Parenthood
  Home      About us      Links      Photos with Teddy  
 
August 28, 2010

At 18 months Elizabeth is a sweet cutie pie with a motor mouth and an adorable wiggle to her walk.  She uses more than 100 words with new words every day.  The sign language is really helpful because it gives us confidence that we understand what she's saying (even when her articulation leaves something to be desired).  Being understood in turn gives her confidence to increase her vocabulary.  She is quite good at please and thank you.  Sometimes using both in quick succession - presuming the result... Her pleases are hilarious and so cute that we can hardly resist them.

 

We want her to be able to speak other languages too, and so we've been working on introducing her to french through songs and francophone library books.  The first stage of bilingualism is apparently understanding the concept that the same object has different names in different languages.  I don't know if Elizabeth has completely grasped this, but she is able to point to various body parts in both official languages now.  She only has one spoken french word so far - "nez" (nose).  Clearly our work here is done.

 

We're working on being able to sit quietly at the table until everyone is finished eating now, so when Elizabeth tells us "done" but the rest of the table hasn't finished, we have a little ritual where we ask her whether the other people around the table are done.  "Is Daddy done?" we ask.  "No" she says in the teensiest-tiniest voice you can imagine.  "Then you have to wait."  "Wait", she agrees.  When Grandma and Grandpa H were visiting it happened that Elizabeth was the last to finish.  "How unusual", Daddy remarked.  Then the whole table cracked up as Elizabeth gamely attempted to repeat "Unusual".

 

She has finally hit 20 pounds (yay!) and is somewhere between 80-85 centimeters depending on the exact second.  Since this is supposedly half her adult height it's fairly clear she'll be taller than Mom.  Her hemangeomas are definitely lightening and some of them are starting to shrink a bit as well.  She is eating pretty well but still not large quantities, unless it's pasta or chocolate or ice cream.  She certainly still loves to nurse ("nur, nur, nur - please").  She sleeps well at night, waking only to visit the washroom and then going straight back to bed.  During the day she typically asks for at least one and sometimes two naps ("nap please").  Mommy is suspicious that what Elizabeth really wants is the associated nursing session, but would any parent turn down such a request?

 

We encourage her requests to help too, whether it's helping Daddy shave, Mommy apply deoderant, taking laundry to the laundry basket, helping in the kitchen or helping in the garage by rearranging screws and nails.  Sometimes the help is even useful, although we're continuously frightened when she's able to do things like screw the lid back onto a jar (implying that she could probably manage the reverse) or when she pushes a chair over to the fridge in order to get at something up high.

 

You may recall that we were hoping she'd be toilet trained by now, but no such luck.  Actually, for a few months there she was totally back into diapers - a real disappointment given that six months ago we were down to only one diaper a day.  Going to the cottage seemed to be the change that she needed - no sooner did we get there than she suddenly started to use the toilet again.  Daddy especially hopes this means that the end is in sight. Her own toilet paper and getting to flush are special treats.  I do not recall ever finding the toilet as fascinating as most of the small children around me now seem to. 

 

Eighteen months also means picture with a bear day, so we collected Teddy and Elizabeth and attempted to take cute pictures.  As she gets older I regret my choice of chair more and more.  Let's just say that rocking in the chair is much more fun than having your picture taken.  Eventually we decided we had at least one picture that would do.  And then Elizabeth rocked and rocked and rocked and rocked.


1
On September 2, 2010 at 03:00 am
Stephanie said:
She has quite an large vocabulary for her age!

Also - I'm impressed that you're teaching her French. Do you and/or your husband speak it?
2
On September 2, 2010 at 03:01 am
Stephanie said:
Oops! Typo! I meant: "She has quite *a* large vocabulary..."
3
On September 2, 2010 at 04:06 am
Grandpa H said:
What a clever cutie!
4
On September 3, 2010 at 04:09 pm
Great aunt Judy said:
I loved hearing about Elizabeth. God is truly good!

Leave a comment:
Name
E-mail * This is not displayed online!
Website
Comment
Please enter the text you see in the picture:
Please identify the text in this image
   

 Previous Posts /  Following Posts

Recent posts:
-Grading for a brown belt
-Spring is here!
-Science by Night
-Blue belt red stripe
-Karate Book Club: A wrinkle in Time

Archives:
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
May 2008
Start at the beginning

Powered by Phibian Technologies Inc. Content Layout Engine  
Copyright © 2018