18 Months Old
B is 18 months-old now, which means she's at that stage between full-blown toddler yet still a baby. Although she seems older every day to me - she's learning at the speed of light, and her little brain is like a sponge. Since this is such a landmark age, I thought I'd write down a few fun things she's doing at this age to remember for later. She's such a smart, hilarious little girl, and we love everything about her!
Talking Up a Storm
I've been told by everyone from B's pediatrician to other moms that she's a very verbal 18 month-old. She repeats words on command, and while it's not always perfect, she tries to say almost everything I ask her to. She's currently working on her colors, and if you ask her "What color is this?" the answer is almost always "Yellow!" regardless of what color it is. She also loves to say "No!" which is an important developmental step, but also a new challenge for Jordan and I. The biggest challenge is not laughing when she adamantly says "Nooooo!" to the silliest of requests, and keeping my cool when it's been a day of "NO! Noooo."
Okay, we're not like doing handstands or cartwheels yet, but B loves her gymnastics classes. We've been taking them with our friend Reese, and B loves it. It's essentially freeplay with occasional guided somersaults, ring swinging, and a music session at the end of every class. It's been good for socializing and learning new tricks!
B loves spicy food. I kid you not. Jordan and I are both into spicy food (we have like 8 different kinds of hot sauce in the kitchen), so this comes as no surprise I suppose. She likes to try what we're eating, and the first time we discovered this it was an accidental tasting of hot salsa instead of mild salsa. And honestly, B loved it. She almost prefers it, which is crazy. I was always a fan of spicy, and so was Jordan, so we're both pretty tickled about this.
"Nut Nut" (a.k.a. Babies)
This one is both adorable and so awkward to explain to strangers. B is learning the word "Baby," but up until recently, her word for babies and kids alike was "Nut Nut" thanks to a nickname my in-laws have for my sweet niece (Peanut - a.k.a. Nut Nut!) She has such a babydoll obsession, and she has to bring at least one baby in the car with us everywhere we go. She also LOVES the OG Nut Nut (Cousin Skylar), and searches for her every time we visit Jordan's office, where Nut Nut often hangs out during the week days.
"Gee" (a.k.a. Blankie)
We have this blanket that Jordan's Grandma Kay made when B was still a newborn, and B bonded with it when she was around 5 months old. She calls it "Gee" and when she's very sad, she'll cry for "Gee" which is super cute and sad all at once. I've found myself a few times referring to Gee as a "he" - like: "Brooklyn, Gee needs a bath right now. We're just going to wash him real fast." Gee is probably going with her to college at this point, so there's that.
Her Relationship with Mali
These two are so hilarious together, especially at this age. Sometimes B wakes up asking for Mali. She's completely obsessed, and they're basically like siblings. B feeds Mali from her highchair (every time I turn around, of course...) frequently, to say the least. B's been a little more playful at this age - chasing, playing fetch, and a little wrestling with Mali. Mali's been extremely patient, loving, and sweet with B. I'm constantly watching them, and I'm always impressed with how good of a dog she is with B.
Naps & Bedtime
In the last 6 months or so, we've made the transition from two naps a day to one nap a day. She's done so well with this, with the exception of teething pain on occasion that messes her up. I work part-time in the afternoons on graphic design, so I'm really crazy about both of us getting that time to sleep and work. She usually wakes up very happy, snuggly, and ready for a snack + a little Moana tv-time.
Okay, this is more of a family stage, but we all three LOVE to put on music and dance together in the mornings and evenings when Daddy's home. B can spin, shake her booty, and stomp like nobody's business. She has great taste in music, and loves the club tunes.
Have I mentioned how much we love this stage? I mean yes, there are some very trying moments (specifically her love of the word "No"), but this is such a jump from 12 months that it feels lightyears away. I'm looking forward to a summer with this girl, swimming, playing and adventuring! She's been an absolute joy from day one, and it just keeps getting better.