Thursday, December 29, 2016

Isabelle: 16 Months!

Dear Abelle,

Abelle.  That's what you call yourself.  If anyone asks what your name is, you immediately respond with, "Abelle".  And you point to pictures of any babies and say, "Abelle".  So the name has stuck and now it joins the ranks of your most widely used nicknames.

You are getting more and more verbal every day and you are even speaking in small sentences!  The sentence that comes to mind is, "I want a snack!"  You are fixated on food.  I seriously think you would eat all day every day if we let you!  But you are getting so picky and don't really like anything healthy.  Especially fruits and vegetables.  I can't think of a single veggie that you'll eat, and now you are boycotting fruit too.  You won't eat bananas, grapes, or pears, which were our go-to fruit choices for you.  You love yogurt, anything sweet, and Rice Krispees.

But back to your vocabulary.  You are saying so much more now, and you you're becoming very polite.  You say, "Thank You!" when someone gives you something, which is so darn cute.  Whenever I hear your little voice say ,"Thank you", it makes me smile.

You have also started being able to run (in that cute, wobbly toddler kind of way).  You'll take off and then laugh and say, "I'm runnin'!"  Or you'll call us to follow you and say, "Come on!"  You've really taken a liking to Daisy lately and you get a kick out of it when she follows you around.  You'll say, "Daisy, come on!" and wave your little hand for her to follow you.  But you've also learned very quickly how to say, "Daisy! Stop!"  like the rest of us do πŸ˜‰.

What else has been going on during your 16th month?  Tina took some family photos for our Christmas card, and I wanted so desperately to get a good one of you alone to frame (since, being the third child, we do not have ONE SINGLE framed photo of you 😲)  Look at this sweet face...

You were all ready for the photo shoot and full of smiles.  The weather was beautiful and it wasn't cold.  All of the stars were aligning.  Then the photo shoot began.... and your smiles disappeared.  You smiled for the very first family photo (thank goodness.  Christmas card: check), but that was it.  You began whining and crying and we could not get a nice photo of you alone.  We couldn't do it.  Dang Izzy, you are a tough one!

We keep wondering when the switch will flip and you'll be a happy-go-lucky child.... because as a general rule, you are not the happiest of sorts.  Here are a few examples of an average day in our house...

Nothing is particularly wrong with you in either of these videos.  You are clean and fed and had plenty of sleep.  You just cry.  A lot.  And no one is quite sure why.  It is sweet how your sisters try to help you.  Notice Emma rushing in saying, "Belle-belle!"  She was so concerned.  Both of your sisters are awesome with you, and they can often help you feel better, but a lot of times nothing really helps.  Everyone always says colicky babies turn into happy children.  We're waiting Izzy πŸ˜‰.

OK, onto more pleasant things, ha ha!  You got your first ponytail this month.  You've had one haircut already and your hair is still long enough for a ponytail.  And you love to wear a headband, which is great because if you didn't your hair would constantly be in your face.

Your first ponytail 😊

Big news this month is that we started cloth diapers for you!  Yup, only took almost a year and a half to get back into them with you, where as we started them by two months with your sisters.  Ha ha!  But we are finally getting settled into our new house and life has some semblance of order again.... so I might as well throw us back into a tailspin with cloth diapers, right? πŸ˜‰

So proud!  And gosh I forgot how cute they are!  And YES to the money saving aspect!  Are they a pain?  Yes, they are.  But we got right back into the grove with no problem since this is our third child we're using them with.  I bought a few (maybe 3) new ones and got rid of a few that were really ratty.  I also bought a set of 8 from someone that only used them once before deciding it wasn't for them.  I got those for $60 total which is wayyyyyy less than I would pay for new ones. (New cloth diapers go for about $20 per diaper.)  So I scored there, and the diapers were in new condition, so I was happy.  I was able to get rid of a few others that had seen better days too.  So Izzy, your cloth diaper journey begins!

During this month you really started walking all the time.  Crawling is now a thing of the past.  You will be an expert in no time!

What else are you into this month?  Well, you love snapchat, and there is one particular filter that is your absolute favorite, and you ask to do "sna-cha" every day.  Here is your favorite:

Another thing you've been introduced to this month is the wonderful world of candy canes.  And you are OBSESSED!  You ask for a candy cane multiple times a day, every day:

It is so funny to see you look at the top of the fridge (where we keep the candy canes) and ask for a "Ca-cane".  I love it!  You are like a little elf!

You love your blankie and it's so interesting because you pull tiny fuzzies off of it and examine them.  You love fuzzies!  And on the floor under your crib, there is always a pile of fuzzies that you must pick off of your blanket and throw down there.  Pretty soon blanket will be pulled down to nothing. And you call your blanket "Blanket", unlike Addy who calls hers "Blankie".  But just like your sisters, the second you get a hold of your blanket, your thumb immediately goes in your mouth.

Your two favorite books are "Moon" and "Sunshine".  AKA "Goodnight Moon" and "You are My Sunshine".  Especially Sunshine.  I read that book to you at least 20 times a day.

You are very into baby dolls lately and you walk around saying "Rock a baby".  You love to sit in your little rocking chair and rock your babies, which is so cute.

You still have crazy bed head, which I love.  Coming in to see you and your crazy mop in the morning just makes me laugh:

The Christmas season is upon us and we went to Emma's preschool for breakfast with Santa.  You were less than impressed...

You are very attached to mama these days, and me putting you in the lap of a big, hairy guy was NOT OK with you πŸ˜‰. You aren't a fan of Santa, but you are a fan of candy canes.  Check out the death grip you have on your candy cane in this picture.  

And of course, with the Christmas season comes all of the cute Christmas shirts that I've started to whip out...

And here you are on your 16 month birthday.  So darn cute in your teeny, tiny boots:

Oh Iz, you are turning into a little girl right before our eyes.  You are walking and talking.  Gone are the baby days.  You are a full fledged toddler now.  I think I tell you at least 10 times a day that you are so darn cute.  True story lady.  You are so cute, and you adore your mama and your dada.  And we are pretty fond of you too πŸ˜‰

We love you Abelle!



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