16 months

My munchkin is growing like a weed, and becoming a big girl faster than I can keep up with it. She has added “ba ba” (bottle of milk) to her vocabulary, bringing the total word count to only three. She used to say ba ba before she said anything else, at about 10 or 11 months I think, then stopped until now. She also says “woooow” or “whooaa” when she discovers something interesting. Lately she keeps signing “more” for everything, and I can’t tell what she’s using the sign to say. Sometimes it seems like it means “let’s go, mom!” or  “hurry up!” and other times I think it’s just a sign for “I want something”. She understands almost everything, however. If I tell her to go pick something up and give them to somebody, she does it, without me having to repeat the instructions.

Everyone always comments on her motor skills, and it’s true, she looks like a 3 year old when it comes to walking/running/jumping/climbing. I just tell people, well, she’s been walking since 9 months so she’s had a lot of practice. Even I am impressed by the things she can get up on, and the fact that she now goes down playground slides by herself, as well as climbs up them! She can take anything apart: doors, packages, toys, electronics… and also started putting simple floor puzzle pieces together, as well as the wooden shape puzzles.

Her eating habits, my biggest headache, are improved. Obviously there are good meals and not-so-good meals, but since putting her at the table and eating the same things as her, she usually at least takes a few bites, and a lot of the time she actually eats a meal. Her favorite foods are still mandarin orange slices, any kind of rice, cheese sticks, scrambled eggs, and waffle or toast, although she has been trying new things, too, which makes me happy. She also drinks out of regular cups and water bottles now, no need for a sippy (unless we’re in the car and I don’t want a spill).

My favorite part of her personality is how affectionate she is. She needs about 20 kisses during her bedtime bottle so she can sleep. She’s still determined, focused, and serious about whatever the task at hand is. She loves bubbles (baw-boo she sometimes says), balls, “reading” on the kindle (animals singing songs), and running up and down docks. She has become a community child, with the neighbors sometimes watching her so I can mow the lawn or weed, and she has hugs for them (at least the women) and blows kisses.

The adoption continues to lag on, with no change in anything. Hopefully the judge will be unhappy about this at our hearing next week, and get things moving.

Author: Mother of All Things

Mother by fostering, adoption, and marriage... wife to my best friend... Bay area critical care nurse... travel in my blood, reading in my bones, clean food on my mind!

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