Maisie turned 15 months on Wednesday.
Maisie’s biggest accomplishment this month was that she started walking!!!! She had taken a step here and there but we had never seen her take more than one. On April 25th, Lori called me from preschool and said she was taking a couple of steps at a time so she sent me a video. From then until May 5th, she would take a few steps at a time but she would always fall forwards. It appeared she was trying to drag her toes as she walked and she was also trying to go too fast. This past weekend we went to my mom and dad’s and when we got home, it was like a light turned on for her. She started lifting up her feet (instead of dragging her toes) and took 10-12 steps at a time. We were clapping and cheering like crazy for her and she just kept on going. The whole time she was walking, she was carrying something in one of her hands so it must have helped with her balance. Since Sunday she has been taking more and more steps in a row, but she is not a full-time walker quite yet. She gets so excited and even cheers for herself!
Maisie LOVES sleeping! She often sleeps till 8 or 9am on the weekends. Last weekend when we were at Granny Joy’s, she woke up around 6am and we didn’t get out of bed until 8:45am! She laid in the crib the entire time playing with the stuffed animals. I dozed off a couple of times, but I really don’t think she slept any more. She just loves being in bed! She usually takes a 2-3 hour nap on the weekends but sometimes they go even longer. She practically begs to go to bed at night. Micah thinks it is hilarious because he can carry her in the room and she tries to get out of his arms to get in the bed! I definitely got what I prayed for with a baby that likes to sleep!
She is still using a pacifier at night time and for naps. As soon as I get her up, she throws the paci back in the crib. She went through a couple day stage where she wanted to keep it, her blanket, and her pillow pet, so I had to let her eat with them!
Maisie has finally decided that she likes milk and will drink a cup of it at a time. She still eats decently well. I gave her ketchup for the first time this past month and now she is obsessed with it. Any time she sees it on our plate, she goes crazy for it! We got her a high chair that attaches to our table so it is fun for her to get to eat with us each night. Maisie does not know the difference between her car seat and her high chair! Every time she gets in her car seat, she thinks she has got to eat something (because I give her and Ryan snacks in the afternoons). She cries her little eyes out if she doesn’t get food in the car!
She has gained several new teeth this month, most being her molars, which caused her to be quite cranky at times. I’m writing this while she is asleep, but I think she has 10-12 teeth now? (I will update it when I get the nerve to open her mouth wide enough to see for sure!).
She has pretty much moved up to the 18-month classroom at preschool. She had a couple of biting instances and they decided to separate her and the girl she was biting, so they try to keep her in the older classroom when they can. I think that helped a lot with her walking because all the kids in that class walk and none of the ones in the baby class did. Maisie is doing well in the bigger class. She even gets to sleep on a mat! They have told me that they think she sleeps better on it than she did in her crib.
Maisie signs ‘more’ and ‘please’ all the time. She’s basically saying the same words as she was last month, but has increased her use of ‘whoa!’ since she is walking and falling down a lot! Every time she falls she says ‘whoa!” Love it!
We always ask her, “Maisie, are you cute?” and every time she answers, “Yeah”! At least she tells the truth!
I know I say this every month, but I am so at awe at how much stuff she understands. One of my favorite things right now is that she lays down in the floor when I tell her it is time to change her diaper!
Maisie knows the proper way to get off of the couch and chairs.
Maisie knows where her belly is and loves showing it off when we ask about it.
She loves to rock. She scares me a lot of the time because she gets going so fast!
She went through a very needy stage for a couple of weeks. There was one weekend when I held her almost the entire weekend because she would scream if I put her down. One evening, Micah and Ryan were fishing and I was trying to make homemade pizza. I had to put her down to prepare the dough and she cried so hard that I literally thought she was going to throw up. I felt horrible but there was nothing I could do for her at the time. When I was done, I picked her up and she started making a gagging sound and putting her hands to her mouth. I put a towel under her in case she got sick, but after a couple of minutes she finally calmed down. Isn’t this face pitiful?!
Maisie loves to act like she is talking on the phone. She grabs my phone, puts it up to her ear, and jabbers away. I really don’t know how she knows what talking on the phone even is because I never get to talk on it!
Miss Ashley has started fixing Maisie’s hair occasionally at preschool and I love it! Here are her first pigtails:
And here she is with another cute do:
I was surprised that Maisie would sit still to get this done, but Ashley says that she does really well. I have actually got to fix her hair a couple of times myself, even though I need lots of practice to make it look as cute as Ashley does!
When we went to Branson, we stayed at a hotel with an indoor pool. I thought Maisie would love the water since she loves (or used to love) bath time so much. She didn’t hate the water, but didn’t love it either … I think it might have been a bit too cold for her, though. Here is a picture of her wearing her cute little swimsuit:
We spent a couple of weekends in a row with Becky and Maisie loves her Aunt Becky! While at Branson, she would have rather had Aunt Becky hold her than mommy or daddy!
Here Maisie is enjoying cake at Ethan’s birthday party:
Maisie loves to play in the cabinets still. The other day she was in one of the non-childproof cabinets (we only have two that are childproofed because of chemicals and glass pans). I forgot there were some glass bowls in there and, of course, she found one and threw it on the ground. Thankfully both Micah and I were close by and were able to grab her and get it cleaned up before she was injured.
Maisie is not a huge fan of baths anymore. She doesn’t necessarily hate them, but is usually ready to get out as soon as she gets in. Here she is reading a book right after bath time – Love!
Here are her 15-month pictures:
I love this spunky little girl more and more every day! I think I could sit in the floor all day long and watch her learn to walk - it’s one of the cutest stages for me. I can already tell that Maisie is going to be full of personality (and maybe a little hard-headiness)! I can not wait to see the girl she becomes! Happy 15 months!!