She also not eating like she used to, so I guess she's having real issues with that fridge! ;) As for food she no longer likes fish. AT. ALL. Chicken is not a winner nor is pork. Beef though is still a fav but unfortunately for her we don't eat it too often, maybe that's why she inhales it when it's on the table. Veggies have suddenly become something out of a horror flick and she wont come near them unless it's a tomato or a frozen pea. Now bread products, cheese, noodles and soup are considered the best thing since apple pie!
This last month she has discovered that books hold more than just a way to build a step to get to something up high. Before this she has not wanted to sit and read a book for more than a few seconds, now though she will bring PILES of books to our laps to read them over and over and over again. I looooovvvveee this! She has three very obvious favorites, (besides the holiday ones right now) Goodnight Moon is beyond joy for her and we have to find that mouse on each page! She adores Baby Honu's Incredible Journey and puts it to bed with her. Motherbridge of Love was brought out last month and it's never far from sight. She is entranced by it. She studies the pictures. We talk about it constantly. It is a treasure in our world already. I am so glad to see an interest in books finally because I LOVE to read and I've been looking forward to passing on that passion to her!
Her language skills are beginning to snowball and we are all waiting for the day she just spews out something in understandable sentences. She has started stringing words together more and more and is using less sign language and using the spoken word now instead. She said her name clearly for the first time this last Tuesday night. She is starting to mimic us and laughs when she does it. She said I love you after I said it to her and I was a puddle. She understands everything we say to her and wants SO badly to respond back with more than just yes or no. She is still very quiet around strangers and has just started to say hello and goodbye to the folks at the small grocery store we shop at. She is a singer just like me...ummm wonder where she learned that from! We hum and lalalala our way through stores and quite often get a giggle or two from people but I could care less! We love to sing and there's nothing wrong with that!
She is one hundred percent a daddies girl. This last month has been a challenge for me and something new for me to understand. As a single mom of a little boy, I was his world for a very long time. I never had to share him and he never had to share me. Now that's all changed in this instance...a good change! :) But one I must understand and get used to. The cricket has been through so much in her little life and has had one too many women walk away from her never to return and this last month it seems she has been testing me to see if I will also leave and never come back to her. After conversing with a friend (thank you Sandy!), I've come to understand this better and know that it's a test and I'm gonna win this one for sure. My girl and I are still getting to know each other...it's a process of patience, love and understanding on both parts. I've got it all and will continuously work at it but she is still a little leery of the (lasting) love part. Until then I am patient in giving her the love I know she needs and am thankful she is so close with her daddy.
Sleep is still a major issue and I suspect it to be that way for a very long time. We spent the last month doing the Ferber method, (fry me if you wish but you're not in my shoes so keep it nice!) and we've had to go back to the drawing board. We did make some progress while doing the Ferber method but after five weeks we were still no better than we were when we started, although we haven't had nights on end with no sleep since starting it and that is a good thing. We are still up every night two to four times but it is easy to get her back down now, thank goodness! There is no terror during these awake times, just the need to have someone there. Someday we will have consistent sleep, until then my coffee pot is always brewing!
As we begin to make that stretch towards the wonderful age of two, I've seen more and more independence bubble up. We bought a potty....as you can see from above! She has been very interested in what goes on in the bathroom and I just thought it was time to introduce the potty. So far she hasn't "used" it but she sits on it every time I use the little girls room. Little Miss is very vocal about when she wants something and when she doesn't. She is very clear that animal print pants are not to be worn...ever. There are days when she wants a bow in her hair and there are a lot of days when she says, "NO bow!". If her favorite cartoon is on she'll be happy to enjoy it on the couch three feet from you and don't bother trying to get her to snuggle with you to watch it but don't leave! After every meal she must re-buckle her high chair snaps and no help please! Thank you very much! She would much rather feed herself or feed you before she'll let you feed her. If she could drive now, she would.
It seems that so much has changed in her in the last month and I look forward to each morning to see what new thing will happen in the day. Each day is a mystery! She has now become very aware of her body and where everything is located on hers and other bodies too. She knows all the parts and can tell you where the dogs nose and ears are too. Last week I taught her how to nose kiss and she is all about doing that now and just smiles brightly when she gives or receives. During the photo shoot from below she was enthralled with seeing her belly button in the mirror and seeing herself pointing to her eyes, ears...etc....Good stuff!!
The month ahead is sure to be filled with more change and I'm more than thrilled to be witness of it all! I expect to hear more and more words come out of her sweet lips and maybe start pulling out the 24 month box of clothes, we're in 12-18 months with a few 6-12s and 18-24s thrown in for good measure. The one thing I am looking forward to right now is what is to happen next weekend! Like I've been saying lately...Chirstmas is a gift this year! Oooo and you know I can't close this out without one more video....loving my Flip still!! This is one way for me to finish up with dinner and keep little cricket from having a complete meltdown before dinner is served...I so wish we'd never gotten rid of our piano!!!