Olive has only four. "Mama," "Dada," "hot," and "tickle." Sometimes I think she's saying "more." The other day she said, clear as a bell, "more tickle!" but it was a fluke, she hasn't done it since. She has a bunch of signs, though -- she consistently signs "light," "music," "cat," "book," "milk," "eat," "water," and will occasionally make signs that I think are attempts at "bird", "squirrel," and "tree." She also waves hi and bye.
I think language development really varies a lot depending on the baby. Olive is perfectly able to communicate with pointing and squawking (and shaking her head 'yes' or 'no' when I ask questions), so she doesn't do much with words though she understands a lot. Her cousin, on the other hand, is only 18 months old and has a vocabulary of probably over 100 words. It's astonishing. The other day she picked up SIL's purse and said, "Mama, heavy.
" I mean, honestly. Adjectives?! At 18 months old?! And she's using sentences too -- yesterday when Olive was nursing she came up and peered at her, then asked me, "Olive mama milk? Drink milk? Drink mama milk?" So yeah, it totally depends on the kid.
Anyone else's kid obsessed with shoes? It seems like every few minutes, Olive is bringing me shoes, and then she squawks and points insistently to the feet they're supposed to go on (mine, hers, or DH's, depending on whose shoes they are. She has an absolutely perfect record for telling which shoes are whose). Then once everybody has shoes on, she goes off looking for more and makes us change them. It's exhausting!!! I swear I change her shoes fourteen times before breakfast! But it's such a cute thing and harmless that I can't see the logic in telling her not to do it, just because it's repetitive and exhausting.
So, we change a lot of shoes in our house these days, per the toddler's demand.
She is incredibly demanding about everything these days, especially when she decides she wants to go outside. She will not be redirected, either, and heaven help you if you try! This morning she was standing at my knee looking up with imploring eyes, pointing to the door and nodding emphatically. I gave in and took her outside. Who can say no to that face???? It's setting up a baaaaad precedent, I already know it.Birthdays:
Catilina, I have the same trouble with coming up with 'wish list' items for my birthday. So you know what I just started doing? I keep a little scrap of paper in my dresser drawer, and every time I think of something I'd like
to have if only someone would get it for me, I scribble it down on the list. Then, when people ask what I want for my birthday or Christmas, I have the list all ready. It's also handy when I get gift cards to department stores.
If I had a birthday coming up, I'd ask for: gift certificates to get a massage/pedicure/chiropractic alignment/haircut, some new running shoes, a couple of nice bed pillows to replace our yucky old ones, a gift certificate to Amazon.com, a basket of gourmet food items and snacks, and bubble bath.
Some good gifts I've gotten recently that might also make nice ideas were: a nice bottle of organic red wine from my best friend, tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra outdoor summer concert, a ring sling from DH (he let me pick it out, too, bless his heart), and a GPS system for the car which has probably saved our marriage (I'm a bit of a haphazard navigator and it drives DH bonkers... we used to get lost All.The.Time.).Sleeping:
For the past few months, Olive is on the "flail around in bed from 2 am to 6 am" schedule. We cosleep, so it's not as disruptive as it would be if I were trying to get her down in a crib every time. I just shove a boob in her mouth and go back to sleep. But DH is a lighter sleeper and it's making him nuts. He's ready to get her out of our bed and is getting less and less subtle about it. (this morning, he said, "how are we ever going to have another
baby if this
baby's always in our bed?!") Perhaps it's time to nightwean -- especially because we really do want to start TTC now -- but it just breaks my heart to think about it. She nurses A LOT at night, and it will be a very difficult transition for her. Maybe I'll put DH in charge of her at night for a week or so and see what he thinks about cosleeping then.
As far as naps go, she's still on 2 naps a day, but they're pretty short - usually less than an hour. It's pretty exasperating 'cause I don't get much done while she's awake (changing shoes every ten minutes doesn't leave much time for anything else). I think moving to one nap a day would be nice, because it might be a longer stretch of time, but at least her two naps are predictable and fairly consistent for the time being.
Okay, I'm now sitting in a pile of shoes; I think she's spent the last half hour bringing me every shoe she could find. I'd better go start putting them on my feet...