I completed the monthly snapshots of our beloved Alex during her first year. Here is the snapshot of Alex’s seventeenth month and eighteenth month! (You can view Alex’s thirteenth and fourteenth month here; and Alex’s fifteenth and sixteenth month here). Alex is changing all of the time and she is still growing like a weed!
How is our little girl already eighteen months old! The time is flying too quickly! It has been a busy few months for us. Alex is still busy as ever and curious as ever! Alex is turning into a little girl right before our eyes. Doug coined her name on her new easel, that she got for Christmas, as the following: A is for Active; L is for Lovable; E is for Energized; and X is for Xtraordinary! Alex is talking more and saying more words, too. She comprehends a good amount as well. Alex is down to one nap a day these days, and we have not found anything Alex is not willing to try food wise, including brussels sprouts, go figure! She has a lot of personality and she is her own strong little person who knows how she likes things — her way! She loves running around the house in only her diaper! Her hair is very pretty and it is getting longer with some blonde and red highlights, with lovely curls in the back! She currently is obsessed with our remote control for the television and the baby monitor screen for her room. She thinks they are her telephones, which she loves to pretend play with each day! She also loves to go into my office and sit in my chair and ‘type’ on the computer, use the mouse, and talk to Victory who is usually sitting under my desk at home! She even likes to help with laundry! She, unprompted, likes to take our dirty clothes and put them in the laundry, and a short video is shown below! She also likes to help throw trash away, too! And, she is also pretty good about putting her toys away as well. Overall, I think, she is a good little helper!
Additionally, she is exploring more in the house and interacts more with Victory all the time. Her chasing of Victory has mitigated; and she is petting Victory more gently, and she loves to give Victory treats before ‘night night!’ It is so sweet. A short video is below of our girls! In a few more months, I think Alex will understand more about Victory. Victory still joins us in Alex’s room in the mornings and always before Alex goes to bed! We will say to Victory, “go see sissy,” and she immediately runs upstairs to Alex’s room! Alex has stopped calling Victory ‘Lou Lou’ and she is now saying ‘Tory,’ which is so sweet. She always says ‘hello’ to Victory every morning and tries, sometimes successfully, if Victory is up for it, to pet Victory!
Alex really loves to go out on outings with us as well, even if it is just to the local Lowes with Victory! She can ware herself out running up and down the aisles, and she thinks it is fantastic! We also went on another field trip with Alex’s school to the B&O Railroad Museum, which she enjoyed and the museum was decorated nicely for Christmas! Doug loves trains, so it was really a fun day! And, Alex loved the short train ride, too! Alex still loves our neighborhood playground and loves to play with the chalk and go in the swing! We found another large park that she loves to go to as well. The weather has been pretty mild, so we have been able to get her out and about! She also still likes to go on walks together. For Christmas, she got a new trike, which she loves, and she eventually will be able to peddle the trike by herself!
Alex had a great Christmas and Thanksgiving. (Their visit to Santa this year was memorable.) She participated in her school Holiday Party! She looked adorable and she did her best to sing along with the rest of her class! On Christmas Eve, she decorated homemade eggnog sugar cookies with Doug and it was a lot of fun! (A short video is below.) On Christmas morning, Alex and Victory wore matching pajamas, their Happy Hannas! They looked so cute together, albeit, it was challenging to get a photo of them together, as Alex was excited on Christmas morning doing her own thing, but I managed to get one descent photo of the girls together! By the end of the morning, after working hard opening gifts, Alex took a long nap. I am not sure Alex fully understood the concept of Christmas, but she had fun! She also loves her new personalized new chair, which is fitting as she had been and still says, ‘I sit’ frequently! She also loves her Roadster for indoors as well!
Alex tried out the Peloton Tred, which we love, pictured below, that we got for Christmas. Alex never really cared for the child care at the gym, which made it challenging for us to get to and use the gym regularly, so we decided to get a treadmill for the house. We had to reconfigure two rooms of our house, but we got it all to work and we absolutely love having a treadmill in the house, which is so convenient and the classes are engaging and fun, too! I wish we had done it sooner as we are now able to workout consistently!
With Alex’s long Holiday break, we took her on some outings, including a few trips to an indoor playground, which she loves. She still loves Pump It Up, as well, which we also visited a few times over her break. She had a few play dates, too. We also took her to Enchant, in D.C., which we all loved. The light display was beautiful. We plan to go back next year, if it is still local. (There were even a few dates, which we missed, that allows one’s pup to attend as well!) We took Alex to D.C. and Northern Virginia for New Year’s Eve and we had a nice evening together! We have a few more places on our list to try this winter with her, which we are looking forward to.
Alex still cuddles with me in her glider, right before bed. She pulls down her blanket and crawls into my lap with her lovie (a burp cloth); and most of the time, she falls asleep during this time. It is one of my favorite times of the day. There is nothing like it. I feel so fortunate. It has been such as journey. We are doing our best to embrace the now, the present. We are so grateful and we are excited for this new year!
A few iphone images from Alex’s seventeenth month!
Here is a video from Alex’s seventeenth month — Alex doing laundry!
Here is a video from Alex’s seventeenth month — Alex swinging!
A few iphone images from Alex’s eighteenth month!
Here is a video from Alex’s eighteenth month — Alex decorating Christmas eggnog sugar cookies with Daddy and Victory!
Here is a video from Alex’s eighteenth month — Alex climbing with all of her might at Pump It Up!
Here is a video from Alex’s eighteenth month — Alex shooting balls at Mamma with Daddy!
Here is a video from Alex’s eighteenth month — Alex sitting with Victory!
Here is a video from Alex’s eighteenth month — Alex feeding Victory treats!
Finally, below is a look back, month-by-month, (via iphone images), of our sweet Alex over the past eighteen months! There has been so much change in such a short period of time! We are so grateful for our healthy little girl!