As sad as I am for all the baby phases to be over, I'm having so much fun with our new little toddler! She continues to be a hilarious ball of sunshine and I just can't get enough of her!
New this month
As early as she was pulling up and cruising, I predicted she'd be walking by her birthday. And then as we got closer and closer she didn't seem to be making much headway. And then one day, it seemed, she just decided she was going to walk! She took that one fluke step before she was 11 months, but didn't do anything for several weeks. Then it was suddenly several at a time and within a few days she was going across the room! And now she's walking about half the time. She'll walk until she falls and then crawls it out, but can easily get to a stand without assistance. She's had some impressive falls. Whereas Austin and McKenna didn't walk until they were absolutely surefooted, Bella just goes for it! Sometimes the feet would come and sometimes they wouldn't! She's not even walking 100% and she's already trying to run.
Her list of words is growing. She now says "Bye-Bye" and "Night-Night". The other day she was being goofy on the couch and I asked her what she was doing. She grabbed her blankie, laid down on it and said "Night Night!". She also has sorta words for her binkie and blankie, but they're not very distinct. She can sorta repeat words when she wants to.
Also on her new list of vocabulary are "Pat, pat, pat", "Blast off" and "Hot Dog Hot Dog Hot Diggity Dog". She loves to do the blast off sequence of Little Einsteins and the Hot Dog Dance from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Her hot dog dance is super cute. I've tried to get it on video and can't quite get it in all its initial enthusiasm. The best part is that she copies their dance moves and raises her arms at all the appropriate times, even if just listening to the music in the car.
She is even more convinced that both the iPad and my phone are hers. And she insists on bogarting them both at the same time. She has become very interested in phones now. She holds all sorts of things up to her head and pretends to talk!
Her new hobby is unloading and reloading things. Laundry baskets, the spice racks on the pantry door, dresser drawers, the cupboard of cookie sheets and her all time favorite, a good ol' pack of baby wipes.
I love seeing her "get" more toys each month. She has very little interest in her own toys and really just wants whatever the big kids are playing with. She's getting into her job as annoying little sister! The best is when they figure out how to play with her rather than get frustrated with her. She loves to be one of the big kids!
She discovered pinching. She pinches me a lot for no reason while I'm holding her, but she's taken to pinching the big kids when they do something she doesn't like. Starting to hold her own early!
She is becoming horribly shrieky and whiney when she doesn't get what she wants. I'm really hoping she learns how to sign please or yes soon, so that she can stop yelling at me when she wants something!
No new teeth this month. Still just 4 and I'm not sure I see any in the near future. I make really slow teethers! Austin only had two at one year!
I really want to know what color her eyes are going to be! I'm starting to lost hope in blue. McKenna's were blue really early on. Austin's stayed chrome-like for a while before settling on brown and I think Bella's might be going that direction, but some days I think they might be going green. I sorta hope so, so that each kid has different eye color.
It's been such a great year. My sweet bella Bella is so much fun! Thank you, Lord, for this blessing!