Munchkin is 15 months and every day she looks bigger and learns something new. It might be because I’m watching a friend’s two year old daughter so she has someone to learn from. I still call her “The Baby” even though she’s quite clearly a toddler.
Right now, Munchkin is fearless. She loves it when you hold her upside down. She’s constantly trying to climb something. She LOVES to climb up on the hearth and stand on it. We have a bookshelf that we keep her books and toys on and she’s been trying to climb that too (I’m so thankful that DH has anchored it to the wall!) There are days that I feel like all I do is tell her to sit on her bum and that she can’t climb the bookshelf. She’s able to climb on the loveseat if the footrest is up and she has mastered climbing into her toddler bed. She also LOVES to jump on her bed (daddy taught her that it’s ok to jump on it as long as she’s holding on.) She still loves going down slides…I think it has something to do with the wind in her hair.
She’s listening well (most of the time.) I love being able to say to her “Let’s go to bed!” and off she toddles down the hall. It’s great to be able to tell her to get out of the kitchen or to walk along with me and she does. Munchkin understands NO and there are times that she pretends that she doesn’t. When she doesn’t want to obey she throws a hissy fit. It’s cute though I do my best not to let her see me smiling at her when she does it. She cries and bends her legs and bounces up and down. She’s really good at getting a tear or two out too.
Munchkin LOVES kitties. She says “kit-ty” every time she sees one, even if it is only a pictures. Or she’ll say “e-ow.” When we were driving back from Eugene, she was crying on and off for the last 3o minutes because she was done being in the car. As we got close I told her that we were almost home and she would get to see her Nana, and her puppies and her kitties. There was silence for about 30 seconds and she started say “e-ow” over and over again until we got home. She was so excited to see Ig & Al. They weren’t as excited to see her but that’s ok. In addition to kitty and meow, Munchkin has said duck (while doing the Touchdown arms) and hi. She likes to wave at you while saying hi. So along with Mama and Dada, she’s gaining words and communicating with us.
Munchkin is doing a great job eating. She eats what we eat and if you’re eating something, you had best share with her. It doesn’t matter what it is or what time of day it is, she wants a taste. She loves fruit, especially grapes and bananas. She’ll eat an entire banana for breakfast, along with a hard boiled egg and half of a mini bagel. After eating that, she’ll beg Nana for some of her oatmeal. Nana, of course, shares happily. I’m not quite sure where Munchkin puts all the food she consumes because sometimes she would eat all day if we let her.
One of my favorite things Munchkin is doing is giving kisses. You can ask for a kiss and she’ll usually give you one. Sometimes she’ll be a stinker and turn away. Other times she’ll lean in and let you kiss her. Then there’s the times when she’ll pucker up and give you a kiss (they are much better than the open mouth ones she sometimes gives.) If you ask, she’ll blow you a kiss if you’re leaving. Another thing is that when Munchkin sees anything related to football, she puts her arms up in the Touchdown sign. It’s adorable. Let’s just say she does it a lot on Saturdays and Sundays, since football is on all weekend.
Sometimes I’m sad that my baby is getting bigger. I’m enjoying this stage so much that it’s hard to stay sad for long. It’s a good thing I’m taking so many pictures. I know I will want to look back on them and remember these days. They seem long but I know they don’t last .