Monday, December 15, 2008

18 months

As of yesterday, our little Lucy girl is 18 months old. I have to say, I have been dreading this milestone. This one, for some reason, is the one that makes her seem far too grown up for my taste. It's the one where we can pretty much stop counting age her age in months. It's a year and a half now. Then two years, and then three, and then forty-five. *sob* It's the one where we stop being with her for all of church, and where she goes off with the big kids. There keeps being less and less baby in our little baby Lucy, and I would like to file a formal complaint with someone about how fast this all goes. That said, she is turning in to such a cool kid that I guess I can't begrudge her a little growing up.

So here are a few things that fill Lucy's time now that she's 18 months old:

The girl LOVES to read. She can spend an entire hour just flipping through her books, flinging them behind her after she's done, and grabbing another from the basket. Her current favorites are The Bunny Book by Richard Scarry, and a Courduroy counting book that makes me think longingly of never again laying my eyes on the written word. Especially after reciting it to her for the 23rd straight time.

Lucy is a little talking machine. She says well over 100 words, and has started using two word phrases. (see me, read me, love you, bunny book, etc) She even busted out with "I love Pa Pa" the other night for her favorite person, Grandpa. And this next thing should probably go in the reading section, but whatever...she also suddenly and inexplicably knows about half of the letters in the alphabet. I have no idea how, since we've spent exactly zero time teaching it to her. I can tell you this-it is all making her seem far too grown-up, so we will be immediately enforcing some sort extensive brain-melting tv time. No PBS for her. Maybe a nice beauty pageant reality show? Something on VH1? There must be something to stunt all of this learning.

Fit Throwing:
Lucy is definitely developing a toddler temperment. Her ability to exercise any sort of patience, for anything, is pretty much non-existent. While I'm sure they won't always be, right now the fits she throws are pretty hilarious, and it's really hard for me not to laugh out loud everytime she balls up her little fists and gets all red.

Lucy still pretty much loves eating everything. Every morning she asks for "elmo", which after a few frustrating mornings, I discovered was "oatmeal". She loves "cawdoe" (avacado), peas, soup, cheese, cheerios, and most of all, "tookies" (cookies). Lately, she's not as big of a fan of yogurt, probably due mostly to the fact that I just bought a ton of the stuff.

Lucy loves to walk around the house, Frankenstein-style, with hers arms stiff and straight in front of her. (her right arm tends to be drawn closer to her ear, which makes it sort of seem like she should be bellowing out a healthy "Hile Hitler"). The walking seems to be mostly for entertainment purposes at this point, since if she *really* wants to get somewhere, she's still all about the crawling.

Oh, and as for stats (as if you haven't yet overdosed on trivial information about our kid), here is where she was at her appointment this afternoon:
Weight: 20 pounds, 6 ounces, and FINALLY on the charts at the 4th percentile!
Height: 32 inches, which is at a HUGE 62nd percentile!


In the thick of it said...

Lucy is so gorgeous. I cannot believe she is 18 months old! They grow up too fast. Jonah, at 4.5yo, is starting to MULTIPLY!! He adds and subtracts like a whiz. I have no idea how this lover of the arts ended up with a mathy kid, but he loves numbers. However, his skill with them has prompted me on many occasion to ask him if he could please stop growing and just stay 4yo forever. His usual reply is an eyeroll and a little irritated, "Mooooommm". That makes him seem even more grown up! Why can't they just slow down a little...

Melinda said...

So beautiful! And I love learning about her little personality! We must get our two little ones together after the holiday crunch!

Heather said...

I love how you write, Shauna. You're so funny! Isn't it awful and crazy how fast kids grow up? I can't believe she's already 18 months. I felt sad then too, but I remember I counting down the Sundays until he went to Nursery since Max became such a handful a few months before 18-mo.(I even considered making one of those paper chains like kids make for Christmas as a countdown to nursery - he got that crazy). When we took him to nursery the first time, he didn't cry or anything - I expected at least a tear! It's weird to feel not as needed. But, even though it's sad, it is still so much fun to see how much they learn and being surprised at what they know (like how Lucy knows the ABC's, Max one day knew how to count to 10 - I was like, where did that come from?!). Wow, long comment. I basically just wanted to say, I know how you feel! It's bittersweet!

Marianne & Clayton said...

How much trouble can you get into for keeping your kids out of nursery? For me that just seems like the meanest milestone. She already picked up the alphabet out of nowhere, I'm sure she can catch the whole religion thing on her own too. Love your Christmas card by the way. So gloriously elegant and pretty.

Mindy Williams said...

Really, she is so darn cute. Isn't it weird..all the stressing and wondering when and if you'll get married, then same worries over babies, then same worries throughout the pregnancy (amplified by 10 for you guys), and then suddenly, here she is 18 months old and spouting out the alphabet. Wow. I guess that is why they say slow down and enjoy the moment...too bad I have done that so much that my house is disgusting. *sigh* Oh well.

The Hytes said...

Facebook led me here from Marianne's blog. I couldn't resist saying hello and acknowledging how beautiful your daughter is. She looks just like you! Merry Christmas! Heather Ohman Hyte

Lauri's Photography said...

way to go Lucy!

A agree with filing a complaint. Let me know if you get anywhere with that.
She is adorable.
Let me know how Christmas goes.

Bekah said...

Wow! She does look like a little girl now! And what a growth spurt! That's the same sizey my tiny nephew was at that age (but not as tall!) and he didn't seem all that small.

I cannot believe how much she talks! That is super impressive! Allison is just 3 months younger and only says maybe 10 words...Evan said 2 at 18 months. She's a smart one! probably going to be quite the challenging toddler with such ability to tell you just how she DOESN'T want to do what you want her to do ;)

And though leaving the baby years is hard, the toddler years are actually so much fun. I LOVE age 3. It has it's difficulties but it's so fun and hilarious to hear what they have to say and see what they are learning! And they are still small enough to "need" you!

Marlene Scoville said...

I loved this post. Sadly, it only gets worse. You love each milestone, and each year becomes more fun, but at the same time you dread it because, ridiculously enough, growing up seems to be just around the corner.