Monday, March 29, 2010

Oh yeah... I have a blog!

It's been a while. I've missed blogging... and I have a lot to say... but for now... a Lilian update!

Lilian is 19.5 months now... closer to 2 than 1, I can't believe it. And she's FUN! This is a great age. She's talking, dancing, playing... and it's something new every day.

If you know us, you know she's obsessed with Dora... and now Diego too. It's all Dora all the time. She sees her everywhere too. I can be walking down the soup/pasta aisle in the grocery store and she starts chanting "dora, dora, dora" from the cart... and I look over, and sure enough, a can of Campbell's soup has a tiny Dora on the front. How does she spot her everywhere?!?! We have Dora recorded on TV, Dora dishes and forks, Dora bath toys and bubble bath, a Dora toothbrush and toothpaste, Dora PJs and t-shirts, Dora sheets, Dora toys & dolls, Dora sippy cups, etc.

How can I stand it some people wonder? If you saw HOW happy it makes her, you'd understand. If you saw the frantic wiggling and dancing when the songs come on. If you saw the way she lights up when she "finds a friend" in public... you'd get it. Though to be honest, I had no idea an obsession would start this young... but, we're just going with it. Like everything else, it'll pass, and for now it makes her the happiest girl in town.

She's speaking a lot now. She uses words for most all of her needs/wants (rather than the frantic whining/pointing we had 6 months ago.) Let me see if I can recall all of her words: eat, juice (which also includes milk, we only have one word so far for beverage), book, bath, poop, Dora, Gogo (which means Diego), Map, Backpack, Boo (Boots), dog, moo (when she sees a cow), out, up, more, gook (cookies), cack (cake), app (apple), ban (banana), bubb (bubbles), uh oh, stuck, animal, hola, abre, open. That's all I can think of now, I'm probably missing a few.

If I had to say what her favorite things are... I'd say... music/dancing, animals/dogs, TV/snuggling, books, climbing/playgrounds/slides, travel/shopping/anywhere she gets to observe people/places, baths, and of course Dora and friends.

Eating & sleeping... she's a champ. We still co-sleep (since 8 months) and it works out amazing for our family. We keep her on my schedule... so she goes to bed between 10-11 and we wake up between 8-9 and so she sleeps a good 10 hours a night. Then we have one definite nap a day, anywhere between 1-3 hours long somewhere between 11-2 and sometimes a second nap around 4-5PM. She's also a fabulously unpicky eater (knock on wood)... she eats anything you put in front of her... and I mean anything... meat, tofu, veggies, indian and chinese food. The more flavorful the better... she loves mustard, sauces, dressings, etc... and if the food is bland then she wants to dip. She self feeds completely with a spoon or fork (though sometimes gets impatient and digs in with her hands) once we cut the food "diced" size. She doesn't care for mushy foods though... oatmeal, mashed potatoes, anything with a consistency like that she's not interested in, she want to chew! Her favorite foods are: apples, bananas, broccoli, cereal, chinese food, soup, pizza, pasta with sauce, chocolate, salad, etc.

Speaking of chewing... she has 12 teeth - the four front top, four front bottom, and four molars. She's been teething and chewing up her hand the past week or two, but I can't tell if its the canine/eyeteeth coming in or the 2-year molars. Whatever it is, I hope they hurry up! Maybe she'll cut all eight at once and we'll be done with it!

I'm so looking forward to spring. We've had some warm days already and went to the park... and it's like a whole different world as compared to last summer! She can climb, slide, run, etc. all on her own! She's pretty fearless (which is frightening for me!) and LOVES going down slides... she says "weeeeeeeeee" and it's so adorable. I'm looking forward to going to the park and/or down to the playground at our private beach a lot more this year.

Lilian went to the pediatrician a couple of weeks ago... she was 18.5 months - she was exactly 20 lbs and 30 7/8 inches. She's in the 25% for height (which went up, she was previously in the 10-15%) and she fell off the charts (below 0%) for weight. So she's a tiny little thing. But the pediatrician said she's growing on her own curve, she's getting a lot of height, she's perfectly healthy, meeting or surpassing all her milestones, and so she wasn't concerned about her size. Currently she's between clothing sizes, she's still in 12 months (or even 9 month onesies) but can also get away with 18 month clothes, but they're sometimes big, especially in the waist. She got re-fitted for shoes, and she's in a 4.5 now (up from a 3.5 that she before first birthday).

Lilian is shy with new people, but when she opens up, she's a funny kid. A performer even. She's sweet and good at sharing... but stubborn as hell. She always knows exactly what she wants, and is often relentless until she gets it... or gets distracted!

Sometimes I just can't believe I'm going to have a TWO year old soon! Where did the last year go? She is just so perfect and I feel so lucky every day.

