First off, thank you to everyone who left such nice comments when I wrote about my Dad’s passing. I’m not that active in the blogger world, but there are a handful of you who I truly do feel a connection with and enjoy reading about your lives, and every extra bit of support helps right now.
And onto happier things – Jane will be 16 months old next week, and it’s really the best time ever. When she was younger, up until around 10 months maybe (or whenever she started FINALLY napping regularly), I felt like I was always eager to get to the next stage. But now I pretty much like things how they are.
Sleep is going well, for awhile she was sleeping straight through the night (11 hours) but that meant waking up at 6 a.m., which I definitely didn’t like. For the past few weeks she’s been waking about 5 a.m. to nurse and then sleeping until past 7, which I much prefer.
Still taking two naps a day, don’t mind that either because it usually means mama gets to take a little morning nap too.
The best things right now are the affection and the sense of humor.
Every morning all three of us lay in bed slowly waking up, and when she’s done nursing she pops awake and gives each of us multiple kisses and is just the happiest girl in the world. And we didn’t teach her this, it’s like her own routine to make sure each of us gets a few kisses and hugs. She randomly kisses pictures of people and animals in books and also if another baby is crying she’ll go put her arms around them.
She makes me laugh so many times a day, with random “peek” games and putting things on her head, her enthusiasm in running towards the stroller when I say we’re going for a walk, or just making me smile every time we hear a bus go by on our busy street and she says “buh!”. Or walking down a street full of cars and she says pointing at a single one like it’s the most astounding thing “car!”. She will also totally burst out laughing if she hears us laughing.
She still talks her baby jibberish too, which is loud and forceful and sounds like some sort of foreign language. I finally got a video of it, where she’s standing on the toilet and waving her hands around like a dictator or crazy professor:
As far as other words, tonight I made a list of them, as the fabulous Twisted Susan suggested I do many months ago.
For more my own records than your entertainment, here is Jane’s current vocabulary off the top of my head, including animal noises:
Rar, meow meow, woof, ooo oo ahh (monkey, complete with chest pounding), quack quack, mama, dada, nana, oma, papa, bath, ball, car, bus, banana, good girl, no, all done, beep, hi, buh bye, baby, uh-oh, ohhh yeah!, oh jeez, shoe, up, down, on, off, kitty, nite nite, hot, thank you (sounds more like “tee tee”), bottle (“ba ba”), bug, hat, hair, eye, mmm num num, water, clock, tick tock, book, wee wee (as in the end of “this little piggy”), “weeee” as in going down the slide, and of course “wassat?” (what’s that?).
A few pics of my sweet baby, my big girl:
Her 15 (1/2) month checkup stats:
Love you Janey!!