13 Months

I feel like ever since she started really crawling and picking things up and making eye contact, I’ve been less… not enthusiastic, maybe more less surprised?… by each new milestone. They kinda smooth one right into another now. One day she’ll be knocking over the towers of blocks, the next she picks them off one by one, the next she’s putting them together one by one.

She crawls on all fours more often than army-crawling now, and she also pushes around a box on her knees more than she crawls. She occasionally does a downward dog maneuver, inching her hands in as if that might help her stand. She doesn’t pull up to stand, but she does crawl up us until she’s got one hand on a knee and is otherwise balancing on her own.

Sometimes she sleeps until 5am before crying, sometimes she wakes up at 11 and 1 and 3. More often these days she’s not ready to get up until 7am, thank the gods. I’ve reclaimed my early morning writing time and it has made me a better human being.

She hates socks. She loves being tickled. She plays peekaboo by herself in her crib. She appears to enjoy daycare. If I roll a ball to her, she’ll half-throw, half-roll it back. She likes to stand on my lap and hold my shoulders. She likes to put her blocks in her box and then cruise around the house tossing them out. We call her Baby Clause.

She likes eggs, but everything else is on a day-to-day basis. Some days she’ll eat chicken and rice and mushrooms. Some days she won’t. We just keep rotating and offering and reminding ourselves that some days, we don’t want to eat chicken and rice and mushrooms either.

She has opinions. She’s started throwing in a few “mamama”s with her “dadada”s. She holds up her hands and opens and closes her fists when she wants something. I’ve joked that figuring out what she wants is a lot like playing hot-and-cold: her whining increases the further you get from what she wants and the excited babbling increases the closer you get.

I can see why people would want more than one now. We’re starting to think about a second. Well, Dr Lady wants a second and I’m getting there.

I wish I could go back to this time last year and show past me how much better it gets, because omgoodness yes. I know we still have many backslides ahead of us in terms of emotional development, but this is the adventure I wanted.

 

Speaking of adventure, we’re going to Germany next week. Oh god.

 

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6 responses to “13 Months

  1. Amy

    Sounds like she’s into adventure! This is definitely an exciting phase, and I get what you mean about the milestones all rolling into each other now. Sometimes I think nothing new is happening, but then I look back to where we were a couple of months ago and realize how much has been subtly changing.
    Have a great time in Germany! That’s exciting!

  2. Ack! Germany! Good luck!

  3. She sounds like so much fun! I loved that age, and it was also the age at which a second child seemed less crazy to me.
    Good luck with your trip to Germany!We flew to NZ when J was 15 months and it wasn’t so bad – the anxiety beforehand was probably the worst part. Hope that traveling with Lady Jr. also surprises you.

    • That’s good to know because the anxiety is HIGH right now. The way out will probably be easier than back – first is overnight, back is during the day. That’s going to be a doozy.

  4. What a sweetie! Have fun in Herman hopefully it goes off without too many hitches

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