Hannah is 19 Months Old!

Over the last month Hannah seemed to do a lot of growing up. A lot of things leveled out for her and, dare I say it, she might have mellowed out a little bit, too. There has been a lot more independence, an increase in comfort in being away from me and a whole lot of playing with her big brother. Needless to say, 18 months was really fun and now we have a 19-month old!

  • Weight: 26 pounds, 6 oz {88th percentile – as of 1/22}
  • Length: 32 inches {60th percentile – as of 1/22}
  • Clothing size: anything new is 2T
  • Shoe size: toddler size 5 – a whole new cache of shoes for this girl!
  • Number of teeth: twelve with two canines coming in
  • Eye color: I’m calling them “alpine lake” – the most gorgeous greeny blue
  • Favorite foods: smoothies and yogurt – these last few weeks Hannah has not been eating a ton
  • Least favorite foods: beef, chicken
  • Favorite things/activities: doing anything Ben does, brushing her teeth, reading interactive books, playing at the park, trying on shoes, getting into mischief…
  • Least favorite things/activities: waiting, not getting what she wants, going in the car seat, getting her diaper changed

Hannah has definitely had a leap in communication and vocabulary. It’s tough because her comprehension is phenomenal and she has a way of getting across what she wants even though she has a very limited clear vocabulary. She is exceptionally clear when she says “yeah” or “uh uh” and shakes her head for “no.” She can follow relatively complicated instructions and understands absolutely everything we say.

The vocabulary she’s picking up is really just random words here and there that she’s repeating or she’ll say on her own. I think she has between 10-15 clear words that she’s saying. She’s started saying “caw” when she hears the crows cawing outside and she said “Ali,” which of course is my name, but this was directed towards Ben’s friend Ali. It sounds more like “A-yi” most of the time.

One theme that has been consistent with Hannah for her life thus far is that she really knows what she wants. Over the last month she’s started pushing me away a lot and pulling at my arm to get me to move or stand up. She’s extremely expressive and dang, sometimes this girl just wants me to get out of her way!

This last month Hannah started her first gymnastics class. I’m positive she’s part monkey, so naturally, she loved it. Her favorite is the Tumbl Trak, which is basically like a very long trampoline. She’s warming up to the other equipment and loves anything where she can jump or swing from.

Hannah’s independence has really started to come out more recently. Especially when we’re at the mountain house she’s confident in going to pick out a truck to push around when I’m on the other side of the room and she’ll entertain herself for quite a while.

Hannah has always really excelled in fine motor skills. She really grasps stacking and shape sorting and seems to really just figure things out like that quite easily. She loves to buckle and velcro and mess around with little things.

For quite a while Hannah has loved to read books and that continues to hold true. She’ll go sit down in front of her bookshelf and pick a book for me to read to her. Usually she throws it at my face, sometimes it misses and lands in my lap, but rest assured I always get a book to the face during story time. Gentle is not a word I generally use to describe Hannah.

The weather finally turned in Seattle and we’ve been enjoying more time out at the park lately. Hannah has tremendous confidence and her skills are developing to allow her to be more independent. She loves climbing, playing in the sand box, going down the slide and pushing the random toys that are left at the park.

{Hannah and her friend Ellie who is 5 days younger!}

Since Hannah just wants to do what her brother is doing she so desperately wants to ride his scooter and his bike. It is the sweetest thing to see her grab Ben’s scooter when we arrive at the park and beg for a turn. Her time will soon come!

Ben has been really into art lately and it’s rubbing off on his little sister. She has been loving coloring. We have some dot markers that she is particularly drawn to. It was really special making Valentines with her – she was so into it and I could tell she was focused and had a plan with each picture she colored.

Hannah has been love, love, loving trying on shoes and clothes lately. She particularly likes the colors red and pink and was so excited to pick out a new pair of sunglasses. She also couldn’t wait to try on her new swimsuit – I’m just a little nervous it’s not going to fit for much longer! I love to play with her hair and put it up in a little pony tail or put a bow in it; however, Hannah only likes to leave it in for about a minute before she pulls it out.

We have had such a fun month with Hannah. She is a riot and has such a fun, boisterous personality. She just keeps getting more and more fun..

Ben is 19 months old – I just LOVE reading these. They bring back so many memories and it’s so fun to see how similar Ben was at the age Hannah is.