Monday, March 5, 2012

18 months

Our stake president was visiting our branch last week and commented to me that church members get more excited about a child's 18 month birthday than their 1 year birthday. I'm beginning to understand why. Because holy cow, an 18 month old can be a lot of work. And to have a chance to drop her off at nursery so Jared and I can both teach our lessons in peace would be nothing short of heaven-sent. Alas, we have no nursery in our branch and will just have to continue with the status quo. Libby comes to class with me until she gets too distracting (she likes to climb up on the table, grab people's pens that they are writing with, etc.). I send her out the door and tell her to go to Dad. She goes to his class, where he lets her stand on a chair and draw on the chalkboard. This continues back and forth until church is over or one of us ends early. 

Of course, it's not Libby's fault. She just wants to be entertained, gosh darnit, and I don't blame her. I'm trying to find new and interesting things to do with her lately because I can tell she gets tired of the same old thing day after day. Recently, I let her help me with a Christmas craft I never finished. She LOVED painting, but it was a bit messy, so until I buy some washable paint, we're gonna have to put a hold on that. 

The artist she is, she loves drawing on herself. She's pretty good about not getting it on her clothes. She somehow knows to only draw on her skin, which is not hard to do when she's naked.

Libby's vocabulary is exploding and it's so awesome to be able to hear her speak and understand what she wants! Some of her words include: spoon, Elmo (she says which until yesterday she pronounced "uppo"), up (which she says to mean both up and down), milk, more, book, baby, eye, ear, boot, mine, hi, bye, mom, dad, yeah, bed, bread (sounds the same as bed, but we use our context clues). I'm sure there are more I'm not remembering right now.

She's so obsessed with yogurt, I have to limit her to 2 cups a day. Anytime the fridge is open, she darts inside and starts climbing the shelves till she find the yogurt. Or, she'll go the drawer where we keep utensils and will beg for a spoon, which means she wants to use it to eat yogurt. She also really likes to eat cereal and LOVES to share a bowl with me.

And since I'm sure I'll never get around to writing a post about our trip to Texas last month, I'll just throw this picture in here of me, Libby, and my grandparents at their house in Dallas in February.


  1. I'm very, very, very sad that your branch doesn't have a nursery. That is rough, especially since you are both teaching!

    She is super cute.

  2. Wow, no nursery. That is sad. Are there sunbeams? If so, I think I'd try to get her into sunbeams early. Maybe not yet, but once she's 2 closing in on 2 1/2. I'd go crazy right now if I couldn't leave Hailey in nursery. Especially with both of you teaching. That's super rough!

    I think Libby is adorable! I wish we could get Hailey and Libby together to play sometime. I know Hailey would love it. Any plans for a trip to Utah? :)

  3. cute! she is getting so big and her hair is growing so long!