eloise {month nineteen}

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{lion: jellycat via Nordstrom // shirt: Carter’s // jeans: babyGap (old) // socks: babyGap (similar)}

{month nineteen} That face right there pretty much captures Eloise right now. She is happy & full of life! And what isn’t shown in this picture is that we had the music blaring on her radio/sound machine with the local EDM station (Electronic Dance Music, thanks to her Papa). That’s called “party party” in our house & it happens a lot (although except for her radio in her room it is the Raffi Pandora station!).

Eloise had her 18 month check-up with her ped right after I posted her eighteen month post & it went well. For height & weight, Eloise is slightly above average (like 65 to 75 percentile) & is still around 95 to 100 percentile for head! Her ped did an early test for autism which Eloise passed with flying colors. We didn’t have any concerns regarding development or growth, it was mostly about talking thru what we should be expecting next: two-year molars, verbal growth, potty-training, etc.

Speaking of potty-training, Eloise, in just the past few weeks, has started to tell me when she has a poopy diaper. She actually tells me “pee” and pulls at her diaper, so we are working on correct terminology! 🙂 And the minute she tells me that she has one, she wants to have it changed. I don’t blame her & I am glad she is starting to show early signs of understanding so that at some point we can potty-train. But with all of this, I am NOT ready for potty-training to start yet & I really don’t think Eloise is either. I know there are “signs” of potty-training readiness & I think we are just starting to see those. We talk about the potty, & peeing & pooping, but I don’t see us starting down this road for at least a few months! Maybe I will get her a potty book…

Eloise’s hair is growing so much (as you can see from this month’s photo). She has these great side-swept bangs, but as they grow out, they are more & more in her face. Sometimes she pushes them away with her hands & it is so cute. And most days I try to keep them back with either a ponytail or a bow clip, though bows don’t stay in her hair for very long these days! At some point we will get her first hair cut, but I still think we are getting thru the awkward/sort-of-a-mullet stage that I just want to get thru so we don’t have to keep growing it out. Maybe this fall? Any other mamas out there really sentimental about baby hair?

Just in the past week Eloise (& I) have caught a little cold bug & are eagerly awaiting it’s demise! My best guess is that Eloise brought home a bug from daycare last Friday & it set in this past weekend. It’s mostly a stuffy/runny nose, cough, & sneezing, though Eloise has felt slightly warm starting yesterday afternoon, so I am keeping an eye out for any fever. Mostly, Eloise is acting normally, but she just wants to be held all. the. time. Which I don’t mind since she isn’t much of a cuddler anymore, but it is so hard to do anything when you are holding a 26 pound toddler. I have noticed a steep decrease in the amount of food Eloise wants to consume which is a pretty big surprise for a kid that eats almost everything. I am pulling out all of the stops though & pretty much giving in to whatever she will eat, mostly applesauce, & fruit & veggie pouches, which are normally saved for traveling. She is drinking a ton of milk though still, so I am not worried about her hydration. Sleeping has been hit & miss, & the frequent wake-ups are mostly because she can’t suck on a pacifier & breathe out of her mouth at the same time, & also I think she is better propped up rather than flat in her crib. So it is a lot of middle-of-the-night snuggles in her glider until she gets back to sleep, and then I transfer her back to her crib. We are running a humidifier too at night which is an endless source of fascination for her when she is awake! It is hard to complain about being sick since this is only the third or fourth time Eloise has ever had a cold, but I cannot wait until we are better!

{weight} 26 pounds.

{hair} dark (reddish) brown.

{teeth} 12 teeth plus four molars.

{eyes} dark brown.

{clothes}  18 month (growing out of), 18 to 24 months, and 2T. She has seemed to be pretty stable at this point, so I am hoping she’ll be a 2T until this summer. #fingerscrossed

{diapers} full-time cloth {bum genius freetime, pocket, & elemental} & honest company size 4 diapers at night with a bum genius diaper cover.

{feeding} during the day, three meals, an occasional morning snack, & one afternoon snack. sippy cup of milk with every meal.

{likes} watching out the front window (dogs, kids, trucks), books, mama & papa’s cell phone, toys that squeak or rattle, singing & music, dancing, Sadie, standing, FaceTime, bathtime, her snack cup, shoes, mama’s (diaper) bag, clapping, putting things inside a bag or box, taking lids off of things, talking (Mama, Papa, quack quack), coloring, helping with anything & everything, when Papa comes home from work.

{dislikes} having something taken away from her, diaper changes, not eating when someone else is, being hungry.

{nicknames} Bug{s}, Love Bug, Baby Bug, E, Wheezy, Kiddo, Love, Bugaboo, Ellie or Elle.

Happy Nineteen months Eloise!

M

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