Alice is in my favorite age window of anything I’ve experienced in 5 years of mothering. I find that 12 – 18 months is the sweet spot where the newborn exhaustion has worn off, mobility and verbalization is flourishing but tantrums haven’t started yet.
She makes me laugh daily. And when I started writing down all the words she can say now, I realized she’s saying one or two new words every day. We’ve all known for a while that she understands more than she says but it’s wild to hear her saying so many words now.
It’s hard to get pictures of Little Miss. Mostly because I take pictures with my phone instead of a real camera but also because she’s always on the move. She doesn’t like posing for photos (yet).
She either has to be strapped into her high chair.
Or caught in action from across the room.
She loves books. She doesn’t really want to sit still for hearing an entire story but she loves looking at the pictures, pointing at things and naming them, turing the pages and bringing books to anyone sitting nearby.
She is learning the rules of the house and knows what things are “Not for Alice”. She’ll grab the tv remote and say her version of “here you go” as she hands it to you. Or, she’ll point it at the tv and start pushing all the buttons. She definitely knows what it’s for!
She’ll point at outlets and say “no, no” or grab at the oven and say “hot, hot” while she shakes her head. She loves to put on socks and shoes and looks for any excuse to leave the house (or anyone to talk her for a walk to ‘go go go’). If she finds any carpet treasures or any of the boys’ small toys she’ll either bring it to you and say “here you go” or she’ll say “uh oh” and hold it out to you to take. Then you have a 3 second window to take it from her before she puts it into her mouth.
She’s already turned into my shopping buddy, I’ll drop the boys off at school and off we go running errands. She loves waving at people and saying “byeeeee” or “hi!”.
Last weekend I caught her on the couch examining the zipper of a little puma suit we squeezed her into for one wearing. She just sat there so interested in pulling the zipper up and down. She seemed so much older than 16 months to me!
She’s gaining quite the animal noise gallery, her first animal sound was her “quack” for a duck and it would quack me up every time she did it. But now she can moo, quack, meow and woof woof.
She continues to love any “doggie” toy but is also growing on kitties and cows.
Her current lists of words:
(she doesn’t have a clear word for her brothers yet but will say Gaba for Graham or Bab for brother)
Nona (for her cousin Nora)
I’ll have to do a better job of paying attention to how she says her various uncle and aunt names. She has some clear sounds for each of them.
Baba for milk
Wa for water
Toes – which she says for toes but also says while making the food sign when she’s talking about toast.
No, no, no
Poopy (which she’ll say any time she pees, passes gas or poops)
Ball and Big Ball
Peee Pol (People)
She’s starting with phrases and has her own versions of:
Here you go
We’ve had a lot of success with baby sign language with her and she continues to use these signs:
Also peek-a-boo when she wants to play. She’ll open and close her little fists when she wants to hear us sing “Open, Shut Them” or clap her hands and say “Pee Cake” when she wants to hear the song “Pat-A-Cake”.
She LOVES taking a bath, all the men in her life and any chance to go for a walk or leave the house.