All about Kathryn (15 months old)

October 2009

October 2009

Nicknames: Katy, Katydid, Baby, Itty Bit (shortened from Itty Bitty Baby, which started as Itty Bitty Baby Girl), Little Miss, Sweet Pea, Miss Kathryn Ann

Kathryn is about 31″ tall and weighs about 24 lbs right now – which means she is a pretty average size for her age.  It’s almost weird to have a child wearing clothes made for children her own age (as opposed to her siblings, who are a size or two ahead).  She had 4 teeth on her birthday but now has 8 (only two on the bottom, though).  She puts everything in her mouth!  Food, socks, shoes, toys, rocks (I have to watch her very closely outside!), chalk, crayons, nightlights, bananas (with the peel still on)… those are fun to mush into the carpet, too…

She loves her family.  Mommy, of course, is a favorite.  Jonathan has long been a good playmate and can make her laugh better than anyone else.  Recently that special bond with Jonathan has been joined (maybe even partially replaced) by a bond with Emma.  Kathryn loves to play with Emma and now calls her by name.  As much as I love hearing “Mama” and “Dada,” I think “Emma” is my favorite word from her.  :)  She says about 4 words now.  She also signs “all done,” though this sign can get a little confused with the “I’m excited” signal of flailing her arms.  Trying to figure out the difference between those two can get a little hard during meal times.

And speaking of meal times, Kathryn loves grapes, carrots, green beans, bread, cheese, oatmeal, and anything she can pull down on herself from the table.  She also likes oatmeal square cereal bits and peas.  Surprisingly, she really likes peppers.  That’s surprising because neither Bryan nor I like them much at all and I actually gave her some from a meal I was having problems eating myself.  She loved it and I couldn’t feed it to her fast enough (and so let out a piercing scream between each bite – we’re trying to get her to stop that…).  She is not so keen on cheerios anymore, nor corn, and very much enjoys throwing those on the floor.  She also doesn’t like her bibs and can be quite fast at removing them when she wants to.

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Raiding the desk

Raiding the book shelf

and the bookcase

Pulling out wet wipes

Pulling out wet wipes

Kathryn is very curious. She loves to empty drawers and cupboards and gets a special kick out of pulling the kitchen towels down.  She also seems drawn to the dishwasher detergent and the “Kids and Pets” carpet cleaner, and finds a special joy in splashing in the toilet.  Needless to say, we try to keep the bathroom doors closed around here.  She also enjoys pulling books off the shelves and (currently) eating them if I’m not fast enough to stop her first.  And she seems to find it hilarious to pull the glasses off my face.

She also loves to put herself into things and I’ve found her a number of times sitting in a drawer or toy container after having emptied it.  She would be quite content just sitting there for a while.  Unfortunately, this “empty and sit” tendency has created some tension between her and the older two when they are trying to clean up (or build something).  She wants to be with them, but they want a baby-free area.  I’ve had to chastise Jonathan a few times for locking Kathryn in her room just so he and Emma could go play in his.  But in spite of these problems, Kathryn adores her siblings and loves to follow them around and do whatever they are doing.

October 2009

October 2009

Kathryn loves to climb.  She has completely mastered our stairs and comes down them just as frog-like as Emma did.  She has recently learned to climb onto couches and proudly plants herself down once she’s climbed up.  This has caused me to need to find a new place to keep papers “out of Kathryn’s reach” as the back of the love seat is no longer good enough.  She also loves to climb onto stools and at least once has made it impossible for Emma to brush her teeth because Kathryn had control of the necessary stool (while happily reaching for the soap).  She also seems to love climbing into the van.  We had a small play area in our garage for a few weeks and I allowed the children to play there when Bryan was gone.  One time Emma decided to get something out of the van (leaving the door open) and then come inside.  When she came out of the garage without Kathryn I went to go get the babe and was surprised to find her not with the play area.  Only after puzzling a bit did I see her little grin from between the front two seats of the van.  She now rushes toward the van whenever she sees the door open and takes great pride in getting herself to that position.

Not surprisingly, she hates being held still.  She is impatient when I dress her and even more so when I need to change her diaper.  I’ve even had to resort to holding her arms down with my feet while I change the diaper.  It gets pretty interesting.  She also has a fit half the time when we’re trying to get her into her carseat.

Playtime (October 2009)

Playtime (October 2009)

She is generally quite happy, especially when she gets her usual naps (10ish to 1ish and then another 2 hour nap in the afternoon).  We know when she is tired because her eyes get red (and have done that since she was a baby).  If she gets really tired (like at church) she’ll flop herself onto the ground and drop her head forward onto the floor.  It’s sad, but actually pretty funny to watch (as long as she doesn’t hurt herself doing it).  When on a bed she loves to fall back onto pillows.

