Isla June, you are 20 months old!!
And it has flown by. Although this has been a tough month with teething (she is getting 4 new teeth in as we speak) that has involved extra whining and less napping, it has been one of our most fun months together yet. She is so full of life and very, very funny.
Right now, she is really into letters and numbers. One of her favorite games is for you to write numbers or letters down for her to guess. She knows 20 letters and the numbers 1-10. And she loves to count. If I put orange slices on her tray, she will count them for me, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10. She doesn't say one (because I am supposed to) and I'm not really sure where 9 went. Another favorite letter game involves this mat in her room that has all 26 letters on it, and when you call out a letter, she will go stand on it.
The teacher in me is thrilled.
Words are coming at a rapid pace, and starting to be grouped in 2-3 word phrases. But, she's so intent on talking like us, that some of her enunciation is becoming a little bit lost. She'll say, "Daddy! (to get his attention), and then ramble on "yaddy yaddy di doddy" and nod her head and smile at you. It's like she knows the nuances of having a conversation, but doesn't quite have the words yet. We get this a lot at dinner.
Speaking of dinner, she's still really into saying grace. Telling us, "hands" and then bowing her head, mumbling her prayer, and waiting for the final announcement of "Heymen!". But, here's the thing, she has to be the one to initiate it. If you ask her for "hands?", you'll hear a resounding, "No".
Favorite activities this month are coloring, lots and lots of coloring (always requesting "RED!") and playing ball. She's less into stickers as it seems she thinks they mess up her masterpieces.
And I would be remise if I didn't say books. Still really, really loving books.
Some favorite phrases:
M for mommy
D for daddy
Brow Bear, Brow Bear, See, See, See
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
And this phonics song I taught her that goes along the lines of
Apple Apple Ah, ah ah
Babby Buh Buh Buh
and then she skips to
Daddy Daddy Duh Duh Duh
and then she skips to
Mommy Mommy Mmm Mmm Mmm
and then skips back up to
Hammer Hammer Hu Hu Hu
We hear these songs quite a bit during nap and bedtime. Just practicing her solos, I guess.
She identifies the shapes of a star, heart, oval (of all things?!?), and calls anything with extra points/sides an octagon.
We're still working on consistency with colors.
I haven't officially counted, but I would day that there's around 125 words in her vocabulary. She reads 50 words (although we're a little out of practice, bad mommy).
She loves to tell you animals and their sounds. It's actually very cute. I need to get it on camera.
Unfortunately, it's been a bit of a fussy month. Not sure if it's just the teeth or the whole almost 2 thing (what?!?!) but there's been a lot of uhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhu...uh! Driving.me.crazy.
And I'm doing my best to take it in stride and remind her to "use her words". We're working on consistently (and correctly) answering yes and no questions because sometimes she just wants to say no to e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
But, she brings sunshine to my day. I am beyond blessed to be this little lady's mother.
I pray everyday for guidance and patience in this task, because I know that it's a big one.
She's so very special.
|Bedtime stories with Daddy. Sitting on his belly makes the stories so much better.|
Almost forgot to mention that her favorite book(s) right now are the Brown Bear, Brown Bear series. She can "read" them to you (although every page just says "brow bear brow bear see see see. Eyyyeeees"). But, her most favorite part of these books are the last page where all of the animals are listed with pictures, and you quiz her on where the animals are, and then she will point them out. Like, all.of.them. Even the macaroni penguin. crazy.