Friday, June 11, 2010

1 year olds are self-sufficient, no?

I was watching pictures scroll across my screen savor the other day and was literally amazed at the difference in my tiny girl.  Everyday she looks like the same adorable little girl. And then you compare her with even a month ago, and BAM! She is much more grown up and even more adorable than before.
Also, my 14 month old (today!) is quite independent.  Or so she thinks.

We have been dealing with communication issues – as in – she can’t communicate what she wants with us, so instead she screams, cries and otherwise throws herself on the floor.

Have I mentioned she has a flare for the drama?

We do sign with her, and she can sign to us a few words (more, eat, drink, all done, please)  We are teaching her mostly command signs – up, down, wait, stop, more, all done, please and thank you etc – and she understands almost all of them.  This is good. Unless you aren’t paying attention to her, then cue crying because MAMA and DADA are IG-NOOR-INNNGGGGG MEEEE.

She is really starting to talk. A LOOOOT.  I am greeted every morning with HHAAAIII!  Followed by MAMA  mama  MAAA MA.  she can also say: no-no (complete with head shake), bye bye, wa wa (water), keee (kitty), pretty, puppy, papa (grandpa), daddy, mo (more) and all of the other Gianna language she can come up with.  The girl never stops talking – which is incredibly adorable since she can only a few words. Not sure how adorable it will be when she starts bossing me around….

So, back to the communication problem.  She can sign and say those few things.  But she hasn’t figured out how to do so all that effectively – thus, tantrums. 
Another tuff area for us right now is discipline.  She is redirect-able and does well for her age with boundaries (knowing where she can and can not go/touch etc) but when you tell that girl NO – be prepared for 1 of 2 things. 1, she says “no no” (with head shake) while doing whatever she shouldn’t or 2. the lip quiver followed immediately by crying, then her coming over to you and burying herself in your leg until you pick her up.

We have had a few days of nonstop crying/whining/drama lately and honestly have no clue what to do about it.  Any help/advice etc is more than welcome. *wink wink*

But she is hilarious and will shut the door while playing in her playroom promptly followed by the stink eye and huge giggle when you open the door to check on her. 
It is clear - the girl thinks she is self-sufficient and at the ripe age of 14 months – can run this house all on her own. Except when she can’t open that playroom door back up on her own.

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Danifred said...

I think the 15 month to 2 year range is the most fun yet challenging of any of the stages. Let the fun (almost) begin!

PJ said...

SOooooo sweet, to be greeted by Hiiiiii every morning! What a great way that must be to start the day!

I'm by NO means an expert (heaven help me when our girls are that age). But I'll take a stab at it. I think the lip quiver or no no responses could be her testing you. Just really know what you want, and be consistent with it. If I had to guess, I'd say being consitent is probably the most powerful thing that any parent can do, and probably where a lot of problems stem from.

Jen said...

How is it that someone who's as tall as my calf can pretty much call the shots??

We are in the I-know-what-I'm-doing-but-can't-open-the-door phase too! Isn't it fantastic!?