Ok, y’all…How do I have a 21 month old? As in, an almost two year old? Seriously?!?! I have a feeling this is gonna be a long one, so I’ll get right into the update!
Weight/Length: I haven’t weighed her, but I’m guessing she is 26ish lbs or so. Last night’s height measurement was still right around 34 inches tall…she’ll be 3 feet before we know it (though Jon thinks it’s funny to say that she’s “2 foot 10”). ;) She is still wearing 18-24 months clothes and some 2Ts now.
Sleep: No changes—bedtime around 9 and sleeping til 9:30 or 10. 3-3.5 hour nap in the afternoon. We had about a week this month where she slept until 11 or later every day (I ended up waking her up most days, because, seriously, 11:00??). Looking back now, I realize that she was also eating MUCH more than usual that week, so maybe it was just a growth spurt?
Favorite Foods: She is getting better at trying things (sometimes, at least). She used to just take one look at something and decide that she wanted nothing to do with it, and nothing short of an act of God would make her open her mouth to taste it, but lately she will at least TRY it. She usually spits it right back out, but that’s beside the point. ;) No real new favorites except that she DOMINATES PB&J sandwiches and my chicken pie. Main favorites are still pretty much any fruit, peas, corn, applesauce, salty snacks, turkey and cheese. Oh, and also any of “mommy’s cereal” (lucky charms and apple jacks here lately), which she is rarely allowed to have but she will do just about anything to get a bite. :)
I also need to report that the food throwing situation at mealtime has gotten MUCH better. She still does, occasionally, if Ralph is sitting right next to her and she doesn’t care for what I’m giving her to eat, but it has significantly decreased. Granted, she is still a pretty messy eater, and we are currently working on getting her to not dump out everything on her plate or in her bowl onto the high chair tray. She does really well with it for about the first 5 minutes, then I guess she gets bored and decides to dump it all on her tray. Sigh, if it’s not one battle, it’s another at mealtime!
Developments: Whew, just reading through my post from last month, I feel like she has grown up so much just in a month! No HUGE developments, but she is just continuing to become her own little person, and I am l-o-v-i-n-g watching her learn and come into herself. It is so fun to pick out which parts of her remind us of me (temper, OCD, just wild child in general) and which ones remind us of Jon (sweet, emotional, comedian). My mom always told me when I was pregnant with H that she hoped H turned out JUST like me (I think she was hoping for a little bit of karma…), and it’s safe to say that she got all my attitude. Lord help me during the teenage years. Luckily, that is balanced at least a little by her sweet nature and in the way she always wants to make everyone laugh, which she surely got from her Daddy. ;)
She still prefers to be outside over anywhere else, and the fall weather we’ve had recently has made that especially pleasant. :) I’m excited for there to be enough leaves to rake up for her to play in, I think she will love it
if she can get over the “being dirty” part of it. We play outside in the yard, swing and slide on her playset, and draw with sidewalk chalk just about every day, and also try to get out to the park and to story time at the library on days when she doesn’t have preschool or MOPS.
Speaking of preschool, she is adjusting to it very well! There are still some occasional tears at dropoff, but her teachers assure me that she is fine within just a minute or two. Just about every time I pick her up, they have a funny story to tell me about things she did to make the whole class laugh (Lord, if I could be a fly on the wall…). Most recently, they told me that as they were singing songs, H was byfar the loudest singer, singing at the top of her lungs. I would have killed to witness that. Good thing it’s cute now, but hopefully she learns to curb her “class clown” tendencies once she starts real school, otherwise I foresee lots of notes being sent home and parent/teacher conferences. Yikes. Anyway, I’m happy that she seems to love preschool, as evidenced by the fact that most days, she cries when I pick her up because she doesn’t want to leave! (Way to make your Mama feel like chopped liver, H, haha). ;)
H’s language skills have developed even more this month. She has gone from talking in mostly just single words and phrases to talking in sentences a lot of the time. Granted, there are still plenty of times that her “sentences” make no sense to anyone except herself, but 9 times out of 10 you can at least understand the point she’s trying to get across…and many times she says things clear as day that make us stop and say, “did she really just say that?”. Last weekend when my parents were in town, H came downstairs and said “Mommy, Meemaw just said hello, Hadley in the shower”. I said “what did you just say?” and she repeated it verbatim. When my Mom came downstairs, I told her what Hadley had said, and she told me that Hadley had come into the bathroom while she was showering and that she had said “hello, Hadley!”. It’s just crazy to me that she can put things together like that already. Also, this morning she said to me “Mommy, I miss Ralphie, I go to school”. Seriously? If she was telling me that she misses Ralph when she’s at school, then she really knows how to melt my heart. However, how about missing MOMMY when you’re at school, punk?! ;) Anyway, she is definitely still a motormouth, and after taking a minute or two to “warm up” around new people, you normally can’t get her to stop talking or showing off. I am not sure if this is because I talk to her ALL day long, and I’m not really the “baby talk” type… I talk to her just the same way I would talk to Jon or a friend (well, mostly the same, minus a few expletives, HA!). I think I might go crazy if I didn’t. ;)
Somewhat related to the talking, she still loves to sing (if you missed the video of her “singing “her favorite songs, it’s pretty cute…). She learns a new song or two every week it seems, and will randomly break into singing them (granted, they are usually her own versions of the song, with lots of words misplaced and changed…but I can almost always tell what she’s TRYING to sing) while in her high chair, in the tub, playing outside, etc. I love it.
