This month creeped up on me faster than ever before. I am not sure where the time is going, but it sure didn’t pass go, and there was no collection of the $200 (Monopoly reference for those of you who aren’t board game nerds like me!). 16 months? Wow! She is officially 1 and 1/4 year old. And all Freddie and I keep saying to each other is…”I can’t believe how big she is getting”.
The older Harper gets, the more fun she becomes. There is not a day that goes by that she doesn’t have me in stitches. It is amazing to watch her grow and develop. The girl is definitely a talker (but then again, look at her mom!). She gains new words daily and is very good at mimicking…so watch your mouth :)
In a few months, Harper has gone from walking to full on running. Why leisurely stroll when you can bolt to your destination? And her bursts of speed are usually prefaced with “Mark, set, goooooo!”, her new favorite phrase. Looks like someone is in a hurry…just don’t grow up too fast.
First Encounter with a Butterfly: For Father’s Day, we went to our local natural history museum for a beautiful exhibit of live butterflies. We enjoyed walking through a delightful garden filled with flowers, luscious greenery, and more than 1,000 free-flying butterflies. It was amazing to watch the butterflies flutter past you, and drink nectar from nearby flowers. One even landed on Harper’s shoulder and hung out for a while.
First (and last) bout with Roseola: Harper just recently recovered from a nasty bout with the Roseola virus. She started running a low-grade temperature, which we attributed to teething (although Harper still only has 6 teeth). But after it spiked to 104.5, we knew that our little baby was sick. We took her to the doctor and they gave us a list of possible diagnosis but told us it was hard to determine the actual cause of her fever. However, after 3 days of running a high temperature, Harper’s fever finally broke. The next day she developed a rash on her trunk and that’s when we knew that the fever was attributed to Roseola. They say that once a child has been exposed to the virus, it is highly unlikely that they will get it again. So here’s to well wishes and good health!
First Overnight Without a Diaper: As I have mentioned before, Harper will wake up most mornings with a dry diaper. We have experimented with diaper-less naps, but have never been brave enough to try a diaper-less night. Well, when Harper was sick, she was running such a high fever that we had her naked most of the time. She slept a few nights without a diaper and didn’t pee in the bed once! This was a huge milestone for our family as we are moving closer and closer to a diaper free baby :)
Favorite Toy: Harper is finally of the age where she is enjoying playing with her Mega Bloks. Her favorite thing to do is take apart her daddies elaborate structures that he makes. We are also having fun practicing our colors (even though the range is limited…didn’t think of that when I bought her an entire bag of pink blocks). She has even started to put a few blocks together. Which means it is only a matter of time before we can start building forts together :)
Favorite Song: Harper is loving all things horse related these days (which will thrill my big sister, who happens to be a horse trainer). It might be the cool horse puppet I use in my music classes, or the fact that I bounce her on my legs while singing to her, but Harper can’t get enough of “Riding on a Pony“. I will often overhear her singing it to herself while she is playing. Especially the part where the horse stops and sways back and forth (Whoa! she says…). It’s nice to know that even after singing it in class 7 times a week, she is still a fan :)
Favorite Book: With all of the books Harper owns, there are plenty that become neglected. Ollie the Stomper was a book that Harper received for her birthday that we never got around to reading because you can’t possibly read ever single book on her shelf. But Harper has recently found the book and fallen in love (Thanks Jones Family!). She likes to point out the different colors of the boots and then point to her shoes. The repetition in the book has been a great tool for her language development too!
These days it’s all about dress up. Harper wants to wear everything. Check out her new digs…
Or as she refers to it…her hat!
Thanks to Grandma, Harper is well prepared to help mommy in the kitchen.
Never leaves home without them :) Unless of course they don’t match her outfit…
The love I have for Harper is unmatched. She has stolen my heart and melts my soul. I am so grateful to have her in my life. She is my little buddy and hanging with her every day is a pure joy (although toddler-hood has had its moments…). Her spark for life inspires me to not sweat the small stuff and reach for the stars. Thank you for the life lessons Harper. Mommy continues to grow from your inherent wisdom.
Happy 16 Month Birthday Little Bug! Mommy and Daddy love you…xoxo