Addison is now 15 months old, and I am a few days away from the start of 3rd trimester with her brother…it’s so weird saying “brother”!
Sneak peak from our family pictures last Sunday. Can you guess who loved the idea of all wearing plaid?! (for those of you who don’t know Dean well, a plaid shirt and jeans is Dean’s “signature” look, haha…I think it dates back to his Abercrombie modeling days). I was surprised I was able to find a plaid shirt of mine that fit over my almost third trimester bump!
Changes since her 12.5 month update:
She started walking at around 13 months. For the longest time we kept thinking she’d start walking, because she had been pulling herself up and “cruising” amongst our furniture forever, but it wasn’t until 13 months that she got the confidence to actually take some steps on her own:
She quickly progressed to running (as well as a baby can run) and getting around quite well on her own…even pushing her own large stroller:
She is a little Miss Independent. She doesn’t like to be picked up as much anymore. Now when I pick her up from her school, she walks right past me with her bag to the door, and when I open the door to let her out, she starts racing down the sidewalk on her own, and I have to run after her.
Still hates being put in the carseat, although once she’s in it she’s usually fine.
She LOVES books…but she doesn’t really like being read to. Instead, she likes to hold the book and flip through the pages herself and babbles away as if she knows exactly what she is saying.
“Reading” to me.
I’m honestly not sure if she really knows specific words well yet. She says “Mo!” when I believe she means “no.” She’ll say mama and dada…but I still think it’s sorta random, although our friend thought it was pretty deliberate. Who knows. She does do a lot of talking in her own little babble language, though.
We’ve started introducing potty training to her. She has a little toilet in the bathroom that we sit her on for a few minutes during diaper changes or before her bath. She’s gone to the bathroom in it a few times for us (like maybe twice, when she actually stayed put on it for several minutes). Usually what happens, though, is that she lasts a few seconds on it and then gets up and runs around the bathroom while I’m getting the bath water ready, and then when I turn around to get her she’s peed on the floor.
She hates diaper changes in general and won’t lie down for them…diaper and clothes changes now involve me chasing her around the room and trying to do them with her standing and on the move.
She knows how to throw away her diapers. I had left a diaper wrapped up on the bathroom floor a few weeks ago during her bath. When I got her out of the bath and was dumping the water and cleaning up, I looked back and realized she was no longer in the bathroom. I walked into her room and there she was lifting the lid on the diaper bin and throwing away her diaper. Now she does that after every diaper change.
She is down to one nap a day. Her bedtime has typically been at 8, but we are starting to move it up a little bit now now because of the one less nap.
We are now training her to take sips out of a cup like an adult (which what they requested at her school). What we do is at dinner, we give her her sippy cup without the cap on. She usually does well at first drinking out of it this way, but then she inevitably ends up dumping it on herself or on the floor…or she decides she wants to take her food and put it in the cup of the water. Seeing chunks of turkey meatballs and cauliflower in her cup of water is not an appetizing site.
In the process of dumping water all over herself.
There’s not much food she doesn’t like…I guess I would say she’s not crazy about eggs?
Our nighttime routine involves a team effort on Dean’s and my part: I bathe her, change her, and put her to bed while Dean mops up the floor and does the dishes.
Some nights I place Addison in her crib when she’s still awake…other nights I hold her and rock her to sleep. Supposedly you’re not supposed to do that according to some sleep training methods? Well I don’t really care…there are so many theories on sleep training and what not, none of which I have read…I love getting to hold her in my arms when she goes to sleep, and so most of the times for MY benefit. I could and about half of the time do put her down within a few minutes and walk out and she usually does just fine, but other times I stay in there with her sleeping in my arms for a half hour or even longer. It’s the only time of day I have to really slow down and just “be”. I treasure this time with her, cause I know one day she won’t want to cuddle anymore. She sleeps through the night just fine so I see no problem with this. I’m going to miss my quiet nights when #2 comes along!
My treasured moments with her at night.
