Favorite Food: Oranges, strawberries, broccoli, and haddock. Oranges, strawberries, and broccoli are nothing new, but she's really on a kick with them lately. Haddock she's lovely A LOT now -- especially when I cook it with coconut on top.
Favorite Thing To Do: She's currently into crafts, which is really cute. We went to Target recently and picked out a bunch of fun things for her; finger paints, markers, crayons, coloring books, etc and put them all in a little plastic bin. Now every morning she runs over to it and yells "craft!" She's a big organizer so instead of actually using the crayons, she will line them up or take every marker out of the bin and put each one right back in. It's really funny to watch - but I love that she's already into organizing ... makes mommy happy ;)
Most Aww-Worthy Moment: She is really into kissing her stuffies goodnight before she takes a nap or heads to bed. She says "na night teddy, na night big bird, na night bun bun" (her stuffed bunny)...etc! And gives them all kisses. It's SO sweet. Why is this age the best ever?! I am totally loving the cuteness, which totally outweighs the tough moments.
Most Exciting Thing She Did: She has started to get a handle on the whole "please and thank you" thing, which makes this mama VERY happy! No one likes an impolite child, am I right?! But the cutest thing is when she hands me something and I saw "thank you, London" she replies with "welcome!" OH MY GOSH. True story, I say "thank you" sometimes just so I can hear her little response because it gets me every time! Yay for raising polite kiddos ... it's important!
Fun Things We Did This Month: November was a SUPER busy month! I feel like it's flown by and here we are with December starting tomorrow! Ahhh! Chris started his basketball season a few weeks ago so it was really fun to take her to a few games while my parents were visiting. She actually sat still the entire first half (20 minutes!) just watching, singing, eating cheerios and having the best time :) We also spent Thanksgiving in Rhode Island with family and London got to play with her cousins, which she loved! This past weekend we picked out our tree and totally transformed our apartment into Christmas-mode. It was really sweet watching Lo taking it all in; she loves the lights and yells "star" while she points to the top of the tree (Melt!)
Biggest Thing I've Learned: I'm entering the world of tantrums and it is SO not fun. My husband said "she's in a phase right now" but I didn't have the heart to tell him that I think this phase lasts a few years. Ugh! I'm having to be firm with her as she pushes the boundaries daily and I'm not going to lie, it really tests my patience! I try to remind myself that she's only 16 (well, almost 17) months - but I'm DEATHLY afraid of raising a spoiled kid! I guess I'm kind of learning as I go and taking it one day at a time. Lately I've been trying to ignore her major tantrums ... you know, the kind where they throw themselves on the floor because you tell them they can't have ketchup for dinner? That seems to work pretty well, although listening to the screams really does pull at your heart strings! I'll gladly take any recommendations on how you all deal with the tiny tantrums now, so they don't erupt into crazy tantrums later ... any advice, mama's?!