Dear Nelia Jane,
Happy 17 months sweet girl!
The most exciting news this month is that you are finally walking! November 5th was an exciting day in our household:) You are practically running now, which has been so much fun! You seem so proud of yourself and I think you love that you can walk - you just took your sweet time:) We are so proud of you little Nuggie!
You are also talking a ton and saying so many new words! Some of your newest words are: clean up (which sounds adorable!), dog, apple, more, please, daddy (instead of dada), milk, Santa, Bubba (our nickname for Roary), color, bird, duck, cow, horse, and help. You imitate everything we say, which is also really fun. You have learned a few new signs too - I love you (which is the cutest thing ever!), help, and all done. In the last few days you have started doing something that daddy and I absolutely love! When we put you in your crib to go to bed, you do the sign for 'I love you' and then you say bye and wave your hand. Adorable!!!! Gone are the days where you used to scream and cry when we left your room:) Another cute thing you do is when we are out shopping and you see little kids (and often they are older than you) you say 'bayybeee' and do the sign for baby and then start waving. It is so cute!
In the last month you have started eating less at mealtimes and have become a bit pickier. Some of your favorites are: black beans w/ cheese, pasta w/tomato sauce, blueberries, apples, and grapes, turkey and chicken (dipped in ketchup or honey mustard), hash browns, cheerios, chicken nuggets, green beans, and peas. You are still drinking about 20oz. of whole milk a day, although we are still having a hard time making the transition from the bottle to the sippy cup. I know that you will do it soon enough, but our goal is by 18 months.
You are just so much fun right now!!! Although this is probably the busiest and most tiring age, it is also the most fun! It seems like you change everyday and/or learn something new everyday. Right now you are really into imaginative play, which is adorable! You love to listen to your dolls/animals heartbeats with your stethoscope, you give your dolls/animals drinks of water, and food:) We bought you a doctor's kit and a little mini kitchen and they are your favorite toys right now. The other day I had a travel size body wash on the floor and you were feeding your baby doll a "bottle" with the body wash:)
Today is also your 2nd Thanksgiving, which has been really bittersweet. We miss Brent so much, but it has been fun watching you really experience a Thanksgiving - the turkey with gravy and pumpkin pie were your favorite. We know that Uncle Brent would want you (and the rest of us) to all celebrate the day. We made some deviled eggs, which were Uncle Brent's favorite (and his specialty). You didn't really like your deviled egg, but we will be sure to keep trying:) We went and visited your Uncle at the cemetary and had a quiet dinner with Nana.
We celebrated your 2nd Halloween this year too - you dressed up as a bumblebee:) We had all of our family here for a Halloween brunch, which was lots of fun. That night we took you trick-or-treating. First stop was to Opa's house and he gave you a huge cupcake, yum! Then we went to about 10 other houses. You did such a great job walking to the door with either mama or daddy and then you would hold out your basket for your treat.
This month Uncle Brandon and Aunt Deanna came to visit - it was so nice to see them!!! We all went to the pumpkin patch/farm, despite the pouring rain, and had a blast! You rode your first pony, which you seemed to like, but you loved walking through the barn and looking at all of the animals the best.
You also really experienced your first snow just last week. Of course it snowed last year, but you were too little to really play in the snow. This year we got you all bundled up, but you weren't a fan. Maybe next year:)
We are still keeping busy with playdates and Gymboree classes. We love all of our friends:) We also discovered the Tacoma Children's Museum, which is super fun! We even purchased a year membership because you really seemed to enjoy it.
Hard to believe you will be one and a half years old next month! We love you so much Nelia Jane.
mama and daddy