Elizabeth is now sixteen months old - how time flies. This age is so hard to keep up with; every day she learns a little more and surprises us with all the things she can do and understand.
I mentioned last month that she's no longer a baby, but now even our neighbours have noticed we have a toddler who goes running down the sidewalk. Elizabeth is actually more comfortable walking on her own two feet than crawling these days and is working on learning to jump. "Jump, jump, jump" she chants. And then she tries a little hop. So far gravity is winning unless she can hang on to someone.
Elizabeth is becoming easier to understand. She's very talkative with Mommy and Daddy and knows a lot of signs, which she uses to help clarify what she's saying. It's very interesting watching her learn. We taught her "more", but it quickly morphed into "want" (interestingly, her variation actually looks a lot like the official sign for "want"). When we taught her "toilet", for a few days this new sign replaced "want". Suddenly she was signing about toilets _all_the_time and pointing at things. This led to some parental confusion and frustration. My theory is that toilet is a one handed sign and want uses two hands, so she wanted a shortcut. We taught her "apple", and she used this to refer to "banana" as well (this is apparently very common, as is woofing for cats as well as dogs). Fortunately some reinforcement brought the signs back to their intended meanings.
Speaking of toilets, we're happy that Elizabeth is starting to tell us that she needs to go (or more often that she needs a change), because up until recently we were working entirely by schedule. This does NOT mean that we are out of diapers. In fact, we're much further away from this than a few months ago. Elizabeth is much too busy playing during the day to actually want to stop and go to the toilet. Even when she does decide that she needs to go, she usually doesn't want to sit on the toilet for longer than a fraction of a second. "Done" she says and scoots off, only to go in her diaper thirty seconds later. Or worse, on the floor! She is so shocked when this happens that we can't help but be amused. We continue to perservere.
Her first 'sentence' was "Want Mommy bye-bye" (an effort to get out of bedtime). Her favourite signed word is definitely "want". Her favourite spoken word is either "uh oh" or "tick tock". Tick Tock has been around longer, but she does delight in dropping things and then saying "uh oh". Sometimes she says "uh oh" before she drops things deliberately...
She's very excited about getting to do things. Colouring, reading, going for a walk, going swimming, going to the park, playing with cars, playing house... Strollers are still a favourite toy as well. This can be embarrassing to explain to strangers at the park! She'll go over to another kid's stroller and climb in if left unattended. Although she's very capable of making a big mess, she's also very big on tidying things up, sorting and putting things away. Daddy loves how her personality is emerging. He says she's really becoming a little individual.