Let’s ignore the fact that Charlotte turned 19 months over a week ago, shall we? On most days, Charlotte is a little whirlwind, zipping about from place to place, usually with a smile on her a face. She constantly wants to explore and roam around and is rarely content to simply sit still, unless she is coloring or playing with stickers. Then, she’ll sit for a few minutes before moving on to the next activity.
Until the last month or so, Charlotte really wasn’t a big fan of books. When she was much, much younger, I would read to her every day, and while she was too young to show her enjoyment, she at least didn’t put up a fuss. However, as she got more mobile, she grew less fond of sitting still for a story, and before long she would just push books away if we tried to read to her, which broke this poor book-loving mama’s heart! I’m not sure what changed, but now she will latch on to a certain book and become obsessed with it, wanting to look at it over and over again. She especially loves to look at pictures of animals and can now imitate the sounds that dogs, cats, cows, and ducks make.
Charlotte started walking right around her first birthday, and she gets faster and faster on those little feet every day, it seems. I wouldn’t be surprised if she broke out into a full-fledged run soon. She also has become quite the climber, surprising me one day by climbing right up into her high chair without assistance. She now practices this skill on a daily basis and beams proudly when she is seated in the chair.
|It’s blurry, but she was so proud to be climbing up in her chair.|
Along with climbing, she also is fixated on buckles right now and spends a lot of time trying to buckle the harness on her high chair and her little toddler rocker. She has learned how to buckle these things but can’t get them unbuckled, so she gets really frustrated when she can’t unfasten things. In general, she gets really frustrated when she can’t figure something out and in her frustration will sometimes just throw down whatever it is she’s working on. I hope she’ll learn to keep on trying something instead of giving up so quickly.
She is definitely all toddler, as she can go from laughing to crying in about two seconds flat. The smallest things can set her off. For example, this morning I had her try on the winter coat I bought for her, and she loved it. What she didn’t love was me taking it off, and she started screaming and crying and was inconsolable for several minutes, right about when it was time to leave for daycare, of course. It is challenging when she starts throwing a tantrum, and we’re not sure yet what the best response is, but we mostly ignore her or try and hold her and get her to calm down.
Charlotte’s vocabulary is growing, and her favorite word right now is our dog’s name, Bailey. She will say her name over and over again, and she loves to follow Bailey around and gets excited when she sees her. Sometimes in the morning when she first wakes up she’s more excited to see Bailey than she is us, which we try not to be offended by.
Never one to turn down food, Char has a healthy appetite and loves to snack on fruits and puffs and graham crackers. Her favorite foods right now are bananas, waffles, and crackers of any kind.
For some reason, however, she has gone a vegetable strike. She used to eat vegetables like a champ, but the past few months she has decided she doesn’t like them. We’ll try to get her to eat them, but she just shakes her head no and swats them away. She will eat them if they’re pureed, but it seems kind of crazy to keep giving her purees when she’s 19 months old! Still, we do give her veggies that way a few times a week just so she’s getting some, but that’s not a long term solution. She’s too young to really reason with, so I’m not sure what to do. Any suggestions on how to get her to eat more vegetables?
Here are a few more pictures of my sweet girl. She makes us so happy and proud, and I can’t wait to see the girl she becomes!