Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sixteen Months

Meg doesn't want to be a baby any more.


She doesn't want to be fed. If we try to feed her she grabs the spoon, flinging food everywhere. She doesn't want to be lifted, liking instead to snarfle and sigh as she makes her own way onto the sofa or chair. She doesn't want to be pushed, prefering to use her own two feet to power her ride on bug, or to walk along the side of the stroller. She is ready to go her own way, and to let us know it.

Meg also is letting us know that, as no longer a baby, she now has discerning tastes. She no longer will just eat whatever we feed her, even if we are letting her feed it to herself. Fruit of any kind is still a big favorite, but most vegetables have now fallen out of favor. She does NOT like cottage cheese, and will act insulted if presented with it. Same thing with toast without jelly. Of course, toast with jelly is simply licked clean of said jelly, and then given to the dog. She says "uh oh" as she drops it into Sally's gaping maw though, so we think it's an accident.

Meg's entertainment preferences are very definite in that she only has one: "Baby Einstein's Baby McDonald." It was so nice for my Mom to introduce her to it. I only hope I can eventually retun the favor. Now Meg wants to watch it every hour of the day, and wanders the house asking for "yi yo." She doesn't want to watch it alone, either, she wants someone to sit with her so the subtle nuances of the creepy limbless pig puppets can be discussed. It would drive me totally insane -- but it's the only time she still wants to sit in my lap and let me hold her like a baby. Also, it's fun to listen to her commentary on the "babies" and "moo" cows. Once it's over she pushes herself down, waves, and is onto her next activity. It makes me wish it would never end.

Oh, how we love our girl.

15 comments:

Ash said...

aww so cute when she says "uh oh" :D

Sandi said...

I can't believe she is 16 months old. That blows my mind!!

Riot Kitty said...

I can understand not eating cottage cheese.

I hope she grows up to be just like you!

LL Cool Joe said...

Ah yes, I remember this stage well. Tough in many ways but also wonderful to know they are growing up and letting you know what they like and don't like.

Does anyone like cottage cheese?

JenS said...

I remember this stage. E stopped eating veggies too and is just now at 4 1/2 starting to allow veggies back into the rotation. Everytime I see how another step toward independence I'm both proud and incredibly sad.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

She. Is a woman.

Ellie

Amanda said...

Watching her "ice skate" with Luke last night was so much fun. She is an amazing girl.

BugginWord said...

I only like the jelly, too. Note to self: get a dog.

Kelly said...

Oh, she's so freaking adorable! My niece had a Baby Einstein movie that was missing the cover. She would flip out and have to watch, " White Movie," unfortunately for us, Mea fixated on Elmo in Grouchland, until we turned her on to Yo Gabba Gabba. DJ Lance Rock is a bit creepy, but after watching Elmo 5 million times, anything would have been better!

Granny Annie said...

My daughter kept two spoons going with my granddaughter. The baby would be busy trying to take a bite herself with one spoon while my daughter would feed her one bite. Then the baby would grab Moms spoon and try with that one while Mom slipped her another bite. It was a good routine for a while. Geeze these kids are smart.

Yes, it is certainly a time you feel the growing pains and feel the beginning of separation anxiety. I feel for you.

Pearl said...

She says "uh oh" as she drops it into Sally's gaping maw though, so we think it's an accident.

:-) I loved this piece. Nicely done.

Pearl

p.s. I understand about your San Fran/McDonald's Kids Toy piece and how people ripped you up. I've been published a couple other places as well and commenters are surprisingly cruel. Seems most of our fellow citizens have lost their sense of humor...

Marinka said...

Wait, is there someone who DOES like cottage cheese?!

She's adorable!

Summer said...

Awww. She's so adorable. I love that she wants company while watching her show.

Catherine said...

Meg is getting cuter by the second!

The Tame One said...

Her cheeks make me smile! *Pins you* http://thetameone.blogspot.com/2010/11/underrated-but-also-very-itchy.html