18 Months

Our sassy, rambunctious, joyful little Belle is 18 months old now! 
Goodness, the days are long, but the time has gone so fast when I think back on it. 
 

 [[Peekaboo // Putting her babies to bed]]

Making friends



Slow mornings





Squad

Storing acorns for winter (in her shirt)

First lollipop after taking her shots like a champ!

Sunbathing


She really hasn't changed that much from last month. She still manages to get herself into all sorts of shenanigans even though we've thoroughly toddler proofed the house this month. Let me tell you, magnetic locks on the kitchen cabinets = game changer. I don't think I'll take those off until all of our children are teenagers. She is in full climbing mode nowadays, managing to climb our chairs and get on top of the kitchen table at least once a day, no matter how good we try to be about keeping the chairs tucked in. She can also get herself up and down from couches, chairs, beds, etc. She continues to be our busy bee, never resting (unless Daniel Tiger is on), always moving and dancing wherever we are. It can wear me out, but I truly wouldn't have it any other way - she keeps me active and busy and that's how I like it!
Belle is a girl of many noises and sounds lately, but no more words. She has picked her sign language back up and is doing 'please' and 'all done' for us pretty regularly. The amount of noise and babbling coming out of her lately leaves us with no concerns that she'll start talking when she's ready. That being said, our pediatrician did set us up for a speech evaluation since she is saying so few words. That appointment was today and the lady said we have nothing to be concerned about at this point. So even though we already felt that way, it's always nice to have it confirmed.

Her personality is shining through more and more and we just love every second of it. She's incredibly goofy - like I'm pretty sure she looks for ways to be silly. She loves to walk around with clothes on top of her head, play hide-&-go-seek with Daddy, dance with her stuffed animals, do the whip & naenae, and all other manner of cute and silly things. She loves to play pretend with her babies and animals - putting them to bed, holding them and patting their backs and making them picnics. She's also incredibly kind and sweet to just about anyone and everyone. She loves meeting babies who are younger than her and just sitting by them, which is just too cute to watch. We're so thankful for her sweetness.

She came out of her 18 month well check with the Dr with a good report of being happy and healthy - she stays pretty consistent in all of her percentiles for weight and height and growing brain (or whatever they measure her head for). She's 20lbs 6oz and 30.25 inches, so it looks like she'll be in size 3 diapers for a while longer. Ha. Her petite frame has been easy on my arms and her clothing budget, we only had to spend about $30 total for her winter clothes/shoes because she can still wear a lot of things from last year and we are blessed with generous friends who shower us with hand-me-downs! 

Overall, life is more fun with this little gal alongside of us - even on the rough days, we're so thankful for our little pumpkin!

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