Sweet Sixteen (months, that is…)

Li passed another minor milestone — although I’m not all that sure any of the milestones are minor, in this case — this past week: she turned 16 months old on Tuesday…

At this point, it is hard to believe we’ve had Li as part of our family for almost 2 months and that we’ve been back from China with her for six weeks. Someone asked me that question yesterday (how long we’ve been back) and I had to stop and think. We’re rapidly approaching the point where it gets hard in some ways to remember life without her.

Li enjoying a snack of yoghurt and graham crackersLi is doing great these days, in general. She’s teething again (working on another molar), walking all over the place with the occasional crash that accompanies walking, sleeping well most nights (although yesterday evening, for some reason, she had a tough time getting to sleep and staying asleep), and is generally healthy. She’s got a skin thing we’re dealing with — I think it bothers us much more than it bothers her. She’s continuing to grow and develop and adapt in sometimes-amazing ways. She’s wanting more and more to feed herself, which leads to some interesting experiences for all of us as well as humorous pictures…

She seems to be on the verge of a language explosion, too. There have been a couple of situations over the past week where we are almost certain that she was trying to say Ian’s name: she stood at the top of the stairs and shouted “Eee! Eee!” before dinner one evening, and then last Wednesday at La Pizzeria she was saying the same thing and looking at him before our food showed up. She has also taken to opening one of her books to a page (making sure it’s right side up, of course) and then she’ll start babbling, turn the page, and babble some more. It’s coming, and when it does, I have no doubt it is going to be impressive.

She has also taken to pointing to herself anytime we say “Li”…

Deb and Li enjoying a bit of sunshineThe weather has finally gotten to the point where we’ve had a few decent days: temperatures in the sixties and even a couple of days without gale-force winds which have been nice both from the standpoint of soccer and from the standpoint that Deb and Li have been able to get out into the yard. (Of course, this is springtime in Idaho: we’ve also had snow twice this past week mixed in with rain, sleet, hail, wind, and the occasional sun. And it was pea-soup foggy this morning when I got up.)

The past couple weeks have been hard for me. With work and soccer every weekday and a soccer tournament last weekend, I just haven’t been able to spend any real time with her. Most days, I will get to see her for a few minutes before leaving for work. In the afternoons, I dash from work to home, change clothes and grab my soccer gear and head for training. Home around 7pm for dinner, and by the time we’re done with dinner, it is typically time for a bath for Li, some reading, and she’s in to bed. This weekend has been a nice change in that regard, as Friday was an off-Friday from work and we don’t have a soccer tournament this weekend so I actually get a real three-day weekend with Deb and Li. (Ian’s schedule right now seems much like mine: school, soccer, homework, bed, repeat — particularly as the last couple weeks of school wind down.)