Isabella is 23 Months!

So much has happened over the last six months, I’m so excited to share some of the recent happenings and #toddlermilestones with all of you! In My last post (prior to my hiatus) our sweet baby girl, Isabella, had just turned 18 months and I remember being amazed then with how much she had grown.

When I look at her now, at almost 2 years old, I’m astonished by the level of independence she’s showing. She talks A LOT! She seems to have gotten the hang of forming more complex sentences and her “parroting” skills ( her ability to hear words and/or phrases and repeat it perfectly) are awe-inspiring, to say the very least. The phrase I hear most often these days is “Mama, let me do it!” I hear it when we’re getting dressed for school, mealtimes and last, but certainly not least, when she’s using her potty. She wants to do everything on her own. The good thing is she does ask for help if she needs it by simply saying “help me”!

Speaking of independence, both my husband and I attribute some of her advancements to her new school environment. Late August we enrolled Isabella into a private Montessori school. The decision to change our childcare provider was a fairly easy one to make, as we both wanted a learning environment that could meet her where she is with developmental appropriate activities and expectations in the classroom. Let me tell you, best decision EVER! Isabella is truly thriving: learning, growing and of course playing. We’ve seen such a boost in her confidence, though there are still occasions when she’s a little unsure of herself or somewhat hesitant to do something. I find those occasions are becoming fewer and far between as she’s “using her words” to tell us what she might be feeling or what it is that she wants, she usually just asks for help.

Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:

In July we took the kids to Disney Springs. We were so excited because it was our first time going together as a family. We loved watching the kids’ eyes light up as they looked around at all the different sights and hearing Isabella squeal with excitement each time she saw a character she recognized! We had such an awesome time, we’ve gone back 2-3 more times.

img_5859

img_5862

Isabella’s first day at her new school. OMG…Looking back, I still can’t believe I cried that much! Baby girl did too, which I had expected. Fortunately, those tears only lasted for a few short minutes after drop off in the mornings and she’s all smiles for the rest of the day! She adjusted extremely well.

Isabella’s first day at school

She’s has also made some great strides in the potty-training department…YAY! She’s using the potty pretty regularly both at home and at school. She’s even gone commando a few times with minimal accidents.

Mid September Isabella’s grandparents surprised her with this red Radio Flyer tricycle! So sweet of them 🙂  She loves riding around their house.

her first Radio Flyer

img_5952

riding around in Grandma’s kitchen

Last month I posted on Instagram this adorable pic of the kids at Lukas Nursery in Oviedo.They loved the hayride around the beautifully decorated property, live music and the super fun scavenger hunt.

Isabella’s school also celebrated the season by hosting their Annual Harvest Festival. The kids looked so adorable during their Hat Parade for all the parents. Here are a  few pictures of her and her classmates.

Meow

img_6250

“hand-on everybody”

img_6252

Follow the leader for the Hat Parade

 

Thanks so much to each and every one of you who have read my blog and supported me throughout this amazing journey of motherhood. I’m forever grateful! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Advertisements

Isabella Frances is 18 Months + SoFL’s Flamingo Gardens

Isabella officially turned a year and a half on Wednesday #toddlermilestone! The saying is really true, time flies when you’re having fun! There have been a few moments most recently, where I catch myself looking at her in sheer amazement at how much she’s grown in the last few months. I guess I’m still in disbelief that Isabella is a toddler! In another six months she’ll be 2.  I. CAN’T!

I’m also noticing as she gets older, it’s nearly impossible to get photos of her (especially if you ask, she usually laughs and runs away) so I’m sharing photos from our weekend trip to Flamingo Gardens in south Florida as part of her 18 month update.

Isabella at Flamingo Gardens

image

We’re continuing to be blown away by the development of Isabella’s language skills. The girl can be a little chatterbox (wonder where she gets that from) at times. She’s already repeating little phrases and short sentences.

New Words & Phrases:

Please and Thank you

Let’s go bye-bye/outside!

Dame puño = fist bump

fix it!

milk (sounds more like mitz or miltz)

catch it!

ojos = eyes (she says them both)

feet

la casa = house

we’re here!

where are you?

