Tuesday, October 16, 2012

14 months.

It's getting more and more difficult to take these monthly
photos. She can't sit still! Cookie bribery works well.

Another month has passed, and until yesterday, our little bean wasn't walking. However, she did take a few steps on her own last night! We may or may not have had to bribe her with a cookie, but we're making progress:)

Since moving to Singapore, Linna has been around kids almost every day, so she's had colds on and off for the last two months. I kind of know what it's like to have a child in daycare now, although I know she could be coming down with much worse than just a cold. We've actually been dealing with an outbreak of Hand Foot & Mouth Disease in our condo complex in Singapore, but thankfully Linna hasn't gotten it.

It's so fun to see Linna interact with other kids. She's starting to speak to them in her baby gibberish, and I'm always trying to figure out what she's trying to tell them ("give me my toy back", "hello friend", etc.). She's learning how to share, what she should do when another kid takes the toy she was playing with, and how to "toughen up" (she's been bonked over the head with toys by a few kids in our play-groups).

Her vocabulary is quickly expanding too! Linna can say "yes", "ball", "baby" (this sounds more like "ba-bay"), "woah", "hi", "nigh nigh", "Bompa" (grandpa), and of course "mama", "dada", "papa", "nana", etc. Mostly though, she speaks in gibberish.

At her friend Seb's 3rd birthday party in Singapore.

Standing on her own.

Linna learned to feed herself with a spoon about a week ago. She loves bringing the food up to her mouth by herself, and if the spoon isn't working, she just uses her hands. Last week, we stopped giving Linna her bottle, and haven't had any problems with it so far. Linna eats three meals a day, plus snacks and water/juice, and an 8 oz. sippy cup of milk before bed. I put a little orange juice (I squeeze an actual orange into her water, because oranges are cheaper than "real" orange juice in Singapore) and prune juice in her water to keep her "regular" too. Her favorite food right now is yogurt mixed with a banana and granola, which is a great dish for self-feeding. She is eating SO much more than she was just a few months ago!

Linna is still taking two naps a day (sometimes one long nap if we're out and about), which I find makes her SO happy throughout the day. For a couple weeks, we got a little off schedule, and I realized how different Linna is without her naps. She's just a kid who needs sleep! She'll sleep about an hour and a half during each nap, and then sleeps from about 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. When we first moved to Singapore, she was waking up in the middle of the night to be coaxed back to sleep, but thank goodness that has stopped.

Hangin' with Papa.

Pool time.

Linna loves building with blocks, swimming, dancing to music, reading, and watching "Super Why" and Elmo on YouTube. She also enjoys taking everything she can off shelves and out of drawers. Linna is also very friendly, as she needs to wave and say "hi" to everyone we pass at the mall or on the street! I find myself wanting to ring people's necks when they don't wave back to her;)

Since Linna is slowly but surely growing a mullet, we're thinking about cutting her hair (just a trim) to shape it up a bit. It's so hard to part with her baby hair, but this mullet is getting out of control. We'll see if Mama and Papa Saigh can "grow a pair" and take Linna to get her first hair cut.

GLUED to her music class teacher.

We are very excited to get back to Minnesota, so Linna can see her family! She hasn't seen Grandma and Grandpa Saigh is almost three months. Very excited for the many reunions she'll have in November. The holidays will be pretty special this year:)

Think she'll be running by 15 months???

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