Happy 17 months, little lady Sofia!
She has really became a little lady this month.
a silly little lady that has no problem showing off her belly
Sleeping: her bedtime has officially moved up 30-60 min. Nowadays she’s more likely to be happy to go to sleep past 8pm and wakes up around 6:30am.
her daytime nap still consistent of two naps. On weekdays, one on our way to the daycare for 30-45 min, and one at the daycare after lunch, usually 1.5 hrs. On weekends, she’d take a long nap around 10:30am, usually 1.5-2 hrs; and perhaps a catnap in the afternoon around 4pm. For the week we spent in Panama, she continued her weekend routine but goes to bed pretty late, many times past 9pm and wakes up around 5:30am, which left me exhausted the next day, specially she’d make noise at night. But overall, her sleep was good this month, night waking was less frequent.
Eating: self feeding 100% of the time, including yogurt, soup, oatmeal, etc. She’d push me away if I want to help her. In normal days (when she’s not sleepy, cranky or feeling not herself) she eats very well.
Breakfast usually consists homemade waffle/pancake/french toast, oatbran cooked with milk and coconut/honey, fruits (blueberries, clementine, banana, orange).
Once she’s at the daycare she’d eat again as morning snack, most of the days she eats most of what is offered. And then by lunch time she’s full and eats little, but at afternoon snacks she eats most of it again.
For dinner, she likes stir-fry rice with 1 egg and mixed frozen veggies and brown rice; papardelle with homemade bolognese sauce; rice balls with seaweed; cheese quesadilla; noddles with bok choy; and dumplings. As dessert, she always has yogurt and fruits.
if we don’t eat at home, she’d eat whatever we are eating, and has more fruits. She always like the Tj’s animal crackers as snack. We don’t snack often, but when we do, whatever we are eating she wants to try, which sometimes prevent us to snack out of boredom.
She still doesn’t like milk. At the beginning when we introduced it, she’d taste it or sip a few and stop. Now, she doesn’t even try it. Fortunately she still likes yogurt and cheese so we rely on those. I just got her some whole milk kefir pouches and flavored yogurt, hope she likes those more.
She has mastered signs for “more” and “all done”, so it’s easier for us to know when she’s full and I ALWAYS respect that. I would offer food several times, but when she does “all done”, I stop. This has been very effective and necessary to establish good meal time manners. It allows Sofia to know that she’s in command of what and when to eat, and prevents eating time as battle time. I sometimes play with her but very little, the intention is make meal time fun, a pleasant experience for her instead of a headache. I have to report, this approach paid off. Nowadays, we eat out meal and she works on hers and we all have an enjoyable meal time.
- New words: mama, papa, grandma and granddad (in shanghainese), chau (spanish), shoes, sit, lamp (in shanghainese).
- She is better following instructions such as “bring grandma’s shoes from the closet; put them away”, “come with mama”, “go to take bath”, “say hi”, “say bye”, “put this away”, “go to sleep”, etc. It seems that suddenly she understands all what we say.
- She started giving us order. For example, she wants to eat a cookie, she’d take us to the snack closet and points that; if she wants to go somewhere, she’d grab our hands and pull us to there; she’d choose what to put on.
- she loves playing with me and follows me everywhere at home.
- I don’t know if she loves traveling as I do, but at least she seemed happy this time in Panama. Last time when we travelled to Hawaii, she was in bad mood 90% of the time.
- she likes going to new places and explore. Unlike other kids, she has no fear to unknown places/people, she’d dive into the new world right away.
- she LOVES water
she’d walk and play alone at the pool, not wanting me to hold her. And when she falls into the water, she wouldn’t cry either. I can’t wait to take her to swimming class this summer.
- she enjoys being outdoor and likes running around
- she likes riding the little bicycle at the daycare
- she still likes going to the daycare. She’s very active and is always busy playing with something.
Dislikes: the usual, crying when she doesn’t want to sleep, when she can’t get what she wants (usually I ignore these) and few times when I dropped her at the daycare. I think she is experiencing the second wave of separation anxiety.
It was another month of fun with Sofia, looking forward to watch her learn new tricks and words. At the same time, I’ll keep soaking up her toddlerhood as I know how fast it will be.