If anyone has any ideas on how to get a sixteen month old to sit still and look happy? bemused? pleasant? for a picture, I’m all ears.
At sixteen months, Bea is down to one solid nap…and as much as I held on to her morning nap, this change has been wonderful. She’s adjusted her mornings to sleep in till about 8 and then will take a 3-4 hour afternoon snooze. I remember there was a golden window of napping with MG similar to this so I am soaking it in while it lasts.
Drooling, rashing, and chewing are at an all time high. I think I’ve been able to spot molars and eyeteeth, but she doesn’t let me get too close. Biting (sister) has also become a small problem.
Bea is adding a few words and actions to her communication skills. She definitely knows how to get her ideas across to us and can be quite LOUD when she wants something. But of course we all melt when she gives us our requested kisses.
Climbing is my new worst enemy. The dining room table, the top of the playground, the window ledge; there is nary a place she is afraid to go. Thankfully MG keeps vigil over her if I have to leave the room for a minute and lets me know if she is someplace she shouldn’t be. I don’t think the girl is afraid of anything save for swings and being “tossed” in the air.
Separation anxiety started up this month and just getting close to the nursery doors sets her off. Thankfully I’ve been able to leave her with sitters and grandmas as long as she doesn’t physically see me leave. This is one area that has been a lot easier with the second. Having MG around even when we’re gone helps normalize things for her.
A few nights ago I watched some old videos of MG around this age and just a little bit older. I can’t believe the shift that happens between ages 1 and 2. We are starting to see glimpses of that now and even so it is hard to imagine her talking clearly to us! We are mere months away from that.
Finally, here is a short video of some of her cute antics and the girls’ new favorite game: