‘NONONO’ and other tails from the trenches

My energetic, happy, compliant 16 month old has thrown off the shackles of the last of those descriptors. No to diapers. No to getting dressed. No to being picked up. No to MamaLee bring out of sight. No to bed. No to not reading a book 5 billion times in a row.

I had somehow forgotten the intensity of the nearly one-and-a-half year old with regards to ‘no’. I forgot that we used to put Darwin in the car in her pajamas in the morning so we weren’t late to childcare swap.

Currently I’m enjoying the fact that Linnea has not yet started biting. Hitting, yes, but hitting doesn’t draw blood the same way.

Oh life with a toddler. It’s all good.

A kid and her Pete the Cat

Nap time has always been a struggle. Today I insisted she lay down for 15 minutes. She insisted she have her puzzles. I insisted she lay down for 15 minutes. She insisted she have her sticker book. I insisted she lay down for 15 minutes. Whining ensued…5 minutes in…


16 months

The Bee hit the 16 month mark just over a week ago and our lives have just been all over the place so I’m just now sitting down to write her update. Sixteen months with this kid is pretty cool. She has a ton of words now, including the names of all the important people in her life, animals (including “platypus”, which is “plat-pus” and may be the cutest thing I’ve ever heard), body parts, favorite foods, and just about anything else you can think up. She has also learned “no”, very clearly and emphatically.

Fun things:

  1. Linnea now loves books and will sit with us while we read entire picture books to her. This evening she carried one over to me and put it in my hands. I turned it around to read it to her while she stood in front of me, but she pushed it out of the way and said “LAP!” So quite logically, I helped her climb into my lap and read her the book. It’s lovely having two kids who like to read.
  2. Smiles for days. This kid is so happy. She is relatively independent and quite pleased to be able to play on her own with the megablocks, or tear apart the train tracks, or run around the house and bounce on the bed with her big sister.
  3. Daycare is a second home now. Linnea loves daycare. She has friends there who she knows by name, and she is quite pleased to be dropped off as long as I give her a good snuggle before I leave. She is also very enthusiastic to see us when we pick her up, so it doesn’t hurt the mama hearts at all that she’s so happy away from us!
  4. Still eats everything. I think this may be the month where she surpasses our little bird in weight (though not height). She’s strong and stocky and always moving. It takes a lot of fuel, very little room to be picky!
  5. Swimming is the BEST. THING. EVER. Linnea spends the entire time in the pool playing and smiling and splashing and has no issues going under water. I’m so excited to watch her swim more.
  6. My hat is a favorite play thing. As in, yelling “hat!” taking it off of my head, and returning it to my head. Fun for days.
  7. Sisters hugging is so flipping adorable I don’t even know what to do with myself.

Challenging things:

  1. Hitting is now a thing. As is screaming “nonononono” when it’s time to do something she doesn’t like.
  2. Linnea constantly feeds the dog when given the chance, which wouldn’t be such a big deal, but our dog does *not* need anymore weight on her arthritic hips, and her metabolism has slowed considerably the last year or so.
  3. Leah has been struggling some with her sleep, but the kid got FOUR TEETH in over the last two weeks, so I think we know why. I’ve started doing more bedtimes, which has been a bit hard. Lots of “no” and screaming, but asleep in about five minutes, which is shockingly easy compared to big sister (who is still currently awake at 10 pm).