Daphne-18 Months

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Weight:  I forgot to weigh her today…Whoops. She has her check up tomorrow, and I am really excited to see how much she has grown. I would be surprised if she isn’t above the average in height and weight now.

Health: She has been great these past couple months. Her last two teeth are working their way in, but other than those couple moody moments with those, she has been great.

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Diet: She is still a really great eater. She is not eating as much veggies on their own. However, she will eat them frozen or if they are mixed in small bites with rice. There really isn’t much else that she won’t eat. She loves the fruit and veggie packets, and she gets angry if George has one and she does not. You also know that she is ready to eat because she pushes her booster seat up to the table, and she attempts to climb in.

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Clothes:  She had a HUGE growth spurt since her last update. She shot up to 18 month clothes, and just skimmed over the 12-18 month size. She also completely skipped over size 4 shoes. She is in size 5 now, but I am not sure how much longer we will be in these. Seriously she grew so much so fast! She is in size 6 diapers.

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Sleeping:  We have been putting her to bed around 7:30/8 still, and she generally stays asleep through the night until 7/8 in the morning. I think our days of two naps is coming to an end. Some days she does just fine without her morning nap, and other days it is still very apparent she needs it. She is no longer in her Zipadee Zip suit though. I am still scared to leave her with a blanket over night, but she has been doing pretty good having her hands free for the first time in her life. She has been swaddled since birth!

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Likes:  She loves my phone. She will throw a fit if you try to take it away from her. She loves Elmo. She loves to read, her favorites being an Elmo search and find, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Jesus Loves Me. She adores George, and she is always following him around and getting in his business. She loves Duplo Legos, and she is so good at putting them together. She has gotten into coloring and drawing this month. She love shoes, and she puts on anyone’s that she can get her hands on. Much to my chagrin, she loves her stuffed animals. I feel like every night there are new ones in her crib.

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Dislikes:  Not getting food fast, George having things she doesn’t, being told she can’t sit on the table, basically being told no.

Milestones: She has started asking to sit on the potty! She has peed in it once, but there have been numerous times that she just went in her diaper than dragged us to the bathroom for the potty. I am not really wanting to do full potty training just yet because she doesn’t really talk yet. We’ll ask her pediatrician tomorrow for more guidance. She just seems so little! She does a lot of animal noises. She is actually a really great listener. She knows all the rooms in the house by name. She also has started helping put dishes away as we are cleaning up for dinner. She was Jane Goodall for Halloween, and she actually went up to doors to get candy. She can open doors now…

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Nicknames:  Daphie, Sisterbear, Sis, and Daphie Girl. The two most common are still Daph and Sister.

Quirks:  Her waves are all like she is shooing you away. She has started walking on her tip toes everywhere. We are constantly telling her to put her heels down.

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We parents are: doing pretty good. October was crazy for us, we watched some of our closest friends get married which was a blast. We are heading into a busy and stressful time, so we have been trying to be chill these past few weeks.

George is: something. He has been hard this past month. He really does not like Daphne getting into his stuff. He has figured out he can pick her up, so he will do that and basically will drag her around and drop her out of his range. He is not above kicking and shoving her, so he has spent a good portion of his days in time out recently. We are working on using appropriate words when he is feeling frustrated and how to ask for help instead of hurting his sister. We have been using the “breathing” method and doing a lot of praying. He also basically never eats, so that makes dinner times really enjoyable trying to teach him what is rude behavior.

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The dogs are: the best. We really lucked out adopting these two. We have had Grace now for 7 years as of Halloween, and Crosby for 5 years this fall. Daphne LOVES Crosby. She is always trying to pet him, and she makes sure to tell him goodnight every night. They are the most patient dogs, and I love them for it.

Daphie, I cannot believe you have been here for 18 months. Every time you run down the hallway, I see my heart beating outside of my chest. I am so in love with you and the little person you are becoming.

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Here is George at 18 months.

Daphne-16 Months

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Weight:  25 lbs. She is 85% for weight, 48% for height, and 65% for head circumference.

Health: All her molars came in, so we are all doing better. She is a spit fire when she is moody. I can tell too that she will have allergy issues like the rest of us. She has been a little snotty with weather changes.

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Diet: Well, I think we have hit the picky stage. She rarely eats cooked veggies, but she will eat them frozen or in rice form. She loves all fruits but especially blackberries and blueberries. She tries to get into the fridge since she knows where they are, and gets mad if you get in her way. She is not a fan of deli meat, but most other meats she does well with. Chicken will depend on the day. Salmon, she would eat every meal. She will throw a tantrum for Bear Naked peanut butter granola bites and the fruit and veggie packets. We can’t go in the pantry without her running in after us pointing to these two things. She wont eat eggs if you fix them for her, but if I have eggs on my plate she will want every bite.