Cheerios

inside

don’t cry (sounds like don’t kai)

wait!

meow

flowers

happy

car seat

seat belt

spoon

doggie foods

I’m sorry, mama

take/turn it off

soup

She started to copy us when we sing songs—she will sing the same notes as us and it’s absolutely adorable. Her favorite songs are “if you’re happy and you know it, wheels on the bus, twinkle, twinkle little star…she can do the actions for all of the songs too— it’s adorable— she rubs her eyes with her little fists for “the babies on the bus go wa wa wa”.

image

image

Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:

She’s still pretty shy in new situations but sometimes she surprises us—she hams it up if she’s in the right mood. In the grocery store she always waves and says “bye-bye” as we’re checking out and leaving.

Though she’s still a very good eater, she’s demanding when it comes to what she’ll eat and when. She’s ALWAYS in the mood for bananas, doesn’t matter what time of day (or night) it is. She’s even had full on meltdowns a few times when we didn’t have them. Needless to say,we try to make sure we always have a few in the house.

She answers questions with yes or no all the time now.

She knows her colors now and correctly identifies them most of the time.

She has also mastered the fake cry and dramatic meltdown when she doesn’t get what she wants.

She loves stickers! She likes to put them on herself, toys, books, etc.

imageimageimageimage

image

one of my fave daddy daughter photos

I’m going to start giving more sporadic updates now that we are in full-on toddler mode, maybe every three months or so, but I’m so happy I kept up with her updates so I can look back on them. She has changed so much, it has truly been a gift to watch her grow and develop.

I hope you had a great weekend! We had so much fun at the Flamingo Gardens, definitely check it out if you’re ever in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. During summer months, I recommend going in the morning or evening hours when the humidity isn’t as bad. Thanks again for reading!

Save

Isabella Frances: 15 Months!

  
 
I love documenting Isabella’s progress each month and sharing all of the new things she’s up to.She’s doing so much these days that I’ve started to keep a list on my iPhone so I can remember everything for these monthly posts.   

The days of Isabella crying when I leave her at daycare are becoming fewer and far between. Though she’s still clings to me when we initially walk into her classroom, she’s all smiles and giggles once she’s greeted by her teachers and friends. She almost always gives me a great big hug and blows me a kiss before saying “bye bye”. She just loves her little class, her teachers and her friends. 

   
     

She’s learning so much every day and I’m always surprised by the new things she’s doing and saying. It was just yesterday when I picked her up from daycare, as I walk into her classroom I hear her telling her teacher “se acabó” as she claps her hands. Sure enough, she heard one of her teachers say it and she was repeating it back. It was just too cute and so unexpected when she said it. Love moments like these. 

Here are Isabella’s 15 month updates:

Height/Weight: Isabella is about 32.5 inches tall and about 32lbs. She’s just about done wearing size 4 diapers and transitioning into size 5.   Diet: Isabella has always been a good eater from day one and now that she’s an active toddler, her appetite has increased. She tries to eat your food when she’s done hers and doesn’t want anyone else to eat if she’s not eating. Bottom line: my girl likes to eat.

Favorite Moments, Memories & Milestones:
   

   
Likes playing with my necklaces…likes even more, wearing them herself 

Imitates everything, gives high fives

Can point/touch every area of her face and body when we ask “where are Isabella’s hands? where are your eyes? show mommy your belly button? touch your feet! etc

Loves to dance — I play music and pick her up then we dance in the mirror like 2 silly girls

Can sign “more,” “please,” “milk,” and “all done.” Go-figure, she learns the food related signs first

Can correctly identify/point to items when asked (show mama the duck. where is the ball? where is the frog?)

Loves Elmo! She enjoys watching and dancing with him when we watch Sesame Street. 

Still HATES having her diaper changed most of the time. Not too long ago Isabella told me “no pamper mama,”which prompted hubs and I to buy a potty to “let her practice” as suggested by my mom. In Jamaica, where she grew up, babies start potty-training young as children there start school at two years old, unlike here in the States where they start at four. I figured it’s better to start now, especially since she’s expressed an interest.  

Says mama, dada and daddy (so adorbable), quack quack, woof, socks and shoes, apple, be quiet (or quiet when the dog barks), grandma and grandpa (or papa, it varies), bubbles, Up!, NO, uh-oh!…and a few other things I can’t understand. She also said purple recently. She says “agua” for water, and“jugo” for juice too.

Does actions for “itsy bitsy spider,” “if you’re happy and you know it,” and “twinkle, twinkle.” 

