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Ava Is 15 Months Old

This girl!  She deserves a true update.  There have been so many changes in this past month.

 

Independence/Motor Skills

  • Ava can go down a straight slide by herself.  Yesterday she slid down the slide by herself six times.  One of the times she finished sliding, she took three steps on her own.  I will admit, I was a little sad that she didn’t need my help anymore.
  • Ava can stand on her own for up to 20 seconds.  Last weekend she used it as a new wrestling technique.  She would stand in front of one of us and jump on us while growling.  She’s so tough.

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  • One big change is that Ava wants to eat all her food herself.  I bought these great baby bowls at IKEA that are grippy on the bottom so it’s harder for Ava to move them around on her high chair.  She does great with spoons and she’s still working on mastering forks.
  • I expect that Ava will be mechanically inclined given her interest in how things work.  Today she mastered hammering.

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 Foods and Liquids

  • I’ve been giving Ava a portion of our food and then I supplement with things I know she’ll like, such as fruit and carbs.  Ava is a huge fan of goldfish crackers.
  • Ava loves peanut butter.  We discovered this because she would take apart peanut butter crackers to lick off the peanut butter.  For dinner last night she had three tablespoons of peanut butter.  Yum!

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Sleep

  • Ava started taking a lot longer to go down at night.  One night she took almost two hours.  It used to be only 15 minutes.  Now Ava drinks half the bottle, plays for awhile, finishes the bottle, and falls asleep.
  • Once she’s sleeping it’s basically the same.  Sometimes she rolls back and forth between us, sometimes she cuddles with one of us.  About 80% of the time, she sleeps until 7:00 or 7:30.

Language Skills

  • Ava chatters a lot.  She’s good at repeating noises, and she’s especially good at mimicking songs.  She’s best at learning things related to Teddy.  Ava says Teddy, go, and today she started instructing Teddy to sit.

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