Friday, September 16, 2011

Lucy Update

I feel like I haven't written much about Lucy lately. So here's what she's up to:

She turned 16 months on Sunday and is just as wonderful as ever. ;-)

She really doesn't talk yet. She has a few words: mama, dada, uh-oh, all done, amen, hi, buh-bye, and then shoes, Chase, juice, and fish (goldfish) - which all sound exactly the same. Haha. She makes a high pitched squealy sound for "kitty," but doesn't really enunciate anything. She doesn't do "moo" or "woof" anymore for animal noises. She does hiss when you ask what the snake says. And she definitely knows what the car says.

She can point out her eyes, nose, tongue, hands, feet, and belly. She does motions to "If You're Happy and You Know It," "Twinkle Twinkle," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," and "Goodbye Friends" (a song we sing at storytime at the library).

She's terrified of loud vehicles. We live in the sticks where lots of loud trucks go rumbling by. She gets this awful look on her face and runs to me as fast as she can. We say "bye" to the truck as it goes down our street, then she makes her car noise and is happy again. Haha. Silly girl.

She's obsessed with going outside. We play with chalk and she throws her ball down the hill so we have to go chase it.  But mostly she just runs around gleefully.

She understands more than I give her credit for, and definitely follows directions. When she wants goldfish, I tell her to get a bowl, and she does. If ever I ask where her shoes are, she props her hands up as if to say "where are they?" and searches the house until she finds them. When she has a dirty diaper, I tell her it's time to change her diaper and she runs to her room and waits for me to lift her onto the changing table. Her new cute thing is nodding anytime she hears a question in my voice. If I say, "Do you want to eat?" she nods. If I ask if she has a dirty diaper, she nods. If I asked her if she wants to go get shots at the doctor in the right tone, she'd nod. Haha.

She has very little interest in reading books, which breaks my heart. :-( She likes to read on her terms. She absolutely refuses to sit on my lap, but sometimes she'll let me sit next to her and read as long as she can flip the pages at her own pace. One of her favorites is "Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?" Every time we get to the "I see a purple cat looking at me" page, she has to go find Lola and pet her. Every single time. Haha.

Eating is still a constant struggle. I've gotten in a rut of feeding her what I know she'll eat. Toast with applesauce on it every morning for breakfast. Usually with a banana. Mac n' cheese, grilled cheese, beefaroni (only the kind that looks like macaroni noodles), ham, string cheese, store-bought breaded chicken (I can't fool her with homemade), grapes, strawberries, peaches, pears, and raspberries. She's ridiculously obsessed with raspberries. Too bad they're so expensive.

She loves her crayons. I keep them in a closet off our living room and she'll go bang on the door when she wants me to get them for her. I ask, "Do you want your crayons?" and she nods with the biggest grin on her face. She doesn't really color. She might brush the crayon over the paper a couple times. Mostly she just takes the crayons in and out of the box, puts them in her mouth (grr), and hands them to me so I'll color. Her coloring book is full of beautiful pictures colored by me. Haha.

Her other favorite toys are stickers, blankets, her babies, bags - putting things in, taking them out, carrying them around the house - phones, bowls, and spoons.

She's currently in a transition mode between one and two naps. On days that I work, I wake her up at 6:30, so she usually goes down for a nap around 8:30 and then again at 1:30. But when we stay home, she almost always sleeps 'til 8:30 or later, so it's no big deal to keep her up until after lunch.

I could keep writing forever with things I feel like you should know about my precious baby. But this is already ridiculously long and I'm sure my family members are the only ones who have made it to the end. I just wish I could convey how amazing she is. She's funny and gorgeous and happy and silly and smart and perfect. Take my word for it. ;-)



  1. Aw, she's doing so many fun things! She is beautiful :) Happy 16 months!

  2. Hannah didn't learn to walk until she was 15 1/2 months old so Lucy is doing just fabulous! I'm sorry to hear that she's a picky eater too, but it sounds like she's a lot healthier than Hannah! Another mom shared with me that one of her kids literally ate peanut butter and jelly for an entire year, with only a few other things added in their for good measure, and they turned out just fine. I've just learned to offer Hannah new foods but just not care if she eats it; she usually doesn't. I'm counting on Becca to eat everything in sight...

  3. And I used the wrong "there." Please revise in your mind, because it's really going to bother me.

  4. I'm not even family and I made it to the end. :) I love how just about everything you mentioned is where we're at with Abby too (which makes sense since they're two weeks apart...). I find myself amazed every day at just how much Abby understands. And she really doesn't talk yet. She's finally started the "baby babble" -- which is SO cute -- but no real words. Except dada. Which she definitely says when she's talking about Rocky, but also for any other person she sees... Oh and where Lucy nods her head in answer to everything you ask, Abby shakes her head no. :)


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