Kaija Update

It’s been a while, so I figured I’d give an update to what’s new with Kaija. What kind of parent would I be if I didn’t talk about my kid?At 12 1/2 months old, she now has 12 teeth. Her molars have started poking through, which of course meant a number of nights of restless sleeping and drooling non-stop during the day.A few weeks ago she started kissing us back. Sometimes she would just walk up to us while playing and kiss us. Occasionally when we would ask her for a kiss, she would give one (or more!) to us.She has started to learn a number of baby signs, though she probably has a slightly different meanings for them. She learned “more” quickly, though she uses it more like “I’m hungry” or “Feed me”, as she’ll do the sign without having had anything to eat yet. She also learned “hat”, though we think she might think it means “I’m sleepy” because it’s one of the signs we go through while flipping through the Word Signs book before going to sleep. Most recently, she’s learned “milk” for when she wants Jennifer to breast feed her. She will also wave when people are leaving and stretch her hands out with her palms up when she doesn’t know where something went.She still likes going for walks with us, though getting her dressed up for the cold can be frustrating. She doesn’t like to wear hats or mittens and will try to take them off while indoors. Once we get outside, though, she’s fairly good about leaving them on.Overall, I think she’s adjusting to Michigan life pretty well. She definitely likes all of the space in our new house to run around in. And she loves that her grandparents live so close now. She gets a big smile on her face and reaches out to be held when one of them walks in the door.

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