Tuesday, March 8, 2011

For The Mamas And The Papas, Y'all.

Since 100% of our family and 60% of our friends live outside the state of Oregon, I do need to occasionally indulge in a Lydia post.  Ya know what I'm sayin'? 
The mamas and the papas need to see their grand baby.  So, if babies make you gag, if you find their rolls of fat revolting, or if you have adverse reactions to sweetness, you should leave this blog post now.  Go to people.com and read about Charlie Sheen or something. 

Lydia is now 13 1/2 months old.  Her vocabulary list is growing almost as fast as she is.  She can say hi, uh-oh, dog, night-night and go, and I'm beginning to think that the word 'dee dee' is what she means for binky.  She waves hi and bye, and signs for food, more, and all done. 

She has 7 teeth and one more just about to poke through. 

She still usually takes two naps a day, but she has been changing up her schedule, pushing her morning nap later.   I think this is her trying to transition from two naps to one.   She sleeps through the night (Hallelujah!) from about 7 p.m. to about 7:45 a.m.  It took her 10 months to sleep through the night and I am still catching up, often taking a nap when she does.  I don't feel guilty about it, either.

Yesterday Lydia was playing around the kitchen while I was cleaning up breakfast.  When I turned around I saw this:

She had pulled down the bread, pulled nearly the entire loaf out of the bag, and was shoving as much as she could in her mouth.  Please also note the floor of my pantry behind her.  Yes, that's the dog food bowl.

She has a playroom now, which is great for a number of reasons.  First, her toys aren't scattered all over the house.  Second, she loves it.  My mom and I set it all up when she was visiting a few weeks ago.

Lydia seems to have no interest in walking.  She occasionally stands on her own for a few seconds, but doesn't really seem to have any desire to do that, either.  Just within the last couple of days she started to let us hold her hands and walk her up and down the room.  She does, however, walk along the furniture, the walls, etc.

She also climbs.  On everything.  EVERYTHING. See?

And once she's on top of whatever she was climbing, she holds her hands out to you to be put on the ground so she can climb up all over again.

Lydia loves going outside.  She loves rocks, but hates grass.

Yesterday we were outside playing and accidentally brought a ladybug in the house with us.  Thinking I could have one of those sweet moments where the baby sits there and watches the ladybug/caterpillar/butterfly crawl around her pudgy baby hand, I showed her the critter.  And before I could do anything, she picked it up and squished it between her fingers with a gag-inducing CRUNCH.  

It was gross.

Finally, she can spoon feed herself and insists upon doing so.  It's been a long, messy road to get to this point.  Brian and I have often put the food on her tray and turned our backs because it drives us so crazy to see her take a big spoonful of yogurt, get it almost to her mouth, and then put it in her hair.  Or spill it in her lap.  Or feed it to the dog.  But she is getting better, as you can see.  And hey, they've gotta learn sometime.

Shucks.  I'm just bustin' with pride.


Kimba said...

i've been about to go on strike here, with no lydia posts! in the words of wy, "MOREPEES!!!!"

LOVE the playroom. love it. am so hopelessly jealous.

also, i think the bug thing is ingrained. wy's squished his fair share of ants outside our house before i could get to him. so nasty.

also. feeding themselves? still waiting for it to get less messy. now instead of having it all over himself, he likes to smear it on the table and "paint". so awesome.

also. do not give her cottage cheese yet, unless you want the biggest, most annoying mess in the world. i have to mentally gear up when i give it to him. those little cheese bits don't ever get cleaned up all the way. ever.

also. she's insanely adorable. i'm on the lookout for ding fares...

Kimba said...

and one last also. do i see an activity block!?!? :)

Abby said...

Yes, you did see an activity block! It's a tester from Erica, to see if she likes it before I invest in the Big Daddy, aka: The Zany Zoo.

P.S. When you read this post I was still working on getting the video uploaded, but it's on now, so check it out! If you want. And stuff.

Kimba said...

a tester, i love it.

and enjoy it i did! she's got some skill! i can't believe she's already 13 mths. insane.

Martha Lee said...

What a fun blog. Would so love for Jane to join Lydia in her play room. It look so fun. Miss you guys!

Brit Bennion said...

I can't believe that she's already a year. What a beautiful little girl. And I hear you about turning a blind eye to some of those feeding times.

Jocelyn Pehrson said...

Aaaaahhh! So cute! I cannot believe she is spoon feeding herself! That is amazing!!! I seriously adore the pictures of her playroom. I love that blue bench and the book shelf and the curtains...all of it. Adorable! Can I please own a home? So I can have a playroom? Oh and I laughed pretty good at the squashing the ladybug part, especially how you set it up for us, thinking she would be gentle and loving, nope! Hahahha. Thanks for posting.

Jessica and Reecey said...

01. Lola has those frog jammies!

02. I love the playroom!


Cameron and Rachel Bott said...

Wow she is precious! Hope you are doing well!

Camille and Paul said...

What a sweet little girl! I am glad you posted some new pics...come one Abby even I want to see more and I am not a grandparent!
I am glad you chose the semi random quilt pattern. THat is the one I wanted to vote for! :)

Danae said...

Abby! Lydia is so super beautiful! I love the proud Mama posts! :)

Bre said...

What a good girl! Now, we need to see if she'll still do that in Utah... Man! I miss you guys! Hugs!!

Kjersti said...

I LOVE the playroom! And I love the bug story! I think it's interesting that she loves rocks but hates grass. Does she just not like how it feels on her feet?