Saturday, October 4, 2014

Lilly Belle: 14 Months

Lilly Belle - 14 Months Old

We had a fun September! Lilly Belle is changing and growing so quickly. I can barely keep up!

We watched the first Cal Football game of the season and surprised Daddy with our new Cal leg warmers and hair clip that Mommy made. (Daddy didn't like the leg warmers so much, but Mommy did) ;) 

Played with Mommy...a lot!

Celebrated Nana & Uncle Clint's birthdays by going out to a yummy lunch on the water.

Got to play with "bling."

Learned when she needs time to herself. Sweet girl.

Visited Grandma & Grandpa in WI for Micol's wedding. (Wasn't too sure about Mommy not being around I think, but had a fun day with G & G).

Auntie Jenna got some snuggles in!

Got to see a real "princess" as Lilly Belle was calling, Micol. 

Got dolled up a lot :)

Learned a lot more about all things Disney to prepare for our upcoming vacation to Walt Disney World/Disney Cruise!

 Learned how awesome soccer balls are!

Mastered the art of climbing.

More big bows...

Became quite nurturing with "ba-bays."

Carried her Little Mermaid purse around everywhere... (was mine when I was little)

Visited a farm for the Pig Luck.

Wore her Mickey Ears around like it was her job - Good girl.

Seriously, you guys, time is flying! I'm pretty sure I say that every month, but this month really went so fast. I feel like it was just a few weeks ago that we had her birthday party, but that was 2 months ago now. It's a little terrifying really. Here are some updates for the month...

On the Move!
Girlfriend can walk! She started walking about a week into her 13th month. It is really hard to say exactly when she started walking because she started taking a few steps here and there and every day she would take a couple more than the last. It was really interesting watching her learn. She really didn't go for it all in until she felt 100% comfortable and ready. I wonder if that is foreshadowing part of her personality as she grows? It has been so much fun to chase her around. Everyone keeps saying things like, "Ohh, your life is really going to change now!", but I haven't felt that. I really like having her be able to walk. 

Look Who's Talking!
Lilly Belle has continued to add to her vocabulary this month. She really amazes us with this every single day. It is incredible how much she picks up on and what she can say now. Here is a list of words and phrases that Lilly Belle can say (ones that were not listed in any previous posts or I'll be here listing words all day...):
*What is that?*Who is that?*I can't!*I'm cold*I'm So Cold*Open*Close*Ball*Pluto(more clearly than previous months)*Minnie Mouse*Mel Mel (Aunty Mel)*dance dance dance*more more*thank you (more on this)*keys*cheese*there you go (she will say this when she wants something from us because she knows when we hand things to her we say, "There you go," it's so cute)! 

The Magic Words
Lilly Belle is the queen of saying, "Thank You." She does it without us telling her to. If someone hands her something, she will say, 'thank you' right away. It is the sweetest thing. Being appreciative is something that is huge to me so I'm so proud of her for picking this one up so quickly. 

What's New?
This month we spent a lot of time at Kids Club together (my part-time job). She has really grown so much there as far as socializing goes. If she wasn't already super social, she most certainly is now. She is starting to get more comfortable there each time we go and it's been so great to get to watch that. I feel very blessed that I get to be with her as much as I do. Two of my jobs are ones which I bring her with me and am doing activities for her so I'd say that's pretty lucky. We started a class together on Wednesday mornings. It is just 4 weeks long and we've done 2 so far. It's called Busy Bees, and it is a movement class for toddlers ages 12-24 months and their moms. I've had a blast teaching it and getting to watch Lilly Belle enjoy the class. We sing songs, play with the parachute, balls and instruments and we do a few action songs as well. We both love it. Our family is now just 9 weeks away from our Disney World/Disney Cruise vacation so that has been fresh in all of our minds and keeping us busy. We have been trying to have Lilly Belle watch Disney movies here and there to be more familiar with the characters. As if she doesn't know enough already ;) 

Watch Me Grow!
Lilly Belle is finally starting to outgrow her 9 month onesies. I've slowly been putting them away each time she wears them. She is now wearing 12-18 month pants but many of those do not fit anymore. She is in some of her 9 month onesies, but mostly 12 month, 12-18 month & 18 month tops. It really is depending on brand lately for sizing. It's Fall now which means my favorite time for consignment sales! I hit up two this past month and have another one in like 10 days. I always find her the cutest things there! 

Matt and I agree that this time in her life is one of our favorites if now our favorite yet. She may be difficult at times and can throw a mean tantrum, but most of the time, she is sweet as can be and cracking us up. Lilly Belle is not such a great morning person and really counts on her morning nap which is an hour after she wakes up. If she can get that nap in, she's a happy camper. Her schedule right now is (usually):

7am - Up for the day / Nurse / Breakfast
8am - Nurse / Morning Nap
9am - Get dressed & play or errands or kids club
10:30am - Snack
12/1pm - Nurse / Afternoon Nap (1-2 hours) with lunch before or after depending on the day
3:00/3:30pm - Snack
5:00pm - Nurse / Evening Nap
6:00pm - Dinner / Bath / PJs & Hair / Story / Nurse & Songs / Bedtime

She has been sleeping through the night most of the time. Every now and then she will wake up around 3 or 4 to nurse, but we have had nights now that she will sleep 12 hours straight through. Finally... ;)

Say Cheese!
Last month, Lilly Belle had 4 teeth. This month, Lilly Belle has NINE!
She is working on 3 molars + 2 more at the moment. I feel so bad for her! Her teeth always seem to come in more than one at a time. Better to get it over with??
I'm just glad that her molars are coming before our trip. It would be sad for her to have to deal with all the craziness PLUS teething. So hopefully we will be in the clear then.

It has been a really fun month with Lilly Belle and this month is going to be even more fun. We love October! We have some fun plans coming up which include Salmon Days today, the pumpkin patch tomorrow & our Fall Feast Family Fun Day in a couple weeks.

We love you, Lilly Belle! 

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