Sunday, August 5, 2012

Growing

On July 16, Eloise turned 15 months old.  Since we knew she was going to see her pediatrician on the 17th, and he would ask about her development, Todd and I sat down with her on July 14 to persuade her that the time has come for walking.  Believe it or not, she was persuaded.  She took two whole steps that day.  She still hasn't actually converted to walking, and never walks more than two steps unassisted unless we are playing a game, but she is getting more confident standing.  
At her 15 month checkup, Eloise weighed in at 22 lbs. 11 oz. (still the 50th percentile), and was 31 3/4 inches tall (80th percentile).  The doctor said that the time has come to switch her from whole milk to 2%, which has Todd in mourning.  Eloise got three shots, which she took like a champ.  I think she cried more about having to submit to an examination from the doctor than she did about being stuck with needles.  When we were leaving the doctor's office, Jared informed me that he had been "so good" and needed a treat, so we headed over to the bunny store for some bonding with bunnies.  
Then we walked down to Trader Joe's to let Jared and Eloise pick out a treat.  Here they are devouring their  peach pops. They were perfectly neat until I climbed into the driver's seat.  They had made quite the mess in their car seats by the time we got home.  
 I can't believe how fast this girl is growing.  She climbs, she cruises, she talks, she thinks she can do anything anyone else can do.  She believes that she should be the one driving the car, riding the bike, pushing the shopping cart.  I appreciate her take charge attitude, but I wish she hadn't inherited my stubbornness.  I love that she always wants to be the one singing when she hears music.  She is not shy about belting out "I Love to See the Temple," "Mary's Lullaby," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," or any rhyme she knows.
 She has pigtails!  Not really.  These lasted for about a minute before they fell out.  We'll try again in a few months.  They were cute while they lasted.
 Do you know who else is growing up fast? This guy.
 He is losing his fear of falling.  His first time climbing this ladder he cruised up so fast that I barely managed to get a picture.
 Todd is teaching Jared how to swim.  Every time we go to the beach, Jared lies in the water and kicks and practices putting his face in the water, so that when we get to go swimming with Daddy he hasn't lost his skills.  
 Jared is super musical.  I can usually tell what song he is humming by the tune, and he can make sounds come out of my French Horn.  I am surprised when he remembers names and faces of people who I don't know well, but I shouldn't be surprised.  These kids are growing and growing and growing.  Every time I blink they have a new skill, or have gone up a shoe size.  Goodbye toddler and baby. Hello, preschooler and toddler.

1 comment: