Being Brickner : Eighteen Month Update

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Eighteen Month Update

This little princess is halfway to TWO, happy 18 months Waverly Maye!!


Stats:  No official stats until Waverly's 18 month appointment, but my guess is not much has changed ... still about average for weight, way low for height & way high for that sweet head of hers! ;) Waverly still fits in mostly 12-18 month clothes, but we are still buying big & rolling up just about everything.  After 18 months of practice, that is totally my best piece of baby fashion advice.  Buying big saves money, saves you from the emotional breakdown of packing clothes away, & keeps those cute fashion finds around for longer!  Waverly's princess sweatshirt is for a 1 & a half year old, yet she wears it with the sleeves rolled up & will be rocking it (proudly, I'm sure!) for at least another year!


Current Words & Other Milestones:  Waverly is picking up on new things so fast lately that I recently bought a snazzy little notebook to record new milestones on a daily basis!  She is learning new words all of the time & MOST of them we can figure out, yet there are many sounds we haven't yet mastered.  She repeats them over & over though, so we know that they mean something to her!  The biggest breakthrough this month is the fact that she can now really communicate with us, she answers questions with the cutest "yea" ever.  And I'm convinced that she understands way more than we give her credit for, so we are totally moving into the "watch everything you say" territory!

Other than her vocabulary, a definite memorable milestone this month is that Waverly can say (& show us) that she is ONE!


Naturally, every time she puts up that finger we ALL give her the biggest round of applause ever!  So now, she will do it all day long (especially when we tell her no) & then laugh when we freak out over her accomplishment.  I'm pretty sure she really thinks we are a bunch of morons for how impressed we are with something so easy. And I am also sure that is not even near the last time she will have that thought.

Waverly Maye also knows all of her body parts, including her belly button!!  It's the little things, right?!!


Teeth & Sleep:  One nap a day for this little lady which ironically, lasts about 2 1/2 hours on the days I am at work & about 20 minutes on the weekends.  Obviously, this doesn't give me anytime to get anything done pretty much ever, but how can I complain?!  Instead, I just chalk it up to the fact that she obviously wants to spend more mama & mini time! :)  No new teeth this month but the ones she has are too adorable when she flashes that sweet smile.

Favorite Foods: Waverly's favorite food of the moment is lima beans, hands down.  Edamame follows as a close second.  No lie, we will give her a plate full of carbs, sweets, you name it ... & she throws back the veggies like they are french fries before even thinking about anything else.  Ummm, wish I could feel that way?!


Favorite Toys & Activities:  A big change this month is how much more independent Waverly has become.  Some days it makes me so sad, I will try so hard to get her to pay attention to me but girlfriend is busy with her toys & way too cool for her mama!  For the most part though (thank goodness!), we will spend lots of togetherness time with her puzzles, jewelry, crayons, & most of all, her babies.  She still loves those baby dolls to pieces & even insists that her favorite sleeps with her each night.  Totally the cutest thing ever.


Least Favorite Activities:  Anything that involves staying still is very much a challenge, this girl is wild as they come!  (We actually call her "spirited," a book I was reading said that was the more positive way to phrase it!).  Waverly really is so full of energy & while that is one of the many things I LOVE about her, it also makes for really challenging trips to Target or the grocery store.  We are slowly working through it, thanks to a special stop at the front of Target for a smoothie each time we go.  Maybe not the best parenting move, but sometimes a Target addict has gotta do whatever she can do. ;) I also have found that letting Waverly walk below the cart & "help me" push it is very effective, yet this never lasts long before she is running through the aisles like a mad woman.  With me desperately chasing after her, more times than I am willing to admit!

Extra Comments:  Watching this little lady's personality grow by the day is just too much fun. More than ever, we are getting a glimpse into the kind of girl she will grow up to be ... one that is silly, sweet, full of life & oh so dramatic!!  Totally her mama's daughter. :) Just like every other month, we have had the highest of highs & a few lows.  Even 18 months into this whole parenthood thing, I still feel like I learn something new all of the time, & that Waverly & I are both figuring out this whole life thing together.  I love her TOO much, words really can't describe it, & I cannot wait to continue to watch her grow!!


We hope everyone is having the best weekend, looking forward to our "It's the Little Things" link-up this Wednesday. thanks again for your support!!  We can't wait! :)
XOXO

19 comments:

  1. Love her outfit and crown headband! I definetly agree on the buying bigger advice, we have recently figured that one out. It's wonderful how interactive they are at this age! Sweet girl!
    Xo

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  2. The grocery store is always an adventure for us too. Luckily Liam has been loving riding in the ones with a car attached to the front. So hard to navigate those huge things though. And then I spend 5 minutes trying to coax him out when we're done! Places without fancy carts, I wear him. Just bought a toddler Tula (similar to the ergo) and I love it!!! Happy 18 months Waverly!

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  3. Thanks for the advice about buying big! I have been trying to buy ahead for Kennedy. There have been so many fall/winter clearance sales lately and I struggled with what size to get her! It makes sense that big would be better than too small and not be able to wear at all. Love that ouftit!!! Such a pretty baby that Waverly! :)

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  4. Oh my! What a doll, she is darling! I have a little one on the way so i love all your advice!

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  5. HAPPY 18 MONTHS SWEET WAVERLY MAYE! She is too cute, I can't stand it! :)

    Love that she can hold up 1 finger for 1...now to practice 2!!! ;)

    xo
    Megan
    Hello Newlywed Life Blog

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  6. Love her! Can't believe our girls are almost TWO! Lets go sob in a corner, shall we?
    Sadie goes to the grocery store, target, hobby lobby. Etc with me 99% of the time and despite her total busy-new nature, she does really well. I just try to keep her engaged with what I'm doing whenever possible...like helping to pick out produce & but it in the bags, put items in the cart as I grab what we need from shelves, putting items on the conveyer belt at checkout, etc. At target or craft stores we talk about colors and I point out little details of things in attempt to keep her attention long enough for me to do what I need/want to do! It usually works like a charm but when it doesn't, we bust out the snacks! Ha!

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    1. Sorry for the 5,000 typos...that's what I get for trying to do a quick reply via my iPhone! ;-)

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  7. She is so sweet! I love her outfit!

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  8. Love that outfit! Happy 18 months sweet girl! It goes by way too fast!

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  9. Love the sweater!!! What a cutie pie!

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  10. Aw I love her outfit,, she is so cute!
    -Chelsea
    weddingbellsandpuppydogtails.blogspot.com

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  11. Liv just found her belly button too - so sweet! I am so with you on buying big - best way to go!

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  12. What a fashionable little CUTIE! Love her!

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  13. My son was "spirited" too. Haha. They do grow out of it. So cute!

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  14. She is just too adorable!! I love that top and crown so cute! I am thinking my Ellie will be a short stack too and I will be able to "buy up" and have her clothes for longer like you!!!

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  15. new follower. Im literally dying over your little girl. she is absolutely gorgeous!

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