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Clothes:  She is in 12 month clothes. She is in size 3 shoes, and size 5 diaper during the day and size 6 at night.  I just put her in her first real tennis shoes this weekend, and she looks so grown up in them!

Sleeping:  We have been putting her to bed around 7:30/8. If you lay her on her stomach and just pat her back, she just goes right to sleep. She generally stays asleep most of the night. She hardly sleeps past 7am. She still has two naps a day, and she is really sticking to two hour naps. However, we can push her a little when we have something going on, and she can make due with one nap. However, she will tell you that she is ready to go to bed. She just grabs her blanket and goes to her crib on her own, or she will lay down on her whale blanket in the living room.

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Likes:  She still loves her robe. She is obsessed with shoes and bags. She adores George and Crosby. My mom is her best friend. She would live outside if we let her, and she loves her water table. She is a little vain right now, and she loves looking at herself in the mirror and in my camera on my phone. Her favorite toys are magna tiles and legos. Her favorite show is Sesame Street with Elmo.

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Dislikes:  Diaper Changes. Being told no. Being left alone.

Milestones: This girl is so smart. She is really getting the hang of doing things on her own. She can undo zippers. She can draw a little bit now. She is starting to hop, and she all but runs. She brushes her teeth on her own, and she will have her first dentist appointment tomorrow.

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Nicknames:  Daphie, Sisterbear, Sis, and Daphie Girl. The two most common are still Daph and Sister.

Quirks:  When she wants to sit in your lap, she walks backwards to you. She still sucks her finger through the hole in her pacy. And she still will only use the newborn pacies from the hospital. She barks at the dogs. She keeps getting her legs stuck in her crib, bad enough once that Tom thought he would have to break it to get her out of there.

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We parents are: doing pretty great. I think we are still feeling out this whole being a normal family with regular hours. Overall it has been an easy adjustment. Making plans has been so nice!  We are able to have weekly traditions, and Tom can be involved in everything. It is more like we are a team at home too, which is definitely an added bonus. He is loving his new job and is feeling valued there. And we are regulars at a restaurant downtown. The owner knows my drink before I even order it! One of the coolest things to happen to me.

George is: like a sour patch kid with her. One minute he’ll be trying to find a pacy for her to calm her down and saying, ” I need to take care of my sister.” Then the next minute he will be pushing her down and yanking toys out of her hands. We are working on appropriate behavior and how to express our emotions even when they are very big emotions.

The dogs are: just the big dopey dogs that they always are. They really have the best life of us all. They do really well with Daph, even though she is kind of always in their way. She is always climbing on Crosby, and he doesn’t seem to mind.

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She may look like her daddy, but this girl is making a name for herself.

Here is George at 16 months.

George-20 Months

George is 20 months old today. We are only four short months away from not telling his age in months. It was really hard to do this update, because I know I am missing things or I put too much in areas. I want to remember every detail, but he is changing and growing so quickly it is hard to keep up just like his hair!

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Weight: 28 lbs. I get a workout every time I lift him.

Health:  The last two months have been a roller coaster of a time with his health. We spent a week in the PICU in the beginning of March. Last week we had to go to Urgent Care because he was having a hard time breathing again, and we found that he has a double ear infection. We go back in a couple weeks to see if tubes are going to be necessary. My mom thinks that he is teething after seeing him at Easter. The only ones left are the back 2 year molars, so yippee.

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Diet: He is still big on meats and carbs. He loves raisins, clementines, yogurt, and chicken nuggets. He is sitting at the table with just a booster seat now, and his utensil usage is getting really good. There are a few things I still don’t trust him with, and they are saved for the nights we do a bath. We started making him smoothies every day to get his veggies in. He loves spinach and blueberry smoothies, but wont eat either when it’s not in a smoothie. I bought these which saves us so much money with not buying as many pre-made packets, and they work great for these smoothies. He pretty much eats mostly what we eat, besides the veggies.

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Clothes:  18 month clothes are mostly too small, so he is swimming in 2T clothes since we can’t find many 18-24 month items. Little boys in shorts has got to be the cutest thing. He is still in size 5 diapers, and moved to a size 6 shoe.

