I know, I know, I’m a week late on the update (as usual) but at least I’m doing it. ;) And actually, this is the 2nd time I have written this because when I wrote it yesterday, I accidentally closed out the window instead of posting it and of course none of it saved. But that’s neither here nor there. ;)
This month has been another great one…and we are all very glad that summer time is officially here! Anyway, here is the update.
Weight/Length: 24 lbs and somewhere between 33-34 inches long (YOU try measuring a wiggly toddler!). She is still in 12-18 month and 18 month clothes, and some 18-24 month stuff. She is also still wearing size 3 diapers, which I feel like she has been in FOREVER.
Sleep: No changes, except that bedtime has moved up ever so slightly to around 8:30 or 9. She still sleeps until 9:30 or 10 most days, and still takes one 2.5ish hour nap a day.
Favorite Foods: Mealtime is a battle 98% of the time. I have been told this is normal at this age…but it is so exhausting! She still prefers to eat vegetables over ANY other food (peas are her hands down favorite) and she loves most fruits…but the rest is hit or miss just depending on the day. There are days where she eats great for all three meals (those days are few and far between, unfortunately), and days where it is all I can do to get her to eat anything more than peas. I try not to worry about it too much since she is still growing as she should be…and I just try to make sure that she is eating as much and as often as she will. ;)
Her favorites lately have been mostly the same as previous months: peas, corn, carrots, green beans, edamame, baked beans, bread, blueberries, apples, hot dogs, crackers, strawberries, quesadillas, and cheese.
One tiny breakthrough has been that H has actually eaten chicken a few times in the last few weeks! Baby steps on the whole meat-eating thing….but I’m not going to give up!
Developments: No huge changes from last month, just growing and learning new things every day. Hadley still loves being outside, and we are having so much fun. We spend as much time as possible each day outside, and any time we are inside, she just bangs on the door and says “outsiiiiiiide!!!” until I eventually cave in and go. ;)
Very shortly after she turned 16 months old, H popped four more teeth (her canines). We had a couple days of fussiness, but nothing too bad… so lucky to have an easy teether and little to no symptoms! This brings her grand total of teeth to 16!
She has mastered a TON of animal sounds, and loves to
show off make them for anyone who will listen. We went to Zootastic in Troutman a few weeks ago, and she LOVED seeing all the animals and copying the noises they were making (her favorites: goats and sheep). This made us even more excited for our trip to the NC Zoo on Memorial Day weekend (post coming soon about that).
In situations where there are only a few people around, H can be a little shy at first, but it usually doesn’t take too long before she opens up and is talking everyone’s ears off. However…when we are out in public (Target, Trader Joe’s, etc.), there isn’t an ounce of shyness in the kid. She says “hey!” or “hi!” to every. single. person. we pass… and then “bye! bye bye!! byeee!” after they walk by. Sounds cute, and it is… for about the first five times or so. After that, I just want to ask her if she could please limit it to every other person or so instead of every single one! ;)
In general, Hadley is a one-person wrecking ball. I realize this is normal for all toddlers, but it is so exhausting to try to keep up with her!! She is into everything, and if it can be opened, pulled out, climbed on, taken somewhere else, thrown, or hidden, you can bet that she is doing any combination of those things. I am finally starting to realize that my house really will never be clean again…considering it only takes a few minutes for Hadley to put it back into total disarray. Ha!
The last thing I can think of is that we turned Hadley’s carseat to forward-facing this month (I know, they recommend for them to be rear-facing until age 2 now, but her little legs were just so cramped that we felt so bad that we went ahead and did it!). Anyway, we
made a mistake let her watch a “movie” (a Baby Einstein DVD) on the way to the lake the first time she was turned around. She loved it, which was surprising considering she would never sit still long enough at our house to watch anything on TV! So, now every time we get in the car to go anywhere, I hear “moobie! moobie! moobie!” and see her pointing for me to flip down the screen. I haven’t given in yet and am maintaining that the rule is for no movies in the car unless we are going on a long trip. There have been no total meltdowns yet because of it, but I know…we’ll see how long that lasts. ;)
Favorite Things/Activities: Her bears and bunnies (and any stuffed animals). Giving kisses and hugs. Talking (ALL the time). Being outside/going for walks. Ralph. Kissing Ralph. Hugging Ralph. Annoying Ralph. Anything involving Ralph. ;) Dancing (any time the music starts, she starts breaking it down). Bath time. Building with blocks. Swinging. Sliding. Bubbles. Sesame Street. Baby Einstein DVDs. Her “Little People” toys. Her water table. Books. Juice. Milk. Running from us while we “chase” her around the house. Making messes. My iPhone. Being cheered for. Eating (sometimes). Sleeping. Getting dressed. Shoes (especially Mommy’s shoes—she likes to try to put them on herself and also loves to put them on my feet). Refrigerator magnets. Her ball pit. Doing things herself. Throwing and kicking balls. Singing.
Firsts This Month: First time picking strawberries (see pics below— we had so much fun! Next year we will just try to go earlier when it’s not SO hot!). First time seeing zoo animals at Zootastic in Troutman (also see pics below. I wasn’t expecting much from a local “zoo”, but it was actually ok and Hadley loved seeing all the animals!). I’m sure there are more but I am drawing a blank!
Nicknames: There are still so many. We like to call her: Ma’am, Little Miss, Haddles, Jenks, Miss Jenks, Jenkins, Jenkers, Stinkins, Stinks, H, Sweet Pea, Sweet Cheeks, Beautiful, Hadley McGee, Sugar, Shug, Honey Bunny, Missy, Shorty (by Pop), Darlin, etc. etc. etc.!
What I’m Thankful For: Summer weather. Enough said. ;)
What I’m Looking Forward To: Summer. Grilling out. Pool and lake days. Having a tan!! Are you seeing a theme here? ;)
Next Pediatrician Appointment: Her 18 month appointment is July 2nd.
Highlights from this month: tons of playing on her new playset, playing basketball on her goal from Aunt Jennifer, Zootastic trip with Pop and Meemaw, Mother’s Day at the food truck rodeo with Sarah, Dan & Lilly, fun with water table and bubbles, strawberry picking with Sarah & Lilly, and helping me water the flowers and plants in the garden (her favorite thing to do).
All for now! Until next time…