This insanely sweet chunky nugget is my heart and soul. Well, half of it. Or a third. My wild boy and solid as a rock man are my other thirds. Anyhow. She is a SPUNKY little spark (and check out those rolls still! 4 months walking and she’s still a chub o’ delight!). She keeps up with her crazy brother very, very well. Running up and down our apartment squealing, shoving him aside if he gets in her way. She’s amazing though, truly. I figured since I failed her final monthly updates during her first year, I should do a short recap on what she’s up to right now.
Since she’s hit all her physical development milestones for now*— walking, squatting, kicking, throwing, pushing, pulling, climbing, running— the one thing left for her to continue working on right now is speaking. And man, her vocab has picked up incredible speed these last months. She was at 80 words back in January, but has easily flown past 125 or so— I literally cannot keep count.
Last month she started pairing two words together and now she’s onto sets of three!
First it started with the simple “HI - someone”, “Bye - someone” (hi bella, bye daddy, etc), but then quickly moved on to a wider variety of stuff like, “go outside!”. Sometimes she simply strings words into the same breathe that don’t necessarily form a complete ‘sentence’, but do make a complete thought/action. Like, “Baby! Pet?!” (Our awesome friend and neighbor Audra over at The Baker Chick just had her first baby, Hugo, and she loves my kids and is so sweet to them, kindly offering them to kiss and stroke her baby all the time, and boy do they LOVE it. Addi’s favorite thing now is to pet babies she sees).
She also is starting to draw her own connections between vocabulary words, which is fascinating to me, such as, “Water. Wet.” or “Dirt. Yuck.” I love it. And just last week she began with three word sets, starting very appropriately with, “I DID IT!” with her arms raised high above her head after she got a shaped block into the right hole. It’s my favorite. She must have picked up that phrase on her own, between me praising her and Colton during proud moments, because we have never prompted her with saying sometime like that. It was amazingly cute.
My other favorite thing is that for the past two months she has been saying please and thank you very consistently. “Ice please,” “Milk please,” etc. I hand her a cup a teeny ice cubes and she exclaims, “Thanks!” Colton hands her a toy, “Thanks!” It’s really just the best. She is now starting to translate words into new contexts as well. For example (this may be a bit strange, for those much less crunchy than me), about a month ago after she would nurse on one side, she would tap my other side and say “please! please!” (after having taught her to say please instead of just yelling “MILK!” at me), so I finally taught her to say, “other side” now instead (so she’ll say, “Milk please! Other side!” So the other day my sister was in town visiting, carrying her, and bouncing and dancing with her and she was cracking up and she said, “other side!” so she would switch her to the other hip. Then just today when I was putting on her socks, after the first was on, she held up her other foot and exclaimed, “Other side!” I thought it was so great.
In any event, her communication skills are getting really awesome. I was impressed the other day when she wanted a bite of something we had, but was particular about how she wanted it done— she started by saying, “Bite,” and then when I brought it to her face she said, “No. Piece.” —it was sandwich. So I broke off a smaller portion and offered it and then she said, “Take. Down.” and took it from my hands and got off my lap and walked off eating it. So it seems she’s pretty much be able to tell me whatever she wants and needs. Sometimes when she can’t verbalize it she’ll simply take my hand, say, “Walk,” and usher me over to whatever it is. Or she’ll ask, “This?” so she can learn the word for it, which I so love.
It’s astounding to watch her and Colton interact now. They can legitimately go back and forth, him asking her a question, her answering (do you want to play X? yes/no. etc), or her prompting him with something (asking for “help,” offering him a toy- “here y’go,” asking for a toy- “please!”, or pleading to “share”). It’s the sweetest. Oh, and another thing that’s the sweetest… her telling me her baby has a “poo! poo!” and asking me to take her baby’s clothes “off”. So ya. I’m changing baby doll diapers now. …which brings me to my asterisk point…
*Up to bat soon is potty training! She’s already been telling me, “Pee!” and will run to the bathroom and have me take her diaper off and will sit down for a while and look down waiting for it. So far nothing has come out, but I do so enjoy watching her point down at herself every time and say “wee wee”, and then after I tell her she doesn’t have a wee wee, she says “bum bum”. Yes, bum bum. (I have yet to bring myself to come up with a word besides this for describing her girl parts, so I’ve defaulted to just that she simply doesn’t have boy parts). Today I was astounded… after Colton announced he needed to poo at one point, she immediately exclaimed, “Poo!”, dropped whatever toy she had in her hand, and squatted. I just laughed and asked if she wanted to go to the bathroom to sit on the potty as well, and she said, ‘yes’, and ran behind us, but I thought she was just messing around, following big brother’s actions, and left her outside the bathroom while I assisted Colton onto the big potty. I figured he may freak if she sat on the little potty while he was doing his business anyway (the door must be closed shut when he’s in there and then he calls for us after for assistance). As soon as I emerged from placing him on the toilet, Addi looked at me, still squatting, and now grunting, saying “poo.” All this was about a 20 second time. She really was pooing! I was shocked. So I asked if she still wanted to sit on the potty. She said yes and turned back toward the bathroom immediately. So I helped her diaper off and sat her down on it, but I think the deed was already done and she had filled her diaper. She sat there for a good while longer though trying. All day her diaper stayed dry and she kept asking to use the potty. “Pee. Potty!”… but nothing would come out. She loved it though. Eventually she had an accident after she took a spill and was crying— maybe she lost her conscience about it for a moment, but it seemed to startle her when it went running down her leg; stopped her crying dead in its tracks. I’m excited to see her learn to use the potty soon. She really is growing so fast now.