At Grandma's house, we found out that Lila is quite scared of dogs. My mom's dog is small--but size didn't matter. Anytime Lila heard the tell-tale jingling of Coco's collar, she would start whimpering and go running to the nearest adult. She wouldn't relax until we'd pick her up. If Coco were lying on the ground, Lila would take the long way to whatever she wanted so she didn't have to walk past Coco.
|She found herself a chair, then made loud noises until I acknowledged her cuteness.|
At Grandma's house, we also learned that Lila loves the sewing machine. She was particularly obsessed with pushing the foot pedal of the sewing machine down with her little foot.
Ryan and I found a repainted a little wooden rocking horse at DI before Lila was even born. She didn't pay attention to it for a while, but now she loves it. She plays on it at least once every day. We have some of the more Lila-friendly toys accessible to her in her room (just inside the closet) and she loves having her own little spot. She loves her toys.
Lila doesn't talk a ton, but she's adding more words all the time. Here's a current-ish list of words:
luh-luh (Lila), bee-uh (bear) (but she usually says it three times--bee-uh bee-uh bee-uh), mama, dada (or just da), bree (Reed), yeah, woah, dee-doo (thank you--usually she just uses a sign at random when I tell her to say thank you), nye-nye (night night), buh-buh (bye bye or bubba/brother), baby, buhv (love), ball, baby, hi, Jae Jae, ha ha (hot), worl (roll), me me (me!), mine, beeee (please), dedus (Jesus) deeeee (cheese), wah wah (walk).
When I get Lila out of the car, the first thing she does is point to the ground and say, "Wah wah!" (Walk walk)" If I don't let her walk, she flops backward so her head is dangling and I'm only clutching on to her waist. She's crazy. We've compromised, though, and I'll usually let her walk as long as she holds my hand.
After realizing that Lila is obsessed with pillows (and making sure she was old enough to have one), we decided to give her a pillow in her bed. To say she loves the pillow would be an understatement. She absolutely adores her pillow. We generally cut our rocking and singing short (like half a song short) because she is pointing at her crib, wanting to go lay on her pillow! When I get her when she wakes up, she grabs her pillow, shoves it into my face, then lays on her pillow on me.
|Poor sick Dolly.|
Random, but true: Lila loves having her diaper changed and is usually insistent on being the person who takes the diaper out to the garage to throw it away. Also, whenever someone mentions going potty, Lila immediately grabs her diaper, wanting a change. And anytime I go to the bathroom she accompanies me because she is obsessed with washing her hands.
Surprisingly, I can usually reason with Lila. For example, if she wants to walk but doesn't have any shoes and doesn't want to pause long enough to put them on, I'll ask her if she wants to walk. She'll respond "yeah" and I'll tell her if she wants to walk she needs to put her shoes on. Usually, she'll immediately stick her foot out for her shoe. It doesn't always work, but it works often enough that I count on it!