Thursday, August 23, 2018

Georgia June - 18 Months

Wow, I have a 1.5 year old child.  I cannot put into words how mind boggling it is to say that; how incredibly sad it makes me that so much time has passed already, how I can't help but scroll back through my photos taken over the last 1.5 years and wish so badly that time would slow down.  I know it's impossible, but I never ever understood the concept about how quickly time moves until I became a mother.  We now have an 18 month old daughter, we have been married for almost 7 years (9/24), we have been together for over a decade! 

Georgia's 18 month birthday happened to fall on the FIRST EVER Rainbow Baby Day which I thought was pretty special.  As most of you know, we suffered 2 chemical pregnancies, one in 2014 & one in 2015 before we got pregnant with Georgia.  We are so thankful for her every day; she certainly is the rainbow after the storm in our lives.

Speaking of storms, that word would be a good way to describe Georgia's current personality.  A little storm.  Or maybe a hellion, or a sour patch kid??  Georgia has 100% become a toddler.  She is VERY strong willed, very stubborn, and very independent.  She is not shy and has no fears whatsoever.  I know one day that these personality traits will help her become a powerful, strong woman who holds her own and takes on the world, but right now, she's campaigning for mama to be the mayor of Crazytown. 

Her likes include food, food, and more food--seriously this girl is a bottomless pit like her dad and eats constantly!  It's insane the amount of food she eats & she likes it ALL.  She loves her kitty and her puppy, she loves to play outside, she loves bath time, she loves to explore everywhere we go, and she loooovvvess her daddy most.  I'm very thankful to Joe for being super involved and helpful with her, especially right now when she is awful to me.  Joe gets Georgia dressed in the mornings so that I can get ready which is super helpful, he also takes her in the evenings down to the basement and they listen to old records on our record player and watch music videos on YouTube which gives me time to cook dinner & take care of the house.  She absolutely loves the time she gets with daddy which is so wonderful for us ALL.

Georgia is really starting to try to communicate which is so cute but also I think frustrating for us all too sometimes.  She can say lots of words such as kitty, potty, frank, open door, close door, hi, bye, shoes, banana, pouch, milk, bath, blankie, mama, daddy, & more.  She has lots and lots of her own words which she will say constantly but we never know what she's saying.  The girl never shuts up sometimes but we honestly have no clue what she's talking about. 

She's started to climb ALLLL the furniture, literally climbing onto the wooden trunk I have behind our couch and throwing herself over the back of the couch  (insert face palm emoji here), she can open doors, and she can run & move fast.  We definitely have to tag team when we take her out to eat because sitting in a highchair at a restaurant does not  interest her at all unless there is food in front of her. 

Overall I think we are dealing with totally normal toddler behavior.  Despite all the challenges she presents to us regularly, she is also such a sweet and smiley little girl who makes us laugh constantly.  I'm guessing she is about 25 pounds now and probably about 31-32" tall.  She is just now making her way into 18m clothing, but she can still fit into 12m especially in bottoms.  She is in a size 4 diaper.  She's still wearing about a size 4-4/5 shoe, her feet are so tiny.  She had her first hair cut on August 9th & she did great once we gave her a sucker! 

Lately we have been dealing with what we believe to be eczema and have worked on treating it but not much is helping.  We have tried Eczema Honey Co, Cetaphil, and Aveeno, nothing seems to be working real well, but it's not as bad as it was before we started to treat it.  We are also working on cutting out dairy or at least cutting back.  We have switched her off of as much dairy as possible, but girl loves cheese!  We have an appointment with her pediatrician soon so hopefully we can get some answers then. 

Lots going on inside that tiny little body and it's truly amazing to watch.  Although she has been a little harder these last couple of days, I try to remind myself that she just doesn't know how to communicate & express herself yet.  I know she's getting angry and frustrated and doesn't know how to deal with those emotions yet.  For anyone else who might feel at a loss or that they're really struggling with how to deal with their toddler, a good friend of mine recommended this book The Whole Brain Child which I haven't started yet, but definitely need.  I've never parented a toddler before, this is my first go-around, so I'm just pretty much winging it right now and trying not to mess up my kid too much.  If anyone else has anything they recommend, please leave it in the comments below too so that I can try it out and also share it with others!

Happy 18 months to our sweet peach!  We love you to the moon & back!


  1. I'm not sure if you have tried it yet, but our pediatrician recommended Cerave Baby and it worked really well on my son's eczema.

  2. Everything you say above is totally normal on our end too! We don't even take Bowen to restaurants anymore, so not enjoyable :( It's awesome that she eats everything and isn't picky!! We tag team in the mornings too, I seriously don't know how single parents do it. Bowen had terrible eczema around her age too. We cut out milk and it seemed to clear up some but the hot weather just made it worse. He would still eat like shredded cheese and it was ok but like the Kraft singles didn't go well. To this day I use Aquaphor baby wash & Shampoo bathe him to help with it. It's like once he got a little older wasn't as bad.

  3. Oh those toddler years! I thought they'd be the end of me! BIG feels, both up and down, a million times a day! 2-3 was the hardest on me, and while I look back at Oskar's little face and long for those days from time to time, I'm equally as thankful that he uses his words, communicates, and tells us what he needs now. You're in for a wild ride, but believe me, a sweet and communicative little girl will soon emerge :)

  4. I’m not sure that I’ve ever commented before, but I’ve been following for a while! Reading this post, I feel like I could have written it myself! My son is 16.5 months and goodness, is it tough. He is so strong willed. Which like you, I try to remember that one day, this will be a desirable trait, just not now lol. He’s a hitter and hardly eats, I sometimes wonder how I can survive another 2+ years of full blown toddlerhood.... and then bedtime rolls around and he is the sweetest thing. That’s one good thing that he has going for him, he sleeps really well (hope I didn’t jinx myself!). When did you notice Georgia’s vocabulary expanding? I know all kids are different, but I’m starting to wonder if my son is a little behind in that area. He says a few words, but not a ton.

  5. She's just adorable! Happy 1.5 birthday to her!

  6. My daughter is about 1 week younger than Georgia and I can relate to all of the toddler behaviors. My girl is strong willed too and seems to get a kick out of pushing boundaries. The teenage years should be a delight! lol Have a great weekend!


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