Alice: 13 Months

Apparently, I won’t be getting any better with posting Allie’s monthly updates in a timely manner in her second year! She is closer to 14 months than 13 now, but I’m sharing anyway…

In the past couple of weeks Allie has officially become a walker. Literally, from one minute to the next, she went from taking a few tentative steps and falling on her butt to striding across the room. Her stiff-legged style has earned her the nickname “Franken-Baby.” It’s adorable. Of course, now that she can get into everything, she is more of a hurricane than before. Most days involve following her around the house, while she takes toys out of bins and books off the shelves, proudly leaving a trail of debris in her wake.

A is the proud owner of her first pair of real shoes, and although she cries when we first put them on her in the mornings, she doesn’t try to pull them off. This shocks me, given the fact that socks don’t stand a chance of staying on her feet (She’s been like that since she was a newborn, and I love glancing to the back of the car when we are driving and seeing those tiny toes sticking up from her rear-facing seat).

A has developed the obsession with Elmo that all toddlers inexplicably have, but kitties are her true love.  She applies the term to anything with four legs and a tail (including squirrels and poor Tracy). She will basically maul any cat of the stuffed variety and can spot the toy versions of our feline friends on the highest shelves in the store. I call her the “Crazy Cat Lady”

Other new words this month include “a-den (again), mailman and rub. The latter she definitely picked up from her sister, who loves to have her arms and legs rubbed. Sometimes, during dinner, they both beg me to rub while I’m sitting between them, which makes eating a challenge!

Alice still loves food, and although teething continues to be slow going, she now has six teeth (with the addition of two more at the top), to chew things with. Blueberries and bananas seem to be her favorite fruits—I have had to stop eating the latter in front of her, because she’ll end up yelling “I det (get) dat (that)!” and I have to give up at least half of it. Now that she’s getting more mobile—and vocal—she’ll often open up the kitchen cabinet and point inside, demanding “cack-ers.” At dinner, we pretty much give her whatever we’re eating, and it’s nice to have someone who doesn’t reject things like salmon and black beans…at least for now.

Now that Alice is more mobile and vocal, the interactions between her and B have become even more adorable. A definitely wants to keep up with—and do—everything that her big sister is doing. I mentioned in B’s update that she is in an arts and crafts phase, so Alice now loves crayons (and she is actually quite skilled at scribbling with them, for someone who is only over a year old!) and stickers, too. My particular favorite is when they dance together because it’s basically an exercise in extremes—B twirls around the room like a ballerina, while A stays in one place bouncing up and down like the awkward uncle at a wedding.

I can’t think of a good way to sum up Alice’s personality—so, I’ll just say it’s big. In social situations, she will usually start out with a serious face, while she assesses the situation, but once she is comfortable, she is generally the loudest person in the room. If she likes something that you did, she won’t hesitate to squeal with laughter to the point where she can’t catch her breath; if she is annoyed with you, she won’t hesitate to claw you across the face. There is no middle ground. I don’t think anyone will ever look at her and think “I wonder what she is thinking.” With Alice, you always know!

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