I know I say this with every AKA-related post, but man, I can’t believe how fast she is growing up. Fifteen months. Now I know why parents refer to their kid’s age in months, because just saying “she’s one” doesn’t describe AKA at all- every month is something different.
Our kiddo has blossomed into a… total cheeseball. AKA is happy, social and loves to be the center of attention. We took a short vacation recently and I let her walk the aisle as we boarded the plane. She paused at every other row to flash her cheeseball grin and say hi. I’m sure she melted a few hearts which was good because she cried for ~20 minutes straight while we sat on the runway. She also turned on her charm at the airport (with an apparent preference for businessmen), on the streets of Manhattan and put on a show for people in a restaurant window. I love seeing her bring joy to complete strangers! I’ve decided to spread her joy around Chicagoland by signing us up for some nursing home visits this month- she’ll love the attention and the residents will love her goofy antics.
Most of you only see the happy pictures on Facebook, so I wanted to point out that AKA is not all sunshine and rainbows. She cries, throws tantrums and still has the occasional diaper blowout. She’s getting smarter, and with that comes a certain level of frustration since she can’t always communicate her wants and needs. I never bothered to teach her sign language so we have to communicate with pointing and overly exaggerated speech. Reminds me of the time I was in Japan…sometimes it worked…and sometimes you got a raw fish and egg sandwich (food ordering snafu). I think this kid’s on the verge of a verbal explosion though- all of the sudden she is able to say (as best as a 15-month old can) words like nose, owl, milk, goat, nurse and water. She tries to say monkey but it comes out as “Mmmm mmmm”.
Kids really do learn by watching their parents. This can be good and bad. I’ve obviously never taught her how to change a diaper but she made a valiant attempt at putting one on her doll, including wipes and diaper cream, without any prompting. Now she’s taking a stab at using a fork (again, learning by watching us) and tries to feed everyone with her bottle or sippy cup, including my mom via FaceTime! Once in a while I’ll catch her “reading” one of her books while sitting in her miniature armchair. So cute! Some of her less-charming activities include throwing things down the stairs, turning the TV on and off and banging on Little Bird’s cage.
Let’s see, what else can I say about AKA? She is obsessed with the iPad so we’ve resorted to hiding it. Also obsessed with balloons. She wears size four diapers and they give her a Kim Kardashian booty when she wears leggings. Currently cutting a new tooth and not happy about it. Likes ice cream, taco meat and eats blueberries like they’re going out of style. Wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 7am. Makes us smile every single day 🙂