At 18 months, Lauren weighs 23.5 pounds and is 32 inches tall. She's around 65th percentile for height and weight. She's our child, so of course her head is 97th percentile! She is happy, healthy, and growing steadily, for which we are so grateful. She has 11 teeth, and her hair is finally long enough for clips or pigtails.
Our little ray of sunshine is so much fun! She loves to laugh and be silly, and she definitely enjoys getting people's attention with her goofy antics. She's a daredevil, not afraid to climb and dive and do anything to keep up with the big kids. She has no fear, but luckily her motor skills and coordination are developing quickly to keep her relatively safe from injury...
Baby girl is a great communicator, but doesn't use many words. She points and babbles a lot, and she's really good at answering questions by nodding or shaking her head. Her word list includes: mama, dada, papa, bubba (for Collin), uh oh, whoa, baby, puppy, and please. She'll say two syllables if asked, such as for "more please" or "up please." Her babbling is becoming more consistent, and she does "uh uh mm uh" to tell important stories.
The blankie is still a staple in Lauren's world. It's a magic calming tool and can fix almost any situation. She always sleeps with it, and sometimes carries it around if she's having a rough day.
Lauren Kate loves to sleep, and generally does a 12-hour night plus a 3-hour afternoon nap.
Eating is perhaps Lauren's favorite pastime. She likes cereal, yogurt, pancakes, or a smoothie for breakfast. She knows where the snacks are stored anywhere we go (CBS, friends' houses, the church nursery, and obviously our house), and she'll point and "uh uh mm" to let us know she's hungry. She'll eat pretty much anything, and usually puts away more food than her big brother.
Lauren loves reading and is so excited by the new bookshelf in her bedroom. She enjoys sitting in a lap and being read to, but she prefers to determine the pace, often flipping pages faster than we can read. She also "reads" books by herself, babbling and pointing at pictures as she works her way through a book.
She also loves her big brother. She loves to copy everything he does, and it's especially sweet when he teaches her new things. She's quite attentive to his instruction! Not to say they always get along perfectly, because they don't, but it's fun to watch them become playmates. Lauren isn't afraid to express her opinion to Collin (or anyone else), and she definitely stands up for herself.
Routines and details capture Lauren's attention, and it's amazing to realize how carefully she pays attention. She knows where items belong, she remembers all the details of our routines, and she does an excellent job of listening and following directions. She's a smart cookie!
Lauren Kate is such a precious love and is really learning how happy she can make a person by giving a kiss or a tight squeeze. She's learning to blow kisses, and she especially likes giving kisses at bedtime. She has a unique way of capturing a person's attention, and her sweet mannerisms are fun to watch.
We're grateful for Lauren's courage and tenacity, and pray daily that she will always be courageous and tenacious as she serves God and his people. We love you, sweet Lauren!