I’m in total disbelief that our baby girl is now 15 months old! I still find myself saying, “Oh I just had a baby”, to store associates while shopping. Ha–no Jackie… your child is over a year old now! Seriously though, can we make it a rule that women get a 2yr grace period? Ok good. I knew you’d agree.
Payton had a great doctor checkup this past Thursday and even surprised me by avoiding a fever this time after her shots. Almost every time P gets vaccines, she comes down with a high fever and is sick for days. Her last doc appointment at 12 months old was THE worst. She had a 103 temp for 4 days! It was very scary. We typically manage her fevers by alternating Infant Motrin and Tylenol, (per her pediatrician’s orders) but luckily nothing was needed this time. Even though she’s my 3rd kid and I know this is a very common side effect…it still freaks me out. I never had to deal with vaccination fevers when it came to the boys, so this was all new to me. Everything was great this time around though, and I couldn’t be more relieved! She is in the 50th percentile for weight and still continues to be “petite” in the 6th percentile for height. So it seems she is gaining weight faster than she is growing up, which contributes to her little buddha belly and chunky thighs that we love so much. We’re hoping she hits a growth spurt soon and gains a little height! Payton is saying a few words, “mama”, “dada”, “ball”, and “truck” (thanks to her big brothers) but other than that, a lot of what she says is still babble. Girl babbles allllllll dayyyyy looooooong. She is a big chatter box, so I know more words will come soon. Animals, bubbles and clapping along to songs are her favorite. She waves hi/bye, gives kisses and is the best eater EVER…hence the buddha belly. Talon and I have yet to see her turn any food away. Talon bought “Minion” popsicles for the boys at the store thinking they were banana flavored but it turns out they were lemon. We offered one to P and I was waiting for her to make a face of disgust but nope…that popcicle was gone in 5 seconds.
Our nursing relationship is so perfect and balanced, so I’m not changing a thing right now. I had my reservations about nursing her for much longer past 12 months because I wasn’t sure what a breastfeeding toddler relationship would look like and if it would make her more dependent on me. So far it has turned out to be the total opposite. Nursing has turned into more of a sleep aide and we’re down to nursing for just naps and bed. P drinks either water or whole milk during the day from a straw cup. I am also thrilled to report that she is consistently sleeping through the night as well. Whoo hoo! Payton has been our most easy going baby so far and I am TRULY appreciating it. I am glad we didn’t have her first or we would’ve been totally spoiled. The boys were more picky when it came to food, sleeping, etc but I think that those challenges made Talon and I better parents and we have learned a lot in 5 years! Speaking of the boys…Caden is totally Mr.Mom and just adores her. If you watch my IG stories, he is always playing with her and asking to hold her. He is definitely my second set of hands during the day. Right now praise and popcicles seem to be adequate compensation for him but he might tell me his rates have gone up soon! Holden sadly isn’t super fond of her…yet. Currently, he is in the “terrible 3’s” (fyi they are way worse than the 2’s!), so he is mostly just annoyed that this tiny person is always messing up his puzzles and stealing his snacks. I have caught a few heartwarming moments where he offers her a toy or hug but most the time I am playing referee.
So far having a girl after 2 boys has been fun but oh man, so expensive. Ha…Talon is certainly glad we only have 1 daughter after he sees how much crap I come home with after shopping. In my defense, all are totally necessary purchases! I mean a ruffled bathing suit with a flamingo on it? Come on! Seriously though, there are just too many cute clothes and bows. Our favorite bows have definitely been nylon bow headbands. Not only are they cute but since they are one size fits all, they will last a long time! Our favorite bow shops are Elleberry (which is actually local to us here in Colorado!) and also Little Ella Rae , which is based out of Utah. Their bows are SO well made and the prints are just adorable. We have quite the bow collection now and it continues to grow!
Seems having a girl after 2 boys is a rarity, as most people I know have all boys or all girls. I’ve had a bit of a mom identity crisis lately as I am not strictly a “boy mom” anymore but don’t classify myself as a “girl mom” either. Not that you have to be labeled one or the other but it’s how I saw myself before…and still do–only now there is a little girl tagging along to the boys’ playdates with friends! Dressing Payton has been fun but aside from the fashion and her calm demeanor, I haven’t seen too much of a difference between caring for a baby girl and a baby boy. She is still young so the world of princesses, pink and all things “Frozen” hasn’t entirely hit our house yet. Who knows…maybe she won’t even be into that stuff. Although I appreciate cute clothes and a pedicure, I wouldn’t describe myself as an overly girly person. Also, if you ask my mom, I was very much a tomboy as a little girl. Much to her disappointment…I played with dinosaurs and didn’t want anything to do with dolls. I think I owned one Barbie and cut off her head? I know, scary stuff. However, I feel very fortunate that we had a girl and that we’ll get to experience raising both genders. Whether P is “Frozen” obsessed or wants to dig in the dirt with her brothers, I am happy. I just hope she wants to get a pedicure with her mama when she gets bigger!:)
Happy 15 months baby girl! We love you!