Friday, September 28, 2018

Lucy and Ellory- Nineteen Months.

Nineteen months is here! It's been a fun month with a zoo trip in Des Moines, indoor pool visit, several visits to Pumpkinland, library programs starting again, and walks/park trips! Days are busy, but this is such a fun stage. It's more manageable than at the beginning, easier to get out and do things, and so fun to watch them experience and enjoy things.

Stats/Doctor visits: Thankfully they've been pretty healthy! They both had a minor cold this month, but it really wasn't bad at all. We took Ellory in again just to make sure her ears were okay (after two ear infections back to back), but they said they were fine. They have their 18 month check next week.

Teeth: Ellory got her top left canine on 9/4 (13th tooth) and her top right canine on 9/9 (14th tooth).

Feeding: Nothing new- they love to eat! Sometimes it still funny to us how much more they eat than Norah. Ellory's favorite foods are noodles, pizza, blackberries, watermelon, grapes, cheese, and crackers. Lucy's are harder to identify because she likes everything! They are identifying more often now when they are hungry or thirsty. They eat three good meals a day, and usually have a small bedtime snack. Occasionally they will have an afternoon snack if they are really hungry. They are doing great with the hard tip sippy cup. Lucy sometimes wants to get up and eat while sitting on Kley's lap, but usually they sit really well in their high chairs. A favorite new food for both us hummus.

Diapers/Clothes: Wearing 18 month and 18-24 month clothes, but are starting to be snug, and wearing size 4 diapers.

Sleeping: Yay for sleep! Lucy and Ellory are excellent at sleeping through the night and we are so thankful. Lucy is almost always the first one to fall asleep. Occasionally Lucy will wake up earlier, but Ellory is usually the last to sleep and first to rise. Even when awake, they are almost always content just playing/babbling to themselves in their cribs. They go to bed now at 8:30 and sleep until about 8:30 and it's so awesome. They used to go to bed pretty late when they were younger, but we've moved bedtime up a bit (because Norah is going to preschool now, and it also helps with getting to morning activities easier) and it's gone well. They nap from 1-about 3:30.

Words: Hearing them talk is so much fun! They are understanding and picking things up at such rapid rates. Ellory is very verbal and says quite a bit. She also throws more tantrums when she can't communicate what she wants, we think. My favorite words that she says are hungry, okie dokey, pizza, and I love you- she says them all in such a cute way. Lucy is the biggest daddy's girl and her favorite word is definitely dada. She is growing and saying more words too, but is a bit more of a babbler. They both say Norah in the cutest way too. Recent favorite words for both are animal sounds- moo, neigh, baa, oink, woof, meow, roar, quack, and hee-haw.

Developments: Words have been such a fun development. Hearing them speak more is so fun and so special to see their wants and personalities come out. They can grasp so much and can follow directions. Lucy says uh-oh every time she hears any noise- an incoming text, oven beep, microwave ding, etc. She's also very polite and loves to say thank you. They are picking up more sounds too, like the sound of the rain or lawn mower. It's exciting to see their empathy develop, and to watch them be concerned if some one is crying. They love to pretend their babies are crying and they will hold them and say “shh, shh, shh” and it's so adorable. They are understanding the beginning concepts of saying sorry. They are pretty good at cleaning up, when they want to be, but they know where things go and the routine of the day. They are pretty good at matching or connecting things, building towers, identifying things, etc.

Favorites: Lucy really likes to help unload the dishwasher, swing, push Norah's scooter, and be by dad. Ellory really likes animal books and animals in person, lawn mower toy, sand box, and holding something soft (like a blanket, stuffed animal, or she loves the scarf in our instrument box). Both really enjoy playing outside, going for walks and the park, baths, milk, reading books, eating, going down the basement, baby dolls, going in Norah's room, and coloring. Norah is also a favorite, as they walk around looking for her when she's at preschool. We love you girls so much!

I tried for awhile, and these are the best pictures I could get!



  1. They are growing so much! So fun to watch them develop! 💗💗


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