{18 Months}

P1120867Oh, our sweet Jane is now one and a half!  Where has the time gone?  She continues her journey toward independence; she likes to try to put on her own socks, pants, and shoes.  She’s becoming a bit more of a picky eater, preferring mostly fruit and carbs.  She does love corn and peas, so at least she is getting some vegetables!

When I ask her where her baby brother is, she will usually point to my belly, but then will point to her own!  But she will also give my belly a hug and kiss when I ask her to give kisses and cuddles to brother.  It’s so cute!  And I make sure to tell her that her brother loves her, too.  I held an eight-month-old at a birthday party a few weeks ago and Jane wasn’t jealous at all!  In fact, she just wanted to give the sweet baby lots of hugs and kisses; it was so precious!

P1120870Height: 31.5 inches (50th %-ile)

Weight: 23 pounds, 10 ounces (between 25th & 50th %-iles)

Shoe size: Her feet are too, umm, pudgy for most size 4s, but too short for size 5.  Such an awkward fitting stage!

Diaper size: 4

Clothing: Her 18 month shirts fit fine, but otherwise she fits better in 24 month clothing.  I still keep a lot of the 18 month outfits around, though, because she has some warmer clothes in that size.

Don't touch the Christmas tree??

Don’t touch the Christmas tree??

Sleep: Jane is sleeping in her crib full-time now, although she still wakes a few times at night.  She has slept through the night once or twice, but her sleep patterns tend to be unpredictable.  Andrew and I often fall asleep on the floor or in the recliner in her room in the middle of the night.  She has been waking around 6:30 in the morning and going to bed between 6:30 and 7:30 at night, depending on the timing of her nap.  I’ve gotten to be a pro at moving her (huge) convertible car seat out of the car and into the house without waking her, thereby getting her some much needed sleep and mommy a much needed break when Jane falls asleep in the car.

Jane loves being outside

Jane loves being outside

Milestones: Jane’s vocabulary continues to grow, and this month she started signing apple and banana.  She is also finally saying momma!  And now she won’t stop saying it 😉

Just after Thanksgiving, Jane caught her first real illness, roseola.  It was a pretty mild case, but it did leave her pretty cranky for a week.  Her bottom two incisors also came in this month.

Jane wasn't too excited about meeting the Clauses.

Jane wasn’t too excited about meeting the Clauses.

As an anniversary/Christmas gift, my parents gave us some tickets to Disney, and on Jane’s 18-month-birthday, we went to EPCOT where she met Santa and saw Candlelight.  It was a fun, but very exhausting day.

My Paris Kitchen

Let me first start out by saying that I am no chef, and only a “wannabe” foodie.  But I loved my time in Paris and still drool over all of the yummy things we ate when we were there.  So when I had the opportunity to review famed chef David Lebovitz’s cookbook My Paris Kitchen, I jumped at the chance.

My Paris Kitchen is full of delicious recipes, but what sets it apart from other cookbooks is that it is full of stories from his everyday (though food related) life.  It breaks up the monotony of reading just recipes and is very enjoyable.  Although I have only tried out one recipe, I have many bookmarked and can’t wait to try more.

This cookbook would make a great gift for the foodie in your life, and hey, maybe they’ll thank you by making you something out of the cookbook!!  Check it out for yourself on Amazon.com.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

{Seventeen Months}

P1120595Our precious girl has become so independent this month!  She loves being outside and helping Daddy in the garden; in fact, being outside is probably one of her favorite things in the world.  She also loves to read and have you help her count in her counting books, go for stroller rides, play with her cousins, and eat!  She has developed a new interest in the piano and loves to have me sit next to her while we both play.  Andrew wants to start teaching her how to play already using the Suzuki method.  I’m just happy she likes music!  She also loves watching Disney Jr. and I have to be careful to limit her TV watching; I try to only let her watch it in the afternoon when I am the most tired and in need of rest before Andrew comes home.  She found an old stethoscope of mine this month and has started wearing it around her neck and then “listening” to her own or our hearts and saying “boom boom”.  So cute!!!

Such a serious little gardener.

Such a serious little gardener.

Height: 30.5 inches (between 25 & 50th %-ile)

Weight: 24 pounds (50th %-ile)

Shoe size: Her feet are too, umm, pudgy for most size 4s, but too short for size 5.  Such an awkward fitting stage!

Diaper size: 4

Clothing: Some of her 18 month clothes are too small, but most 24 month items are pretty baggy.

Trying on Halloween costumes.  She wasn't too excited about this dragon one.

Trying on Halloween costumes. She wasn’t too excited about this dragon one.

Sleep: Not much has changed, she still comes into our bed at some point in the night, which interrupts our sleep but is great for snuggling.  We will probably start trying to wean her (and ourselves) off of this in the next few months.

Milestones: Jane is a pro at feeding herself with a spoon these days, and since we have no plastic bowls, we trust her with our Fiestaware most of the time.  We’ve had a few near misses, but most of the time she doesn’t try to throw the dishes.  We also ordered her first children’s dish when we went out to eat; I was shocked at the lack of healthy options on the children’s menu.  So we settled for chicken fingers and carrots.  She loved it!

Mommy and her little minion at Halloween.

Mommy and her little minion at Halloween.

She says a few more words and has learned the sign for banana.

We also finished nursing this month.  It was a difficult decision on one level, but on another, I was ready.  It was just sad knowing that I am now done nursing my first baby, but I am so thankful for the nearly 17 months that I was able to nurse and for the great comfort that Jane took in it.

Gru and his minion.  She was totally terrified the first time she saw him.

Gru and his minion. She was totally terrified the first time she saw him.