Tried tangerines, honey and ravioli  for the first time this month

Loves Facetiming with grandma! When she hears the ringing sound and my moms face appears on screen, Isabella’s eyes light up. Too. Cute. She’ll hand me my phone and say “hello, grandma?” As a way to tell me to call her.   

   
Isabella meeting her Uncle Stephen for the first time. 

 Thanks for reading!

Isabella Frances- 12 Months Old!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET BABY ISABELLA FRANCES!

As I look at her, I still can’t believe she’s a year old. Where did the last 12 months go? So much has happened…but it’s hard to summarize our entire amazing year and finding the right words to express how I feel is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

This has been by far the most incredible year of my life…I became a mom. It feels like just yesterday, she was placed on my chest, looking at her beautiful face as she opened her innocent eyes for the first time. It’s such an indescribable feeling. The overwhelming amount of love I felt, she totally had my heart. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her! She has given me strength, patience and helped grow me into the woman I always wished I would be.

Her smile lights up my world and her laugh…oh her laughter is like music to my soul. I’m just in awe of Her. From the newborn I cradles in my arms to the feisty and determined baby girl she is today, she has forever changed our lives and has undoubtedly brought our family so much joy!

Happy birthday my world, my love, the WHY behind everything I do. We love you so much!

Isabella’s 12 month updates:


Height/Weight: Isabella is 32 inches tall (90th percentile), 30.5 lbs (99th percentile).

Health: Other than a little runny nose and a few snifflesIsabella has been doing great health-wise. Right around Thanksgiving she started showing signs of an ear infection. We think it had something to do with teething. She sprouted her first molar along with 3-4 other teeth and it wasn’t pretty at all. She ran fevers upwards of 103 degrees, she was in such pain and discomfort, it broke my heart watching her cry and not being able to make it all go away for her. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.


Sleep: Yay we’re officially back to sleeping through the night! This babe sleeps consistently from about 9:45/10ish through 8 a.m. She’ll still wake up in the middle of the night on occasion, but she  goes back to sleep once I give her the pacifier.
Social: Lots of play time at daycare! Now that she’s officially a year old she’ll start to transition her from the infant nursery to the 1-2 year old room. She still gets a little nervous when she sees faces that she doesn’t immediately recognize, but thankfully the caretakers in both rooms have been amazing with spending time with her so she feels more comfortable making for a less stressful transition for her.

Diet: Isabella is still getting formula, but she’s also getting table food on a pretty regular basis. She still has a 4 ounce bottle with 2-2.5 ounces of oatmeal cereal and fruit purée for breakfast. For lunch she usually has table food, usually veggies and fruits with some type of protein. I’ve been somewhat hesitant to give her meat. She tried chicken for the first time not too long ago when she had the flu. My mom made her famous homemade chicken noodle soup (puréed of course) and she loved it. She also really likes arroz con gandules, steamed white rice and pigeon peas.

At a recent visit to her pediatrician, he suggested that we start introducing her to milk. That something else I’ve been a little hesitant to do. The plan is to mix milk into her bottles 25/75 then 50/50 etc. to get her used to the taste. She likes most foods so maybe she will take well to it. If anyone has tip on transitioning, I’m all ears!

Likes: Walking is her biggest like right now…she hardly ever crawls anymore! She also likes to pull bows out of her hair, points at everything, saying “gooo” or “sit” she loves telling the dog to sit down. She likes pushing things to slide along the floor, playing peek-a-boo with anything she can use to cover her face or hide behind and pop up like a little gofer.
Dislikes: Hair bows and hair ties! Combing her hair these days isn’t as bad as it was in months past, but she’s by no means a fan of having it done especially when I put her hair in a ponytail with a hair tie or add a bow to her curly little fro. Aside from having her hair combed, she’s also dislikes waiting for her food. It’s like you can’t move fast enough, she wants it like yesterday!
Clothes: Baby girl is still wearing size 4 diapers and mostly 18-24 month clothes. There are a few 12-18 month insides she can fit into, but she mostly wears those to bed.
 
Crying: We’re still experiencing some tantrums but they’re getting shorter. Once we started to be firm with our and redirect, they’ve improved. She still tests our boundaries A LOT (touch things on purpose she knows she’s not supposed to, watching to see our reaction when she does, etc). Things have (temporarily I’m sure) improved over the last month.
 
