In contrast to last week's post, when I somehow barely had any photos of Willow, this post is all Willow. She's had a great couple weeks and has been eating really well. She was weighed again on Wednesday, and gained 3 ounces; she's now 18 pounds 3 ounces. Here's a little update on what else Willow has been up to:
Willow is getting more and more verbal. She definitely understands most of what is said to her, and her own vocabulary grows every day, thanks mostly to Linda. She says Linda's name now, pronouncing it "ya-ya". When she hears Linda's car pull up in the morning, she says "ya-ya" and looks towards the window. She loves her ya-ya. Other new words she says a lot are paper, eye, cheese, banana, spoon, bath, and all done. She still loves to sing and seems to always have a tune running through her head - it comes out when she's playing, or distracted; she'll rarely sing if you ask her to though. In addition to twinkle twinkle and Frere Jacques, she also sings B-I-N-G-O and three blind mice. She sings baa baa black sheep too, but it's the same tune as twinkle twinkle...though you can differentiate the words.
She's had two weeks now of her Music Together classes. They're pretty fun. She doesn't seem to notice or care much about the music so far though; she's too interested in watching the other kids. The first class we all had sticky name tags and that was her main goal of the night: to get the name tags off of everyone's shirt. The class is mostly older (3-4 years) boys; there is a 13-month old girl and a tiny baby boy who comes with his older brother. I think this class will be good. She doesn't get to see other kids very often. We also took Willow to a concert at the local library on a Monday night. Linda's friend Jess's band, Trees, was playing there. They are really good. Willow was mesmerized into silence for the first few songs, then she wanted to run around and wreak havoc, so we left after the first set. She was the only kid there. It was fun though; she got a lot of attention. :)
Willow still doesn't sleep all night. I guess that sounds crazy to most people and I'm a little embarrassed to admit it. I was sort of trying to night-wean her before she got sick over labor day, and we were doing pretty well. Then she got sick and all she wanted to do was nurse, plus I was so worried about her getting calories and she wouldn't eat any food, so I nursed her a lot, including at night. Now it's like we backtracked, and she is waking up 1 to 3 times a night again. It's not too bad, honestly. I barely notice or wake up most of the time. She'll stop when she wants to, I guess.
She went poop in the potty one time; it was mostly a fluke, I think. Linda caught her at the perfect moment. However, she does not like to have a wet or dirty diaper and pulls on the front or back of it to let us know it needs to be changed. I think that's a sign she'll be ready to start potty training soon.
Here is a video showing some of the tricks Linda taught her. She can also point to her hair, eye, knee and toes. I should've cut off the last bit of it...oh well.
Here are some photos from the past few weeks:
Big blue eyes:
With Daddy after a bath:
We got her this winter coat at a consignment sale. She has some growing to do...it's 18-month size.
And finally, the new porch! It makes a great playroom, though it will be too cold in the winter. Josh and my dad did a great job on the floor.
Bye bye to Tat
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