I thought I would just take a step back and catalog some of the funny things Layla is doing at
19 20 months. We haven’t had loads of time to blog lately, so I know John did something similar recently but I don’t think there will be too much overlap.
The kids are usually with me as I am getting ready in the morning. Hayden will sit on the bed and watch cartoons, and Layla will watch cartoons for about 1 minute and then get down to see what needs to be done with her babies. When it comes time to brush my teeth, lately she will look at me, point to her mouth (well, really she actually puts her finger in her mouth), and walk off down the hall. If I don’t make the connection of what she is trying to tell me, she will walk back into my bathroom and make some sort of annoyed noise, turn around and walk down the hall. She goes into her bathroom and waits by the sink for me to hand her her toothbrush. Then she “brushes” her teeth for quite a while (while tending to her babies).
The girl knows what she wants, and she definitely knows what she doesn’t want. She has been doing this “no” head shake thing when she says no, and she is really getting her head going back and forth and whipping that hair all around. Recently I was at Grandma’s trying to get her to lay down with me for a nap, and every time I said, “Layla, lay down and close your eyes” she would just shake her head and get that hair swinging. I think after a while she actually forgets she is saying no and she is just enjoying watching what her hair is doing.
She really likes juice, and she’s getting good at saying “orange juice.” It kind of sounds like, “ajjjjjjjce,” but it’s clear as a bell to us what she wants. Her favorite word has to be apple, though. She can’t walk into the kitchen without saying apple, and without doing her darnedest to get her hands on one. I never thought I would tell my kids they couldn’t have any more apples for the day, but she would always have one on the go if I would let her. Toddler hands have to be clean and dry at least some of the day!
As I’ve already alluded to, the girl loves her babies. Before bed we are always searching around the house for wherever her babies might have ended up last, because she can’t go to sleep with fewer than two babies, and a blanket. She loves to push her babies in her little stroller that she keeps upstairs (she will also load that sucker up with anything she can find from our bathroom drawers, and seems to have equally as much fun moving it back from the stroller to the drawers, thankfully). She also loves to put her babies to sleep, and what I find so funny is she will put them to sleep face down, and then pat their backs. She likes to sleep on her belly (with her legs pulled up under her usually), so she must just think that’s how everyone does it. That’s fine, but to the untrained eye it looks a little like she’s trying to suffocate them. 😉