The 15th month mark has proved to be a momentous one for Louisa. She had another big leap forward this month, as she seems so much more alert and responsive, and demonstrative of her likes and dislikes. Her interactions with each of us, and with her world, are much more meaningful than they were before, and she navigates through her day with resolve and purpose. It’s really a great time to be alive.
Easter Photos. They clean up real nice!
Communication: She makes animal sounds. She “woofs” when she sees a dog, “meows” when she sees a cat, and “roars” when she sees anything else. I’ve also tried to make more of an effort to name things for her. She gets it, and she can follow basic commands surprisingly well. She has also upped her facial expressions game. She makes really funny faces, scrunching up her face or acting “surprised” by raising her eyebrows. She’s just super lively and takes part in the conversation in the ways she can.
Movement: Louisa climbs!!! She climbs the couches, the stairs, she climbs up on everything, and we’re confident enough in her abilities to let her. She can get herself down from most things, which is incredibly liberating for both her and me. She can even get down from our bed, which is great because it means I can leave her there for naps. She also loves to romp around the yard with her brother. Unfortunately, though, her balance isn’t super developed yet, so she tumbles quite a bit, and with the freeze thaw spring we’ve been having, there are A LOT of ice chunks to contend with outside. Her forehead is a veritable rainbow from all the bruising she’s incurred.
Growth: We have an appointment in two weeks, so we’ll find out her measurements then, but obviously she’s always getting bigger and taller. We finally made the switch this month from her bucket infant carseat to a toddler one. We even put it forward facing, since her long legs were pushing on the back of the seat in the car when she was rear facing. It’s a nice thing, to have both of them sitting side-by-side facing the same way.
Teeth: Teething continues… All four molars are through, but one of them still has a corner to push through the gum before it’s completely out. She chews on everything, and she bites. She bites her own hands, she bites toys and chomps on wet cloths like it’s her job, and she bites my collarbone when I’m holding her. It hurts. I deal with it by giving her a firm “no” and putting my finger on her mouth, then if she does it again, I put her down. She HATES that. But it’s not stopping her from biting me the way it did with Nico. I blame her pesty teeth. They suck.
Food: Louisa is becoming a bit picky these days. Things that she gladly shoved in her mouth a month ago now get a solid head shake. She will tell us no by shaking her head whenever she’s done or doesn’t like something, so it’s easy to know what to insist on, but I hope that she gets over this picky phase soon.
I’ve also bought reusable squeeze pouches and I’m planning on making some purées for her and Nico. I hope the internet helps me out finding some good recipes that the kids will gladly eat.
Sleep: As always, she’s a tough sleeper. Whole weeks will drag on endlessly where she only sleeps in two-hour chunks, and I’ll be beside myself with fatigue and desperation. But very recently, she had a “good” night. She slept 5 hours, then 4 hours. It was great to only have one wakeup that night, and even though it doesn’t come close to paying my sleep debt, it gave me a glimmer of what life will be like when I’m not horribly, sickeningly sleep deprived.
Favourites: Louisa still loves all her usual things: her zebra, her toys (the kitchen and the trains in particular), her books, music and dancing, and animals. She swings her hips now when she dances, jutting them out as far as they’ll go from side to side. It is seriously cute.
She’s also started to enjoy time to herself this month. I’ll often find her in a corner, on the couch, or in another room, playing quietly or reading a book to herself. She can amuse herself at the play kitchen for long stretches of time. And I guess that’s how it goes with second kids: they learn to play with others first, and develop a taste for individual play later; whereas Nico only knew solo time at the beginning, and had to learn to play with others later. Anyway, Louisa gets 4 hours to herself once a week while Nico is in daycare. Angelo and I have also started separating them and doing one-on-one activities with the kids on the weekends. Giving them undivided attention has really filled some emotional needs, and though there’s still tugging and shoving and rivalries and jealousy, it’s a small blip compared to the overwhelming love between the two kids.
They seek each other out, they hug and kiss, and play together in a way that’s new and that I hope lasts a long time. And where the interaction was almost always initiated by Nico, Louisa has now grown enough to engage with HIM, asking for a hug or presenting a toy, so that I know that they truly have a mutual understanding of each other. <3