16 Months

IMG_1461Lulu turned 16 months on Frieday, so this post is somewhat late, but c’est la vie. Our family manages to be late for everything nowadays.

Every day Lulu is less and less baby-like; she has picked up half a dozen signs in the past months, and a few spoken words, too. She says my name (All The Time), and now says Mommy, Daddy, juice, and fish. We must be unconsciously aquarium-centric in our house because “fish” was one of my very first words/signs, too! She walks and runs, and can *almost* do the stairs by herself – she TRIES to do them by herself every day, which pretty much gives Mommy and Grammy Boo heart attacks. Aunt Maya set a land speed record last week when Lulu made a break for the stairs while no one was paying attention.

My baby sister is rough and tumble – it seems like she has a mystery bruise or two every week, but she wants to get right back up and play after she falls. She has NO patience for Mommy checking her over to see if she’s okay. In her head, Lulu and I are twins, and she gets into even more mischief than I did at her age because she has me as a fabulous role model! She does not WANT to be a baby; she thinks she is 4 so she refuses to sleep in her crib or sit in a high chair. Luckily, I’m a peanut and still rear-facing or she would pitch a fit getting into the car!

They totally changed BabyCenter Milestone Chart, but luckily I have the list from when *I* was 16 months.

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Turns the pages of a book – YES. Lulu *loves* books and will make EVERYONE read to her.
  • Has temper tantrums when frustrated – Yes. They don’t really hold a candle to MY tantrums, but she does do a little stompy foot dance of frustration.
  • Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object – Pink. Bunny.

 

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Discovers the joy of climbing – Lulu and I must both be climbing prodigies, because this is NOT a new skill, and I was a little monkey long before 16 months as well.
  • Stacks three blocks – I don’t really let Lulu play with my blocks – but she doesn’t seem all tht interested in them anyway.
  • Uses a spoon or fork – She makes a valiant effort.
  • Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g. the telephone) – Lulu’s FAVORITE toys are the phones and the remote controls now that’s she’s little and maybe later with a bike from MyProScooter. And she definitely knows how to use them.

 

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Takes off one piece of clothing by himself. – I have taught her well. She pretty much takes her shoes and socks off immediately upon being buckled into her car seat. And she takes her jacket off when we get home.
  • Gets finicky about food – Not yet; maybe we’ll avoid a picky phase?
  • Switches from two naps to one – Two naps? Bwahahahaha. We Ludwig children LAUGH in the face of napping!

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