Milestones: She walks everywhere, doesn’t crawl much anymore. She understands so much…she asks for her baa-baa when she’s hungry or points her spoon for me to feed her. She follows directives pretty well and identify objects (“where’s your bo-bo?/go get Mr. Teddy”).
Photos courtesy of Manda Lynn Photos
Isabella’s dress: H&M
Thank you so much to each and every one of you who have read my blog and supported me throughout the first year of motherhood. For your comments, advice and overall sweetness, I’m grateful for y’all.

Isabella Frances: 11 Months Old!

Only four more weeks until Isabella turns one whole year. Hubs and I are still in disbelief with how fast time has gone by. This past month has been one of the most exciting for hubs and I as we watch our beautiful baby girl achieve new milestones! She’s  officially walking…and chatting up a storm! She’s really growing into her own, showing lots of independence. Our sweet baby is developing into a big girl and lately I’ve been feeling like I’m not ready.

Isabella is walking pretty regularly though it seems like she prefers to crawl when she’s trying to make a speedy getaway. I can see she’s gaining more and more confidence each day as she finds her balance. It’s amazing hearing the pitter-patter of her little feet down the hallway. Now that she’s more mobile than ever, there are more opportunities for accidents. The day before Halloween baby girl took a tumble at daycare resulting in a nice little gash above her right eyebrow.

IMG_5070[1]

Our little injured butterfly after her visit with the doctor

Thankfully it wasn’t more serious. Her pediatrician was able to use Dermabond to close the wound all while fast asleep in her car seat. Not even two weeks later she had another fall at daycare, not nearly as bad as the last, but she had a little bruise on her right cheek. Is it bad that I wish I could wrap her in bubble wrap?! Hubs and I were in awe of how tough Isabella is. She doesn’t let her recent falls hinder her from exploring all that is around her. Now for some updates.

Here are Isabella’s 11 month updates:

Weight: At a recent appointment with her pediatrician, Isabella was just shy of 28 lbs. She’s in the 99% for her height and weight.

Diet: This month we’ve been slowly introducing table food and just like we expected, she’s responded really well! She’s still getting a 4 ounce bottle of formula for breakfast along with 2-2.5 ounces of a fruit purée mixed with cereal. For lunch she’s now eating more table foods: she loves rice, fruits and steamed veggies like carrots and green beans, peaches and pears. We haven’t given her any meat or fish. She’s definitely let us know she’s not a fan of green peas. Her dinner still consists of stage 2 baby foods like turkey and rice or even vegetable chicken.

 

Sleep: Lately we’ve been experiencing a little bout with sleep regression. Isabella doesn’t want to sleep in her crib at night. Within the last month I think she’s only slept in her nursery once maybe twice. Most nights she sleeps in our room in her pack-n-play. We’ve tried putting her in the crib after she falls asleep and she always wakes up wanting to come back to us. Have any other moms experience this? If so, what do you suggest we try?

Social: Isabella interacts really well with the other babies in her daycare class, but she also plays really well by herself. There are 2 other babies that are right around her age, one of which will make the transition with her to the next class. It’s so adorable watching the 3 of them talk and play together.

Crying: I think we’re officially experiencing tantrums. Isabella rarely cries without reason (sick, hurt, etc), but lately she’s not only crying, she’s screaming and out right throwing herself down on the floor in tears if she doesn’t get her way. The first couple of times she did it I couldn’t help but look at her saying “are you serious”?! I swear I thought I had at least another year or so before crossing the threshold into tantrum land.

Size of Clothing: Surprisingly Isa is still wearing size 4 diapers and wearing 18-24 month clothes for the most part. There are a few 9-12 month sized onesies with maybe a handful of 12month sized dresses and pants that she can still wear comfortably.

image

All dressed up for picture day!

 

As for shoes, she’s wearing a size 5. Figuring out her shoe size was mind boggling for me, maybe because she was outgrowing sizes so ridiculously fast I honestly couldn’t keep up. I’d buy shoes for her and by the month’s end she’s already outgrown them.

Isabella’s Toy Faves

| (clockwise) Octoplush |  Maze Cube |   Shapes & Colors Activity Set |

Milestones: Baby girl is walking pretty regularly. If she stumbles or falls, she picks herself back up and keeps it moving.

