Another month! Mo is growing, which surprised me. I could have sworn she hardly grew or gained weight in the last 6 months, but at her 15 month appointment (a couple weeks after she turned 15 months), she was 2 inches taller than at her one-year, and a pound and a half heavier.
More than that, she's grown so much in maturity. She's so much a part of the household now. She can easily go where I go so I no longer have to carry her around or figure out how to entertain her. If I need to run upstairs, I say, "Mo let's go upstairs" and she walks over to the stairs, crawls up or I hold her hand and she walks up, then I close the gate and she wanders around from room to room as I do whatever it is I needed to do. When I take a shower, she hangs out in the bathroom with me. Even if I leave the door open, she perches at the end of the tub and watches me wash my hair. Sometimes she even imitates what I do.
Mo is still extremly easy going. She is one of the most adaptable toddlers I know. We keep her on a pretty predictable routine - she's up around 7:30, breakfast, play, snack, play, lunch, nap around noon, up 2-3 hours later, snack, play, dinner, play, snack, bed around 7:30 - but if we sway from that sometimes, it's no skin off her back. No matter where we go or who we see, she goes with the flow. Mike has had a few interviews lately, and each time he makes different arrangements for her. No problem for Mo! The other day she went along when he went to sell plasma, and had to hang out in the supervised children's area, and it's like she had been doing that every day.
She's also still an amazing sleeper. When it's bedtime, I suggest we go up to bed, and she goes easily. Usually I carry her up, but lately when I mention bedtime, she walks herself to the stairs, climbs all the way up, down the hall to her room, and waits for me to lift her into her crib. What? She puts herself to sleep, and even if she's not ready to fall asleep immediately, she reads a book or talks to her animals until she gets tired. When she wakes up, from a nap or nighttime, she just waits patiently for us to get her. I honestly could not ask for an easier kid in that regard.
Mo is starting to talk a little. She figured out "hi" and looooves to say hi to everyone, anyone, all the people, all the time. On Mother's Day, Mike asked her to say "mama," a sound she can make, but something she has never said on command. But that day she did, and has many times since. She also tries to say "down," she says "wa wa" for water, and "uh sah" for what's that. Mostly she says something that sounds like "snghu" for the words she doesn't know.
Her hair is getting longer and curlier. In the humidity it tightens up into little corkscrew ringlets. She loves to read books now, is always bringing us something to read to her, though usually she just wants to flip through the pages quickly. Her current favorite book has a bunch of pictures of animals. She can make the sound of a puppy (oo oo), a kitty (maa aah ahh), a snake (sssss), a monkey (ah ah), and she imitates the gorilla by beating her chest.
She is still thrilled by visiting Ellen, the neighbor's dog, through the fence. Last week Mike took the latch off the gate (because nobody knows where the key is to the pad lock that keeps it shut) between our two yards and united these best buds. They were both in heaven!
Really, Mo is thrilled by all animals, as I've said before. She will often gather up all the stuffed animals she can manage and tries to do things like feed herself, without dropping a single one. My mom brought her dogs, two chihuahua mixes, over recently and Mo freaked out with joy. They were running in all directions, and she just couldn't keep up. She grabbed her stuffed puppy and got him in the action, too. It was sweet.
Mo is my little sidekick lately. Actually, she's her dad's sidekick most of the day, running errands and hanging out with him. But when I get home, she's my little buddy. My biggy girl, my lovey, my little love pie.