Good report at the doctor this morning -- though BB, uncharacteristically, put up an enormous fuss about standing on the scale and getting her height and head measured. The vitals: 25 lb 4 oz (60%); 2' 8" (52%). She's following her brother with the familial macrocephaly -- head circumference of 51 cm, which is way off the charts.
Dr Y was very impressed with her verbal skills; the Kaiser 18 month checkup handout says "Your child may be ready to say 15-20 words." At last count, BB 's vocabulary was well over 100 words. She's also starting to say the alphabet -- often when she sees the written word, she'll sing-song, "A B C D" -- and she's counting, too. Though she always skips the number 5.
Frankly, it's a minor miracle that she's counting forward and saying the alphabet starting with A. When she first started these little tricks about a week or two ago, she consistently counted backwards from 10 and started the alphabet at Z. This is thanks to They Might Be Giants -- BJ loves the "ZYX" song, and even sings it to BB as a lullaby, so she was hearing it pretty often -- and also our habit of counting down the end of a "turn" when there are sharing issues, starting at 10 and going to zero. Because she was hearing the numbers and letters backwards a lot more often than forwards, it's not surprising that this is what she'd mimic.
As soon as I realized this, I set about correcting the situation, so there's been a lot of counting and singing of the ABC's in the past week or so. She'll still do them backwards, but not as often. Let's learn everything forwards before we go flipping everything around, shall we?