18 Months

Alison is now 1.5 years old! She has grown so much in the past 6 months! We last measured her height when she turned 1 year old.

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LOVES

  • Car rides & staring out the window
  • Going to the park – especially playing on the swing
  • Being helpful – like helping daddy assemble her new toddler bed

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We made some changes to her room. It’s now more like a kids room than a nursery.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS

  • Dancing – she swings her arms up and down and wiggles her hips
  • More independence – she wants to do things herself (i.e. holding a spoon during dinner, wiping her mouth with a napkin)
  • Playing pretend – making pie, having a tea and cake party
  • Asks for us to sing songs to her (“happy”, “spider”, “star”, “row row”)
  • Likes watching us draw stars, hearst, bumble bees, and happy faces
  • Able to recognize many body parts, letters, and numbers
  • Able to pronounce many words (bumble bee, uncle, auntie, please “peez”, star “dar”, I know, yellow “yew wow”, poo poo, happy, shoe, teacher)

DIFFICULTIES we are facing

  • Temper tantrums – when she doesn’t get her way
  • Little miss bossy pants – tells us when there is a mess on the floor. Just points to it and says “oh no” and wants us to clean up.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

  • Holding bunny in her arms while wearing pajamas
  • Her love-at-first-sight attachment with doggie at IKEA
  • Calling out “ma ma” from across the room just to get my attention
  • Splashing water around during bath time
  • Hugs and kisses

Carmel – Monterey Trip

Our annual trip to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was a bit windy when we arrived at the beach and Alison didn’t want us to let go of her. She felt most comfortable on daddy’s shoulder.

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We met up with Alison’s friend. It was their first playdate away from home.

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We stayed overnight at a lovely home in Monterey – Alison and her friend had a lot of fun feeding the squirrels and birds in the backyard! Here is Alison lounging in front of the outdoor fireplace.

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Then we were off to explore Monterey Bay Aquarium. Alison had a great time there – she even saw a rainbow!

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