I remember looking at a picture of Harper as a six month old recently and marveling about how that was nearly a year ago…how is my baby 17 months old?
Harper has been a lot more vocal/verbal this month. She’s always saying new and old words and making up some of her own!
She’s still very shy at daycare and not talking as much there. Her teachers told me they will see/hear her talking or dancing or singing, but as soon as they notice her or encourage her, she will get shy and stop. She definitely has Kevin’s more reserved personality in that regard but she’s also quite a firecracker and has an outgoing side to her too. Her teachers are working on getting her to use her words more and speaking in a louder voice. Though she’s more shy there, she loves her teachers and friends and when we ask her if she wants to “go to school” she says always says “yessssss.”
We got our half-year reports back from daycare and it was really interesting and fun to read what her teachers said about Harper and her personality. She is still very serious most of the time, but coming out of her shell. She is great at playing with her friends (I read that they all hold hands when they walk to the outdoor play area and they do puzzles and dance together) and she loves story time and crafts. She’s also learning a lot of skills like working to dress herself…we’re so proud of her!
Harper has been having tantrums and testing her boundaries this month, as you might expect from a toddler. Lately she likes to grab my face with her hand and scratch it. She finds it hilarious, of course…we need to work on it. She’s also still pretty dramatic when she doesn’t get what she wants, but we continue to practice letting her calm down and resume good behavior. Oh toddlers.
I shared this on Instagram last week…but look at these twins! My husband and Harper are identical! They even have the same natural hair part. I’m so glad my MIL found this photo, it’s so sweet how they have the same serious expression while riding a pony, too.
Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:
says “arrrrrrrrr” when asked “what does the dinosaur say?”
go go go
thank you (sometimes)
hot and “it’s hot”
row row row (as in, the song)
juice (this is what she calls pedilyte which we give her when she is sick)
tries to say Harper, sounds like “ar-perrr”
And speaking of that, she can recognize almost everything these days—when we read a book, I will ask “where is so and so” and she almost always knows it.
She imitates everything we do— I was blowing on her food because it was too hot and then when I gave it to her she kept blowing on it. It was so adorable.
I sometimes cover my eyes and count to 10 and tell Harper to “go hide.” One day, she put her hands over her eyes and started to “count” and kept saying “dos dos dos” and I realized the intonation of her counting was in Spanish. Sure enough, her teachers were counting in Spanish that week…she can still only say “dos.”
She saw my MacBook one day and pointed and said “apple, apple” when she saw the logo
Harper pressed the Siri button the other day and said “poop.” Siri replied “let’s keep it clean here.” I nearly died of laughter. Oh, and she does in fact tell us now, when she poops.
She is becoming a pickier eater. I expected this so we just try to keep a variety of foods in the mix. She’s not a huge fan of meat unless it’s mixed into something, with the exception being salmon. Some days she won’t eat chicken, other days she likes it. She keeps us on our toes, but for a toddler, she’s still a very good eater.
Does lots of pretend play— answers and talks on the phone, gives milk to her stuffed animal friends and dolls, pushes her friends around in her stroller.
Growls or roars when she sees animals like tigers, lions and dinosaurs. There is a house we walk by all the time that has a lion statue and she always points at it and roars.
Have a happy week!