|14 month old toddler|
Lately, she's been playing with her stuffed animals. She makes them talk to each other, mainly jibberish like "buu-taah, buu-taah, buu-taah, buu-taah."
Anyway, it occurred to me that I haven't been keeping records of her milestones and my memory is already showing signs of forgetfulness, so I thought I'd try as best I could to remember some of Mirabelle's accomplishments.
Tummy Time: Mirabelle hated tummy time. Screamed, freaked out. But once she started, she learned quickly. By four months, she could lift her head and look around.
By five months, she could lift her chest up and rock back and forth.
Crawling: Mirabelle crawled by seven months. I remember how I thought she'd be able to by Thanksgiving and that come Thanksgiving, I let everyone know that my prediction was correct.
Pull herself up to a standing position: Eight months for sure, since I have pictures of her at Christmas standing up and holding onto various coffee tables.
Walking: She could walk by ten months, around Valentine's Day. She was running by mid-March.
Clap her hands: I think she started at around ten months, maybe eleven months.
Words: Hmmm, this is a hard one. It's hard for me to place exactly when she first started saying any given word because she sort of eased into it. I'll just record her current vocabulary at fourteen months:
Kitty (sounds like teh teh, but she's very consistent and does this noise for all cats, both real and illustrated)
What's that? (sounds like "Whasssat?" and she points to something. Loves to keep saying this and pointing to different objects)
Quack Quack (sounds like cack cack, in response to the question, "What sound does a duck make?" and upon seeing ducks)
Bzzz (in response to the question, "What sound does a bee make?" and upon seeing / hearing bees and flies)
Haah, Haah, Haah (in response to the question, "What sound does a dog make?" -- sounds like panting -- and upon seeing a dog)
Mew Mew (in response to the question, "What sound does a kitty cat make?"
Book (I'll give this one to her because she makes ba / boh / boo-taah noises all the time and grabs a book)
Ball (I'll give this one to her because she makes ba / boh / bah noises all the time and throws her ball)
Sign Language: She's been taught Milk, Food, Finished, Ouch, and Cat, but only really signs Milk and Finished. She started signing for Milk very early, at like seven months, but then randomly stopped at nine months. Recently, she's started doing it again.
There are other random words that she's said on occasion, but she hasn't been consistent. I'm probably being hard on her with regards to "counting" her words, since she makes words all the time. I just want them to be very clear and said often before I'll count them as words. That being said, her comprehension is amazing.
Comprehension: Mirabelle's comprehension is really soaring as of late. You can ask her to get her Hop on Pop book, and she'll fish it out from a pile. Then you can ask her to get her grey bunny rabbit and she'll get it. Then ask for her penguin, she'll get it. Her Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes book, she'll bring it to you. Etc. Etc. Basically, she'll fetch any of her books or toys for you if you ask for them by name. She's also good with other random simple commands. I can tell her to ring the cow's bell (there's a wooden cow in my living room with a bell) and she'll walk over to it and ring it. Outside, we have a toy house with a door bell. I can tell her to ring the door bell and she gets so excited and goes right up to it and rings it over and over again. Stuff like that. I think she'll be saying a lot of words within the next month because she's making all sorts of new noises lately and her comprehension is amazing.
Favorite Things: Climb into a chair with a book and turn the pages. She loves, loves, loves to curl up with her favorite books. She also likes to plop her favorite books in your lap and then climb up on you to have you read to her. Her favorite stuffed animal is probably her little penguin that we got her from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She also loves to sleep with her duck blanket and her bunny blanket plush toy. Sometimes she clutches these items when you get her in the morning and she'll carry them around the house with her.