Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Meilani Meets 17 months with Gusto!

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Meilani's actual 17-month mark was October 28, but since we were so caught up in our harvest/Halloween festivities we thought we'd record some fun milestones today. This little girl has definitely morphed into a toddler. She's now using the potty 2-3 times a day on her own. She embraces the whole process - pooping, peeing, wiping, cleaning, flushing and saying ByeBye to her friends.

A few weeks ago we converted her crib to a toddler bed and she's now sleeping (at least half the night) in her room. (Yeah, for Mama and Daddy!) Meilani's also working on lots of two-syllable words like Nigh-Night, apple, Mommy, ByeBye and cracker, to name a few of her faves.

Meilani is still bursting with energy, especially in the morning when she wakes up, stands on her bed and screams, "Da-DDY!" in all her volume. (She's a big Daddy's girl now.) She loves to splash in the bath tub and show off her moves like doing the splits and floating on her back.

Meilani is really good at that toddler favorite, "NO!" We're not sure if she always knows what it means but she sure loves to say it. She also loves helping Mama in the kitchen. "Help. Help," she tells me and jumps in on tasks like wiping tables, mixing cookie dough, and, of course, pouring the box of Trader O's all over the floor. She's also figured out the child safety locks with a simple push of her index finger. (Great!)

This month we've spent lots of time with friends (pictured in our collage), including Meilani's favorite baby, Mia Vasquez, an old friend from our Chicago neighborhood, Lin Chow, and my friend from church, Rebecca Horn, and her little ones, Jake and newborn Ally. (Yes, we're raising a social bug. It's all about the hugs.)

Today we are counting ourselves blessed parents and celebrating this little life who rules our world!

1 comment:

The Growing VM Family said...

Oh Melaini, you are such a big girl...and so smart too! You must be eating lots of flaxseed. :)

Love, Jen