December 14, 2011

15-Month Milestones

Height: 31" (40th percentile)
Weight: 22 pounds, 2 ounces(50th percentile)

Sleeping Patterns: I can kiss the 2-naps-per-day days good-bye. She only takes 1 nap per day now, and it usually happens mid-day, somewhere right after lunch. It usually lasts about 2-2.5 hours. That makes me sad for so many reasons, but the primary reason is that it means my little baby is growing up and is well on her way to the toddler world.

Places Traveled: This one is sure to test my memory. I'm sure we've snuck off to Lake Wales quite a few times over the last few months. We also managed to get up to Sebring to spend time with Riley's Great-Grandparents.

Riley is the proud owner of three more pearly whites, for a grand total of 9. She has all four front teeth, top & bottom, and she just recently cut one of her first molars. I can honestly say that he bad teething days are over. She did really well with these new teeth and I didn't even know she had a molar until we were laughing one day, and I saw it. She is surely proud of her new found Colgate smile and is not afraid to show them off. I call her my Cheeseball lately, since her smile is so "cheesy".

Riley's vocabulary is growing almost daily. She is talking much earlier than her Big Brother did. At her 15-month checkup, the doctor advised that 10 words is normal for this age. If that's the case, I really should have named her Gabby. She says "Nae-na" (banana), "doggy", "Daddy" (clear as day!), "Ty-Ty", "Bye-Bye", "Ball", "NO!", "Go-Go", "Wa-Wa" (water), "all done", "quack quack", "ruff-ruff" (when asked what the Doggy says), "Tob-Tob" (our dog, Toby), "Hi", "ca-ca" (cracker), "Debbie" (the sitter) and MOST IMPORTANTLY "Mommy"...I'm sure there are others that I'm missing. I call her Sassa Frass. She is so bossy and sassy, and her little [HUGE] personality is so much fun!

Previously, you read that she's walking. she's running & climbing. Lord, help me!

She no longer gets a bottle, only sippy cups. She's fine drinking her milk out of the cup.

Her hair has grown SO MUCH! 1 ponytail is perfect, but there is more than enough for real piggies now. My biggest dilemma now is to cut it or not. I'm torn because we're in the mullet stage right now, but I don't want to cut it. Everyone tells me to just leave it be. Heck, at the rate it's growing, it'll be to her butt by the time she's 2.

We celebrated Halloween since my last post. Halloween was a lot of fun this year, with her and Tyler being able to participate in all of our Halloween adventures. We visited numerous Pumpkin Patches and bought a pumpkin at each one of them. We did have a little rain on our parade, or should I say a LOT of rain on our parade, but we didn't let it ruin our holiday. On Halloween eve, we witnessed the worst rain event our neighborhood (and several other S. Fla neighborhoods) has ever experienced. Needless to say, lots of our neighbors lost almost everything in their homes and had extensive water damage from the floods that occurred. We were EXTREMELY lucky and only had very minor damage in our Utility Room. All we had to do was replace the carpet, no biggie. Needless to say, the 10" or so of standing water that was throughout the neighborhood posed a little problem for Trick-or-Treating, so we packed up and headed for Aunt Steph's house. Their neighborhood was dry and we had a really nice time trick-or-treating. I had my work cut out for me, yet again, with our Halloween costumes. Every year, I go the super original route. I like our costumes to be something aside from what you see in every costume shop across the country. And, even if it is store bought, I prefer for it to represent a most original theme. So, this year, with limited time and energy, we settled for "Old McDonald and his Farm". David was the Farmer, I was a pig, Tyler was a cow and Riley was the baby chicken. We had fun and most importantly, we made fantastic memories! The "icing on the cake" were the homemade buckets I made, which made me feel a little less guilty that the kid's costumes were store bought. We finished off Halloween night with a stop at Aunt Leah and Uncle Jeff's house and if the buckets weren't full by the time we got there, they certainly were by the time we left! To see pictures of our Halloween 2011 adventures, click here!

We also celebrated Thanksgiving since the last post. Since I recently started a new job, my PTO is still limited since I have not accrued much. So, we took full advantage of the long weekend, and made the most of it. I spent the night before Thanksgiving, baking and making dishes for the following day. We started the morning of Thanksgiving Day off here at home and went to David's Grandparents to help them get set up for their feast. We brought breakfast along and watched the Macy's Turkey Day Parade while doing so. We really enjoyed the morning. Then we packed up and headed North to Sebring to visit with my Grandparents who we don't get to see enough. When we arrived, the kids were STOKED to find out that Great-Grandma had rented them a bounce house for the day. That was so thoughtful and really made for a lot of fun for the kids (& the adults =). That was the best view I have ever seen from a bounce house! We then hit the road yet again, and continued on to our home in Lake Wales, where we spent the rest of the long weekend with family and friends. We had a most enjoyable time and the weather was beautiful!

To see pictures of our Thanksgiving 2011 adventures, click here!

Foods: Her diet consists of anything and everything when it comes to food. In fact, she eats more than I do. I think she may even eat more than David at times. But, hey, she's a growing girl. She has also just about mastered the fork. The only problem is, she only uses it when she feels like using it. So, I will say, that SHE wants to use it, she does pretty well with it.

Apparel: 12 Month or 18 Month clothing (depending on the item) and Size 3 shoes.

So, there you have it. A brief update of our life over the last 3 months. If it were this simple, let's face it, this post would have been done a month ago, when she was actually just 15 months. But, that's just not the reality of this crazy busy life we lead. The way I look at it, we don't give ourselves time to grow old. We enjoy every moment we can, and try to limit the stress along the way. One day at a time...and even then, they all seem to blend together. That's what makes this ride down the road of life so enjoyable. Never a dull or perfect moment!

Happy, Healthy and Growing WAY TOO FAST! And so it goes...