Sunday, September 04, 2016

Genna at 19 months

Genna is 19 months old today and I thought I would write a little update.

Genna was just in to the doctor for her 18 month checkup. She weighs 24 lbs 6 oz and is 31.7" tall.

She is so full of personality. She's very shy and gives us all "the look"--she bends her head to the side and down, and looks up at us glowering. She will even stick out her hand as if to say, "Don't come any closer." She has picked up the bad habits of screaming at her siblings and, when that doesn't work, biting them. She loves taking pictures and will smile for the camera.

Genna loves to be moving all the time and into whatever the big kids are doing. She copies everything they do. She also doesn't like to stray too far from my arms.

Mitch bought a couple of these step stools at Ikea this summer. When they are within reach, Genna will move them to get into anything her heart desires. She loves them. Oh the messes she makes!

Genna has been very gradually trying more foods and eating more. She is still nursing, but I try to distract her from nursing as often as I can. We can make it through most days with only nursing at nap time and maybe one other time. She nurses several times a night, though.

She currently is on her 4th ear infection since the beginning of May. :( We are waiting for a call to schedule an appointment with an ENT. Our doctor doesn't think that nursing is contributing to the ear infections, but it is a question that I will ask the ENT. She does still reflux some, and I just wonder if that could be causing problems... At any rate, I am undecided about weaning in the immediate future, but expect that it will be happening one way or another before too long.

 I'm sure that eating more during the day will also help the process.

Genna doesn't say much, but here are some of the words she says (or tries to say): momma, dada, puppy, baby, stop, apple, cheese, bye, hi, happy birthday. Edited to add: shoes, teeth

She is learning some signs too: more, please, dog, kitty

She does a lot of squealing and pointing. Oh my poor ears!

She loves to sing songs, even if she can't sing the words clearly. She sings along to "Happy Birthday to You" and "Bye-bye Baby Bunting." When we sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" she does her own version of hand motions.

She loves to play with dolls and anything that Mercy is doing. She enjoys coloring with crayons or on the sidewalk with chalk. She seems to enjoy anything that is messy or dirty. She wants to feel and taste everything.

She wants to walk up and down the stairs, never crawl. That's hard. She also tries to jump and it's pretty darn cute.

We often laugh at her antics, but she's like a little tornado wherever she goes--leaving a trail of destruction to clean up. So sometimes I'm too tired to laugh. Still when she looks up and grins, it's hard to ignore.

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