This month was PACKED with milestones! In my opinion, we’ve totally transitioned from baby to TODDLER! Adeline is now walking, which in my mind, was the final “step” to becoming a toddler.
She just took off at 13.5 months. A few days before this video, she was still holding onto my hands and then BOOM- she took off and hasn’t looked back. Oh, glorious walking. Adeline isn’t shy, so it’s kind of fun to let her walk around in the store or out in public. I’m kind of afraid she’ll disappear if I turn away for a second though, that kid can move fast! She weighs about 20lbs and I’m not sure how tall she is now. She’s in 12-18mo clothes, but some of the 12mo clothes are getting too short. Her new sneakers are Nike Free 5.0′s (only $25 for boy colors!) and we love them!
Her level of understanding still amazes me. I sing lots of silly songs to her (Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle, etc.) but I started to say the words of “Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom” the other day as I was making dinner. Adeline disappeared for a few minutes, and then came back into the kitchen carrying her Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom book! She’s definitely trying to say new words, and it’s funny to see the things she recognizes no matter the setting. For example, she knows a ball in a book, she knows what a toy ball is and anything round yet inedible is also a ball. She also really likes to point out animals in books, at the store on clothing and whenever we’re out and about.
With all of these new developments in walking and understanding our SLEEP has taken quite the hit this month. Naps have been OK- she’s kind of in a place where she wants a 20min catnap in the morning and a 2hr nap in the afternoon. The times have been kind of inconsistent, so it’s hard for me to judge how much steam she has left before she needs a rest. The biggest part of the sleep issue was bedtime. We’ve had multiple wake-ups and late, fussy bedtimes. Things have actually been a lot better since Thanksgiving, but it makes me nervous to travel for Christmas. When Adeline gets her sleep, she is awesome. When she doesn’t, well… it’s a lot to handle. She knows she’s in a new place, and I feel like she just has a hard time settling down when we’re not at our home.
I’m excited for this Christmas season since Adeline is so much more involved in her world. She’s doing well with our tree- we told her that it was “hot” and that it is not to touch. We don’t have any ornaments up yet, we’re taking baby steps.
She is also building up her own little vocabulary. There are a few things she says fairly clearly- ball, sit, up, apple, bath, and all done. And she will nod “yes” or “no” in addition to signing eat, please, more, all done. She has her own noises for: Silas “siias”, pretzel “bur-za”, diaper “bu-per”, and a few other things. She is starting to try to repeat words too. It’s pretty cool! I’m pretty sure no one would be able to understand her without our translating, but it’s neat to watch her develop her ways of communicating.
This month has also been pretty difficult for me. I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been a day that has gone by where I haven’t thought “I want some help”. I’m really thankful for all of the new things that Adeline can do, but they certainly haven’t been without frustration. For example, she can’t understand why I won’t let her climb in the oven. She’s probably really irritated with me when I try to let her walk while holding her hand in the parking lot. She really, really wants to do everything by herself. It has honestly just sucked a lot of energy out of me. Going out to different places used to be a sort of escape, but these days, it’s a lot of accident prevention on my part. I really do love being a mom, but I’d be lying if I said that everything was sunshine and rainbows!
^^ That’s Adeline’s “thinking face”. She was picking up leaves off of the ground, sticking them in her (empty) snack cup and then putting them in her stroller.
Any advice for helping your toddler to sleep while traveling? Any suggestions to help little ones express their desire to be independent?