You have made up a silly little game and you love to play it with Dada. It’s pretty simple, you yell, ‘Da-da’ and he responds wherever he is in the house, ‘Kate-Kate’ and then it repeats. But it will honestly get repeated 20 to 40 times. Occasionally, you’ll throw a ‘Where-are-you’ (which you pronounce as whe-ah-ya) into the mix but for the most part you guys just like to call back and forth to each other. It is very sweet.
This was a big milestone month where I noticed lots of changes. The biggest change was you started nodding you head yes when I ask you a question. Do you want milk? and you nod yes and walk to the fridge. Seriously, this is a game changer as it is less of a guessing game of what you really want, because you’re always ‘peas-ing’ for something.
You’ve started to say a lot more words this month too: Dada, Mama, hot (aht), up, uh-oh, wow, bubble, bowl, baby, ball and poop. Some of these are more distinguishable than others, but we all know what you’re saying.
You had a rough cold at the beginning of the month and also popped your bottom two eye teeth through. As soon as your teeth were through, we took away your pacifier and you didn’t even notice. With the removal of the paci, you have become much more attached to Bunny. You always want him to come out of your crib with you and you get SO excited when you see him. You’ll run over to him with this big smile and just snuggle and nuzzle him like crazy.
You’re now officially transitioned out of the two naps and will sleep for 2.5-3.5 hours every afternoon. Many days, you’ll fall asleep on the way home from getting Lexi, but you do a good job transitioning to your bed. After nap time or even in the morning, you’ll often play in your crib and babble to your stuffed animals for a good 20 minutes.
You’ve also become much more affectionate and snuggly with me. After reading books at night, we lie in bed and sing Christmas songs and you always find my hand and take it to rub your belly and will just lay and snuggle (and have even fallen asleep a couple of times). You also will just come and give me hugs in the middle of playing for no reason.
You’re also showing a bit of a stubborn streak with a temper built in–deadly combination. You will throw a cup or food if it isn’t what you wanted and sometime putting clothes or a jacket on you is like dressing jello. You are squirming and whinning all over the place.
Your big sibs are passing their love for footie jammies onto you as you point to them in your closet and will pull them off the hanger and beg to have them put on. But you love to accessorize. I put a cute little outfit on and you waddled into Lexi’s room and pointed to her necklaces and demanded to wear one. I gave you one that you didn’t want and you threw it on the ground. scary behavior for an 18 month old if you ask me.
Happenings this month:
- Decorated the the house for Christmas and you did really well and didn’t really touch any of the ornaments or the tree.
- We visited Santa and you HATED him. Classic pic!
- You loved seeing all the Christmas lights everywhere.
- You loved Thanksgiving dinner–especially the rolls and Grandma Terri’s Raspberry Jello salad.
- You are also a sweet tooth. You loved taste-testing cookie dough and frosting but could take or leave the finished cookie
Nicknames: Kate, Katers, Kate-Kate, Katers-the-taters, Taters, Getty
My sweet babes, this past year and a half have been the hardest, most exauhsting, but utterly fabulous, priceless time of my life. I love every little inch of every part of you and your big personality. I’m so grateful to have you and am SO excited to watch you grow over the next 6 months.