At 16 months, she is:
running, spinning, CLIMBING, talking, signing, CLIMBING, sassing, snuggling, and oh-- did I mention that she climbs? good grief it's like we're parenting a small monkey!
*running- she is super fast, probably because she's always getting chased by her brother. She also likes to run out the door when I'm not watching. About a week ago it was truly scary and we couldn't find her for a whole 7 minutes. It was the scariest 7 minutes of my life. We found her climbing some apartment stairs a few hundred feet away. gah!
*spinning- one day she randomly started spinning in circles. It was THE cutest thing ever. When T was about this age I actually taught him how to spin and we'd say "spin spin spin!" in a sing-songy voice. But I never showed her...she just figured it out! Now she spins all the time...when she's bored, or in the middle of a song, or perhaps just to get my attention (it works). I love it when she spins.
*climbing- I know, I know...most toddlers like to climb and my child is not unique. But wow, she climbs EVERYTHING. If there is way to get higher, she will find it. I'm amazed she hasn't figured out yet how to climb out of her crib, and then boy are we in for it! I am nowhere near transitioning her to a toddler bed yet.
*talking- if you ask, "what does the cow say?" she will say "mooooo" and I love it. I probably ask her what the cow says 56 times a day. I just can't get enough.
She also says "hi" "mama" "dada" "yay" "eyes" and "uh-oh"..and that's it. She's not much of a talker...she prefers screaming and mooing.
*signing- This is where her communication comes in clear since she doesn't talk much. So far she will sign "eat" "more" "please" "thank you" "drink" "milk" "all done" "stinky" and "sleepy". For some reason signing just comes natural to her (it took much longer for T to catch on), probably because she's good at mimicry. Last night she tried to mimic me sneezing for a whole 10 minutes. Jonathan and I were just staring at her and laughing then staring and laughing some more...there were even tears it was so funny! She also mimics Talmage when he gets upset and starts "huffing and puffing" and throwing a tantrum. It's great because when he sees her doing what he's doing he just laughs and his tantrum is short-lived (I KNEW we had two kids for a reason!..haha)
*sassing- ah yes. the sass. She has loads of it, and when she doesn't get her way she will pout her lip, plop down on the ground, and wave her arms around. But she never screams when she's upset...she only does that for fun :D
*snuggling- I don't know if it's a girl thing or what but this girl LOVES to snuggle. Multiple times a day for no reason she comes up to me with her arms out for me to pick her up. And then she wraps her chubby arms around my neck and squeezes....for a long time. She stays like that, just squeezing my neck. If there was a record for longest toddler hug I'm pretty sure she would beat it. And she does it with other people, too. When we were with family in Idaho she would do the squeeze hug several times to certain family members that she took a liking to. I can NOT get enough...my son never cuddled like that and I had to force him to stay on my lap for longer than a minute, but she is a cuddle bug by definition. I hope that never changes.
She still doesn't like vegetables with the exception of corn & peas & cherry tomatoes. I have given her just about every vegetable on the planet and she just throws it on the ground. I think the only reason she likes corn & peas is because we give her the sweet kind and she thinks its fruit. And she must like tomatoes because I am obsessed with them.
We also just found out she likes bacon. yuck. She must get that from her daddy.
speaking of obsessions, she has a few of those too.
1. Little Mermaid. the songs in the movie she will always dance to, and she doesn't dance often. She also picks out all the little mermaid toys that we have lying around and play with them nonstop. At the cabin we came across an Ariel barbie doll that she loves (and though I said no daughter of mine would never play with barbies, I don't have the heart to take it away...)
2. Cows. She loves to read about them, moo like them, pet them, stare at them, play with cow toys, and see them on the tv. I have no idea how this even happened.
3. Babies. It wasn't until a few week ago that I realized she loves babies. She doesn't see a lot of them, but when she does she will do everything in her power to get as close to that baby as she can. I taught her to "be soft" with them and rub their head--so that's what she does. She sits by them and rubs their head. As long as the baby is stationary so is she. She won't move until someone comes to pick up the baby. When I saw her act like this, a tiny little voice cried out "Aren't you SO ready to have another one so she can be a big sister?!" And for a second I was like "YES!" ..but that quickly faded. lol.
It also makes me kinda sad to see her sitting next to a little baby, watching over her. Because to me, she is that baby that needs watching over and she is still so little. When I see her acting all protective and enamored over a child that is smaller than her, I am reminded that she is the bigger child. I cannot believe that she is getting so big...okay, tears are a comin...I better stop writing. haha..
Happy 16 months Charlotte! We love you!