Friday, June 21, 2013

19/20 months!

My little toddler is sprouting like a weed! The sun is finally (mostly) here so we have been enjoying lots of walks, outdoor play, and even some beach time. Life is great, full of laughter, love, and fun. We are making goals and working on manifesting our dreams. Awesomeness (even more than we already have) is on the horizon! 
November already knows how to look fabulous for the summer!
Still not a lot of hair, but I assure you, she's growing a curly mini-mullet under that hat!

Her development this year seems to be a steady increase in mobility, independence, and vocabulary. It amazes me what a happy, fun toddler she is. It surprises me that she used to be so high-needs! Remember that? I used to never be able to put her down and she was easily fussy. She used to be difficult to take in public. How did my fussy baby turn into such a sweet, easy toddler? Did her mobility and development cheer her up? Am I just adapting? Is my own happiness rubbing off on her? It's hard to say, but whatever the case, life is lovely.

I admit, the more involved and attentive I am, the more content she is (duh!) Another thing that has helped transition into the toddler days, is the book 'the Happiest Toddler on the Block' by Dr. Harvey Karp. There was a time a few months ago where Nova was starting to fuss and full-out tantrum. I had no idea what to do. Then I read this book and couldn't believe that his methods actually prevented tantrums from happening in the first place! As soon as I became comfortable with his method, which has a lot to do with repeating your child so that they feel heard, tantrums stopped. This method is so great, I use it all the time and it has made our relationship even better. I can't recommend it enough, it's a must-read, especially for fans of attachment parenting and for parents who prefer preventative measures as opposed to punishment or physical discipline.

Happy summer!

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