Clara’s 15-month update

Our Clara girl had her 15-month appointment with her pediatrician this morning. She’s doing just great and growing really fast. She is 20 pounds… catching up with Ruby who is not quite 30 lbs. ha! She is pulling up on everything, constantly on the move and would much rather walk than crawl, which would be perfect except that she cannot walk by herself yet so I am breaking my back bending down to hold her little hands while she tries to walk. I know she’ll be taking her first steps soon… crazy!

In the meantime, her little knees and tops of her feet are all scraped up from all the crawling she does, so I discovered that if she wears my socks it gives her an extra layer of protection from the sidewalk!

Clara loves her sister Ruby. As soon as she wakes up in the morning she points at Ruby’s door – her favorite mornings are the ones when Ruby wakes up first and comes in to get her. She squeals and laughs and can’t wait to be wherever Ruby is.

She says Mama, Dada, Nana, Papa, Bye Bye, Hi, and is super determined. She knows what she wants and is more than furious if anything or anyone prevents her from getting it! She is super excited about all things hazardous, including toilets, trash cans, stairways, electrical outlets and Ryan’s shoes that have been walking around the GI division of the hospital. Talk about child proofing! This girl is keeping me busy!

We’re working on helping her learn not to chuck her food on the floor… it’s a hard lesson to learn… and a messy one! Some of her favorite foods are cottage cheese, black beans, any and every kind of fruit, macaroni, ritz crackers, graham crackers, raisins and string cheese. Hardened remnants of most of these foods can be found on the windows, wall, floor and blinds behind her chair. Its awesome.

Clara is a sweetie. A mischievous, messy, determined, danger-seeking sweetie pie. I love that I get to be Clara’s mama and I pray everyday that God will help me do it well.

Clara 1-year checkup

Clara is the most cuddly, lovey, ticklish, sneaky, little girl. She loves music, playing games, clapping, baths, peek-a-boo, passing things back and forth, putting on necklaces, eating, putting things into bowls and taking them back out, stealing whatever Ruby was just playing with, and being generally mysterious a lot of the time.

I can tell already that I’m going to have to read more books to figure out how to discipline her well – currently she knows not to do things certain things, like drop her food on the floor, but she looks at me with mischievous sparkly eyes, chucks some food on the floor, then thinks it’s the most hilarious thing when I squeeze her hand and sternly say “no no Clara, we do not drop our food.” She throws her head back and laughs and laughs and chucks another handful of food on the floor. She’s a snickelfritz.

I took Clara to her 1-year checkup on Tuesday… a month late (mom of the year award). Her eyes seem to be staying blue and she’s got 2 teeth on the bottom with a few about to break through on the top. She’s 19 pounds, 50th percentile for weight and 30th for height. She got high scores in all the categories except gross motor – pretty much she’s perfectly content sitting around letting Ruby bring her whatever she wants. In other words, she’s barely crawling, not really cruising or scootching, pulling up occasionally, not scaling furniture, or walking yet. She’s in what I like to call “The Sprinkler” phase, where she just spins herself around and around in circles (always clockwise). Its pretty funny. Our pediatrician said everything is great and she’ll take off when she’s ready. I’m in no hurry.

Everyday I am thankful for Clara. I pick her up out of her bed in the morning and can’t help but breathe her in. She’s incredibly precious. I love the age she is, I love the wonderment in her eyes, I love the way she interacts with Ruby and the way she fiercely holds her ground. One of my most favorite things about Clara is that she LOVES her daddy so much. When she hears Ryan open the front door after work she gets all excited and can’t wait to catch his eye. She’s his little buddy and he makes her laugh and giggle more than anyone can.

Rubyisms / 3-Year Check-Up

I’ll tell you one thing that is not easy. Getting a urine sample from a 3-year old.

I took Ruby to the pediatrician for her 3-year checkup this week and when I signed her in the receptionist handed me a little cup and said, “do you know what this is for?” I was like, “uhhh…?” She told me it was to get a urine sample and I kid you not, I had no idea they were talking about Ruby.

“What? I’m supposed to get this from her? Like, you want ME to do it?” She was not kidding around. So I took deep breaths as I maneuvered our double stroller down the hall to the bathroom.

Ruby could not have been more horrified that I was holding a cup under her – she was so concerned about making it into the cup she started screaming (which sounds extra loud in a tile bathroom) , “I CAN’T PUSH IT OUT!” and I said, “Don’t push silly, just let it out and I’ll catch it.” The she yelled, “NO YOU CAN’T DO IT! I CAN’T GET IT OUT! GET IT AWAY FROM ME!” over and over. It didn’t go well. So after a good 10 minutes of “trying” I pulled up her shorts, put her one shoe back on (since she is in the stage where she has to completely straddle the toilet which requires removal of half of her clothing) washed hands and we headed back out the waiting area. By this time I was all sweaty from being in the hot bathroom and my hair was messed up on top where Ruby had been holding it as a handle while she “attempted” to pee, Clara (who had witnessed all of this from her stroller) was getting a little fed up with the shenanigans and Ruby was back to her (happily skipping around, greeting all the people in the waiting room) self.

It’s always funny taking her to see the doctor (or anywhere in public) because there is no end to what could potentially come out of Ruby’s mouth at any given time. Here are some recent “Rubyisms”

  • She loves people. Ryan says she is a totally unfiltered version of me when it comes to socialization. She will spot someone and say, “Here comes my friend! I need to talk to them!” or “But where are more people for me to talk to?”
  • Every morning the first thing she says when she wakes up is, “What are we doing today mom?” Then I’ll say something like, “We are going to the post office!” and she gets all excited and says, “Oh, won’t that be fun?”
  • A typical answer to any question could be, “Because everything is happening!”
  • Lately, anytime people talk to her in public (like in the line at the grocery store) Ruby will turn to me and say, “I talked to the old lady.” Unfortunately, most of the women she is referring to are far from old, or just on the verge of being concerned about coming across as old… so that’s a bit of an issue. I think she says it because in the Babar books the “Old Lady” is one of the main characters.  Its pretty funny.
  • She lets me know that its “Half-O-Clock” all the time. “It’s half-o-clock Mama!”
  • When we were at the cottage with Ryan’s parents, she took a walk down to the lake with her Papa and once they got out there she said to him, “Finally, no more interruptions!”
  • One of her frequently used statements is, “Well, I guess that answers that question.”
  • She is super encouraging, often saying, “Good job Mama! You did it!” when I do things like turn on the light, pour a glass of water, open a drawer, close the garage door, etc.

At her 3-year checkup we found out she weighs 28 pounds (which takes her up to the 25th percentile! yay!) She is exactly 3-feet tall (also 25th percentile) and everything is wonderful!

She LOVES her “Baby Clara Girl” and is always very aware of what Clara might be needing or wanting or trying to say. Ruby’s favorite thing is “just making baby Clara Girl laugh mommy!” Such sweetie pies.