Avery’s new word of the week is “dirty.” Her rainboots recieve the most critcism about being dirty, and although I try to explain to her that dirty rainboots is a good thing – a sign that she had fun splashing in puddles – she freaks out over the dirt and wants them washed.

There’s also a lot of dirt on our floors right now because I’ve been too sick and tired to vacuum. If Avery’s barefoot, every so often she’ll sit down and hold her foot, inspecting it just inches from her face, whining “dirty!”

I hope she’s just exploring ways to use her new word, and she won’t actually continue to be so averse to dirt. For a kid who dislikes dirt so much, she sure is a magnet for it!

30 Days of Blogging, Day 11

There are these moments, with a toddler, where they change overnight. They level up suddenly, and seem like a totally new model of their old self. They suddenly become fluent in a skill that you didn’t even see coming. They go from being a shaky walker at best, to suddenly running around the house like little athletes. Or they can’t communicate using more than signs and a few single syllable sounds, and then they wake up one day being able to say whole words and start adding to their vocabulary at a rate of multiple words a day.

Avery had a really cranky, fussy phase the last couple of weeks, and this weekend she levelled up and is a whole new toddler. A happier toddler. She is communicating on a whole new level of complexity. 

She also seems to have physically grown again. She can suddenly open the top drawer of her dresser to pull all of her diapers out. She can reach things that are placed a good 8″ from the edge on top of the dining room table. She puts her pots and pans on the kitchen counter. I should really get out a tape measure and see how tall this girl is. She has always been in the 90-something percentile for length, and she has so far been keeping up that growth curve.

I’m so excited by these big, sudden developmental leaps. Tonight, for example, she wanted to take her diaper cream into the bath with her. I told her we couldn’t and approached it to take it away. She clung to it, looked me in the eye with big, sad curious eyes, and asked “wha kn na da ba?” It seems like gibberish when spelled out, but as her parent it was clear that she was asking me why can’t it come in the bath?” I explained why, and she handed it to me.

It was an intense new level of communication. It made me gasp. I’m so excited to be embarking on a phase with improved communication. It is already making her so much happier. 

30 Days of Blogging, Day 5

I’m 99% sure that our recent sleep issues are due to the 18 month sleep regression. I know Avery’s only 16 (and a half) months, but she’s exhibiting all the signs. Her language is on the cusp of exploding, she’s got separation anxiety, and she just seems to be maturing into her terrible two’s right before our eyes  😛. 

As for the language boom, she says dozens of half words, like ca(t), mou(se), be(d) and ba(th). She’s also starting to sound out head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose (and elbow, belly button, and hair), while pointing to all of them (on herself, on us, on the cats, on dolls…). She has blurted out a few full words without the pressure of being put on the spot and questioned (like toys, elbow, and water). She does sound effects for dogs, cows, trucks, and squirrels (squeak!).  She has even tried to make the elephant noise.

All that learning has to be hard work on the brain, and it’s bound to leave her mind buzzing at night.

I’ll leave you with a random picture of her pulling my socks off today. She HATES wearing socks, and has recently started hating it when other people wear socks, too.