She is pretty fearless, which means I have to be very attentive at the playground…she’s gotten to be a very good little climber and will climb to the very top of playground equipment and then walk straight over to the ledge. Yikes. Definitely isn’t afraid of heights.
She is getting feisty and knows what she wants and doesn’t like being told she can’t play with something or do something. God forbid she gets ahold of my phone and I take it away from her…all Hell breaks loose.
Addison, at least for the past week or so, has seemed to be favoring Dean. Like the other night she kept moving away from me on the couch and crawling into Dean’s lap. I have to admit, my feelings were a little hurt : /. At least she still lets me rock her to sleep in my arms.
Cuddling with Daddy. I was a little hurt that she didn’t want to sit in my lap to read, but this was pretty darn precious to watch ; )
We finally got an inexpensive umbrella stroller (Summer Infant 3-D Lite) which we really like so that we don’t have to lug our Bob Stroller everywhere. Haven’t decided what double stroller to get yet for when #2 comes along…City Select? There are so many stroller options that it’s overwhelming.
We haven’t decided what type of childcare we are going to use when her brother comes along. She’s now in a Montossori School and is doing really well. I love that she learns to be around other kids, to not be the center of attention, and to learn to entertain herself and do other things independently, but with two kids to put in daycare??? It becomes similar in price to having a nanny, and then you don’t have to worry about getting both out the door in the morning (which would fall on Dean’s shoulders in my situation), or calling off of work when they get sick, or hiring a sitter for when they have their summer/fall/winter/spring week long breaks, or me hiring a morning a sitter to drop them off when Dean is out of town traveling, which is not infrequent…it would just be so much easier, and that’s what we’re leaning towards, and will have to make a decision very soon.
Tomorrow we are taking her on our first plane trip (back home to KC) since she’s become a mobile, active, independent toddler. I’m honestly terrified. She’s happy when she’s up moving around on her own, or is ok when we hold her standing up, but for some reason she hates sitting. Like we couldn’t even get her to sit down in our laps for our family pictures last weekend. The second we sat down with her she started squirming around and crying. I have a feeling it’s going to feel like a very long flight and we’re going to get a lot of dirty looks….
- Any advice for toddlers age 15-18 months? What to expect?
- I think I may have asked this before, and if so, I’m going to ask again: double stroller recs? As much as I love our Bob, I’m afraid the double one will be impractical for every day use since it’s so wide and doesn’t have a lot of storage space underneath.
- Two babies (under two): will I survive? Tips? I did ok returning to work last time at 6 weeks, but I’m scared I’m going to be a lot more worn out returning to work at 6 weeks with two babies (don’t even get me started on the state of maternity leave for many physicians and other women in this country), although maybe in a sense it will be easier since I get a “break” during the day (hardly a break since my job is really busy, but you know what I mean). I already feel like doing everything is so challenging with ONE kid, like there’s already so little time to just relax, and now we’re going to add a newborn to the picture?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited, just a little scared of how we’re going to manage! Lots of coffee I suppose…and wine ; )
Misc pictures, mostly from the past month:
At the pumpkin farm.
She liked the little stroller for the most part, but those edges are so darn low, and she rolled right out of it onto her head at one point! haha. She was totally ok : )
She was intrigued by the goats.
Our little Royals fan! And Dean actually got her to keep that hat on for several hours without taking it off, a true sign she likes the Royals.
Facetiming with her from work on one of the Saturdays that I was working. Around her neck are “her” running medals that I got for her when I was running with her pregnant. She loves running around our house with them around her neck, and I absolutely love that she loves doing this : )
At Lincoln Park Zoo with my dad.
Video of her Halloween costume…funny story, several weeks ago Dean texted me a picture of the Halloween costume “he” had gotten Addison. I was shocked….Dean remembered to do something in advance?! Like what?! haha..turns out I later found out that someone he worked with was ordering one for her child, and he got in on the buy one get one free deal, so that’s why he actually got her her costume way in advance : ) Dean, I’m still proud of you for getting the costume ; )