Jayla is now 17 months old. This is how old Jordyn was when Jayla was born! It's fun to think about all of the similarities and differences between the two. We are curious to see how Jayla will handle having a baby join our family. (Any day now!)
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The only way we could get Jayla to take pictures for us was to play peek-a-boo. As soon as we got the camera out, this is what she did ...
What is new with Jayla?
... weighs about 28 pounds, wears size 3 diapers, and mostly 24-month clothes. She still has some 18-month outfits that fit, and some of the smaller 2T clothes fit her too.
... is really increasing her vocabulary and talking a lot! We absolutely love it when she says I love you. It melts our heart. Some of her other favorite things to say right now are Thank You, Night Night, book, ball, boat, Daddy, Mommy, Bompa (Grandpa), and puppy. She has many more words that she can say, but these are some of her favorites! We love that she has figured out that she has two grandpas - and she knows to call them both Bompa, which is exactly how Jordyn said Grandpa when she was little!
... is working on counting! If we say "one" she will say "ooh, eee" for two and three. I can also count to ten and have her repeat each number.
... has about 8 teeth. I say "about" because some are not all the way in yet.
... makes sounds and does actions for cows, horses, elephants, lions, bears, tigers, and monkeys. My favorite is when she does the lion. :)
... yells "mine" repeatedly if she looking for her paci. We know if she cries in the middle of the night and is yelling "mine" we need to start searching for the paci in her crib!
... is doing so much better with sleep! We had a little rough patch again, but now she is back to sleeping well. We're keeping our fingers crossed that this will continue, especially after the new baby arrives! Jayla goes to sleep at about 7:30 and sleeps until 6:00 when we wake her up to get ready for school. She loves to have music playing through the night, and she has figured out how to turn her CD player on each night.
... has a bit of an attachment issue with Mommy right now. This has created a little stress for me. Knock on wood, we have had some better days recently, but the last couple of months have been quite challenging at times. Jayla wants me to hold her the second I pick her up at daycare until hours later. I often have to battle to put her in the car seat, because she wants me to hold her. Not only is that a challenge to a normal person, imagine having a huge stomach with a very strong 17-month old kicking and throwing them self out of the car seat. She often cries most of the ride home. Then she wants me told hold her the second we are home. The weird thing is that she wants me to stand in the kitchen and hold her. She doesn't want to sit on the couch with me or play on the floor ... she wants me to stand in the kitchen and hold her. I offer her food/drink, toys to play with, books to read ... it doesn't work. Again, imagine being 8 months pregnant trying to hold a 28 pound little girl. It is physically and mentally exhausting! So - I'm hoping that since we've had a few good days without the screaming and the need to be held, we are heading in the right direction! :) I know that Baby J's arrival may send us back in to an attachment issue.
... made it through the entire church service today without needing to leave, without single tear, and hardly a single sound. She was so content coloring, eating her snack, and watching a little boy next to us. Yay!
... loves to try and repeat everything we do or say. Today I was telling Jordyn to yell "Go Raiders Go" ... Jayla was jumping up and down shouting "Go go go go go go!" She was so proud of herself!
... loves to color, enjoys reading books, likes to play basketball and soccer, and loves the park.
Happy 17-Months, Jayla!