Originally Posted by Kelly1101
...she doesn't talk, but at this point she'll indicate or respond to things that I haven't actually taught her, that I guess she picks up on her own.
Olive does this too! Lately she's taken to hauling cloth napkins around the house. When I ask her, "what do you do with that napkin?" she'll wipe her mouth and hands with it. I'm sure I never taught her that; she just watches us use them at every meal! She'll head for her chair when I ask "Are you hungry?" Or if I even mention food. And if I say "potty" she'll pull at her diaper and head for the bathroom. We've had to start spelling the words "cookie," "ice cream," "playground," "walk," "stroller," "outside," and "bicycle," because if we SAY them and don't DO them she will pitch an astonishing temper tantrum. She understands a LOT! It's spooky!
She's also become obsessed with what we're wearing. The shoe thing I already talked about (I'm glad we're not the only ones!), but now it's other stuff, too. Socks, for one thing. And she points at our eyes when we aren't wearing our glasses and goes looking for them. And this morning, when I was getting dressed, she went and found my bra and handed it to me to put on. My little fashionista!
She's only saying a few words, but yesterday she added a new one. A motorcycle went by the house and she looked up, pointed out the window, and said, "Voom voom!" She was terrifically proud of herself. I suppose that isn't technically
a new word, but I'll take it.
As for the middle-of-the-night toddler parties, I hadn't thought about using gripe water, but that might have helped last night. She was arching her back and flopping around and whining in discomfort for a couple of hours - but earlier, like 12 - 2 am. I finally got up and checked her diaper -- sure enough, she was struggling to poop that whole time (and then probably whining 'cause her diaper was dirty). Once I changed her and brought her back to bed, she slept the rest of the night (bliss!). I don't know how much gripe water can help, though. What does it do? Anything? I've considered using Tylenol for what appears to be teething pain, but again, I don't really want to give her medicine if I don't know what's wrong.
We're trying to figure out how to get her sleeping in her own bed at night, and sleeping through the night. I think it's possible, by now, but I'm not sure how to go about encouraging it. I'm comfortable night-weaning her now, but I'm not looking forward to it. DH wants to get her into her own bed first, then night-wean, but I think that we're not going to get her into her own bed until
we night-wean, because if she's in her own bed first, she'll still be getting up in the middle of the night wanting to nurse, and then I'll get less sleep because I'm then going to be up for an hour nursing her, then convincing her to go back to sleep in her own bed.
I explained this to DH and he didn't seem to see why that was a problem. (Probably because if I'm doing all this in her
room, it means he
gets more sleep.) I don't know what to do! But he is really getting tired of toddler-in-the-bed, and he's getting cranky about it. We have to do something.