19 months (and a half)

This kid. Darwin’s at an age that is simultaneously so much fun and so much hair-pulling. She can go from happy-bubbly-excited to meltdown-sad-angry in under 3 seconds given the right circumstances. Typically when we say ‘no’ or ‘wait’. So here’s our 19 month list, just a bit late.

1) ‘Up ina sky!’ Is my new favorite Darwinism. This can be prefaced by a wide variety of adjectives, but most frequent are ‘airplane’ and ‘moon’.

2) Books are still a favorite. This month Darwin has graduated to turning paper pages with minimal bending or folding. Often she’ll disappear when the mamas are not entertaining enough, only to be found 20 or 30 minutes later sitting in her room with a pile of every book she has next to her. Our quiet toddler currently does not indicate big trouble ahead.

3) Brushing teeth has become a part of our nightly routine such that perhaps 50% of the time they actually get clean. The other 50% of the time…well, we’re glad to be moving in the right direction.

4) There are an ever increasing number of 3T clothing working their way into Darwin’s wardrobe. What the what.

5) Darwin is very excited about her impending sisterhood. She will spontaneously kiss Leah’s belly and talk about how she loves her sister. Hopefully this trend will continue after the baby can cry and poop and nurse.

6) 19.5 months in and I still love cosleeping. Darwin sleeps part of the night next to our bed in a cosleeper that is on pack n play form, then comes into the big bed to cuddle/kick me in the stomach for the rest of the night. This close, quiet time is really important to me and I’m so glad it has worked out well.

7) The known body parts list: nose, ears, eyes, toes, feet, legs, knees, arms, belly, bottom, yoni, hair, head, cheeks, chin, hands, fingers, and chest. She can also identify breasts and nipples on mamas.

8) She is a musical kid. She loves to listen to it and she loves to sing. She now can clearly sing the first two lines of rockaby baby and does so, over and over, to her baby dolls and stuffies.

9) We started back in swim classes this month, and Darwin loves the pool. She’s not done of being dunked, but she takes on water because it’s a surprise I think, so we’re showing her how to get ready to hold her breath. It’s fun to see her get so excited!

10) It feels like she’s nursing ALL THE TIME again these days. 19.5 months and still going strong. Never would have guessed it when I was struggling to get her to nurse in public for 3 or 4 months as a youngster.

11) Physically I think Darwin is catching up a bit. She now runs easily, climbs into her kitchen helper and down again without any help, can climb up on the couch, and can walk about a mile on her own.

12) Busses and trucks are her favorites. When she sees one while we’re out driving, she will exclaim in delight the name of the vehicle, and try to find me or Leah to grin at. Then she begs ‘more more…bus?’ Can’t control traffic kid. Sorry.

13) Part of bedtime is now a request for ‘tuddles’ – be still my heart.

14) Darwin literally dances for popcorn.

15) In the morning when she wakes, Darwin names everything she can see. It’s like she’s greeting the world. Then she asks for Leah, who takes her and replaces her with coffee. Lovely woman, Leah.

16) Least we think everything is sunshine and roses…when I went into the kitchen this morning Darwin had pulled am empty box of coconut milk out of the recycling and was draining any remaining liquid into her mouth. Ew.

17) The pout that happens when she’s hurt herself but doesn’t want to cry is SO MUCH HARDER than crying. I’ve never seen a more genuine sad face in my life. And then she does these silent, hiccup-y ccries for a few minutes and….gah.

18) Darwin will always easy Annie’s mac’n’cheese. Check off that one on the ‘wasn’t going to do that’ list.

19) We live 1.5 blocks from an awesome donut shop. Darwin calls donuts sandwiches. I suspect in a subversive attempt to make us believe they’re healthy enough for her to eat.

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Nap time

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