Greta, today you turn 16 months old! I’m actually writing your update post on the actual month birthday! Greta’s vocabulary is growing bigger and bigger. This month she added Potter, bah, rain, read, ball, walk, meow, and whoa. She attempts many other words, but still hasn’t quite mastered them. Greta loves to read. We spend lots and lots of time reading books every day. Most days she will empty the entire bookcase and we will read every single book. I’m just glad that I don’t have to read the same books umpteen times like some parents. Greta likes variety in her books. If she knows a word she will point the object and say it. She of course has her favorite books that we read more often. This month Greta learned three new body parts: ears, toes, fingers.
While visiting my parents, Greta learned to blow kisses and pretty much does it everytime we webcam with someone. She has definitely started kissing a lot less. She still gives other people kisses, but I rarely get kisses anymore. Greta continues to love to snuggle and she gives great hugs!
Greta has always loved her Dada very much, but this month she decided she would do everything that he does. If he is working in the yard, she wants to be there. She tries to rake, water the lawn, dig holes, etc. She copies Dada all the time, even in the house. She has learned that the remote control controls the tv and thinks that is funny. She doesn’t watch tv much (only the occasional sporting event on the weekend) and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t quite get it. Sometimes she seems to think that it is like the computer and the people are trying to talk to her. Greta sometimes waves to the people like she does on the webcam.
This month Greta has turned into a big helper. She loves to help with everything. She has always loved to ‘help’ with the laundry, but now she is becoming more useful. When I’m folding the diapers she will carefully walk each one over to the bucket that they are stored in. Every time I sneeze (which is a lot these days, thanks to awful allergies that seem to worse when I’m pregnant), she goes and tries to get a tissue for me. The tissues are a little too high for her to reach, so she doesn’t actually bring them to me, but she tries. If we are in the bedroom she does actually bring them to me. This has led to her attempting to blow her nose, which hopefully means she won’t be so afraid of someone wiping her nose next time she gets a cold. If I’m cooking, Greta will bring me pot lids. She always helps unload the groceries. Greta is even learning to help pick up her toys and books! If this helping thing keeps up, I think she will be a big help when Bubba Mae arrives.
Greta really mastered kicking the ball this month. She kicks it often, luckily it isn’t too hard or we might have some broken stuff. Balls continue to be a favorite toy. Greta is also getting better at climbing. She has figured out how to get on a few different chairs and such.
This month we took Greta’s high chair tray attachment thing off and put her chair right up to the table. This seems to have cut down on the food throwing some, although definitely not completely. She loves to put her feet on the table as well, yuck.
Pretty much every morning we go on a walk around our neighborhood. Greta drinks her morning smoothie and looks for dogs and cats. She knows exactly which houses have cats and points to them so we slow down to look for the cats.
Greta has started to want to pick out her own clothes. Most often she wants a skirt on, in addition to whatever she is wearing. The past few days she has brought me the same shirt out of the dirty clothes basket to wear. I’ve let her wear it for part of each day, but today it will be washed.
Greta ate some meat this month! Twice! She ate a soft taco with ground turkey and cheese. So far she hasn’t really been interested in much other meat, but hey it’s a start!