avery's growing up so fast. doesn't every parent say that? charlie and i are always watching old videos of her and saying 'i don't remember her being like that'. here are some of the things she's doing at 14 months. if you're not my mom then feel free to skip this post because i know these are only interesting for parents and grandparents.
... standing! this was probably the most exciting moment of my life thus far. i thought she was going to be 5 before she started walking but she finally figured out that she can stand on her own and she's so proud of herself. it probably doesn't hurt that she has a cheering squad every time she does it.
... mimicking everything that we say and do. she can make funny sounds and copy hand gestures and facial expressions.
... the fake laugh. this comes out any time she hears anyone else laughing.
... the fake burp. she does this when she sees a beer. this is probably not a good sign.
... the fake sneeze. henry sneezes all the time. i think he's allergic to avery. she think's it's pretty funny and will start fake sneezing when he walks in the room.
... calling the cats, the dogs, and charlie. this all started with the cats but now she uses it when she wants anyone to come to her. clicking her tongue and patting her knee is her way of saying 'get over here'.
... she's really into any lift the flap book, the "one thumb, two thumb" book, and her book of animals. she likes being read to regardless but those are her favorites and after 4 reads i usually have to hide the book.
... stacking blocks. we're up to 5 and just like with standing she's quite impressed with herself.
... toys. she loves shape sorters, her play kitchen, and anything with lids.
... she loves her stuffed bunny. this bunny sleeps with her every night and gets dragged throughout the house. in the morning when she wakes up i always find her standing in her crib and holding tight to him.
... words: thank you, gentle, cat, doggie, mama, dada, hot, owl, bird, baa baa, duck, book, ball, rooster, paw, ear, tail ... and i'm probably forgetting a bunch.
... dancing is still a favorite activity and she has quite a few moves that are pretty funny. i have no idea where she figures these things out.
... she is terrible at napping and only falls asleep in someones arms, the car, or the stroller. it sucks.
... she still nursing 3-4 times a day.
... she loves blueberries, strawberries, hot dogs, bananas, yogurt, hummus, peas, and pretty much any meat. she's a pretty good eater and usually eats 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. she insists on eating whatever we are and will refuse dinner if it's different from what we're eating.
... she gives kisses to the animals on the regular and charlie and i receive them less frequently.
... she hates being alone although she's happy to play with her toys as long as i'm no more than 3 inches away from her. she prefers to sit in my lap while playing, though.
... she loves the snow, looking for birds in the sky, pointing out dogs on walks, running errands, baths, and weekends when she gets as much attention as she wants.
... she loves fish and any aquarium. i'm excited to take her to the baltimore aquarium and some museums when we go back to maryland this summer. i'm thinking the natural history and the air and space since they've got some great kid stuff and they also happen to be my favorites.
14 months is pretty cool. although i look at her baby pictures and think 'where did all of your chunky rolls go?' it's so fun to have an interactive baby and it's really fun to see her figure things out for herself these days.