It’s strange to think about the fact that Eleanor is 18 months. A year and a half. I feel like I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t around, but at the same time, it feels like time has gone entirely too fast. She turned 18 months at the beginning of this month, and she has her 18 month checkup this afternoon. I have a full-blown little lady on my hands these days, and I am loving it.
Highlights & Milestones
The past few months have been full of activities and a lot of growth for Eleanor. Physically, she’s now in the 10th percentile after a follow-up appointment regarding her size, and I was so thrilled to hear, “Just keep doing whatever you’re doing. She’s doing great!” We don’t have anymore appointments for that, and it’s a relief knowing that our girl is really thriving. Sometimes it can feel like I am falling short in the food department with her because she won’t eat veggies. I am learning to not be so hard on myself, though, and I am realising that I think the anti-veggie thing is decently common. I am going to keep trying, though, and we will keep singing “You gotta try new foods cuz they might taste good!” (Any Daniel Tiger fans out there?!)
Eleanor fully dropped to one nap a day at some point over the past few months. I have had to come to terms with the fact that my go-getter, energetic girl is simply not a long nap kind of kid. She will sleep for about an hour to an hour and ten minutes most days, but it can go 20 minutes either way depending on various factors. Fortunately she is still sleeping great at night, going to bed around 7 and mostly waking up around 6. She did play around with the 5:30/5:45 wakeup time here and there, but we’ve tried to nip that in the bud pretty quickly.
Eleanor got all four of her first set of molars in the past 6 weeks. That was fun. (Please sense the MASSIVE sarcasm here). Molars are a whole new ball-game. They aren’t a week or so of challenge. They are weeks, if not months of challenge, and it was pretty rough. They’re all through now, though, but I am thinking those canine teeth aren’t too far behind.
She is incredibly active all the time. She rarely sits still unless it’s right after she wakes up, but even then, it’s normally a brief moment compared to the active ball of energy she is the rest of the day. Her biggest thing this past month has been conquering jumping. Our church had a bouncy castle for New Years Day, and Eleanor probably played in it for about 40 minutes. She loved it, and I think it really helped her learn to jump better. She loves jumping on the bed, the couch, the floor, her friends’ trampoline, the pool. She’s all about it. She’s also running a lot, and she is a climber. She climbs onto the back of our couch like a cat. (You gotta pick your battles right?) She also climbed a ladder without any help (supervised of course). I am enjoying that the weather has allowed for us to spend a lot of time in the pool, but I am looking forward to when it’s not so hot and we can enjoy parks again. She loves sliding and climbing and swinging. Ball of energy, I’m telling ya!
Another major area of growth for Eleanor is her verbal skills. Just in the past 3 weeks, she’s probably doubled or tripled her vocabulary, and she surprises me sometimes with what she knows and understands. She loves saying everyone’s names. She will say “hi” and “buh-bye” to just about anyone. She says “no” and her own little version of “yes”. She also says a bunch of other words of objects around the house and outside. It’s been a little mind-blowing how quickly her vocabulary has grown. I am really enjoying it, though, and you can see her delight when she learns a new word. The other day she learned how to say “Buzz” from Toy Story, and she was so, so proud.
Other highlights from the past few months were all the Christmas festivities, as well as visiting the Zoo in Sydney the week after Christmas. I am hoping to a post on the zoo visit in the coming weeks so be on the lookout for that.
- Movies/TV: Toy Story and Frozen; Daniel Tiger and Curious George
- Food: any fruit, pretzels are a new fave, popsicles (she calls them “poppies”), water (especially cold water!)
- She’s really started to like creative activities like colouring and playing with play-dough
- She still LOVES dogs and most animals she comes across
- Climbing, running and jumping
- Playing in the pool or at her water table (pretty much anything water related)
- Singing (still one of my favourite things she does!)
- She loves being chased and tickled
- Her babydoll, Lucy (she even sleeps with her)
- People – she needs to have people interaction everyday. My little extrovert!
- Riding in the car – this has sort of reemerged lately, but I think it’s just because it’s so hot right now. If it’s not a super hot day, she’s normally fine.
I feel like there are others, but I can’t think of them at the moment…
How Am I Doing?
I am doing pretty well. I am loving all the new words she is saying and that she is pretty willing to try to say new ones. She’s definitely gotten in a more “testing” phase, and Robbie and I are still sorting through what boundaries we would like and how discipline works in our family. Overall, though, I feel she responds pretty well to both of us and is a really good little girl. I am finding the one nap a day thing a little bit challenging because the days feel even longer, particularly since her naps are quite short. I am trying to figure out what my week should look like in a way that works for our whole family and still helps me to thrive in what I am doing. *I feel like I’ve written that for the past 6 months, but it’s a work in progress!
I feel like the new year has started pretty well, and I think I am doing better at recognising what works for me on a given day. Robbie and I were taking turns getting up with Eleanor each week, but I quickly realised that I was actually more tired doing this because my wake up time was so different day-to-day. So now we are trying for me to get up with her, and then Robbie takes over at 7am for the hour or so before work. I can have a nap if I need to or I can read or even go run an errand and have a little free time to start the day. I went to the new gym this week, and that is also going really well. Overall, I’d say we are going pretty well. I will definitely NOT miss this stupidly hot weather when it goes, but we are surviving. It’s nice to look forward to cooler mornings and walks throughout the day!