@winniepick is 16 months old today!
She weighed in at 27 pounds at a check-up recently. Coincidentally, she also likes to be picked up and carried a lot these days. There are 12 teeth, not including the 4 canines that have just started poking through. A small spattering of freckles have taken up residence across the bridge of her nose and cheeks.
She walks well and even approximates running—a purposeful, slightly faster march. If you're holding her hand, she can walk up and down steps, although she's also figured out how to turn around and backwards-crawl down steps on her own. She can climb up onto low chairs, couches, or coffee tables and will slide on her tummy to ooze and then drop off of something, like our bed, that's too high for her to easily get down from.
When she falls, she does use her hands to catch herself, so we haven't had a busted open lip recently, but there is still falling and some good forehead clonks.
She still says "no," but no doesn't always mean no. She says agua, lowering her chin down to her chest and drawing out the first syllable "aaaaaahhhhhh-gwah." This also doesn't always mean "I would like some water." She says "hi" and "bye." Most reliably, she says "dop-tee," which apparently means "give me that." She's very interested in strangers. When we go anywhere with a crowd, she'll saunter around, stop very close to someone, give them a good stare, take a look at what they have to eat, and then move along. She might smile and a wave, but largely, she's there to inspect and make sure everything's in order.
In the past two months, we visited my family in New Jersey and just recently, David's parents came to visit for 10 days from England, so we've had our dose of grandparents for the year.
Winnie likes to sit in her little chair and look at books, she likes to hug her stuffed animals, she likes tooting on her instrument that Aunt Nora gave her, and she likes throwing toys around for the dogs to chase. But most of all, she LOVES her daddy and likes nothing more than to snuggle with him. She gives hugs, purposefully putting her arms around David for a squeeze.
And as ever, loved a little more each day by her mom and dad.
Final night of a week with visiting Pickagrandparents. Winnie was sick for most of it, but they got a glimpse of our funny little mush at the end!
That's my handsome.
I can't tell if the development here is good or bad... @ericameade