(I've been working on this post for three days! Sorry it's so late!)
Little Miss is 18 months old! She weighs 20 pounds, 11 ounces and is 29 inches tall. We're moving to mostly 18 month size clothes to fit her chubby thighs and arms. She has 16 teeth, and uses them to eat her favorite snacks: dried mango, purple star puffs, melon, and animal crackers (but still not swallowing any liquids). Her favorite toys are her princess chair, the star stacker (she can now take the top star off by herself), and pretty much anything that makes noise and lights up. She watches some Sesame Street and Yo Gabba Gabba when momma needs a shower or to make some dinner.
|She likes to stand, but it pretty stationary (she can't get up or down on her own yet).
|She was fascinated by the view out the window on her first train ride - we had lunch with other families from her school at a pizzeria owned and operated by deaf people. We got some good signing practice!
This month's biggest accomplishment is that she says MAMA! It's rare, but hear it every day now. We're working on DADA (and Grandma is pushing NANA) but not too much yet. Over the last few weeks, we have also been noticing just how grown up she is looking. Her hair is growing long enough that it needs to be brushed after every nap, and if we do it just right, she looks like such a little girl. She is still (and will always be!) my baby, but the subtle changes in her face are becoming more and more noticeable.
The other sign of impending toddlerhood is her personality. Boy, does she have a big one! She smiles for almost anyone she meets. She has a cooky little sense of humor that sends her into fits of giggles that continue until everyone has joined in. She has become much more alert to the sounds and views around her (with or without her hearing aids) so she is constantly looking around to see what is going on. She's become quite the momma's girl, too - if I dare walk by her without picking her up, I will hear about it! Nonetheless, she still has a sweet spot for her daddy, especially when she first wakes up. Most nights she still sleeps well, but some nights...well, she doesn't. She fights going to bed, cries and cries, and then wakes up a few times in the night. I am hoping this part is just a short-lived phase. Either way, we have solidified a bedtime routine and that helps most nights.
It has been 16 months since Scarlett was diagnosed with a supposedly deadly brain tumor. Did she ever show them!
|Getting ready for CT
|She has her doubts about the big machines now.
This morning, she had the first procedure to prepare for her reconstructive surgery. A 3D CT scan was performed to give the neurosurgeon and plastic surgeon a good idea of how exactly the bones of her skull are situated. It was a quick and easy procedure for her, but it marks the beginning of yet another bumpy patch in her life and ours. We are working with her therapists and teachers to help prepare for ways to help her cope with being hospitalized, as well as a plan to get her back on track as soon as possible. We're eager to get it all over with, but there's just no easy way to approach brain surgery.