Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"She's a Toddler..."

Julianna is 15 months old! Wow! Time is certainly Flyyyying by!

She is getting so big and doing new things every day! I have heard that they really change between 12 months and 24 months dramatically - in what they learn, how their bodies change, how their faces change, how their personalities change... and so on. It really is very true!
One day she is happy, and the next she wants nothing to do with anything that made her happy the day before! She can go through 15 mood swings in one hour. Cry cry cry - then right to giggling & hysterical laughing. Huh?? She loved chicken yesterday. Today she hates it. What??

We have stopped asking "Why?" -
Our answer simply is  "She's a toddler". {after all}

I look at pictures of Julianna from 3 months ago, and her face looks totally different. And when I think how much she has learned in the first 3 months of toddler-hood, it amazes me. They really do suck everything in like a sponge.I can show her something once, and she seems to pick everything up right away lately!  You can see her mind going when she is trying to figure something out!

Julianna's progress this month 
Food: Julianna is eating pretty much everything we eat - with some exceptions (spicy or shellfish, etc). She still has cereal and fruit puree for breakfast along with something else like fresh fruit or part of a bagel. That is the only time that we still feed her with a spoon. We are letting her try new foods all the time - she likes just about everything luckily. We are crossing our fingers that it keeps up!
She is getting very interested in our utensils - like when we use a fork or knife. We bought her a toddler fork & spoon - and have let her start experimenting with it. So far, she holds the fork in one hand, and tries to put a piece of food on it with the other. Not quite so efficient. Her food interests are changing all the time now too. We keep trying to introduce new things so she doesn't get bored.

She drinks about 14 - 18 oz of organic whole milk a day. I still am not ready to give up the morning bottle... she takes milk from a sippy cup during her afternoon snack and before bedtime. Sometimes she screams and does not want the sippy. OK fine, I cave in and give her milk in a bottle but then right back to the sippy the next day and it's back to sippy. (She's a toddler!)
Julianna drinks a lot of water - she loves her water in her straw sippy cup! It makes me so happy that she loves water. I plan to hold off on fruit juice {forever} for as long as I can. And even then, it will be pure fruit juice with no sugar or artificial stuff in it. 

Personality: Julianna is anything but predictable anymore. One day she is sweet as pie... other days she is the beast from the east. Sometimes she shrieks with delight during her bath, and other times she cries hysterical and wants out. Huh?? She will flail her legs and arms when we change her diaper sometimes, and other times she talks sweetly & quietly to her stuffed animal she's holding. Sometimes she screams for no reason just because she wants to be held and only Mommy or Daddy can calm her down. Other times she pushes Mommy & Daddy away furiously (flailing arms and yelling) & cries hysterical if we come anywhere near her and wants nothing to do with us. She does not want to be held ever anymore - she arches her back and twists all over to get down - she would much rather be on the floor exploring.

For the most part, Julianna has managed to keep her sweet & girly personality. I have heard (& seen) horror stories of toddlers being monsters 24/7. I know she can still morph into that, but I am hoping we will not experience that LOL! But who can predict this stuff? After all, she is a toddler!

Other random things

Julianna has started to color with crayons... a little bit. We showed her how to do it when we were out at a restaurant last weekend, and she did it on her own. Not very well - but she did it - and that is the beginning (hopefully) of years of coloring. She hasn't tried to eat the crayons yet either.

Meltdowns & Tantrums. Oh yes, it goes hand in hand with todder-hood! I don't need to explain these much as all of you moms out there just nodded in agreement. It's that time in life - Meltdown central! Meltdown over anything and nothing. Take away the wipes she was ripping to shreds = meltdown. Take away the remote control = meltdown. Pick her up when she doesn't want to be picked up = meltdown. Take her away from playing with the buckles on her stroller = massive meltdown.  Other days nothing makes her cry. Oh and - the "Whine" - let's not forget that whine she does when she wants something now. Let's not forget... She's a toddler!  (This is my mantra I repeat over and over in my head)

Julianna is furniture surfing, standing without holding on, standing up with just leaning on things (like walls, appliances, etc) ... She is also crab walking (like crawling with her legs straight and butt in the air) she can get around real well. She is still not walking on her own yet, but I suspect that is about to happen any day now. She is just a real late bloomer with that I guess. Most kids her age I now notice are running all over the place.

