can tell she is feeling MUCH better. I am finally feeling better too - yay!! I have slept more this weekend than I did all week. I am feeling like a new woman. So happy Brian is home. And so happy Grammy Sue stayed all week long. Phew! Thanks mom!!