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Cheyenne turns 18 months old

Well, Cheyenne turned 18 months old today. I can’t believe a year and a half has just passed in the blink of an eye. It is definitely bittersweet…I’m so glad she is growing and learning and becoming more beautiful every day but I am also sad, longing for the days when I could just hold her for hours on end and give her a bottle.

She is such a happy, vibrant little girl and is so smart. She is running all over the place now, climbing up on all of the furniture and now she is jumping. She will jump all around the den laughing and squealing. She loves her bath time, but hates having her face washed, which she has disliked since she was born.

She is beginning to imitate everything. She copies and repeats things she hears and is learning to say new things and make new sounds every day. She was eating a sucker this morning and when she was tapping it on the pedals of the exercise bike, Grandpa told her not to do that because the sucker is sticky. Cheyenne said “ticky”.

She is growing up so fast and is learning so much. She will go into the kitchen and look at the number and letter magnets and she will point to some of them and tell me what they are. Her favorites are B, D, E, I, M (even though she doesn’t say “M”, she says “Mama”), and T. She has been able to recognize the number 1 for a while and now she is recognizing the number 2. She walked up to me the other day and counted some blocks I had sitting out. She walked up and said “1, 2, 3” Just in the last few days, she has started counting to 5 by herself.

She loves to share her juice and food with her babies and she even holds them up so they can watch the tv with her. She is beginning to interact with her tv shows now. If they ask something, they usually ask 3 times and the third is the correct answer, so she now knows and says no for the first 2 choices and sometimes even on the third, but sometimes she says yes. When they count something, she will count with them up to five and she will say some things that are usually a part of the show.

Her favorite shows are Fresh Beat Band (by far…you don’t interrupt her while she’s watching this…she will tune you out.), Blue’s Clues, Yo Gabba Gabba, Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go. She likes some other too, but these are her favorites and the ones she interacts with.

I had to take her to an allergist last week to get allergy tested because I was afraid she was allergic to strawberries. She would get a really bad diaper rash and the last time she had them, she got a rash across the bridge of her nose and cheeks. That was the worst thing I have ever had to do. They pricked her back 3 times and then I had to hold her still on her stomach across my lap for 15 minutes. Let me tell you, that is not easy with a 17 month old. Then we went to the lab to have blood drawn to do a blood test as well. Apparently she doesn’t have good veins like I do, because the tech couldn’t find her vein and I had to sit there and watch him dig in Cheyenne’s arm trying to get the vein for about 3 or 4 minutes. She is screaming the whole time. Then he finally took it out (her little arm was already bruised) and tried the other arm. He had a little trouble with the other arm, but not as much as the first. He finally got her vein and as able to draw blood. The skin test was negative and I am waiting to hear back on the blood test.

I couldn’t be any more proud of my little angel and she is just growing like a weed and getting smarter and more beautiful every day.