She babbles saying more and more recognizable words and phrases. I recently heard her telling our dog to sit down. Cutest thing ever as she’s standing in her pack-n-play pointing saying “sit dog! Sit down doggie”. She also calls my phone “Apple”…didn’t see that coming.

Likes: Isabella still LOVES to dance! It’s the cutest thing watching her dance to music she hears from the TV. Mickey Mouse Club house and Sofia the First seem to be her faves. She still really enjoys bath time in her infant tubDislikes: Combing Isabella’s hair isn’t as difficult of a process as it used to thanks to lots of detangling conditioner and more patience. Though she’s grown more used to me doing it each morning, she still doesn’t like it.

Isabella Frances is 10 Months!

Woo-hoo! Isa has officially made it to double digits…just two more months until this little girl is one year old. I swear, it feels like once you become a parent the world runs in “fast-forward”.

Isabella has really grown into her own. Her amazing personality shows more and more each day. I still can’t believe how blessed we are to be parents to such a sweet baby girl. Sometimes I feel like I’ll never have the words to describe how much I truly love and adore my little girl. The first time I heard her say “mama” I cried tears of joy. She’s now at an age where she’s so much more affectionate. Her daily hugs are my faves. Almost every visit at daycare she greets me with a big smile and a giggle.

Here are Isabella’s 10 month updates:

Weight: Isa weighs close to 27 lbs now. Based on her last doctor visit she’s in the 99% for her height and weight. 

Diet: For breakfast I usually give her a 4 ounce bottle with no more than 2.5 ounces of a fruit purée mixed with cereal. For lunch she’ll have puréed veggies with a 4 ounce bottle and dinner usually consists of a protein and veggie, like turkey and rice.

Sleep: Isabella is a great sleeper, which is why we knew something was wrong when started waking up in the middle of the night. Poor baby is teething and this time around is not pretty. There have been quite a few nights over the last three weeks were Isa woke up in the middle of the night,sat up crying athe top of her lungs in discomfort. On Monday I brought her home early from daycare because she was running a low grade  fever. Needless to say, sleep is almost nonexistent. I’ve Ben trying to hold off on using any medicine or any of the gels. Then again once isa has a wake up, once we put her in our bed she goes right back to sleep. What have you moms tried to soothe your own little ones during teething?

Social: I love watching Isa interact with the other babies in her daycare class. Now that she’s one of the oldest (and biggest), the other babies aren’t stealing toys from her anymore! Something I recently noticed, Isabella has been a little leery of strangers. If she sees an unfamiliar face appears at daycare (usually one of the newer parents) comes into the room she goes for the nearest adult she recognizes and hides her face, even cries sometimes. Total “stranger danger” moments, but I am thankful that she won’t go to just anyone. I know this is a phase babies go through around this age, so we’re confident it’ll pass with time.

Crying: Lots of whining going on these past few weeks  and we think its due in part to her teething. Her top 2 front teeth are coming down and baby girl is feeling it a lot more now than she did with the bottom 2 teeth.

Size of Clothing: Baby girl is still wearing size 4 diapers and mostly wearing 18 month clothes. There is a  9-12 month sized dress or two and maybe three onesies that she can still fit in, but she’s mostly wearing her 18 month sized outfits. Now that I think about it, she’s already starting to outgrow a few of those too. 

EwweEwes

| Teething Duck | Backseat Mirror |

Milestones: October 8th baby girl shocked me by taking her first steps at daycare, which was so exciting to see (check out the video here). It’s amazing to see each new milestone baby girl achieves! Isabella crawls all over the place like she’s on a mission.  She’s great at pulling herself up to a standing position now and there have been  A few times where she’s tron. She also plops herself down from a standing position to crawl. She looks for things she see me hide, like the remote control, my phone, etc.

Baby girl is still babbling saying more and more recognizable words in between. She’s recently added “mama” to her vocabulary along with más, ba-ba, cat, que?, and lately she’s been trying really hard to say “abuela” (Spanish for grandma).

Likes: Isabella LOVES to dance more than anything! Once she hears music her arms go up in the air and she starts bouncing. While I was pregnant I would always play music and I sang to her every chance I had. Looking back, those were the moments I would feel the most movement from her. She enjoys bath time in her infant tub or bath chair.  Dislikes: She HATES having her hair combed and she still fusses when she realizes her bottle is empty.