Olivia Rose: Toddlerhood 15 months old

Friday, April 21, 2017
Woah. This month was kind of a biggie. Olivia started talking! Well, she started saying actual words. I feel like our baby girl turned into a big girl. We've long ditched the high chair, baby shoes, and any type of "baby snacks" with our second born. Since I stopped nursing, I've noticed that Olivia has just emerged in a few different ways. She dove right into asserting her independence AND letting us know it almost constantly. She's so feisty, smart, beautiful, and opinionated. Our girl will literally sit down and talk to you for as long as you'll listen. She loves her big sister SO MUCH MORE by the day it seems. They are growing even closer (didn't really think that'd be any more possible, I stand corrected) and they play SO well together. 

New Things: Olivia has been sitting at our family dining table for probably close to a month now? She climbed into a chair one day and that was the end of her high chair time. Justin and I make sure to sit right next to her in case she were to slip or fall - more times than not, we aren't worried. Bean loves sitting next to Ava during meals. I believe it was last week that Olivia said her first "real" word: "GO!" She was on the phone with her god mama Lee. She's also since said the word bear. This next thing isn't new.. but i'd never used one with our first born. Since I stopped nursing, Olivia took to binkies almost immediately. She sleeps through the night with Moana in hand and her binky. I know weaning might be difficult, but for now - at 15 months... I'm not terribly worried about it. Mimicking is pretty standard for babies, but Olivia takes it to a whole new level. She can literally copy every dance move from the movie MOANA, she will copy all hand movements when we play hide and seek (family style), and the mimics just seem to get more hilarious and intense as our child grows. 

Milestones: Currently, our child is cutting 3 teeth all at the same time. THREE. That will make a total of 7 teeth all together. I feel so terrible for her, but also so happy she won't have trouble chewing her meat any longer. Moving from crib shoes to actual toddler shoes was a pretty big deal. We were able to open up the ENTIRE tote full of shoes Ava had at this age. All gently used, credible brands, and ready for Miss Livy. 

Changes: Not a whole lot of change this month. We did start using a radius toothebrush for all of the pearly whites that are coming in. Funny because we used the same toothe brush with Ava around this same time.I also think we are considering turning her crib into a toddler bed just to see if she'd be comfortable taking her afternoon naps in her own room? That is still up in the air. I have no desire to stop co-sleeping, seems like it's really all we have left from her infancy. We are also keeping the babe rear facing for a bit longer too. We ended up switching Ava over at just over 19 months..we'll see how long Olivia stays rear facing. 

♥- Leilani

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