Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Adler's Eleventh Month

~ Monthly Letter ~
Dear Adler,

Buddy, you are just my favorite. I adore it when you crawl out of your bed, open the door, and come find me after nap time. I can hear you when you wake up and every step from you to me. Which is so fun anticipating your little face popping around the corner!

We went camping with Grandpa Ger, Aunt Stevi, Uncle Clay, Aunt Clara, and Uncle Drew the weekend before Labor day and I am so glad we got a bigger tent! We needed it because it was so dusty dirty, that it wasn't much fun to play in. You love riding on the scooter with dada though. Your sleep is iffy while camping, but you sleep on the car rides to and from, really well!

You learned how to look at me from under your eye brows during the camping trip and it totally cracks me up. You also learned how to open the desk drawers.

Your walker has been awesome. You have mastered it all except turning it. You now walk down the living room and toss a book here and a book there.

Your sleep this month was interesting. You ate a ton for a while there at night and didn't eat as much during the day. Which means you were up to nurse often at night. You were even waking up at 2am for a while, but then you let me sleep until 8.

You say. "Oooohhh." with an awed face often. Everything is amazing all over again with your Oohhh face. You also woke up one morning and shook your head no. Then you figured out how to fake laugh to elicit real laughter out of adults. You are milking that for all it's worth. All in the same day, you also are mastering walking while only holding one of dada's hands.

You got your first fat lip today when trying to go down the first step of the deck face first.

One of the things you do after we nurse when you aren't quite ready for a nap, is you grab one hand, than you search for the other. Once you have both of them, you hop off my lap and walk me over to the mirror. You look up at me until I lean down and put my face next to yours in the mirror and then you smile really big.

We went back down to San Diego to visit everyone. The night I taught a class, you literally fell asleep in my arms and slept for the night, you were so tired. We also visited the Ocean and you threw up in it from choking on a piece of dried fruit (lesson learned). You had a blast playing with your cousins. And you TOOK YOUR FIRST STEPS! It was toward Jeff and then 3 days later you walked back and forth between your Auntie Lys and me again and again.

You have been getting more and more adventurous and as you walk along something you will just let go and keep walking. You balance really well and will walk and then stop, balance, and then walk again.

You also have pooped on the potty twice this month! I saw the signs and hustled to the bathroom. You had seemed constipated and you actually seemed more comfortable going on the toilet then you did crouched in the living room. Go figure.

Eating has been fun. You still love all things fruit. You will eat different meats, tortillas, some veggies, but you are not a fan of pastas or breads really. Although at the nursery last week, you did take a handful of puffs out of another girls cup and went back for more.

I took out all of your 18 and 24 month clothing and phased out all of your 12 month stuff. Clearly the 24 month stuff is still a little big, but you wear it well.

Your communication is pretty fun. You say mama, da da, yeah, dewy dewy, and then of course you whine when you want something and we haven't helped you get it yet. We are working on that of course.

You mastered crawling backward down the stairs. I don't trust it 100% yet, but I let you do it to get more confident. You also LOVE your tractors and any car that moves. You play with it forever. And the balls under the couch. Your new favorite game. You sit at the edge and push every ball under the couch and then lay on your stomach to make sure they are all there.

You are so funny. Every time I look at you ever since you decided that you can make people laugh at you by fake laughing, you have the cutest grin with your jaw kinda crooked. When I smile or make faces back at you, you just giggle.

You truly are such a joy. I adore spending more and more time with you, both learning and doing fun things like rolling the ball back and forth and putting the ring on the pin. Your dada is counting down the days until he gets to stay home with you every day too!


~ Monthly Photos ~

 As I look through these pictures, my observations are that you have SO MANY faces!
And you are exploring everything in our house to the max.
And you play really well on your own.