July 4, 2016
Amelia is thirteen months

Thirteen months is climbing everything. Amelia especially likes to climb up ladders and chairs that are already occupied by siblings or parents. She's still a perfectly happy little girl, so long as she is getting her way. Boy does she have ideas about what she would like to do. Luckily she often likes to do what her siblings are doing, and her siblings can often be convinced to do something that will amuse her.


The biggest change is that she is suddenly communicating more understandably - the number of signs in consistent use has gone up quite a bit. She signs "hurt", "bye" (she has a lovely wave), "more", "all done", "dirty", "clean", "change", "no" (emphatic head shaking), "yes" (adorable nod) and "GIMME" (holding hand out emphatically with a high pitched shriek). She has a few words too - "Mum", "Dada", "mmmm" (I'm not sure about this - hungry I think? Maybe milk?), "boof" (demand to nurse - boob?), "hi", "all done". There's a lot of babbling but we are quite dense.


These days, Daddy is in charge of Amelia's bedtime routine: change diaper, put on pjs, brush teeth, drop toothbrush on floor/sink, read story, say good night to the sheep on Daddy's computer (ie Daddy turn's his computer off and Amelia waves to them) and then either get carried up and down the stairs until she passes out or go play with Daddy until Mommy is ready for her, usually somewhere between 7 and 8pm.


At thirteen months we have started experimenting with putting her on the potty. Amelia thinks this is great fun but mostly this is just a fun game. She does often head to the toilet if she needs a change. She tries to dress herself in the morning by putting random clothing on her head and then shrieking until someone helps her put her clothes on. When she wants to go out, she brings me her shoes. When she is hungry, she opens the cupboard and helps herself to the cookies.

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