Sunday, January 28, 2007

Twenty Months Old

Today, Pearl is twenty months old!

When she was a new walker and we first started taking her to the park to play on the playgrounds there, I would marvel at the older babies who could go up the stairs and down the slide all by themselves, while Pearl stumbled and wobbled along. Now, a handful of months later, she is the tot who scampers all over the jungle gym with skill and confidence. It is an amazing thing.

This month has been all about climbing! She has mastered the technique of climbing up on our large cushy couch an chair and she is completely obsessed with doing so. She doesn't understand why we let her climb onto the seat of the chairs but draw the line at clambering up on the arms to join the kitties, even after she fell off and hit her butt on the corner of her little wooden chair on the way down, ending up with a scratch and a bruise. She tests us on it over and over again.

She has also figured out how to get onto and off of the bed over and over again, as well as the dining room chairs and table!

Pearl has started singing this month! It is the sweetest sound in the entire world! She sings two songs from My Neighbor Totoro, as well as the elephant song from Elizabeth Mitchell's You Are My Little Bird album, and the belly button song. She doesn't know whole verses or anything, just sings the few words that she knows... it is very cute.

She had a well-baby doctor's visit this month where she was poked and prodded and mildly traumatized... she really freaks out when her mouth and ears are examined, poor girl. She is 32.5 inches tall, the 65% percentile for height and her head is in the same percentile. Her weight, however, is pretty low... 22 pounds, below the 25% percentile mark. The doctor wasn't terribly concerned but did want to see her in another six months to make sure she's gaining okay. Her nose, which has been stuffed up since Thanksgiving, finally cleared up this month.


Pearl doesn't often wake to nurse back to sleep midway through her naps often anymore. Instead she sleeps for about a two hour chunk at about noon, and nurses awake at the end! It is sweet to snuggle with her as she rouses herself from sleep... in the mornings I am usually too busy trying desperately to cling to sleep to see her wake.

Pearl has learned a few colors! She has yellow and orange down, the rest are about fifty-fifty. She has an art book with a painting of 'yellow' and after I noticed her pointing out that other things were yellow, I told her the names and showed her what the other colors looked like, too. She loves drawing with her crayons and painting, and we talk about what colors things are a lot.

She is getting to be more and more herself every day. She picked out her own outfit for the first time this month - bringing her owl shirt and yellow striped legwarmers to me as I was folding laundry and grunting at me until I took off what she was wearing and put on her attire of choice. I was thrilled! She lets us know what she does and doesn't want with increasing vehemence and clarity. It is so much fun to get to know her.

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Blogger merseydotes said...

I just bought Petunia a cute colors book last night. It's called Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh. There's only one or two lines of text per page so it probably would be age-appropriate for Pearl.

8:54 AM  
Blogger doow said...

It's fun getting to know Pearl through your monthly updates, too!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

love that nursing shot. lovely little pearl.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous sarahgrace said...

Cute, cute, cute! I wish I hadn't stopped doing my "monthlies" of my boys- I feel like I've forgotten so much already...

7:28 PM  
Blogger Love Squalor said...

such a beautiful girl! 20 months sounds like such a fun age, but it feels like it is forever away - so different from where my esme is now, but i imagine it will come sooner than i think. you give me so much to look forward to though - picking out her own outfits! singing! oh my!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Daph said...

Those pictures are so great. She's such a doll!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Onatnomiguel said...

que ojos tan bellos dios le dio a esta niña belleza, es una niña de la realeza, una infantita, ella debe salir en tv o en revistas, es muy fotogenica la nena


5:35 PM  
Anonymous gearhead mama said...

Beautiful pics as always ... I absolutely love the last two. Laughing about picking out the outfit -- and the grunting. We get a lot of grunting over here, too. And "Dah? Dah? Daa-aah? DAA-AAH!!!"

1:11 PM  

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