What's NOT-SO-New with Lilian (An old post copied from August 12, 2009)

What's NOT-SO-New with Lilian

  • This is an old post, copied from my old blog... written on Aug. 12th, 2009
  • at 3:32 PM. But since it's relevant to my NEW posts to come, I figured I'd share it here too.
Lilian (7 months)
Lilian has grown up so much since I last wrote about her here! She's going to be a year old tomorrow. Wow.
Here's what is new with her:

* She can walk. She started about 3 weeks ago doing it daily (before that, it was only a few steps here and there), and last week she does it on her own a few times a day, short distances. (But she still mostly crawls, she hasn't switched over to walking full time yet.) And this week she's walking about 50% of the time.

* She used to be stingy with her giggles/laughs. She used to only laugh when tickled, when doing something "daring" (like when we "throw" her or spin her), or a few times at the dogs. Last week, she started laughing... ALL the time! At everything. At us, at the dogs, at stuff she does, at other kids, etc. Its so cute.

* She grew her bottom 2 teeth the week she turned 6 months. And last week, her top 2 teeth cut the gums, so now she has 4 teeth (but the top two aren't all the way grown in yet.)

* She's still teeny tiny. Her last doctor's visit was almost 2 months ago, so we don't know her stats now (at her 10 month well-baby doctor visit she was 16 lb and 27 inches long which is 5th percentile for weight, 15th percentile for height... so she grew 2 lbs and 2 inches since her previous visit at 7 months old). If I had to guess, I'd guess she's around 18 lbs now and 28 inches tall. We go next week for her doctor's appointment. 6 month and 6-9 month clothes fit her perfectly (or are sometimes a bit too short). 9 month and 9-12 month clothes fit, but are a little loose on her. But she's perfectly healthy and meeting all her milestones!

* She says 4 words (or "almost words") now. She says Mom/Momma/MomMom. She says "uh oh". She says "ta ta" which my MIL taught her as "thank you". And she says "dog" though it sounds more like "doh". She's not very vocal most of the time... except she Sings! She loves to sing and sings herself to sleep most nights.

* She is still not much of an eater... but she eats everything! She wants bites of everything we eat, and she likes EVERYTHING. But she doesn't eat a lot. She has been refusing spoon-feeding mostly lately (though she'll eat yogurt), she wants to feed herself. She loves cooked veggies, pasta, meatloaf/hamburger, tofu, biscuits, muffins, veggie burgers, pizza, etc. She's still allergic/sensitive to milk (and drinks Nutramigen) so I'm not sure when we'll get her off formula. She still drinks 6-8 bottles of formula a day. We've been giving her a few bottles of water a day now too... but we haven't found a sippy cup that works for her yet.

* Lilian plays with toys now. Her favorites are Fisher Price Little People - she has the barn, Noah's Ark, and the house. She has a push walker that makes music and a music table. She doesn't show much interest in stuffed animals, she likes plastic toys... and things she can put "in" things (she puts the animals in and out of the barn).

* Lilian is pacifier-free, she weaned herself off of them! She just used them less and less, and about a month ago she wouldn't even take it to sleep... so I stopped offering, and we've been pacifier-free for about a month. She does still sleep with & cuddle with her little taggie-lovey mini-blankets (we call them ShamWows). They bring her a lot of comfort and it's super cute.

* She doesn't really like clothes. She doesn't mind wearing a slim-fitting onesie, but she hates dresses, pants, anything baggy, hats, shoes, etc.

* She still has attachment issues, she cries whenever I leave a room, but gets over it quickly (so I'm told).

* Lilian LOVES animals. I'd say that's her favorite "thing". She loves our dogs (and her aunt's). She loves petting zoos, aquariums, etc. She squeals when she sees other people's dogs and she wants to pet every animals she sees. She calls all animals "dog" though (for now).

* She loves swimming & baths... she used to be afraid in the pool, but she's over that now and loves to be in the water. She also likes playing outside.

* We still co-sleep (since she was 8 months) and she sleeps from 10PM - 8AMish and I'm thrilled with that! She naps twice a day, from 10AM-12PMish and 5PM-6PMish.

Overall, she's a happy, easy baby. She's healthy and meeting all milestones early or on time. She's beautiful, sweet and funny. Honestly, she's just perfect and I've never been happier.

Lilian was born on August 13, 2008 at 8:08 AM weighing 7 lb, 4 oz and 20 inches long.

She smiled for the first time (socially) September 28, 2008.
She noticed her fingers and started using her hands November 2008.
She found her toes and started reaching out for toys in January 2009. She also first sat up on her own in January 2009.
She first laughed January 24, 2009.
She first rolled over February 2009.
She started crawling early March 2009.
She gave her first kisses in April 2009.
She learned to walk late July 2009.

Lilian has travelled to California, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island this year.

It's been quite a year! I love you, Peanut!
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