She grins a lot and is quite ticklish – on her feet, ribs, neck, etc.  She has a very adorable laugh.  :)  She has been cutting some molars recently, however, which has brought out a not so pleasant screamer.  She has a very bossy “angry scream.”   She seems to be developing quite a strong personality and can be quite insistent when she wants something.

Kathryn is not fond of babysitters.  In fact, we had some friends stop in for a quick visit tonight and Kathryn immediately ran for Bryan and started crying.  Thankfully she accepts both of us as her parents and doesn’t usually have a fit when I leave her with Bryan to go run errands.

Early running - she's much faster now!

Early running - she's much faster now!

She loves the outdoors.  This has caused some issues at times when I need to be doing something but am allowing Jonathan and Emma to play outside together (under rules to stay where I can see them, etc).  Kathryn will stand at the window and watch them, then bolt for the door any time either one comes in or goes out.  And once outside, she runs.  She runs either straight toward the road or bee-lines across our driveway, across our yard barrier, through our neighbor’s driveway, and so on until we catch her.  And catching her is no longer an easy thing.  She is very fast.

Some other little tidbits – she enjoys choosing an outfit (I usually present two choices and she touches one), playing the piano, chewing on Bryan’s old cell phone, and reaching for and pulling down anything on the table or computer desk.  She has recently started showing interest in a baby doll.  I hope that continues – I love seeing little ones care for their dolls!  She also loves the kitchen garbage.  Yet another place we have to watch her very carefully.  She knows how to open the gate in front of the kitchen but thankfully has not figured out how to unlock it – so we’re OK as long as it stays locked.  She loves baths (which are a great excuse for sibling playtime).

And now for the rest of the more recent pictures:

Part of a photo shoot the week after her birthday. The occasion - I actually got something in her hair. The one and only time thus far it is happened.

Part of a photo shoot the week after her birthday. The occasion - I actually got something in her hair. The one and only time thus far it is happened.

And thus starts the eating montage - here she is chomping on a pen lid, I think, having already tried the head band in her other hand.

And thus starts the eating montage - here she is chomping on a pen lid, I think, having already tried the head band in her other hand.

... a "clapper" toy ...

... a "clapper" toy ...

... a toy vacuum hose ...

... a toy vacuum hose ...

... and a hula hoop. Just a small selection of the many things she will put in her mouth.

... and a hula hoop. Just a small selection of the many things she will put in her mouth.

Halloween:

She was a bat for Halloween, and amazingly had no problem with the ears' headband.

She was a bat for Halloween, and amazingly had no problem with the ears' headband.

Giving Mommy hugs. :)

Giving Mommy hugs. :)

Playtime with Mommy:

I'd put the hat on my head, she'd take it off.

I'd put the hat on my head, she'd take it off.

Then I'd put it on her head.

Then I'd put it on her head.

She thought that was great.

She thought that was great.

(Showing off for Daddy here)

(Showing off for Daddy here)

Then she'd take it off. So I'd put it back on my head.

Then she'd take it off. So I'd put it back on my head.

The game ended when she decided the hat was no longer interesting enough - she wanted the glasses.

The game ended when she decided the hat was no longer interesting enough - she wanted the glasses.

And that’s Kathryn for you.  :)

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6 Responses to “All about Kathryn (15 months old)”

  1. It is so great to be able to read about your family. I enjoy it thoroughly. But it makes me feel a little lonesome. Maybe Emma just likes the “bears” because she likes to feel that children can do things as well as adults. And it is hard to be a middle child. Jonathan sounds like a great kid. And Kathryn is growing so fast and has all the makings of a beauty! Thank you for making the time to write this blog. Love, Gramma

  2. I’m glad I was finally able to get this posted! I hope to do one for Emma and Jonathan soon, too. And I completely agree – I am blessed with very good children! :)

    It is so nice to be able to share these things with you using the blog, though I do wish we could get together in person. I do hope to be able to visit you someday (or maybe fly you out to visit here so the children don’t overtake your home) – I’m not sure when that will happen, but it is a hope! :)

  3. Oh – and I must add that I forgot two works she says – “bye, bye” and “uh-oh”. I think “baby” is coming along, too. :)

  4. I love the cute bow she is wearing! :)

  5. I believe that came from you, Chelsey. :) I forgot to mention that that Sunday photo shoot was actually in honor of the bow – it was the first (and only thus far) time that I was able to actually do her hair. :)

  6. She’s soo adorable!! I can’t believe she’s walking!!

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