Baby girl turned 21 months old on Oct. 28. Each month on the 28th I take a photo of Miss Alexa and her owl to mark her growth because, as everyone likes to remind me, "they're only little for a short while."
Little Miss Independent is taking over and if you tell her to do something she does not want to do (take these photos, perhaps?) there will be tears and wailing and contortions so help her god.
A short list of things Alexa routinely objects to: getting dressed, getting out of the tub, having her diaper changed, waiting for anything, holding still, being told "no," having her binkie or blankie confiscated, the end of washing-hands time or brushing-teeth time, spending any length of time in a shopping cart
That's the short list.
Her clothing situation is the same as last month. She wears 18-24 month clothing. Some 2T stuff (T-shirts mostly). She wears size 6 shoes. She will readily help me put her socks and shoes on. She is starting to enjoy "helping" with her other clothes, too. For instance, she will stand up to help pull up pants, and she will put her arms over her head so I can take off shirts.
We are getting a solid two-to-three-hour nap each day. She doesn't fuss much when it comes to naptime, but she will jump up and down in her crib if she's not ready to sleep. She has been sleeping with a pillow, and she refuses to sleep unless she has her blankie and binkie. I'm not looking forward to the day when we wean her of this.
Little Miss Independent is apparently boycotting any and all vegetables. All of a sudden, food she has been eating for a year (eggs, peas, spinach, carrots) get the cold shoulder from her. I'm resorting to hiding veggies inside other foods and giving her Happy Tot pouches, but I'm also making a show of putting carrots and green beans and broccoli on her plate. We shall see who is the most stubborn out of the two of us! Along with being picky, she is also eating less and drinking less (unless we're talking about grapes; the girl loves grapes).
Favorite things: Throwing and catching the bouncy ball, playing Legos, reading "Mister Seahorse" in the morning and "Goodnight Moon" before bedtime, drawing in the bathtub, pumpkins and other Halloween decoration, dancing along with and mimicking her "show" (aka Yo Gabba Gabba), playing with the xylophone, climbing into her little shopping cart, helping to sweep and/or put away dishes and laundry
New words: Rock, Foofa, Muno, Brobee, Toodee, Plex (she knows the whole gang); fish, socks, it's hot, Halloween (how-ween!), open, more, milk, show, thank you, monkey, duck, slide, swing, sleep, grapes (gwapes)
We used to have a battle royale every night to get her into the bath. Then this week, like magic, she started to enjoy her bath time. She uses her bath crayons to draw, plays with her bath toys and now she doesn't want to LEAVE the tub. Haha.
One thing we can count on: tantrums lurk around every corner. This photoshoot lasted about two minutes, tops. I got one decent image (above) and the rest of the 30 pics I took looked something like this: