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Monday, January 27, 2014

Fiona - 18 Months

Fiona is 18 months old. She loves running around the house, climbing stairs (and anything else) and playing with her toys. She can't be read to enough, although she lets us know her book preferences by pushing away those she doesn't like. At night, she stalls going to sleep by trying to close books when there is only one or two pages left and then quick grabs for another. One of her little quirks is that she likes to carry little objects around in her hands. It's rare that she's not clutching something, whether it be a couple crackers (first choice), rocks, a spoon and mixing bowl or an extra pacifier. She prefers carbs more than anything else, although she eats some fruits and vegetables. Her vocabulary hasn't increased drastically, although she seems to be picking up a few more words and has started to attempt her own name. If she sees pictures in the house, she loves to point out "mama," "dada," "wawa" (Greta) and can  point to most other family members if we ask her where they are.
We've had some tough nights with her lately, maybe due to her cold or maybe just due to a phase we aren't identifying. After months of generally sleeping through the night, Fiona is now waking up 1-2 times per night and one of those times will have a hard time going back to sleep. We let her sleep in our bed with us when she woke up at night while we stayed in Indiana over Christmas, so as to not wake up the rest of the household. Now, if I try to rock her back to sleep at night after she has been crying for a while, she gets very upset and points at the door to her bedroom insistently, indicating that she wants to come to our room. She slept through the night last night at least.

She loves swimming with Chris at the YMCA

Giving cousin Cora a hug


Dumping Cheerios into my boot


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