Her independent nature continues to shine through. I imagine that I was exactly the same way at her age, but I hear “no Mommy NO! Hadley do it!” at least 50 times a day. Whether it’s using a spoon to scoop up peas, reading a book, stacking up blocks, or doing a puzzle…she is determined to do it by herself. Unfortunately for her, however, she also inherited my lack of patience, which definitely throws a wrench in things sometimes because she gets so frustrated when she can’t do something right away. We are working on trying to be patient and even though I said I never would (because I feel like I have no room to preach about patience to ANYONE), we have even been singing the “Have Patience" song that I’m sure my Mom sang to me about a million times growing up. I hate to break it to her, but I have a feeling no matter how many times we sing the song, it is still going to be
impossible hard to be patient. Ohhhh well. :)
Her ABCs, letter recognition, and counting have also gotten so much better this month! She can consistently point out about 3/4 of the alphabet now, and loves to name letters and asks me to write them for her. She loves to try to sing the ABC song, though she definitely repeats letters and just mumbles through the parts that she isn’t sure about, haha. However, if I sing it, and stop at different parts throughout, she can almost always name the letters. She can also consistently count to 10, and just this week she counted from 10 to 15 randomly. Just goes to show that she IS listening those times when I think she has tuned out, ha!
One thing I have to mention is that the temper tantrums have been especially bad over the last few weeks. I’m talking flinging herself on the ground (or out of the highchair at restaurants, or out of the cart at the grocery store….so far I have caught her each time, sigh), pounding hands and kicking feet on the ground and screaming at the top of her lungs type of tantrums. Anything or absolutely nothing can trigger them, and I know it’s normal, but it’s definitely frustrating, especially in public! We are dealing with them as they come, but I have a feeling we have a long road ahead….
The last thing I can think of is that we have officially started the (slow version of) potty training process! She has peed in the potty a whopping two times now, though I admit that we/I have not been great about putting her on it very often. We have been putting her on it some nights after she gets out of the tub (we were trying to do it before she got in, but she is SO anxious and excited to get in the bath that she has no patience for the potty then), and so far she has gone twice. My goal is to start getting better about putting her on it more often so that she starts to get the point soon! She sometimes asks to sit on it, but usually loses patience after a couple minutes (except for the one time recently where she asked to sit on it and then actually peed!). It would be nice if she was out of diapers by the time baby boy gets here, but I’m not going to push it too much. She will train when she is ready! However, candy corn and M&Ms seem to be pretty good motivation thus far. :)
People keep asking me whether we have told H we are having another baby and whether or not she understands… yes, we have told her, but I don’t think she really has any idea what it all means. She will lift up my shirt and say “Mommy’s baby” or sometimes “baby Stephen”, but she obviously doesn’t really know what is coming. I know it will be a big change and adjustment for her (and for all of us), but I know she will be a great big sister!
That’s all I can think of for now… I will come back and add more if I think of things later!
Favorite Things/Activities: Her stuffed animals (bunny, bear, and her dog “Ralphie” especially). ABCs. Counting. Giving kisses and hugs. Talking (ALL the time). Being outside/going for walks. Ralph. Dancing. Bath time (especially splashing Daddy). Sand. The ocean. Swimming. Floating and “swimming” in the tub. Building with blocks. Swinging. Sliding. Bubbles. Sesame Street. Bubble Guppies. Making people laugh. Jumping. Watching “movies” in the car. Her “Little People” toys. Puzzles. 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. Doing things herself. Throwing and kicking balls. Singing. Swinging. Coloring. Drawing. Her Mamaw, Meemaw, and Aunts!
Firsts This Month: First times using the potty! Hooray!
Nicknames: 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.!
I don’t really change these each month because we literally call her any of these on any given day. The funny part is if you ask her “Hadley, what’s your nickname?” She will say either “Stinks” or “Jenkins” just about every time. At least she realizes that these are also names for her! Though I keep telling Jon that we should really probably drop the “Stinks” name before she gets TOO much older…;)
What I’m Thankful For: I am thankful that we had such a great summer. Two beach trips, multiple lake trips, apple picking, trips to the grandparents’… couldn’t have asked for more.
What I’m Looking Forward To: A trip to the pumpkin patch (hopefully continuing the tradition and going with the Baums again!) soon. Fall weather. Halloween!
