No longer a baby; not quite a big girl…

1 Dec

Josselyn turned 18 months on Monday, and it kind of hit me hard.  When Holly turned 18 months old, I already had Joss.  And when Bronwyn turned 18 months old, I already had a 6 week old!  But Josselyn’s milestone came and went, and I am not even pregnant.  I am content with my three daughters, but it still pulls a tiny bit at my heartstrings when I reflect that this is my last one.

It doesn’t help that Josselyn is the least babyish baby you’d ever meet anyway.  She is mortally offended at the thought of sitting in a high chair.  She’ll sit at the kids’ table thank-you-very-much.  And if she can’t, then it is straight to the floor with a head-cracking bounce to let the whole world know that something is unfair.

She plays in the McDonald’s playland and doesn’t care if she can’t climb to the top she’ll play at the bottom then, as long as she can be in there.

She often shakes her head when I pull out an outfit, and will choose something else instead.  I wonder where she learned that one, Holly… cough cough.

Josselyn never spills her food unintentionally.  She has been known to fling her cup to the floor if you serve milk instead of juice, however…

She rarely spills on her clothes either, and can eat yogurt and soup with barely a spill.  She doesn’t use a sippy cup at the table either, and it is sweet to watch her carefully place her cup away from the edge of the table.

Joss loves to put things back where they belong.  You can often find her placing her toys back in their bins when she is done playing.

Ages 3+?!

She wants to put her clothes in the laundry basket, but I find it hard to trust her when I empty the garbage and find a pile of dirty clothes instead!

Josselyn says: mama, dada, Yoss (Joss), hi, bye, no, yeah, up, down, backpack, whatisit, words that mean Bronwyn and Holly, woof, echo, quack, fish, candy, mine, juice, wantit… are you sensing a pattern?  I don’t think the others knew so many possessive, or demanding words at this age.  Or maybe it’s that she’s learning them first.

She can correctly point to her nose, eyes, ears, mouth, head, and bellybutton.  And she can say all those words too if you say them first.

Walks well, and has started trying to jump.  It is more of a bounce, as she can’t get her feet off the ground, but it is close.

Wait up, guys, I'm coming!

Is extremely independent of me.  Yesterday I had a Pioneer Club meeting, and after choosing and eating the food on the table (sitting on a regular chair and not spilling anything) she got down and ran around the hallways with Holly and Danica and only came in to check on us every lap or so.

Blame it on my sister INDEED!

Knows when people are talking to Holly and not to her.  A lady we know commented on Holly’s pretty skirt and Josselyn squirmed in my arms, preening herself and trying to get this lady’s attention so she would say something about her too.  I am going to have to work on this one…

Knows when her diaper is dirty and wants it changed right away, but refuses to sit on the potty or the toilet.

Still walks around Lionel-esque, and I sometimes put her to bed and discover that there isn’t a single blankie in her crib because they are strewn all over the house instead.

Swaggers.

Has her sisters wrapped around her little finger!

Is almost ready to graduate from the crib… sob…

Might be the cutest, funniest, loveliest 18 month old I know.

Edited to add:

Joss weighs about 22 lbs and is 32 in, which means that her adult height should be around 5’4″.

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6 Responses to “No longer a baby; not quite a big girl…”

  1. bononers December 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    loved this one so much. and all of the pictures are great too. ready to move back to oshawa yet?!?!

  2. Barb Vlasov December 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    I love reading your blogs! You have such a talent…and 3 BEAUTIFUL girls to write about! Enjoy.

  3. Deb B December 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Joan, I really hate to correct anybody’s spelling but Sudbury is spelled S-U-D-B-U-R-Y not O-S-H-A-W-A.

  4. Erin December 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Very sweet Julie:)

  5. Julie December 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    You are so funny , Mom!!

  6. Lauren Booker December 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    what a stinkin’ adorable family you have! i, too, am sad sometimes at the thought of not having more babies… but i’m enjoying every stage. or trying…

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