Karina’s Day at 18 Months Old

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My dear Karina,

You’re 18 months old today and just as sassy and adorable as the day we met; the day you were born. You fill such a huge piece of my heart with your giggles, little teeth and dance moves and I simply can’t imagine life without you.

Although 18 months isn’t my favorite age {I’ll be honest with you…It’s downright exhausting}, you are learning at rapid speeds and just becoming your own little person. It has been an absolute blessing seeing you grow since your first birthday.

Can you believe you stopped nursing a few weeks ago? This has changed our day so much. Part of it was me pushing you to cool it a bit, part of it was you being OK with it. I am so sad in many respects, but you have adjusted beautifully, so I’m not going to complain. Thank you for being open to change — my body appreciates the break ;)

I thought I’d show you what a typical day at home is like for you these days. Of course, our days are ever-changing, but this is a good synopsis of what you do on a daily basis.

Karina’s Day At 18 Months

8 a.m. You’re up! Not in the best mood, but you settle for a few cuddles before begging for some food.

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I prep you a little plate of fruit to eat before we make breakfast when your sister wakes up. We play with your Little People while Curious George plays in the background.

9:30 a.m. Breakfast and free play while mama is on a conference call.

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I help you build with your LEGOs and you bring me all your doctor tools. The stethoscope {your favorite thing ever} goes on and stays on for the next few hours. You and your sister do great while I’m on my call…Thank you, girls!

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11 a.m. We head into town to register you for “school” next year. By school, I mean an educational playgroup you and I are going to do together next year one day a week. Before we get into the car, you and Kinley demand a snack and you get excited as I offer you an apple, your favorite!

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How you eat them always amazes me. For only having 5 teeth, you chow down like a champ!

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11:45 a.m. We’re back home and it’s time for lunch, which is bananas, a piece of cheese, some cucumber and half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, in which you proceed to take apart before eating. Can’t complain about your appetite. You eat just about anything I give you. Except raspberries!

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Noon. More free play, followed by reading books. You don’t have a lot of patience for them today, so we settle on a few quick ones where you laugh and point at doggies and kitties. You also enjoy flipping through the pages of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The page with all his food is your favorite!

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. You fall asleep within a few minutes as a rock you into your nap. I cherish these moments with just you and I so much. You are seriously the best cuddler ever and I love kissing your head as you drift off to sleep. Sweet dreams, baby girl.

…A few hours later, Kinley barges in after she’s heard you stirring. She’s asked me about 5 times if you are up yet because she’s ready to play. You are so proud to show her how you pulled your socks off!

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3:30 – 5 p.m. More free play. This time you and Kinley play with stuffed animals in the crib for a bit and then we have a living room dance party to solid gold oldies!

This day daddy also surprised us with an early arrival home. You get so excited when he comes home at the end of the day and always run up to greet him. He entertains you while mama gets dinner ready.

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5 p.m. Crock pot dinner. Rice with salsa chicken, black beans, corn and avocado. You absolutely LOVE holding hands to pray beforehand. Melts our hearts on a daily basis.

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5:30 p.m. Daddy play time. He tickles you and tosses you into the air and gets you laughing hard. I love watching the bond grow between the two of you.

As I clean dishes, we sing songs. You adore “Wheels On The Bus,” and are so proud to have recently mastered moving your hands like the wheels. Of course your other favorite part is saying “shh shh shh” like the mama’s on the bus.

6:30 p.m. Bath time followed by some more play and a little TV. You and Kinley laugh a ton in the tub together. It’s adorable. Of course, she can’t let you get out without us making a spike in your hair with the soap!

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7:30 p.m. Books and bed time. Tonight’s favorite was your Thomas the Train book. You love trains and cars and almost always have one in your hands while you walk around.

After rocking you for awhile, I lay you down and you drift to sleep. Nighty-night, my precious little gal!

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I love you so much, peanut, and can’t wait to see you continue to learn and grow more in the months ahead. Keep being the happy, independent and stubborn girl you are and I have no doubt you will reach for the stars and beyond in your lifetime.

Kisses to the moon and back,

Mama

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