April 23, 2015

Claire Olivia 15 Months

Claire turned 15 months old this past Sunday.  I decided not to continue monthly letters after she turned a year old and just do letters on her birthday each year, but I still wanted to write a little post and include some updates about her at this age.  We had a doctor's appointment for her 15 month well check up on Monday.  She is 31 inches tall, 67%, and she finally weighs 20 pounds (20 pounds 2 ounces to be exact, 35%)!  We celebrated Claire finally hitting the 20 pound mark by having a little picnic outside with whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
Claire had to get three shots at this appointment.  She was pretty sad about it and had big alligator tears rolling down her cheeks afterwards.  The nurse gave her a rubber duckie for a prize after the shots.  Claire snatched it quickly, still very cautious of the nurse, but slowly a small smile crept on her face.  It almost made up for the tears.  New bath toys always make bath time extra fun and extra wet!  
Claire absolutely adores Rory.  They are the cutest little buddies.  She is constantly plopping down by Rory, laying on her, and giving her hugs and kisses.  She also likes to tease Rory and run off with her toys so Rory will chase her and get them back.  This always results in lots and lots of giggling from Claire.  It's the cutest.

Claire is just like a little sponge at this age.  I am constantly amazed at how quickly she picks things up.  I've been teaching her how to count to three on her abacus and whenever we stack blocks or legos.  She has started copying me and will excitedly shout "Dun, doo, dee!"  She says a good handful of words including Mama (occasionally), Dada (all the time), uh-oh, thank you, good job, all done, no-no, cracker, what's that, what's this, hi, bye, and probably a few more I can't think of on the spot.  She has become a much better eater and likes trying new foods.  If you ask her to she will go get her bunny, bear, doll, milk, water, & shoes and bring them back to you, even if they are in a different room and she has to go searching for them.  Her favorite toys right now are her doll pram, bear, Juliette Rabbit, and her board books.  She loves to play outside and go for walks every day.  She always been a great sleeper, but lately she has started sleeping in longer and it has been sooo nice.  She takes one nap a day that usually lasts 2 1/2-3 hours and goes to bed between 7 and 8 and sleeps until 7 or 7:30 (a few times this past week she slept all the way until 8!).  She is still pretty easy going for the most part but is definitely entering the independent toddler stage where she wants to do things by herself and gets frustrated if something is working the way she wants it to.  She gives the sweetest hugs and kisses and makes me feel like a million bucks.  I don't know what I ever did without her!     

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