Vivian changes so much from day to day that it blows my mind! About a month ago I asked her if she wanted down and she replied “dow.” Shocked and super excited that she was actually communicating successfully I put her down of course. That was the beginning of her quickly learning and actually talking a lot more.
Sure, she has been talking in the form of babble but now she is trying to copy us and make sense of things. She can answer questions besides “yes” and “no” (to which she usually says “no” even if she means “yes”) such as “what does a ducky say?” - “ack ack” would be the appropriate answer if you did not know. She also is picking up on sign language a lot more too!
Her main arsenal of words/phrases/signs are:
- ni-ni (night night)
- uh oh
- no, no, no (it used to never be just one no, always in threes, but she is starting to say “no” very definitively lately)
- nom nom (when asked “are you hungry?” and the answer is yes - she also started doing the sign for hungry)
- sign for “more” when she wants something - for anything she sees she signs “more” and points
- dow (down)
- up or “up-pea” (up please)
- not sure how to write the sound but basically imagine moving your tongue up and down between your lips… this is how Viv says “banana”
- sign for “fruit” (although she points to her forehead instead of her cheek - whatever works!)
- wa-wa (water)
- ba-ba (bottle)
- "ubby" which we aren’t sure what it is supposed to mean but she says it all the time… when she is frustrated, needs help, wants something, sees us, pretty much Viv’s universal word
- woaaaah (hilariously used appropriately)
Vivian understands so much now that having a section with common phrases would be too long! She listens to directions pretty well which is really nice.
Things Vivian has learned:
- how to use the potty sometimes - definitely not often nor is it pushed
- still working on using a fork
- putting rings on the stick stack toy
- getting better at using a real cup
- walking up and down stairs holding a hand (she has mastered them long ago on her belly)
- where her head, belly, nose and eyes are (she will point to them!!!!)
- what a ducky, doggy, cow, Pops (Grandpa) says
- to rub soap together in her hands and wash her belly
Things that excite and make Vivian happy:
- bath time, swimming and blowing bubbles in the water
- sitting on the heater grate when the furnace is on
- giving kisses
- talking nonstop
- dancing with someone
- being tickled
- walking/running independently
Things that frustrate Vivian:
- not getting what she wants
- when something is taken away
- being upside down
- when she is over-hungry
- when a cabinet she wants to open is locked
- swings! What child dislikes swings?!!? She used to love them!
Vivian weighs 21.8 pounds per the scale which she likes to stand on and see numbers light up and is 29 inches (or 2.4 feet) tall according to my measurement this morning. She has ten teeth (four top front, two bottom front, four molars) and is definitely on her way to more with the amount of drool and chewing lately.
Vivian sleeps like a champ at night usually being put to bed around 7:30pm and falling asleep after laying in the crib silently playing with blankets for about an hour. She usually sleeps until about 8:30am and takes a nap going down somewhere between 12pm - 2pm and will sleep varying lengths from an hour up to three or very rarely four. During nap she will often wake up with a blood curdling scream then go back to bed for a while. It is terrifying and sad but apparently normal for Vivian. I’m not sure if it is her teeth or nightmares but I wish it wouldn’t happen.
In other recent news, we quit the bottle yesterday. Not out of choice, but rather we had some bad milk so I had no other option. Viv went down for nap and bed just fine without it so poof, no more bottle necessary. Now I just need to find out if she still needs to get milk at a regular frequency. One of my many questions for her doctor when we go for her appointment on Friday.