Thursday, February 4, 2016

Karsten - 15 Months

Since we're just 1 day away from Karsten being 16 months, I figure it's now or never on sharing this 15-month post that I started weeks ago.  Such is life these days...

Another milestone. They just keep on coming.

Karsten turned 15 month back on January 6th but her 15 month doctor's appointment wasn't until quite a bit later.  As of this past Friday, Karsten was:

32ish inches tall (90%)
22 lbs 10 oz (65%)

This picture was taken at her doctors appointment. Before the shots, obviously.

She is wearing Size 4 diapers and can wear 18 month clothes or 24 month clothes.  We didn't have a ton of 24 months clothes from Kate (because she grew so fast), so Karsten is actually wearing a lot of 2T things, even though they are a bit big.  The joys of hand-me-downs. :)

In the past 3 months, I can't even believe how much she has grown.  She still seems so petite and little to me, but she is talking up a storm and is into everything.  She repeats just about anything we say.  We are constantly hearing "Hey Dada!" or "Hey Mama".  She can say Kate (pronounced Date), Max, Cooper (pronounced Pooper), Bye, Night-Night, Up, Down, Eat, Bottle, Bite, Baby, Dog, Puppy, Okie-Dokie, okay, alright, Barbie, Bunny, and so SO much more.  She will at least attempt to repeat just about anything you say.

Kate has affectionately started calling Karsten "Miss Tornado" and to be honest, that is pretty darn accurate!  She is Non. Stop. Motion.  One of her favorite past times includes running as fast as she can across the living room and straight into the couch.

She can point to (and say) the following places on her body:
  • Eye
  • Ear
  • Hair
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Chin
  • Toes
  • Belly Button
  • Elbow
  • Teeth
  • Knees
She will tell you that a cow says MOOO, a sheep says BAAAA, a cat says MEOW, an owl says WHOOOO, a pig says OINK, a monkey says OOHH OHHH, and a dog says ARRFFFF.  She will also "act" like a dog, which includes crawling around with her tongue hanging out of her mouth, and sporadically stopping to say "ARRFF."

She is still my super-sensitive little girl.  A simple "no" will cause her to stick that bottom lip out and burst into tears.

She is very attached to her bunny - a JellyCat bunny that Kate got for her first Easter. Kate was never really attached to stuffed animals (with the exception of a small tiger), but Karsten most definitely is. She carries this thing all over our house, and if it is missing at bedtime, we send out a search party.

She knows how to turn lights on and off, and recently has realized that she is tall enough to turn door knobs.  Please pray for us. 

She has 11 teeth - 6 on the top and 5 on the bottom.  This includes all 4 of her one year molars and let me just tell you, our whole family is rejoicing that they are all the way in.  She got those 4 molars and 3 other teeth all at one time.  It was rough. 

Karsten is still SUCH a Mama's girl.  When Mama is around, she wants to be held.  And just being in my lap is not good enough. She wants me to be standing and holding her.  So she runs up to me, holds her hand up, and repeats "Up! Up!" until she gets what she wants.

She's doing so well with cups, but I still give her a bottle at bedtime. To be honest, I think this might be just as much something that I want as it is something that she wants.  Putting up all of the bottles is gonna be tough for us both! 

And THAT is Karsten at 15 months.  I wish I could bottle this all up and remember it always.  This girl is such a blessing and we thank God for her daily.  She has the sweetest, most sensitive personality and I can't wait to watch her grow up.  Except, I can wait. I hope it doesn't fly by too fast!

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  1. Kelley,
    What a joy and a blessing it is to see how God has blessed you and Kevin, and completed your family through adoption, with Karsten and Kate! Thank you for sharing this part of your journey and story, with your adoption experience. It only serves as an encouragement and hope for those of us who are still waiting, for God's same blessing. Thank you! Kristy Michler

  2. She is so darn cute! It's amazing how quickly she's grown, and what an adventurous personality she's seemed to develop! :)


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