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Sleeping:  He sleeps at night from 8pm-about 6:30 am. He sleeps through the night pretty regularly still. He goes down really easy at night, but naps are a different story. He fights naps and will scream and play instead of taking the nap. He eventually wears himself out and konks out. Once he does take a nap, he usually sleeps for 2-3 hours.

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Likes: He loves to explore. He is so very curious. Of course he wants to be everywhere he isn’t supposed to be. He is obsessed with legos and anything with wheels. He loves dancing. The kid bops around anytime music is on. He loves to sing to worship music. We have music on A LOT around George, but he seems to sing only when we are in church or when I have K-Love on. No joke. (He also likes to talk all through church…) He is OBSESSED with being outside and going to his daddy’s workshop. He loves exploring all the tools Tom has (like the broken chainsaw here). He still loves to play with scarves and play dress up with them. He loves climbing, and his current favorite spot is in the middle of the kitchen table. I am honestly surprised he hasn’t climbed out of his crib yet. We are holding on to that as long as we can! (Although at the sitter’s, he did climb into his crib then freaked out when he couldn’t get back out.)

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Dislikes: He hates mornings right now. He throws the largest tantrums when he gets up because he is hungry. He is not happy when we tell him no and try to keep him from doing dangerous things. He is a sassy pants when he doesn’t get to do what he wants right then. He isn’t a fan of the lawn mower. He still isn’t a fan of veggies unless it is in the smoothie state. He does not like to sit still for photos anymore. He is always busy and on to the next thing.

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Milestones: Gosh he talks a lot. Most of it is unrecognizable, but he is a chatty little guy. His new words are ugh oh, more, bye bye, and baby (babee). Others have heard him say thanks and George, but Tom and I haven’t been so lucky to hear those. He does sign “more”, but I also think that he believes it also means please. We have had to re-do operation-take away-pacy due to the hospital stay, but I think we are on our way out. He gets it maybe once a week now when he is having a really hard time and neither of us have the patience to deal with the tantrum. George is so smart. He is really good with spatial awareness. It is insane what he is able to do with stacking and putting things into tiny holes. He is really into the concepts of how things fit together and the mechanics of it all. He knows how to detach/reattach things and how to turn things on. His brain is just on fire right now with absorbing information and then putting it into practice. He can walk from the door to the car now without me having to hold him. He even knows which door is his door. He cleans up his own messes now. It is ridiculously cute to see him dab his face to get it clean. Big milestone: we started potty training this past weekend! We weren’t really going to push this until he turned 2, but he has been telling us when he needs to pee for the past couple weeks. So we figured we could at least try and see what happens. He has gone pee twice in the actual potty since we started two days ago. I never thought I would be so excited about bodily functions! Hopefully it means the less I will have to deal with said bodily functions down the road.

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Quirks: My favorite quirk of his is that when you ask for a kiss he gives you his forehead for you to kiss. It is so stinking cute. He points to the things that he wants in a staccato manner. When he hugs he has to put his arms under your arm pits. He really does want to help you do things, so this is generally how I get him out of tantrums. Giving him a “project” to do makes him feel independent and usually stops him from crying. He loves to help carry his bag (aka drag it), put away dishes, put away toys, and load laundry into the machines and turn on those machines. When he is done with his food plates/cups, he runs and throws them in the sink like he is doing a slam dunk. This weekend we were building borders around our trees, and he would pick up rocks and put them (sort of) into place. I hope that he always wants to be a helper. He is very silly, and his personality is starting to shine as a big goof. He loves to make us and himself laugh. If he doesn’t feel like he is getting your attention, he will climb in your lap and bear hug you around the neck. I love it.

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Nicknames:  Stink, Booger, Gdubs, Gman, Little man, Georgie, Georgieman, and Boogs.

We parents are:  doing really good. We just got out of the worst shift so we are getting a lot more time as a family. We feel like we are finally in a good groove as a family unit. We have been working on the yard a lot lately which makes us really happy to see things coming together the way that we want. Plus it’s always nice to get outside for a little bit every day.

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The dogs are: loving this weather. Crosby is basically an outside dog now. He goes out when we wake up and doesn’t come back in really until we go to sleep. Grace likes the comfort of the couch a little too much to give it up all day. They love George, and they are so good with him. They let him beat them up since he is very aggressive with his petting,  and he tries to ride them. George tries to give them their food and hands them their toys in all fairness.

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I want to remember this hair. Some days I think we are ready for a cut. Other days I just love every thing about its messiness.

I just love this little munchkin so much! I can’t wait to see what the next couple months bring with summer!