March 3, 2010

eighteen at eighteen

  1. She will accept food within 2 degrees of room temperature. Outside of that "itshot" or "whooooo" (it's cold).
  2. Colors dominate her vocabulary right now. I hear "booh," "behn," "bahh," "rhed" (blue, pink, black and red) about five hundred times a day. Turns out this world is a pretty colorful place when you're looking for it.
  3. She is a good little sleeper...most of the time.
  4. We still struggle without Miralax or a healthy portion of prunes. Breaks my heart to see her in pain.
  5. 95th percentile in length, 25th in weight. How did we get such a tall kid?
  6. She is not good at sharing and throws a fit if someone takes something that Ella perceives is not theirs. Example: at Kimmy's wedding Ella was the ring bearer. Her only job was to hand Kimmy the pillow at the appropriate time. But Ella was sure the pillow was Grandma's, and there was no way she was going to let Kimmy have it. We did convince her the pillow was Kimmys's, which led her to want to give it to Kimmy RIGHT NOW. At home, if Mom sits in Dad's chair, or if Dad uses Mom's laptop...oh how we hear about it.
  7. She is very organized. I think she got it from her Grandma Janet.
  8. She loves to talk on the phone. Pretend, real, doesn't much matter.
  9. She loves coloring. Especially when you are the one doing it. She loves for you to draw families of birds and then name them. Mommy bird, Daddy bird, Ella bird, Grandma Bird, Grandpa Bird, Kimmy Bird and Avery Bird. She remembers who's who, too. It amazes me.
  10. Things in her crib right now: monkey 1, monkey 2, mouse, moose, bunny, giraffe, bear, elephant, kangaroo, dog, two books and an extra sleep sack.
  11. She loves having her ears checked. She asks me to do it whenever she sees the otoscope.
  12. We got into a bad habit of drinking milk before falling asleep. As it is with bad habits, I thought it was something we only did every now and then, in special circumstances. Too late I realized she had become dependent on it and now we are in the painful process of breaking it.
  13. She gives a little chuckle once you understand what she's trying to say.
  14. After months of trying to teach her to say 'please' and 'thank-you' I finally turned to signs. Works like a charm. Of course no one knows she is being polite. They just think she is hitting her face. But it's a start.
  15. She can nearly finish a carton of grape tomatoes before we leave the grocery store.
  16. Most words are noises that you have to decipher, but a few are very clear: mouse, moose, wash, walk. It's really cute.
  17. She's fascinated by her shadow. She knows it is somehow her, and will say "me" and wave, but doesn't quite get it.
  18. Monkeys and dogs tie for favorite animal.


Sue said...

Don't worry Jamie, there is a Jamie bird!! She knows it too.

Lauren said...

I love it. My kids are the same with temperatures- it's either coldy coldy or too HOT. They'll even hand me their milk that has gotten cold and say "nice and warm please" so that I'll put it back in the microwave. Who do they think they are?
That's so cute about her shadow.
And you forgot one. She always asks when she's going to California to see her cousins. I just know it.

Todd and Megan said...

She is adorable! Dying to see pictures from the wedding...

Thayer said...

I was thinking there should be a Jamie bird too (and Lily?!). Can't see the video 'cause I haven't gotten a friend request and it's telling me it's private until I accept the friend request :(

Amelia Hohl said...

Reminds me of Henry's pickiness. Bea is just grateful when I remember to feed her because most of the time she's eating yesterday's leftovers off the floor(dried up eggs, hard rice and corn, etc)before I remember she hasn't eaten in a while. I also realized that I don't think Bea has ever seen her shadow in this gloomy winter. I don't know if we've seen the sun in months. For all I know, it's already burned out. She loves animal noises too. I love the video! I wish I had time for that. Not these days!

kimmy girl said...

she is my favorite. i love that she whispers the bear and lion noises but shouts the kitten noise.

packermom said...

Love the cute video! She is so darling. Did I ever tell you that Ryan wanted a million things in his crib, too?.......and Grandma Janet is NOT that organized......have you seen my purse lately?

Sharon said...

She is so cute. I see a resemblance to Kimmy in the paused part of the video...

christeena said...

i love all the pics and videos to.......
and thoughts also...:-)