Addie turns 21-months on March 11th. The more time that passes, the less easy I find it to remember what life was like before her. I'm fairly certain I thought I was busy *back then*. HA! I'm also certain I looked a little less haggard than I do now...and I'm certain I drink more wine these days.
I choose to blame my current state of disarray on the relentless sickness that has swept through our household for the past 8 weeks. The poor kid has had everything under the sun - including the stomach flu this past weekend, which resulted in our house resembling that scene from the exorcist. It was not good. I almost didn't want to take her back to daycare, because it seems that she picks up the virus du jour literally every day. And if I hear one more time, "This is all good...she's building her immunity...just wait, in (insert 2, 3, or 4) years she'll NEVER get sick!" I may have to resort to violence. Maybe she is building her immune system. But it doesn't help to hear how "normal" this is while you're trying to live through it.
So on to my update. Addie is a definite firecracker kid, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has been following along since the beginning. She knows what she wants, and will let you know in whatever manner works best for HER. It could be a happy "Please!" or it could be a red-faced SCREAM: she decides which mood she's in and then goes for it. If I'm being honest, I secretly love that she's full of guts and fire - she will definitely be a leader, and I know that once she learns to temper (verb) that temper (noun), she'll be a force to be reckoned with.
Her vocabulary has skyrocketed. I stopped counting her words once I hit about 50...and it seems like every day she's picking up something new. We really have to watch what we're saying now or we may end up hearing it played back at an inopportune time. She LOVES to read, and as soon as a book is finished she'll shout, "AGAIN!" and back to page 1 we go. I think we could probably recite Are You My Mother? or F Is For Farm or Goodnight Moon with our eyes closed. She's just started to pay attention to TV and Treehouse has provided some much needed distraction over the past month. She won't watch a whole show, but will intently watch for a few minutes at a time, which is sometimes all I need to run up or downstairs to grab something.
As for food, she's a little more picky than she used to be, but once again I'll blame some of that on all her sicknesses. Her faves right now include; apple & cinnamon pitas, yogurt, oatmeal, raisins, blueberries/raspberries, applesauce and apples, tzatziki dip, veggie burgers, broccoli, homemade muffins and hermit cookies (she ate 4 the other day!), cream cheese on toast, and sweet potato. And she's crazy for goldfish crackers but I only give those to her every now and again because of all the gunk that's in them.
Sleep has been more of a challenge and I think I'm more sleep-deprived than I was when she was a baby. She's going to bed by 7pm, waking up around 5-5:30am and taking about a 45min-1hr nap. Ugh. Luckily she does sleep through the night when she's well, but the early morning and no nap thing make for a VERY long day. Some weekends Adam and I look at each other at 9am and can't believe some people aren't even out of bed yet!
She currently loves lipbalm (yes, she takes after her mommy), shoes, having her hair in pretty barrettes or pigtails, alternating between kissing and yelling at Quincy, and turning the water faucet/light switch/TV remote/Adam's iPhone/home phone on and off repeatedly.
She's also going to be changing daycares as of April, which was a tough decision but makes the most sense for us as a family. We've decided to only put her in part-time so I can spend a couple of days a week with her, doing fun stuff. These days she's either home with me due to sickness (not fun) or we're running around doing errands etc. on the weekends (also, not fun) and since she's it for us, I want to spend some quality time with her. I also have a lot of friends either on mat leave or who have chosen to be stay-at-home moms so I'm looking forward to some play dates in our future! It's hard to imagine her leaving where she is right now, because they've been awesome - she loves them and they love her. But it's over by where I used to work, and now I have to drive through traffic on the way there and back to take her. The new daycare is in our 'hood and on nice days I can grab the running stroller and get some exercise in at the same time. Perfect!
Ok, that about wraps it up. Here are a few pics and a video of our 20-month-old little wonder. Hope you're all doing well.
Picture quality not great, but this is the look we get usually in warning before the SCREAM. Classic.
Best buds - most of the time : )
Olympic spirit with Papa.
Wearing Mommy's boots backwards - she walked all over the place like that!
Trying on Mommy's coat - a little big you think?
This is where we're at with potty training. Clearly we have some work to do...