At 19 months old, Lauren Kate looks less like a baby and more like a little girl. She's definitely starting to act like a little girl too. She wears 18- and 24-month clothes and size 5 shoes.
We like to say that Lauren is a beautiful little dichotomy. She loves to copy everything Collin does and she really enjoys playing with him, yet she also really loves playing alone. She's incredibly laid-back and goes with the flow very easily, but she's also very opinionated. She's big and brave, yet she likes to snuggle with her blankie when she's upset. Sweet and sassy - that's our little girl!
It's been a fun month for Lauren, as she has picked up several new skills and quite a few new words. She is becoming quite the climber, and her courage reached new heights this month when she went down a two-story tube slide all by herself. She's brave, that's for sure! She's good at jumping, she "whistles," and this month she learned to climb ladders so now she can slide all by herself. Lauren's current word list includes: please, hi, bye, up, ow, pee-yoo!, uh-oh, tweet-tweet, men (amen), puppy, dada, mama, bubba, papa, mah-maw (Grandma). She'll try to say anything we say, and she's good at matching syllables and inflection.
Lauren's favorites are her blankie, baby dolls, and books. We try not to take the blankie out of the house, but sometimes she carries it around when we're home. Mostly she just needs it while she sleeps. Lauren is a caretaker, carrying her babies around while she pats their backs, sings to them, sways, and tells them "shh shh." She likes to have her arms full of baby dolls! Favorite books this month include "Night-Night Prayer" and "Humpty Dumpty." Lauren's new thing for story time is that she prefers to sit beside instead of in a lap.
Lauren is a tidy girl, very good about cleaning up toys and putting a book back on the shelf before pulling out another one. She likes items lined up just-so, especially on her high chair. Collin always leaves his dirty clothes on the bathroom floor, and Lauren has taken it upon herself to carry the clothes to the laundry basket. She knows where things go and she's good about putting everything in its place.
One of my favorite parts of Lauren's day is our bedtime routine, just because it's so cute to watch her and know that she remembers what's coming next. She runs to the bathroom and puts her arms up so we'll put her on the counter to brush her teeth, she insists on rinsing and "spitting" just like Collin does after brushing, she runs to Collin's room to pick a book for her bedtime story, and she sits beside while we read. She holds our hands and mumbles while we pray, and she claps while she says "men" (amen). She gives kisses all around, tells the boys "bah," and runs to her room to turn on her sound machine. She loves our routine!
Precious girl, we adore you and are having so much fun watching you grow!
Collin thought it was pretty great, because he got to watch Sid the Science Kid while he was in the chair. For a dude who doesn't watch tv, it was a pretty fun treat.
Lauren Kate enjoyed watching her brother's exam, but hers wasn't as fun. She stayed in my lap (that's what they do for babies) and screamed the entire time. Luckily they just did a 2 minute exam for her.
No cavities. Compliments on our brushing skills. Good day!