Instead of doing lists like my last monthly updates (16 is a bit much, hey?) here are some stories and snippets of my little monkey's personality these days.
Girlie loves to smile and wave at others. All on her own. Whether it's passing someone at the grocery store or greeting people at a restaurant. It's super cute and strangers always comment on her friendliness.
I hope she is always friendly. Not like over-friendly and not aware of stranger danger kinda friendly, but always kind to others... That is honestly my biggest wish for my children, to be kind.
OK, cute story time!
We have been frequenting Play-A-Latte lately. It's an indoor play place for young children with it's own little café. One day, a little girl, about the same age as Halle, and her mom had just started playing nearby us. Halle walked up to the girl and stood in front of her, all smiles, and waved her hand to say 'hi'. After a short stare down, the girl leaned in and planted a kiss right on Halle's lips! It was the cutest and funniest thing and me and the other mom cracked up laughing! Then Halle proceeded to back her butt up and sit in the other mom's lap! Something she has never done with someone she doesn't know. I guess she liked them ;)
On another afternoon, we were hanging out at a coffee shop that has a sweet kids play corner. Although that gets old quick and she prefers to walk around greeting other visitors. They have a couple sections with cozy couch settings and there was a group of teenage girls hanging out. Of course, little miss wanted to hang with the girls... so she walks over all smiles, casually making her way past the coffee table to lean up against the couch next to one of the girls, looking ready to join in on their chit chat. It's really so sweet, cause she does it so naturally. Curious and friendly and seems to just want to be around people.
Her new favourite word is...
UP! Except it usually sounds more like "um." Up, up, up! Up if your sitting on the couch or a chair and she wants to, too. Up for every stair she climbs. Up whenever she picks up a toy. Seriously, "up" like 100 times a day! Up, up, up!
Thankfully for me, she is also getting better at cleaning UP! It's a good habit I started to practice early on so she is used to observing it. We almost always tidy as we go after play. Mostly because if we didn't we risked Loki dog chewing up toys! Plus, I believe it's important for her to know how to pick up after herself, it's never too early to start modeling being tidy! And it's another way to narrate what we're doing and practice language skills, "up, up, up!" ;)
Everything has become a phone this month! Toys and random objects are quick to be held up to her ear as if she is talking on a pretend phone. So, that is definitely her play stage at the moment. She has a couple of actual play phones but it's been funny to see what other substitutes she comes up with. Even when we FaceTime family from our iPhones she holds it up to her ear and begins her babble :)
Big Sister Training
Last week I posted these pictures to my Instagram and Facebook because it was too cute not to share!
We went to the toy store one afternoon in search of a toy tool bench. I thought it might be a fun addition to the playroom since I had noticed Halle showing interest in this toy saw in the baby area of Play-A-Latte a couple of times when we have been there... Anyway, we didn't find what I had in mind... But I did get a new idea because she loved playing with this baby doll on display! There were two dolls actually. One bigger doll with long hair in a crib and another baby doll with a stroller. Halle took turns carrying the dolls and moving them between the crib and stroller. She gave the baby kisses and hugs. Then proceeded to walk around the store pushing the baby doll in the stroller. Which turned in to carrying the baby while pushing the stroller. I couldn't help but laugh to myself at how adorable it was and it made me so excited for her to be a sister!!
So today, we went to Target and picked up a less expensive doll. She came with a little high chair and food set and I got a dolly stroller for an extra $10!
Although she is still a bit young for this kind of play, she seems to be interested and we are hoping it will help her to have a baby of her own to somewhat prepare for her sister. We are planning to set up baby things like our swing and bouncer in the next couple of weeks so that Halle will be used to seeing them before baby arrives. Now that she has her doll she can practice putting her baby in the swing... and hopefully this won't all back fire on us when the real baby arrives ;)
Other Noteworthy Randomness
- She still doesn't like the grass or sand despite the beach photo above...
- Our upstairs sectional couch has become her jungle gym! I use cushions from our sofa bed as stepping stools for her to climb up on to the couch and she makes her way climbing and crawling around the large corner couch. It's my trick after bath before bed to burn off all that last bit of energy before the end of the day ;)
- Lately she is loving small spaces. She has been sitting in the small storage baskets from under our coffee table. And recently figured out there is enough space for her to crawl inside my bathroom cupboards under the sink.
- She's still fairly picky about eating but has come such a long way with trying new foods! She is eating more things and more as in quantity! And she has really taken a liking to spaghetti this past month...