I’ve got to keep writing this stuff down or I will lose track of what happened when.
Ginny is 15 months old now.
She is toddling everywhere and is very sure footed. She does take some tumbles, but not nearly as many as I was expecting. And the poor child always hits the same spot above her right eyebrow. She is fascinated with thresholds. She loves going in and out of doors. Any door will do. And if she can open and close it….. all the better, that makes it a toy!
Walking backwards and turning in place are her new skills this month. She loves to “dance” to her Praise Baby DVD while mommy does full body stretches. Mommy needs to do this more often, as she is pretty sure that one is not supposed to get winded by doing 30 minutes of stretches….ahem.
Ginny eats everything we eat now (except for the normal restrictions – peanuts, chocolate etc..). Loves cream of wheat, cheese toast, clam chowder (!!!!), salmon patties, green peas, carrots (this child will eat carrots any time and place), bananas, yogurt, ice cream, and Yes Missy she likes tortilla chips dipped in queso. When we took her to Chick-fil-A the other day she ate a little bit of the chicken, nibbled on a fry before rejecting it, and then DUG IN to the Carrot Raisin Salad! She also loves lentils. Wanna read that again? yes, my. child. enjoys . lentils.
Spoon feeding herself has just started. She’s got the basic mechanics of it, but a lot of the time she holds the spoon so that the bowl of the spoon is upside down. It doesn’t seem to matter much to her though. She just licks the spoon clean and keeps trying.
She has transitioned beautifully from the bottle to the cup. Not even a sippy cup, just an open cup. She drinks water with great enthusiasm and milk with reluctance. Ginny still hasn’t had any fruit juices, candy or chocolate.
Light switches, doors, drawers anything she can open and close or switch on and off are serious fun for Ginny right now. She loves to shut the door with an adult on the other side. Then it turns into a game of peek-a-boo.
Her happiest moment of the day is when we hold hands to pray. We sing the meal blessing at our house and it just sets her off. She smiles, giggles and bounces up and down in her chair. I think she thinks we are singing to her. Eventually she will figure out that it is about God, but for now she is certain that mealtimes involve all adults serenading her.
Ginny’s newest trick is blowing kisses. Oh my word it is sweet. If she is in your arms and you ask for a kiss she will let you kiss her on the mouth while she says “mmmmwah!”
She is “talking” a lot more. Most of it doesn’t make sense yet, but some phrases that she uses you can almost make out what she is saying just by the rhythm of the phrase. If you know what I mean.
Glossary of Ginny’s Real English Words so far:
- Mama – seems to mean comfort object. Uses it mostly for myself and Martin
- Papa – seems to be Martin, but also sometimes uses it for Deirdre
- iss? – seems to mean “what is this?” she points to an object and says iss?
- eyes – points to your eyes, sometimes lands her finger IN your eye
- nose – points to your nose
- kitty – we’ve only heard this word once or twice. But Ginny was pointing right at the cat at the time
- uh-oh – this gets used when either she falls or she drops something.
- ess peese – means “yes please” this has shown up once at the table. Someone asked her if she wanted more sweet potato and she said