Wednesday, September 2, 2009

18 Months (a few months late)

Of course, by now, Vivian is almost 22 months, but I just came across this post that I never published. Might as well get it out there for posterity before the 2 year post creeps up on me. 2 years. Holy-moly!


We are back off the chart. :) The pediatrician today mapped Vivian's height at about 30 months (if she was at the 50th percentile). I wonder where she gets this being-tall business?

Vitals: 35", 26lb 11oz

The pediatrician was very happy with Vivian. The reverse was not true. About half way through our appointment, Vivian grabbed her pants and handed them to me to put on so that we could go already! She must've known that there were some shots in the future for her. She was not happy! But she now doesn't have to go back for another 6 months, so all is good.

So, what other developments have the last three months brought? The biggest one is definitely the onset of the tantrums. Oh, dear. Didn't she read in the baby-manual that they are to commence at 2 years, not at 18 months? Apparently not.

Vivian loves playing in her sandbox and taking Felix, her doll, for a walk around the block in the little stroller. It's too cute. If she had a choice, she would probably be lapping Gypsy/Crystal all day long, only to take a break here or there to climb up and down someone's front steps.

At the moment, Vivian's German words definitely outnumbers the English words she knows (because Omi and Grosspapa were in town for a couple of weeks), but that is sure to change again, soon.

We are practicing body parts (ear, eye, nose, hair, belly, belly-button, foot, leg...) and she's very good at pointing them out, and also says a few of them.

Favorite words at the moment:

Bau = Bauch (belly)
Bau-bau = Bauchnabel (belly-button)
Balalalala = Banane
Kat-e = Katze (cat)

Vivian has been saying "Hi" and "Bye" for a while, but she's starting to sometimes add the name of the person (or dog, she's not picky) when prompted.

Very often, Vivian grabs mine or Will's finger and drags us to where she wants to go (especially in unfamiliar surroundings or when there are many people around). The other day, she grabbed Will's hand, dragged him to where her shoes were, made him put them on (her feet, not his), and then grabbed his hand again and dragged him to the front-door to go outside. No words needed.

Vivian still eats almost anything, even sandwiches (deconstructed ... the topping first and then (maybe) the bread), but not always. There are days where she eats tons and others where she eats very little. Food is definitely preferred when it comes from Mommy or Daddy's plate (even if her plate contains the very same food), but we better not help feed her. :)

In daycare, Vivian is moving up to the next level, out of the small group of 12-18 months into the bigger toddler group of 18mth - 3 year olds. Our little girl is growing up!

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