I am so behind on this month’s update. Juliet turned 18 months on August 16th and will be turning 19 months on Monday already. I took these cutie cute cute photos of her a couple weeks ago but never got around to writing the post.

I also haven’t been good writing down her milestones but I’m going to do my best to remember. Here goes:

The mom phase continues. Oh man she clings to me all. the. time. When I get home from work Erik says she goes from being happy to whiny instantly and runs to me and wants to be held the rest of the evening. It’s frustrating to Erik but I just try to give Juliet what she needs and if that means she needs me then that’s what she gets. I know it’s just a phase.

We have started a habit that’s probably not great, for the past month Juliet has been falling asleep in our bed. Bedtime just got to be too hard. It was taking at least an hour of struggling to get her to go to bed in her crib. I was getting exhausted from it and started bringing her in bed with me and she would fall asleep instantly. It was easier so we started doing that. Erik and I take turns falling asleep with her and then we transfer her into her crib. She then sleeps through the night. We know this may be a tough habit to break but for now it’s what works for us.

Juliet has gotten lots more teeth but I’ve stopped counting. She’s gotten her lower molars and her upper molars among others. Teething doesn’t seem to bother her much and I’m very thankful for that.

She’s continues to be a talkative little girl. She especially likes to say nominemore and momma among a lot of other words and phrases but those seem to be her favorite.

Probably the biggest milestone is that she understands pretty much everything. I noticed that she was understanding a lot a couple months ago but just recently did I realize that she knows what I’m saying all the time. Erik and I know we have to be more careful than ever with what we say and how we say it, little ears are listening and taking everything in.

Juliet definitely has strong opinions and she knows what she likes, wants and doesn’t like and doesn’t want. She will shake her head and say “no, no, no, no” when we offer her a book she most definitely doesn’t want to read or give her a toy she doesn’t want to play with. I love her blossoming little personality.

Juliet has learned to say “cheese!” when I take a picture with her. It’s the sweetest little cheese face I’ve ever seen and I adore it.

We are still breastfeeding and it’s been going well. I don’t talk about it much and I haven’t mentioned it lately in her monthly posts because it’s just such a natural part of our everyday lives that I hardly think about it. I don’t have any set timelines for weaning but I have noticed lately that she asks to nurse less. Juliet used to always nurse in the morning and night but a lot of mornings she doesn’t ask so I don’t offer. So perhaps this is the beginning of weaning but I know weaning can take months and months. So we’ll see how it goes.

Going out to eat with Juliet is sort of a disaster and yet we keep doing it. This evening we went out for Indian food and she actually sort of gagged when I gave her some of my Chana Masala. While Juliet is a great eater and tries most things, she definitely is not the most adventurous eater around. She did enjoy the naan but that’s about it (I always pack her fruit, veggies, cheese, etc when we go out). When she started yelling we figured it was time to hit the road.

Despite the typical toddler challenges Juliet is total joy. I love spending time with her and we have so much fun together. I can’t believe how fast this past 18 months has gone with my little girl.

Happy 18 months Juliet, I love you like crazy my sweet girl.