- blowing kisses to S as he left for work
- playing hide and seek with me and BJ (kinda; she mostly just ran around giggling with a blanket over her head)
- trying to sing the alphabet song
- peeing in the potty (!!!)
As for the last item, at first I didn't even realize she'd done it. On Thursday nights, I bathe both the kids together since S has to work late and I'm on my own for the bedtime routine. For some time now, BB has taken great joy in sitting on the little potty whenever she can, particularly before bathtime. Quite often she will pee on the floor next to the potty as soon as she is undressed, and tonight was no exception. As I cleaned up, she proceeded to plunk herself down on the training potty and grin at me while I mopped the floor.
I didn't think much of it, but when BJ went to sit on the potty as he does every night before bath, he exclaimed, "Mommy! There's pee-pee in the potty!!!" Sure enough there was -- and I know that it wasn't there before BB sat down. No wonder she was so pleased with herself!
She's getting to be quite independent these days, wanting to do as many things for herself as she can. Today, she wanted to clean herself up after snack, and she was so happy when I gave her the wet washcloth and let her wipe her own hands.
She also has tons to communicate, though she's still not saying many words. Lots of signs, and she's extremely persistent about making sure we understand what she's trying to tell us. Which can lead to some extreme frustration. At naptime, she fussed for almost 45 minutes until I finally figured out she wanted to have her "10 Little Ladybugs" book in the crib. When at last I put together that she was signing "bug" and "book" over and over, I grabbed the book from the other room and showed it to her. She clutched it to her chest with great relief and slumped to sleep almost immediately.
I was torn between feeling proud for figuring it out and terrible that it had taken so long!
Thankfully, there are also pleasant moments of satisfaction when I puzzle out what she's thinking. She discovered the star pattern on her feeding spoon during snack today, and she sure was happy when I made it clear that I understood her sign for "star" had to do with the utensil on her tray -- so much so that she kept doing the sign over and over, just so I could say to her, "Yes! I know! There are stars on your spoon!"
I keep meaning to jot down a list of the signs she is using. This is probably incomplete, but here are the ones that come to mind, in no particular order:
- drink (she's just recently introduced this as a different sign, and for her it looks like the sign we've been using for "Daddy." Not sure why!)
- all done
- bath (which also means "bathroom")
- go/turn/wheel/merry-go-round (turning hands like "wheels on the bus")
- toothbrush/brushing teeth
- bird (used for all sorts of different birds, from ducks in books to finches at our feeder)
- pig (which to her also means "cow")
She's saying: mama, dada, bye-bye (adding in the "i" sound very clearly this week; until then, it had been more "buh-buh"). "Ch!" means chair and "brrrr" means car. A particular screech means "cat" (especially when done with the sign). "Da" for yes. "Ssss" can mean snake or please or cheese, depending on the context. She'll combine the sign for bug with a buzzing sound to say "bee" -- and she is very interested in the bees who visit our lavender, so this is something that she says often. Occasionally she will say "nana" for banana.
I think she's trying to say her brother's name -- though with his ever-changing identity, it won't be surprising if that one takes a while. (Especially since when she does try to say it, and I encourage her by repeating it, he inevitably replies with, "No! I'm ____!" Filling in the blank with whomever or whatever he is that day. Today it was "Blue" from Blues Clues.)
And boy has she perfected shaking her head for "NO!"
She's changed so much in the year since these pics were taken.
At 3 months, she was in her "fingers are fabulous!" stage
Of course BJ wanted in on the photo shoot:
Here she is holding S's hand. She's definitely sweet on her Daddy, perhaps even more so now.
Happy 15th month, BB -- you are amazing!