Fifteen Months!

I’m not sure how long the monthly updates will continue, but for now the Duck outfits still fit – so here’s what’s happening these days —

Two of the words that best describe the girls at 15 months are “words” and “woes”!
Every day it seems, they learn a new word to use correctly. In fact, I find myself tempted to lie on our questionnaire at the doctor’s office tomorrow, so that Dr. B will believe me! πŸ™‚ When I answer that they know 15-20 words each instead of 3-6, I almost guarantee that – despite how well he knows Kyle and I – I’m going to be chalked up as one of those moms who hears “antidisestablishmentarianism” when her child actually says “hrmphsfir”. πŸ™‚ Lest I forget though, here are some of the things we hear on a daily basis, from two of the sweetest voices I know: up, down, bye bye, hi, mama, dada, dog, fish(y), shoes, hat, sit, dance, eat, water, all done, more, book, cup, ball, baby… and of course “Cinderwewella”! I know that their gender, genetics (seriously – do you know their mom?), etc have a lot to do with their development, but when it comes to language I can’t say enough good things about baby sign, and how much I think it has helped. It gave them a head start, in my opinion, on the idea that everything has a word that describes it, and continues to drive home meanings. I will even go so far as to say the words they pick up the fastest (and vocalize) are words that they also sign, often learning the sign at the same time.
Anyway, enough about that. If you are interested in the whole signing thing, I would be more than happy to talk your ear off about it if you ask! πŸ™‚
Onto the “woes”…
I alluded in a recent post about one of Elise’s strange fears (the Chicken Little preview). Avery’s are even sillier, although of course I don’t tell her that! πŸ˜‰ Today at Kids First, I officially confirmed that she is, in fact, afraid of elevators and guitars. The first is especially rough, considering I am never in a position to take the stairs instead of the elevator, with two one-year-olds. The second is just funny to us! We have acoustic guitars here that she used to love playing/exploring. Troy has been staying with us the first part of this month and brought his electric guitar, and Avery acted like it’s sole purpose of being in her house was to torture small children. She has continued to be utterly terrified of the guitar toy at McDonald’s, and today the ukelele at music class. A ukelele! Kyle and I often discuss when listening to music that ukelele=happiness. πŸ™‚ I can’t even begin to understand this fear, so I’m just hoping it passes quickly. At least a guitar (or similar) is not something we absolutely have to face on a regular basis!
They continue to love playing with their Disney figurines, dancing, reading, and kissing on stuffed animals and baby dolls. They enjoy emulating grown up “tasks” like dressing themselves (mostly feeble attempts except for their crocs, which they can put on themselves), rocking a baby doll, brushing their teeth and hair, etc. We’re working on several animal sounds, and they’re doing a great job picking them up. Hopefully we’ll get video soon, especially of Avery’s buzzing like a bee, and Elise’s “Roar!” (which is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself!)
Otherwise, life is just crazy busy (and crazy!) with these two on-the-go girls. They have mastered running, throwing things, and fighting… but they also spend lots of time each day sharing, giving one another hugs and kisses, and picking up their toys (it’s a game!). They are so very sweet, and I cherish each day with them!


  1. yay for baby signs! what program/ dvd did you use?? And when did you start?? How long before they picked up on it?? We started a few signs with Owen about a month ago. How consistent were you????

  2. We actually didn’t use a program, we just worked with them. If I recall correctly we started at around 6 or 7 months, and it took probably 7 or 8 weeks to sink in. I had just done it with some kids I worked with in the past, so I felt comfortable teaching them. Mostly, we just started with one sign at a time (“more”) and did the sign and emphasized the word whenever possible, including sometimes doing “hand over hand” (using our hands to make them sign it)…. it’s really easier to chat about than write out, but hopefully that answers some questions. I did talk to someone recently and recommend the baby sign book in the Complete Idiot’s Guide (I think). It’s mostly a dictionary that Kyle really likes, but I think it touches on when to start, etc. I have a friend who just started with her 9 month old and she’s catching on pretty well. It’s so cool though, to see when it “clicks”. As soon as they understand “Oh, when you DO that thing with your hands it MEANS something”…. then they start picking them up even more quickly. Email me if you have more questions, and I’ll try and formulate a more coherent response! πŸ™‚

  3. I had forgotten how much bigger Elise was than Avery! More surprising than their outfits fitting is that you managed to get them to sit still long enough for their growth pictures πŸ˜‰ Of course we all knew they would be smart little girls.

  4. What’s so funny, is I think she’s still almost the same 1lb larger, give or take… it just looks so different on 20lbs than on 5! πŸ™‚ And on the other front, believe me when I say it was no small task getting them to sit still. I think it took 30 minutes and about 60 pictures, and you see I still came up with very little! πŸ˜›

  5. (And you should have also known they’d be talkative little girls! ;))

  6. My grandbabies are just way too cute!

  7. How do you get the girls to pick up their toys? You said it is a game?! I have tried singing the “barney” song and showing them, but they just don’t get it or care to join in. Love to hear what you guys do!

  8. Oh Stacy, I wish it were a game like that that I could share! I mostly meant that it’s something they enjoy doing on their own – as in, throughout the day they will randomly start putting all of their Disney figures away, saying “bye bye” to them, etc. (And then, of course, dump them out and repeat). I honestly don’t know what we did to get them to do that, other than just picking up the toys with them and making a big deal out of it every night until they start helping – lots of applause, happy voices, etc πŸ™‚ It took several days, but now it’s habit. We’ll see how long it lasts πŸ˜‰ Good luck!