Friday, August 31, 2007

17 months, and pictures for your viewing pleasure

So my little precious Ava turned 17 months on Monday, so I'm a few days late getting to this. As usual this one is more for me than you, cuz I'd rather type than write in the baby book. And it's easier to type and eat popcorn than it is to write and eat popcorn.

This child is seriously wearing me out, but at the same time I'm having a total blast watching her change and grow on a daily basis. I swear to you she can crawl faster than some kids walk. Her knees are constantly black and calloused and I'm just waiting for her to literally just get up and run from me. Skip walking, go straight to running, do not pass GO, do not collect any money. But bless her heart she is TRYING so hard to walk. She just can't get the right balance and it frustrates her to no end. She stands up tries to take a step and then just falls down in a fit of tears, and it totally breaks my heart. So in an effort we do lots of finger walking, and she seems okay with that.

Vocally? She's a pro. Yep I'm gonna brag a bit. The child has over 30 words, too many that I honestly can't even count them all. New ones this month are below. And she actually knows what she's talking about when she says them, or at least I think she does.

Toe (says it while she takes a grab at my big toe)
Too bash (tooth brush)
Dink (drink)
Keys (obsessively points to key rack and yells until I give her the exact ones she wants)
Ban-tet (blanket - she has two that MUST go with us everywhere)
Pre-tty (sounds just like that, two very pronounced syllables. Points to herself in the mirror and says it, no idea where she learned that one)
Cute (pronounced more like cuuuuute - again, repeated when glancing at self in mirror, also repeated anytime I pull clothes out of her closet)
Too-tie (cookie - the person who taught her this needs to be punished. She's not stupid, she knows the difference between a cookie and a cracker.)
Mom (not really a new word, but I'm no longer mama. I'm flat out mom. Sounds so weird coming from a toddler)
Please and thank you (peas and dank ou - I'll take what I can get)

I think that's it, she's very good at repeating after us, but these are daily words around here.

I know I've mentioned it before but the child can and will climb on anything. Evidence below. And these are bar stools, so technically a little taller than a normal chair, and yes I took away the hand sanitizer from her before she could eat it.

She's a pro at undressing herself:

She has great organization skills (I did have this drawer insanely organized. You can see that she definitely does not have my OCD problem)

And she loves to get herself in challenging and difficult positions. Any one else think she needs to start some sort of gymnastics??

I just love this child more and more each day, and the thought of sharing her and not being able to focus all my time on her is terrifying and overwhelming. But there will also be a day when I look over and she's desperately trying to teach the twins something new, and I know my heart will burst with pride.

As for me, the past two days have been a nightmare. Everytime I think that I'm getting over this pukey crap, I have a setback. Yeah I know I'm "technically" still in the first trimester, and the second one can't come soon enough. I guess deep down I'm thankful that I'm feeling bad, because most of my other symptoms have all but gone away. Except for the peeing...every hour, which keeps me from sleeping which in turn makes me a bitter hag. I feel like a pill factory. I'm taking 2 Zo.fran a day, after almost every meal, and at night I'm usually taking Bena.dryl and a few times I've even taken Dram.amine. I can't sleep without them. When I was pregnant with Ava I think I took Tyl.enol MAYBE 2 times the entire pregnancy and that was it. I just can't do it this time. IAnd I'm praying that even though what I'm taking is considered safe, that my babies are able to come out alright. Oh and I'm also only taking Vitamins at this point. My doctor said it was okay, even though I still feel like I'm cheating myself. But they taste a heck of a lot better than regurgitated prenatals. Trust me.


Wendy said...

AWW!! I was taking the FS vitamins with Wesley!! I was just glad to be getting something in me:)

I loved the update, especially how she pronounces all the words:) I think it is so cute how lil' ones say their words!!

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I have been told over & over there is some sort of correlation between crawling and reading-something about hand/eye coordination. And, the longer they crawl, the more likely they will become great readers later & actually enjoy reading for fun. She'll get there. And, then all hell will break loose. Mine's a climber, too. We do Little Gym..such a blessing!

Chas said...

I don't know about that crawling/reading comment...never heard that in any of my child development classes, but either way, she'll walk when she walks, which will probably be very soon. She is a sweet little thing. I'd love for her and Lila to play day apart in age, I know they'd have fun.

I REALLY need to do a post like this about Lila before the time gets away from me!!

Jessica said...

I was so worried about my one twin, and she just began walking last night (she's 13 mos) but still, she has been trying and trying and trying!! I felt terrible for her! Now she's off and I fear I most definitely won't be able to keep up with all 5 kids now!
Also, with my triplets, I too only took flinstones, not b/c I was vomiting too much, but b/c the regular prenatals all seemed to give me terrible heartburn! It was nasty! I was able to resume taking them though at about 15 weeks, but still took the flinstone, I guess I just sort of liked them at that point :)!
I'd also like to say, Ava looks like she would love a tumbling class! She IS like a little monkey! One of my triplets is like her, and he's still so little but we have him in a tumbling class that he adores... It curbs him from climbing the walls at home too, knowing on certain days we get to go to the gym!
Good luck, and hang in there, hopefully this rough time will pass...

Kirsten said...

Your daughter is just precious! And what exciting news that you are expecting twins!!! I really appreciate your comments on my blog and I look forward to reading yours...I know it'll bring back lots of memories of my pregnancy :) It's an amazing thing. Oh, and I think Ava will be such a big help for you. My niece, who is 2 years old, was down last weekend and I thought she would just be in the way but she was such a big help! She couldn't wait to bring me diapers, bottles, anything to do with the babies. It was so neat to watch her and her little "mommy" insticts.
All the best to you!


HI...I am browsing over from OBE site...your daughter is beautiful!! COngrats on Twins...I have 4 sets in my extended family, what a tresure! (after all the diapers and such ha ha). How far along are you now?

connie said...

Ava is such a precious doll~& is doing very well developmentally~you should be proud ;) The pics are great & I can SO relate to ALL of them (Kendall's a little climbing monkey too!). Hope you get over the sickness soon~I'm sure it's probably a double dose since you're carrying twins. Take care, get lots of rest, & keep enjoying precious Ava :)

Lisanne said...

I've heard that Flinstones are just fine to take, too. Better than no vitamins at all, you know? I'm sorry to hear that you've been having some setbacks ~ God, that must be totally awful! But ... it sounds like you're feeling better now, which is good. Question: do you automatically have to have a C-section if you have multiple births? I've always wondered that.

connie said...

I gave you an award~stop by my blog when you can for details :)

Jesser said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I've been really enjoying your posts about your life and your darling little girl. Congrats on your pregnancy ... how exciting ... and a bit nerve wracking, I'm sure.