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We have officially made the transition into toddler mode. Lily’s expressions and new emotions that she is expressing are way different than my sweet little baby that I had a few months ago.
She is still my sweet girl, don’t get me wrong! But, the first time she threw herself on the ground over something that she didn’t get her way on…I knew we were in for it now. It’s actually kind of funny/cute when she gets mad, but you can’t laugh. S
he’s just like any normal toddler…throwing a tantrum or little things like not wanting to get in the bath tub…or not wanting to get out once she is in. Or not wanting to stay next to us at church and then letting out a loud scream. The newest thing that she has learned how to do is throw her arms straight up so that she can slip out of my hands when I try to pick her up and she doesn’t want to…she may have almost got me the first time, but i’m always ready for it now!
Also…it is so hard to feed a toddler! All she wants to do is use her fork or spoon herself, which always ends up with her covered in yogurt or food all over everything. It’s great practice, though!
She is also getting super picky with what she wants to eat- one minute she loves scrambled eggs, the next shes spitting them out. Chicken nuggets are GOLD though… she will eat them anytime! Nuggets, cheese, pancakes, fruit, goldfish and any other kind of snack is what she loves right now. OH! and….anything that is on our plates. I could give her the same dinner that Tim and I are having and she will throw it all on the floor for the dog, but if it comes off of our plate, she says “num num” and will eat it all up! Toddlers are so funny…. 😉
but…look how cute she is!!! How can you be mad at that sweet face.
Okay, she gets whatever she wants!!
<3 Katie Ryan
I have a little climber!
Finding new toys for kids can be hard when they get Christmas presents and birthday presents and random gifts in between. I have heard of people asking family and friends to not give toys to their child because they have so many already. Maybe a bigger gift that more than one person can go in on would be an idea (if you’re looking for one that is…)
We can acquire so much “stuff” so quickly and then sometimes they don’t ever use it! So far, as a new-ish Mom, I have found that Lily loves the toys that are very interactive and are a learning experience for her.
She absolutely loves the kids soft zone climbing equipment mats. These are so great for climbing, sliding and crawling around on. Lily got these for her birthday from her grandparents, but they are on Amazon with so many different price options. Now, she wants to try to climb on EVERYTHING that she can- chairs, stools, boxes, the couch, the dog…me…
She also loves her books! We have a cute doll house that I have used as her bookshelf in the playroom and put different books where the “rooms” are. Most of the books she has, I have received second hand from family and friends. She will sit for a long time and just look at the pages and make sweet little babble noises talking to herself, but my favorite is when she wants to sit on my lap and let me read them to her 😉
And…her kitchen!! She loves to pretend to bring me a drink or plate and pretend to eat or drink something, or take it over to her little table and sit down with it like a big girl!
I love to see her imagination already so big!
<3 Katie Ryan
THIS is my favorite age! Yes, it’s busy and yes we are still tired at times, but we are also having so much fun with Lily right now.
At 14 months old she is running around the house, talking SO MUCH! She has a lot to say and although some of it is baby babble, she is also has a great vocabulary list that she says clearly.
She loves to say “Mama”, which has recently turned into “Mommy”, and Dada, and walks around saying
her grandparents names- Mimi, Pops and Poppy and sometimes she will say Nani; but after going to daycare (at my mom’s house) she has started to call her what all of the other kids call her, “Bethy” (it sounds more like Beppy) haha. So we’re working on that 😉 She also says, “doggie”, “good girl”, “all done”, “all gone”, “here ya go”, “basketball (bahball)”, “baby”, “coco” (my parent’s dogs name) and a few others! She pretty much tries to copy everything were saying now, so….we really need to watch what we say!!
She is also picking up on things we do…she likes to “clean.” She will take her wipes or a paper towel and pretend to wipe the counters. She will help me put her clothes away from the laundry and she likes to try to put her socks and shoes on herself and on Tim and I. She loves to brush her hair and sit and read her books and play with toys all day. She also loves to carry around
her babydolls and hold and give them kisses and says “awww.” This girl also loves her “paci”, as you can tell from the pictures.
She’s getting so big so fast and has such a funny, happy little personality! Everyday is something new and as much as I miss carrying her around and holding her when she was a little baby, it’s so much more fun to see her running around and the best part is when she comes over to me and gives me a big hug and kiss.
<3 Katie Ryan
Katie will be sharing the story of becoming a new mom!
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