Maddy is such a little girl now. I must do a picture post. She has grown and changed like crazy.
Speaking of growing. . .She is a whopping 22 lbs 10 oz which moves her up to the. . .22%! Whoa! That's big for a little girl who has been stuck in the single digit percentile since she was four months old. Her hair is growing too. It is at quite an awkward stage now. Long, straight hair from birth mixed in with shorter ringlet curls from new growth. It is constantly in her eyes but at least she keeps clips and bows in her hair now so that helps. Not sure what to do with it. I do think it needs a trim at least though. I had a friend cut it once when she was 10 months old and it was really short with bangs. I want to grow it all the same length and my friend is pretty busy these days. I think I need to bite the bullet and take her to a kid's cut type place. Not sure if she'll sit still that long . . .
She is turning out to be a very sensitive, thoughtful, cautious, caring, spunky and energetic toddler. All these traits rolled into one. Makes for some very interesting moments. If I attempt to discipline her at home she tests me and smiles and thinks it's great fun. When I told her not to touch a friends eye at dinner out one night (and by told I mean I looked at her and shook my head, gestured and said, "No Madelyn. Please don't touch people's eyes."), I looked over a few seconds later to find her face crumpling and a big pouty lip forming. The saddest part was she was trying to be brave and hide the fact that she was so upset. Then pretty soon she couldn't control it anymore and started crying. This kind of reaction has happened a handful of times recently. She gets her feelings hurt and embarrassed easily. Growing up is hard work!
She is not a big talker. I have heard her say about 15-20 different words but she only uses about 5 or six consistently at one time. She'd much rather sit (or run around) and take everything in. She grabs my hand and drags me around the house to what she needs. So she'd much rather communicate with gestures for now. She is very verbal and constantly "talking." Just not a lot of English yet. The pedi was not concerned as long as she understood everything, which she does. It is hard because I can't wait to converse with her and communicate through language. I long to bond with her that way. It is hard to not compare her to others her age. I know she will get there. Someday. . .
Otherwise she is, dancing, stacking, "reading", eating with a fork and spoon, hugging, kissing, laughing, kicking, throwing balls, throwing tantrums, climbing on the couch, sliding down slides at the playground, teething and being an absolute joy. So much work, but so much joy. I much prefer the toddler stage and all its challenges to the infant stage. I have a tiny playmate now. We go to the park together, go for walks together, go get ice cream together. It is so much fun now! And I think it is only going to get better. . .