I stopped doing the monthly updates at a year, but I thought 18 months was a big enough milestone to warrant a new update.
Pearl has a lot of words now and adds to her vocabulary daily. She has started stringing words together and has a few phrases that she says regularly. She will throw or hide a toy, shrug her shoulders, and say "where'd it go?" That is one of her more recent favorite phrases.
She is obsessed with going outside and wants to wear her panda leash backpack even in the backyard. She loves to collect rocks, sticks, hazelnuts, and anything else her little hands can grab. We have a bucket outside for her to place her treasures in. Due to her love of the outdoors, I have also witnessed some pretty nasty tantrums after coming inside. She rolls around on the floor crying and screaming "manda" (panda) and "noooo!"
Pearl has 12 teeth and can eat most things without issue now. She has always been a fantastic eater, but veggies are still a bit of a challenge. I still give her a baby food pouch a day of veggies and make her green smoothies regularly so she manages to eat some. Today she told me that the smoothie I made her was "tasty."
Pearl can say all of her cousins names (or at least something similar) and recognizes them in photographs. She especially looks up to her older cousin Maleah. Sometimes they talk to each other through Face Time. It is so adorable to witness them interact.
We backed off a bit on the potty training. The first two weeks went really well, but she completely lost interest after that. We still practice on the potty at least once a day, but she hasn't actually gone on her toilet in a month.
She sleeps on a floor bed at nap time and still sleeps in her crib at bed time. We have tried the floor bed at night a couple of times with success, but I'm having a hard time fully committing to it. I think she would do just fine. The binky used to be her favorite thing ever, but now she mostly just uses it while going to sleep.
Pearl is the funniest person I know. She makes us laugh so much. She has a lot of silly facial expressions and her dance moves are getting pretty spectacular. I just love watching her personality come out more and more.
Length: 30.5 in (14%)
Weight: 22 lbs 10.5 oz (51%)
Head Circumference: 19 in (91%!)