Lauren Kate is 21 months old today! She weighs 26 pounds and is 32.5 inches tall. She wears 18- and 24-month shirts, 18-month pants, and size 5 shoes. When she walks away, she does not look like a baby anymore. She's a little girl!
Lauren's communication skills are developing well. She's picked up several new words - pretty, Abbie, cheese, banana, cookie, more, night-night, neigh (for horse), meow (for cat), gigi (for Shelby and Kacy). She calls me "Ommy" and imitates the number of syllables and inflection of anything we tell her to say, so she says "hmm-hmmm" with a high-low inflection just like we do for "thank you" and "excuse me." She counts "one two" when we put on her socks and her shoes. Lauren has always been a pretty quiet girl (perhaps because there's not a lot of quiet time in her world...Collin...), but this month she has really gotten into babbling and humming and making all kinds of noise. It's so fun to hear her precious voice!
Lauren does a really great job answering yes/no questions to let us know what she wants or needs. She's pretty fond of the word "no..."
One of Lauren's favorite things to communicate about is owies. She'll show us which body part has an owie, then point to the exact location where she bumped or fell or got otherwise injured, then point to her sore body part, then point back to the spot where she got hurt - over and over, all while babbling like crazy, until she's certain we understand exactly how and why she is injured.
Sweet pea is coming out of a tough stage of separation anxiety, and it's fun to see her personality reappear when she's interacting with people besides her parents and her brother. She isn't overly friendly to strangers or acquaintances, but she's back to loving her grandparents and the other people she sees regularly.
Lauren is a really physical girl - jumping, climbing, hanging, swinging, balancing, and copying every trick Collin does. She's pretty coordinated and has only had a couple bravery-related injuries in the past month. She's strong and can easily hang from a pull-up bar with her hands.
Lauren's favorite things include sleeping (still doing a 3-4 hour nap every afternoon + 12-hour nights), eating, snuggling her babies, reading, dancing, singing, playing with her kitchen, playing with her brother and copying everything he does, running around with her arms behind her back, and making people giggle. She's a jokester and is pretty good at hiding for games of hide&seek.
Lauren likes her dishes lined up side by side on her highchair tray, and will move the cup back to the "correct" spot if I attempt to move it. Her favorite food is cheese, and that's what she asks for every time she's hungry. Other favorites include ham, sausage, bananas, peaches and plums (which she also calls bananas), pancakes, noodles, peanuts and raisins, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, yogurt, cottage cheese, applesauce, jerky, popcorn, and yogurt raisins. She doesn't like milk except when it is on her cereal, and she doesn't like sandwiches, preferring to just eat the inside.
Lauren is a good listener, paying attention to conversations that we might not think she'd notice. So far she is quite obedient, because she loves the praise she gets when she obeys. She takes items to the trash, still puts her laundry into the basket, goes to her room to find specific toys we ask for, and lets the dogs out when we tell her to. Oh yes - she learned to open the sliding door this month!
Lauren likes to read, and books are a good way to calm her down or distract her when she's upset. Her current favorite book is 100 First Words, which has flaps on each of 100 pictures. She likes to identify the objects she recognizes, which is most of the 100 items. She also loves books that involve singing, like Old MacDonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep. She loves to sing!
She loves pointing things out (like the airplane that was flying overhead), and she's up for almost any kind of fun. Our sweet Lauren Kate is an adventurous, brave, curious, creative, smart, and funny little girl.
As Lauren grows, we continue to pray for her heart to stay tender and her will to stay strong. We are so grateful for this sweet little cupcake!