maeve is a couple of days over 13 months.
this past month has been full of love and so fun BUT also full of frustration and at times anger.
maeve is a smart little cookie and is learning many ways to express herself and let us know what she wants (or doesn’t want). She signs for all done, more, food, give. this is amazing and has been so so helpful in understanding her and communicating with her.
she also learned to wag her finger in a “no” response and have little laying on the floor temper tantrums. although pretty funny, it was a little alarming that she learned these actions so young. i have never wagged a finger at her. my husband, however, does use this gesture and i didn’t no know this until just a couple of days ago…. sigh. the finger wagging and tantrums were also followed with slapping and biting. we have absolutely NEVER slapped her! so this was all just her testing out her different forms of communicating and testing limits.
the slapping and biting was HARD to deal with guys. so hard because you can’t make them stop. i actually did a couple of time outs on the stair. not because i thought she would understand the time out but to separate her from the situation and get her out of the aggressive state she was in.
i am happy to say that she has stopped her finger wagging and biting the past two days. i am now getting so many hugs and cuddles it’s crazy. they know how to take you right the absolute brink and then wrangle you right back in. i better get used to this! hahahaha
she is starting to say “words” now. she calls me “may-me” and “ma ma”. we give her water in her bottle and she asks for “wa wa”. she started saying “uh-oh” this week and it is so cute. we ask her if she wants to eat and she will either shake her head “no” or she will walk towards the kitchen pointing at her mouth. we can present her with different things and ask her if she’d like it and she will open and close her hands in a “give me” gesture or will shake her head no.
She loves to come up behind me and “push me over”, then she climbs on my back for a piggy back ride. she climbs up the stairs of her little slide and goes down all by herself. she is so proud when she reaches the bottom and she has a big, goofy grin. god i love it!
she loves her little snack container where she can put her hand in and get her cheerios. she loves drinking out of a bottle with a straw. you can just see that is so proud to be so grown up.
she reaches out to complete strangers to be held. it’s is scary in a way that she would go to anyone but also very cute and it makes people so happy. she brings a lot of joy to people and it just makes me so happy to see it.
she is really into books and her little motorized cat and dog. she will pick up these items and give them to me and then back herself up to sit in my lap and play with them or read. i looooooove this.
she has a little car for riding in a outside and there is a handle so that i can use to push it. when we go for walks this is her fav mode of transportation. she waves to all the cars and people she sees on our walks. such a friendly girl.
we got her over sized magnets for the fridge and she loves walking around just holding them. one day she had 5 of them with her hahaha. i have a feeling when she’s older and told to pick “just one thing” she will have a very hard time doing that haha.
this morning i said we had to change her diaper and for the first time she walked to the ottoman where i change her and patted it like “get me up here”. proud moment.
so so many things she loves to do but she’s up from her nap now so we’ll leave it here for now