Lila's favorite things: Minnie Mouse (Mee Mee!), Winnie the Pooh (Pooh), Curious George/any monkey (aah aah...because monkeys say aah aah). The funny thing is that her exposure to these three things was very, very minimal before she started loving them. We had one Minnie book. Minnie was also on her diapers. We had a few Winnie the Pooh books. We also had a few Curious George books. That's all she had. So you can imagine her excitement one day when the boys decided to watch Curious George on TV. Oh. My. Goodness. She was yelling, "Aah aah! Aah aah!" over and over. So cute. Now, though, every time we turn on the TV she starts yelling, "aah aah!" and sadly, we almost never watch aah aah. We were at Wal Mart yesterday, visiting the toy section (the kids' favorite part of going to Wal Mart). Usually we just go to the rows the boys like, but I decided to venture down a girl row for Lila. She found Minnie almost immediately and was beyond excited, yelling, "mee mee! MEE MEE!" and giving the doll hugs. She's too cute.
|Relaxing at a hotel|
We still have a long way to go talking-wise but she is improving a lot, too. I've been working with her on words mainly as a way to reduce screaming and frustration (mostly from her :). Now, when she wants something, she usually just starts saying "please" (pronounced "bees"). If I ask her what she wants she usually points to it or goes and touches it. She sometimes says what it is. If she doesn't use a word, and we know what she does want, we have her try to say the word for whatever it is she wants. Another funny quirk of hers is that she says most of her words twice in a row (like "Ree Ree for Reed"), Some of her words: bye-bye, hi, bees (please), Ree Ree (Reed), Doo doo (Goo goo...AKA Asher), mama, dada, wah wah (walk walk...also what she uses to tell me she wants shoes), bye (bike), dee-dee (stinky), pee pee, da/yeah (yeah...she says it both ways), no no, baby, boh (bear), aah aah (monkey...they say "aah aah"), Pooh, Mee mee (Minnie), din dee (drinkie), mow (more), Luh luh (Lila), dee dee (Jae Jae), doo doo (choo choo), dee dee (cheekies), my (mine), wow wow (bow wow), bee pees (piggies), uh oh.
Lila can identify most body parts. We've added in a few new, tricky parts lately: shoulder, chin, cheeks, and bum. The bum one was kind of an accident. We were quizzing her on body parts (the boys think that's a fun game) and one of them asked her where her bum was. She immediately pointed to her bum and the boys cracked up, of course. Then they asked her where Reed's bum, Asher's bum, Mommy's bum, and Daddy's bum were. She found them all.
|Art projects with Ashie|
Lila knows the sounds of a few animals, too. She knows that a cow says "moo," an elephant says "bbbbbbbvbvbv" (hard to explain, but she raises her arm for a trunk and makes a cute little noise--she learned it from buddy school), a cat says "meow," a doggie says "bow wow," and a monkey says "aah aah." If she sees a giraffe, she raises her arm high in the air to show that it's tall. And she calls horses moos, of course.
I found Lila bare naked in her crib two mornings in a row--she took off her jammies and her diaper in an attempt to do....well, I'm honestly not sure what she was attempting! One morning poop was involved the next morning only pee was involved, thankfully. I started putting her in either a onesie or a diaper cover under her jammies and it's seemed to help--I haven't found her bare again, but it doesn't seem like she's really tried to get bare again, so we shall see what happens.
|Asher was using his blanket as a cape, so she found hers to use, as well!|
There's this concrete half-wall thing around the flagpole outside Reed's school that I think is meant for sitting. One day, Asher climbed on to the half-wall and walked along until he ran out of wall and hopped off. Now, every day, Lila points to the wall and yells, "Doo doo! DOO DOO!" (Goo goo...AKA Asher) and continues yelling goo goo until I lift her onto the wall and let her walk and then hop off (all while holding hands). I can't decide if it's annoying or cute. PRobably both.
Lila loves to dress up and really just loves clothes. If you tell her something looks cute, she holds that body part out so you can get an even better look (e.g. if you tell her that her pants are cute, she sticks out her leg). She has also started letting you know who picked out and put her clothes on. Here's a sample Lila interaction: Ryan: "Lila, I love your pretty dress." Lila: First, pats her belly and rubs the dress, then "Mama....mama" Ryan: "Mama got your dress for you?" Lila: "YEAH!"
Lila is getting really, really good at giving out kisses, hugs, and squeezes. When she kisses, she puckers her little lips and it is the cutest thing ever. When you ask her for a squeeze, she actually squeezes tight and, on occasion, will even wrap her legs around you, too, for extra squeezing power. She's never been much of a cuddler at bedtime; she prefers to just sit on my lap and look up at her pretty lights. But lately, she'll TURN AWAY FROM HER LIGHTS so she can lay her head on my shoulder! Awwwwwwww.
|I don't remember what she was mad about, but this is a pretty classic offended Lila face.|
Speaking of bed time, Lila has chosen a blanket she loves and must have to sleep with! Honestly, I was a little surprised because up until now she has been fine with any blanket/stuffed animal as long as she had one. Now, though, she loves her Aiden + Anais blanket (AKA bay-bee). She's okay with either of her pillows. And she usually prefers Stitchie (dih-dee) or giraffe for her animal.
If I ever give the boys anything or ask the boys if they want anything, Lila yells, "Luh luh! Luh luh! (Lila)" until I acknowledge that she wants some, too, and either give her some or find a worthy substitute.
Lila loves to color. She's much more interested in coloring than the boys were at this age and will actually stay occupied for a little while scribbling on paper.
|Just doing her own thing.|
After having a perfect all-time record for going to nursery with no tears, Lila has turned on us. For the past two Sundays she's gone into nursery with no problem, then randomly started crying for me 15-20 minutes in! She doesn't calm down unless they bring her to me. Both times I've asked her if she wants to go back to nursery, but she just tells me, "mama...mama." I've eventually talked her into going back but I'm not sure why she's having trouble. She usually enjoys nursery. I think her favorite part is the bubbles. She always tells us, "Buh bow!" (bubble) when we mention nursery. During one of the aforementioned hard weeks, I took Lila back in to nursery during singing time. I stayed with her for a little bit and was surprised to see that she totally followed directions during singing time! She sat when she needed to sit, attempted the hand actions, and marched around "following the prophet" with all the other nursery kids, too!