I’m never sure what to call this area of M’s. It’s part of the family room, but it’s not the entire family room. And it’s not really a playroom, since it IS part of the family room. And I can’t even call it M’s corner, as it’s grown to take up much more than a corner. Well, whatever it is, this is what it looks like now.
I’ve changed some things as I get ideas from my Montessori reading. I’ve really cut down on the number of toys that are available to M at any one time, and instead of having everything tossed in a big container together, I’ve separated her toys and put them each in a little basket. She especially likes taking down the basket with the rubber blocks, and she plays with them in a more focused way than she used to when they were mixed in with everything. The little jar with silk daisies is a new addition. I showed her how to take them out and then put them back in, and she spent quite a while doing that today. It takes some precision, but not so much that it gets frustrating.
Most of M’s independent play down here is spent with the blocks (stacking them, knocking them down, moving them here and there, one at a time), looking through her books, or dancing to her music. The short songs on her lion walker used to be her jam, but now she has the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, and it’s a big improvement. She’s always liked the William Tell Overture (for pretend horse riding, of course), and she’ll keep pressing the button until that one starts playing.
What else is she up to at sixteen months? She’s starting to pick up more signs, thanks to the Baby Einstein signing video. (She would watch that on repeat all day long, if I let her. The puppets SLAY her.) I work on the signs with her, of course, but she’s mega motivated by that video. She’s gotten fairly good at repeating the word ‘doggie’, but she doesn’t use it spontaneously, in context, so I don’t think it counts as a ‘word’. She’s just like a sponge when it comes to understanding new words, though.
Her appetite’s been small lately, but there are a few things I can count on her to eat in quantity. Pasta, always. When we go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, she’ll eat an entire bowl of raspberries without pausing (if she’s allowed). She likes them at home, too, but not quite as frantically. She recently discovered juice (from juicing oranges) and loves it. I don’t let her drink much, but I discovered that I can mix her ibuprofen in with a little juice, and she’ll gulp it right down. And Goldfish crackers entered M’s world this past month. She gets so excited when she sees the Goldfish bag.
M’s down to one nap now, most days. Our schedule has been a little less predictable since the surgery (she’s more restless at night and more tired during the day), but she usually sleeps 2-3hrs, going down at 10:00am-ish. I’d like to get that to 11:00am, and then we should be set for a while. During the ten months that M’s been sleeping in her hip brace, she had rolled over about twice — until last week. I don’t know what happened, but she seemed to realize that she is strong enough to move all around. So now she rolls from back to front to back and sits up in bed. I think she’d ideally like to sleep on her side, but that’s one thing she can’t do in the brace. Poor little M!
My favorite thing about M is that she’s so affectionate and cuddly. She loves to play together and snuggle and just be close. She’s really latched onto the idea of holding my hand when we go places, and it’s so sweet to see her reach up to take my hand!