Hello 13 months! We have officially entered toddler hood! Whether you consider the switch from baby to toddler to be their first birthday or when they are walking, we have met both standards. We have two toddlers walking all over this house and finding all kinds of trouble to get into. Life is crazy in our little house!
Let’s talk for a minute about having two mobile little girls… it is hilarious! Watching those slightly bowed little legs go from taking those first tentative, wobbly steps to now getting from one end of the hallway to the other without a stumble is pretty awesome. Miss Olivia is gaining speed with every passing minute and may be running by noon tomorrow. Okay, maybe a few more weeks but this girl moves fast! Isabelle is still in the tentative stage but while it may take her longer to cross a room, she does it just fine. My girls are walking and my, how things have changed. There are so many things that I can’t do now that I could only a few weeks ago. …unloading the dishwasher for example, now I am lucky if I get a glass or two out before I have a child, usually Olivia literally climbing into the dishwasher. I swear, they hear that dishwasher open and they come walking at full toddler speed. It takes me all day to unload the dishes unless I remember to do it while they are in their highchairs. Putting their laundry away is another no can do with toddlers. I put the nicely folded pants into the drawer and turn to the side for the next article of clothing and when I turn back not only is that newly folded pair of pants on the floor but so are about 5 others. They are just so fast now and no longer stay occupied in one spot with a toy. I tend to let this go on and let them have fun for a few minutes before shoving all of the strewn clothing back into drawers (not folded anymore) and closing their door behind us. Sadly, I open the door later and remember that even though clothes are shoved back into place, they got into the diapers and book bin while I did so and it looks like a bomb went off.
Olivia is still not bringing food to her mouth or drinking from a sippy cup. She will however, drink her bottle on her own. I’ve tried so many kinds of sippy cups and she will bring them up but try to suck on it like a nipple. At least she will eat when I feed her and we have discovered that she loves dairy…ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, you get the drift. We also discovered that both girls like chicken parm (Isabelle’s without cheese).
Isabelle is a champ and usually feeds herself…and feeds herself and feeds herself. We have to really watch that she doesn’t end up with so much in her mouth that she looks like a chipmunk. This doesn’t help my fear of them choking. This girl is also addicted to puffs and cheerios.
I feel like I am failing when it comes to transitioning to actual meals and eliminating bottles. This week I bit the bullet and gave up our morning bottle. I am mourning the loss of that one because it gave us all time to snuggle and wake up. But if the goal is to be off of formula by Christmas I had to change our schedule. We now go right to breakfast in highchairs around 7:30. Yogurt, cheerios, eggs, toast, pancakes or something similar is usually accompanied by a pureed fruit or chunks of banana. Then we play play play and have a 6 oz milk or soy milk bottle around 10 for naps. Lunch of leftovers or pb toast, yogurt with a diced veggie around 12 or 1. 4-6 ounce bottle at 3ish –sometimes I do half formula depending on how much they had for lunch. Snack around 3 and dinner at 5 which is usually whatever we are eating . Finally, I do a full formula 8 ounce bottle at bedtime.
So here are my problems,
- feeling confident that they are getting enough solid food to compensate for a bottle
- knowing what size pieces they can now handle. I am still dicing to pea size. Meals take forever when I literally feed them a chicken tender in pea sized pieces. Help! Why don’t they publish a book about all of this important information? Maybe they do but I am too tired to google it.
- If they won’t drink consistently from their sippy cups, how do I eliminate bottles? Anybody?
Talking? Not really, which I guess is okay because their adjusted age is 11 months…so it’s coming soon I would imagine. They both babble all day long and I love listening to it. They do the mamama, dadadada, blabababa and uh ohhhh .
What’s that? Will we ever sleep a full night again? Our current situation is that we all have colds. Isabelle seems to get hit harder with all illnesses and with her coughing and congestion I wasn’t going to do any kind of cry it out with her so guess where she is? In bed with me. And I kind of don’t mind. Our new bed has helped with my hip pain and so staying in one position all night is working out okay. During this time we have let Olivia fuss more without the fear of waking her sister. This has gone well and she usually…I say usually because I am not willing to say or think that this is a done deal….can fall back to sleep. Isabelle is sleeping great with me but I know we have to transition her back to her crib when she is better and that is going to be challenging to say the least. The poor girl just stands up and wails as soon as she hits the bed no matter how deeply she was sleeping prior. I would just sleep with her but then I feel guilty that I don’t let her sister do the same. Sigh…we will all sleep in our own beds someday, right? For the whole night…right?
Odds and Ends
Isabelle or Belles, or Bellie Boo can clap, wave, high five, blow half of a kiss—by this I mean she got the part where she brings her hand to her face so when I say blow kiss she pretty much just smacks herself in the face. It’s cute. She also loves to smack her belly when is shirtless and is starting to dance. We are working on being gentle, especially with her sister, specifically pulling hair and tackling. I tell her no and she laughs at me and does it harder. I tell her no and move her away to another toy and she races her little behind back to her sister to tackle her again. I’ve got my work cut out for me with her. She loves books, often reading the same one a million times a day, and baths and being naked. There is nothing like naked babies walking around after bath time. Adorable.
Olivia, Livy, Livs or Bug is starting to wave hello and goodbye, shakes her head no without really meaning no. She loves to copy Isabelle when she does this so I have double shaking heads. She likes to make fishy faces and make noises with her mouth. She crinkles her nose when she smiles and she is smiling and laughing a whole lot more lately. Olivia loves her stuffed bunny and is starting to climb. Lord, help me. I can see this kid swinging from the ceiling in the coming days. Olivia also loves walking, she is so excited to practice all day long and her face just lights up when you tell her how well she is doing. She does fall at times and does one of two things…hits the ground on all fours and immediately takes off at a lightning speed crawl to her final destination or quickly finds a wall to stand up against and keeps on trucking. Finally, Olivia is a hard core Daddy’s girl right now. If Daddy is home she is glued to him. If Daddy leaves she wails until I distract her with food. She will knock on the door of whatever room he is in and attach herself to his pants leg if he is not playing with her or holding her. Mommy is chopped liver if Daddy is home. It’s not like I take care of you all day and night or anything. Geesh!
So there you have it! Lots going on at 13 months. They are starting to play independently and I love that they enjoy being read to. I definitely see the transition into toddlers happening more and more every day. They are developing such different personalities and preferences. I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas and get our tree all together! Last year they were still too tiny to go. I can’t wait to hang their little mini stockings and see their reaction to all of the lights and ornaments on the tree….behind the gate of course. Here’s to their second holiday season!