Next Pediatrician Appointment: We have to go to the doctor for her flu shot next week, but after that we don’t go back until sometime in December/January for her 2 year checkup!
Highlights/photos From This Month:
As usual, there are a mixture of iPhone/good camera photos. I’ll give a little commentary through these because as usual, there are a LOT!
She loves to “help” me in the kitchen. :)
We did a quick little photo shoot at the lake to announce that H was going to be a big sister. :)
H played outside before eating at Mellow Mushroom (one of her favorite places)…I love this dress, my Mom gave it to her last year!
We spent Labor Day at the lake for one last short weekend of fun in the sun and water!
Somehow, this was the first time H swam in the lake this summer. It was only the 3rd time Jon or I had gotten in! Not sure how that happened. Anyway, she wasn’t sure at first because it was COLD…but then she got used to it and was swimming around, blowing bubbles in the water, and splashing around like crazy. She swam back and forth between Jon and me until she was so exhausted that she literally couldn’t do it anymore. She had a BALL! Made me very sad that summer is over. :(
She loves riding on the boat and waving to the other people on boats!
She also loves helping Pop drive the boat. I love these pics.
She also LOVES riding the jet ski. She just says “weeeeee!” a lot while we ride. :)
I took a few iPhone photos of her at her “Meet the Teacher” day at preschool. She loved playing in their play kitchen!
We celebrated a great start to the preschool year (and satisfied one of Mommy’s cheeseburger cravings) at Chargrill after her open house.
These are a couple of the outtakes/pics that didn’t make the blog when I blogged about her first day of preschool.
My Mom gave Hadley this antique rolltop desk. It has been passed down in my Mom’s family and is at least 90 years old. Bek and I loved playing at this desk when we were growing up, and I know H will love it too!
We took her to her first NCSU football game of the 2013 season a few weeks ago. She LOVED it, and every time she sees a picture of the stadium a wolf, or any football field on TV, she puts her hands up and says “Go pack!”. We took some sidewalk chalk for her to play with in the parking lot, and she had fun with it….though cornhole and the girls at the tailgate kept her plenty occupied! ;)
This was her original way of playing cornhole…
But then her Daddy (who is known at our tailgate as the absolute “best” at cornhole…it is really quite ridiculous how good he is at it, actually) had to step in and give her a little lesson. She’ll be schooling all the boys at the tailgate in no time. ;)
She actually really got the hang of it and was having SO much fun playing!
Proud Daddy and his girl.
Like I said…H had no shortage of girls at the tailgate to keep her entertained. She was asking me about all the girls for DAYS after the game. :)
H made a new friend, adorable Miss Lexi! Ok, ok, so they mostly just stared at each other….;)
I forgot to mention that my parents were in town and came to kind of be my backup help with H because I wasn’t really sure how she would do in the heat, with the noise, etc. Of course they were great help and H loved having them there, but she ended up behaving perfectly (shockingly)!
She didn’t want to cooperate for a family photo outside of the stadium. Of course!
She really had a ball inside the game. The girls all sat behind us, and kept her plenty entertained when she got bored with watching the game. :)
The game we took her to just happened to be military appreciation day. A lot went on during halftime, and it was awesome! She loved the huge flag and especially loved watching the people parachute in.
I love these of her wearing Daddy’s hat!
These are just from a random day before we went out to eat. Jon’s mom got her this dress last summer when we were at the beach, and I love it!
The girl loves to float in the bathtub. She is SUCH a mess.
I’d say she rocked Aunt Heather’s glasses.. ;)
The next series of photos is from our long weekend beach trip to Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach. I know I said it before, but this girl is a serious beach bum.
I am SO glad Heather got to come with us. Not only was she a HUGE help to me when Jon had his work stuff, but H absolutely adores her!
The 3 of us (well, 4…I was 16 weeks at this point!). Such good memories.
Little Miss Hollywood.
Day two at the beach was unfortunately cut short due to a big storm that came through. I didn’t get to take very many pics that day… but I did get a few iphone pics when we went to the pool at the hotel that afternoon.
When we got home from the beach, H was in a VERY rare snuggly mood. We definitely enjoyed every second of it!
She loves Ralphie (and he loves her, too)!
The last series of photos was from our family outing to Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur for some apple picking with the Baums! It was a gorgeous day, and even though the apples were a little picked over, the girls had a great time and we ended up with a bag full of yummy apples to bring home.
I loved L’s apple outfit!
I forgot to say that Dan’s brother, sister-in-law and their three kids were also there. The bigger kids had fun finding the perfect apples!
I love the next few pics. Lilly was feeling especially affectionate, and my usually affectionate H wasn’t exactly feeling it, but she cooperated and sat there anyway. These make me laugh!
I love those two girls more than I can tell you. :)
Ok, I think I’m officially caught up! Looking back through the photos, some of these things feel like they were SO long ago…what a busy month we had! I have a feeling things are about to get even busier with the holidays coming up and the baby’s impending arrival…bring it on!