Somehow, you are 15 months old. Time passes, and you grow. Some things you do, we can take credit for, they are things we taught you. Some things...I don't know where they come from, but you just do them. They are who you are, who the Lord has created you to be.
I'll be honest. My flesh doesn't always love being a Mama. Somehow, being a Mama and loving on you gets in the way of my own plans and silly to-do lists, and my flesh hates that. My spirit loves being a Mama. The experience humbles me and brings me much closer to Jesus. There is nothing like you loving on me, smiling at me and the ability to watch you learn and grow. What a gift.
We continue to get to know more of your personality - little details get filled in. Here are a few things about you at 15 months old.
- Physically, you continue to get bigger (can't fool me) - that tummy is a force to be reckoned with. You are 25lbs. 4oz. (83%) you are 31 1/2in tall (81%)
- You are a great eater - you love....pretty much anything we put in front of you, even veggies. Although, sometimes you get a little fickle - we have to sneak your lentils into applesauce or quesadillas or we have to sneak your spinach into your scrambled eggs, but generally, anything is fair game when it comes to your appetite.
- You are very much into being outside. Enough said on that other blog entry. Oh, you love it.
- We are trying to do some decoding as far as your sleep goes. Basically, it's time to drop a nap, and we are figuring out that magic formula of sleep that allows you to operate at your best. It's going well so far, but not without a lot of questioning and doubting from your Mama along the way. Where did you hide your Madeleine manual, huh?
- We are also encountering some of our first issues with your willpower. We aren't into "discipline" yet but you are learning the phrase, "Madeleine, you need to obey Mommy" and you love to say "no" when you don't like where Daddy or Mommy are headed with their instruction. Your "nos" or your "differing opinion" about what's going to happen still errs on the side of playful (and not so blatantly defiant) but I see it coming. (wink)
- You are very much into reading. I'll read a book to you 100 times if it means you'll grab it off the shelf and back your lil bottom up into my lap. I feel like I've been forever waiting for your interest in books to arrive! Your current favorites: "Where is Baby's Bellybutton?" (while we read it, you point to all the same parts on you - where are baby's eyes? "baby!" "eyes!" you turn around and put your little pointer finger on my eye, where are baby's feet? you grab your feet, you get the idea...hands, bellybutton, mouth...you've got it!) You love "Pat the Bunny," you even smell the flowers on that page, you love "Curious George Goes to the Zoo," especially the flamingo page, and of course you love "Where is Spot?" We go through all the rooms in the house, as we read the book and lift each potential hiding place for Spot, you say "NO!" because you know he isn't there.
- You've got the cow saying "moo" and the kitty cat says "meow" but that's about it as far as animal sounds go.
- Sometimes, you will actually keep a bow in your hair. Pigs are flying.
- At your 15 month appointment, they asked us, "so she can say about three words, right?" I said "Actually she knows about 20!" I didn't know what was "normal" but apparently you are very talkative. They don't all sound exactly how they should, but you can say: Mama, Dada, uh-oh, baby, cheese, hi, bye, milk, me! (for lambie, sometimes you say "ah-me!") night-night, bus, bubbles, Nana, Pop, Elmo, Bible, Jesus, bow, eyes, tree, bath, please, hat, no.
- You love music. It takes but a few notes or a beat to get your dancing (bouncing, then the hip sway/shake, then a twist move) clapping or singing (you say "la la la la la")
- I think the most amazing thing about you right now is watching you make connections right before our eyes. Here are four things I don't want to forget about this month...actually this very week!
- In the past couple weeks, you have started to enjoy Sesame Street - we'll have it on sometimes when we are home in the morning. Well, before you even watched it, we had read an Elmo book to you that talked about you and Elmo being "So Big!" (hand gestures included, but you didn't do them much.) We had Sesame Street on TV, and when Elmo came on, you did the "So big!" hands-above-your-head and ran into your playroom to grab the Elmo book and bring it into the den. I was amazed. I thought you were so brilliant.
- We enjoy the "Children's Folk Songs" Pandora station - such sweet songs. Well, "I know an Old Lady..." came on. The second you heard the word "spider" as in: "I know an old lady who swallowed a spider..." you did the hand motions for "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Shocked again, I said "Yes, Madeleine! Same spider, different song! You are so smart!" You listen quite carefully.
- You saw a pair of sunglasses in a book. You pointed and said "eyes" then you turned around, looked at Mommy and her glasses and said "eyes." Yes, baby. Glasses are for eyes.
- The last little "out-of-context" connection you made was when I said "Madeleine, where are your hands?" You showed them to me, but then you shouted "bubbles!" Because in your "Where is Baby's Bellybutton?" book, Baby's hands are behind the bubbles. Naturally.
- You doubled your teeth quota in just three months. I hadn't realized it until just recently, but at one year you had eight teeth, and now you have sixteen. Impressive.
- "Hi" and waving are definitely still your thing. You will say hi and wave to...well...anyone and anything. Book characters, Sesame Street characters, people out in public...you bring such sweetness and joy. Last week you randomly woke up and were very, very hungry at about 11:30 at night. I took some milk in there and got some cuddles with you. You sucked that milk down, took the straw out of your mouth, and as you were falling asleep on my chest, you said "hiiiiiiii...." So sweet.
Madeleine, remember when you were just a little chunk? Your crib mattress was high and you couldn't roll over? Here is a picture from that time, as well as a picture of you now.
Also, I hung up your garland from your birthday party in your playroom. You love to look up and say "Baby! Hi!"
Love you, sweet baby.