Tuesday, July 31, 2012

19 Months

My Sweet Madeline,

You are 19 months old!!! (and 3 days!)  You weigh 23lbs - less than I thought but when I took you to the doctor a couple of weeks ago that's where you were! You are still tall - 75th percentile but only 25th for weight! You wear a size 5-6 shoe and still size 4 diapers. You can wear some 18 month clothing and some 24 month depending on the brand. 

You are going to daycare now. You like your teacher, Ms. Karena, and even reach for her when I drop you off now. You only fuss a little. It still breaks my heart. You have started making this brave face when we go in where you bite your lip and your little chin quivers. It is WAY worse than seeing you cry. You did it for the first time last Monday, and it made me cry. 

You still love bathtime and anything to do with water. You really love to fill cups up and dump them out - some in the bathtub and some on the floor. We're working on it! You beg us to leave the water on! 

Your eating habits are getting a little bit more picky. Probably in large part due to the candy your Dad gives you! You are still a pretty good eater although you are testing the waters. You threw a fit the other day because I wouldn't let you eat pudding before dinner. *note above picture is after dinner* I guess that's all part of being a toddler!

You are SO sweet most of the time and say "please" for pretty much everything you want. You say "thank you" about half the time. You talk all the time at home but seem to be pretty shy at church, daycare, and anywhere you aren't 100% comfortable. You definitely get that from Daddy! 

You love chalk and can draw a straight line. You just recently started to love puzzles and we do them every night before bed. You also love doing your flashcards and your vocabulary is growing so much! You are putting little words together like you will say "come here, Polly", "More please", etc. You can match colors and you say some of them but you still don't quite understand them. I think it must be so confusing to learn so much at one time. I got you a shapes puzzle and you do it with no problem but the only shape you know outside of your puzzle is circle. I am already so proud of you! 

You are still cutting your incisors and I will be SO grateful when they come through. I know they hurt!!!

You really try to do most things on your own - again a Daddy trait. But you will come to me if you need help. You have just started to show frustration when you want something and can't communicate it to us. You kick your leg back and forth and say "uh-uh-uh" repeatedly. We are working on that too and most of the time we get it worked out before you get too upset about something. 

You love being outside. You look just like Daddy in this picture - so intense! I love it! 

I can finally get you to leave bows in your hair again and you will wear a hat and sunglasses now. I think you are kinda getting into being a girl - you carry my purse around a lot. Most of the time, its after you have searched it for gum but still! I have to say the day we took this picture, you were rocking that bathing suit, sunglasses, and  the hat but I never did manage to get a picture of all three on you. It was still so cute! 

You really love bedtime. You love taking a bath, doing puzzles, and reading. You will get the books you want now from your shelf or basket, hand them to me, and then scootch you butt up to me and sit down in my lap so I will read to you. I love every second of it. You also let me rock you to sleep now. I always ask you if you love me - when you're awake it always an emphatic "no" and even when your eyes are closed and you're almost asleep you will grunt "uh-uh". I guess that answer is gonna be "no" for a little while longer. I love it! 

You prefer to have your own drink and plate of food if we are out somewhere now. You also sit in the booth in a restaurant and are so much better behaved that way than in a high chair. I feel like you got really independent really fast. 

This is my number one problem - you are cute and you are so stinking funny. Sometimes I have to discipline you and then turn my head and laugh, or leave the room while Daddy gets on to you. You are a little bold sometimes but still very sweet. It is nearly impossible for me to stay mad at you!  You like to push our buttons and the rules but overall you are pretty well behaved. 

I find myself in a tough place with you right now. I want so badly to be with you all the time, but really believe in my heart that we are doing what is right for our family at the right time. Daddy and I prayed and prayed that God would give us the right path for us, and He did. The down side to me being away from you at work or school is that you get special time with Daddy that you wouldn't otherwise. He takes you out to eat, to the mall, to the baseball card shop (clearly for you!), to do things with his friends, and he even took you golfing. I have to tell you I am so jealous though! I miss you and try to soak in every second I get to spend with you. You are changing so much and becoming a little girl so quickly. You are the funniest person I know and you bring a perspective to life that is refreshing and innocent. Even if you don't feel the same... I love you with all my heart! :) 

PS - Stop growing so fast!!! 


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