Lillian turned 18 months old yesterday — it’s so hard to believe she’s getting closer to two than to one! So for today’s post, I thought it would be nice to share some of what we’ve been up to lately, starting with the fun we’ve been having outdoors since it’s (finally) started getting warmer around here.
We picked up this gigantic pink bouncy ball from Wal-Mart for $3.00, and Lillian was in heaven. Look at the size of that thing — almost as big as she is! She mostly ran around while holding it, and occasionally set it down to test out its springiness.
We’ve been having lots of fun outside. Lillian loves just independently running down the sidewalk, as far as we’ll let her go — with us following closely behind, of course. She’s gone almost entirely around the block without being picked up or getting tired, and is endlessly fascinated by the random little things she finds on the ground. Pebbles, twigs, flower buds, pinecones. One time she picked up a piece of bark and sweetly handed it to me, and any time I “accidentally” dropped it, she’d make sure to pick it up and hand it to me again!
Sometimes when we’re outside and we see one of the neighbors’ dogs, she’ll make woofing noises at them, which is really cute, and she gets all excited at the sight of birds and squirrels. She points at everything these days, and sometimes says “what” or “whatsat” while pointing out something particularly interesting, leading us to say all kinds of new words that I’m sure she’s soaking up like a sponge, even if she doesn’t repeat them right away.
Speaking of going places, we’ve finally reached that wonderful stage where we can go to a restaurant and order Lillian a meal from the kid’s menu rather than lugging along bottles and/or baby food. I suppose we’ve technically been at this stage for a while, since she’s been eating real adult foods for months now, but we don’t eat out very much and it feels like a somewhat recent revelation.
Taking her out to restaurants has been a complete pleasure so far — she’ll sit at the table for the entire meal without getting too fussy, and eat her food and drink her milk and exercise her superpowered utensil-using abilities. (Even when we order finger foods, like a side of french fries, she’ll try to eat them with a fork.)
Not that everything is completely perfect 100% of the time — we’ve weathered the occasional toddler tantrum, like that memorable incident where we wouldn’t let Lillian run freely through the Ikea warehouse like it was the world’s biggest indoor playground. But in general this phase of toddlerhood has been smooth sailing and loads of fun — it’ll be interesting to see how things progress over the coming months!
And that’s the latest update on our adventures in Toddler-Land so far. Check back tomorrow for an update on the progress we’ve been making on the backyard!