Julianna is exploring everything now. I love watching her play and figure things out. She is very independent and plays well alone. She uses her hands & eyes now. She hardly puts anything in her mouth - I think we are finally past that stage. She also loves Sesame Street and any the Muppet characters on there.  She loves pointing to everything now. She says Hiiii all the time. She does say Mama but only on her terms. Dada is still "her" word of choice. She also says many other indistinguishable words as well. She also loves to throw her ball or a dog toy and chase it - pretty funny! And her new favorite game with Daddy - she rolls down the sofa cushions and giggles hysterically when daddy catches her! This kid is just so funny!

Julianna is still well-behaved when we are out - she loves being in her stroller and in the car - and seeing new things. She is a joy {most times} when we are out in a restaurant or anywhere else. (Crossing fingers as I type!). I guess since she is a happy kid, and both Mommy & Daddy are so active with her, it fulfills her? We were out to dinner on Saturday night - Brian and I thought she was being a beast and not behaving very well (due to lack of naps that day)... well some couple next to us tells us how good Julianna is being and how she is such a god girl. Huh? Maybe she is and when we think she is bad, maybe that is 'other' people's good behavior LOL! It's all perspective. Makes us feel good I must say! :)

I am well aware that all of this can change in a New York minute....
and I may have a totally different report next month on her! She is {after all} a toddler!

Here are some photos from the last month 
(excluding vacation since I will be posting those Thursday!)

Pepper shares her bed with Julianna so nicely. They are good friends! Aww!

"Mom, Let's eat now!"

Julianna has enough hair for pony-tails now!

Love the flippy hair!


  1. That post pretty much describes Kylie perfectly! I am soooo jealous of Julianna's hair, so pretty! Kylie's not walking yet either, but is getting soooo close! The dr said today that as long as she is cruising and getting around holding onto things (furniture, our hands, etc.) that it's perfectly normal at this age.

  2. You got it dead on! I feel like the adventure is just now beginning. It's so exciting and can be completely frustrating.

    She is too cute in the Yankees cap!

  3. I love the pony tail pictures, she is just so darn cute!
    All that learning! I can't wait till we hit that age... wait, I take it back.. slooow down time!

  4. I love the curls! I am dreading Marshall's entry into meltdown-ville.

  5. She's very, very cute, and sounds like perfectly normal in every respect.

    And "Dada." My neighbors' 17-month old yells "Dada" and then gibberish, or "Dada," and then (in the last week) loud shrieks. I enjoy it as I know he's learning about the sounds he can make himself.

    My nephew called me "Aunt Daffy" when he was that age, couldn't say "k" or "th." I was heartbroken when he figured out my name and dropped the "Daffy."

    I think toddler personality changes are just a practice run for teenagehood.

  6. Alicia - THanks, her hair has taken off like weeds lately - and it's getting curlier and curlier - you just never know! Glad to hear Kylie is right at the same stage - makes me feel like J is 'normal' - we go for our checkup in a week!

    Granthamania - yes the adventure is beginning- I love how everything is an exploration now. So cute to see her wheels turn and try to figure out something!

    Melissa - thanks! We call them her "tooties' now hahhaa. Your turn is coming soon enough - don't blink lol

    Amanda - Yes meltdownville is coming, it's all part of the plan. I think a lot is factored on how you as a p;arent handle it while it's happening... seems to help if you stay calm and give them love (most times lol).

    kathy d- funy about the dada with gibberish - we get that all day! Dadda and then a bunch of who knows what words coming out of her mouth LOL


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