Let's start with Raya :-)
I'm estimating Raya to be around 37 pounds and 38 inches tall. I talked to my mom and she said at my own 3 year appointment way back when that I was also 38 inches tall, and 39 lbs. So Raya is (I believe) just about exactly what I was at this age---strange huh?! I think that for percentiles she'll be above average weight and average to high average height. It's funny to me because I always think of Raya as having kind of short legs, but I'm pretty tall (5'9) and Raya appears to be following in my footsteps for size, so we'll see! She definitely reminds me of myself for build---definitely not petite, but average/healthy weight. We're solid haha.
As far as developmental, I think Raya is right on track, or excelling, in most areas. She can brush her own teeth, wash her own hands, put on her own shoes, she's potty trained, speaks in sentences, etc. etc. At this age they say that kids should be able to count to 3 and identify some colors.....well Raya can count to 15, and all the way to 20 depending on her mood....she knows all of her colors and can count with 1-to-1 correspondance up to 10. She can climb ladders, pretend play, knows when and how to ask for help, can read people's moods, etc. I would say the only area she might be a little 'Behind" on his fine motor (they say at age 3 they should be able to draw simple shapes like a circle, copy simple figures like a cross, etc and Raya is just now starting to experiement with that stuff. But honestly, we havent' really worked on that at all until very recently, so she's just getting used to holding a pencil and things like that. She happily tries to trace lines and draw circles, but they are still a little rough looking. However I think it's still well within normal for her age....she's only 3 afterall!
And now for Brielle :-)
I'm estimating Brielle to be around 22lbs and 29 inches long. At her 12 month appointment she was below average for size (I think around 18th-20th%ile) but she definitely seems to be filling out recently (yay!) I'm predicting she'll be maybe in the 40th%ile range---still very much my "petite" girl compared to Raya at the same age. Funny how they can be so different!
As far as developmental, I really think brielle is right on track. At this age they say the "average" 15 month old has 3-6 words that parents can understand. Well Brielle says Dada, Mama, uh-oh, what's that, and hi regularly, so that's great! She also is doing quite a bit of repeating too. At this age she should be able to point to 1 or more body parts and she can do many more than that (ears, tongue, head, belly button, toes). She understands simple commands (such as "go get monkey paci"). She can crawl up stairs, climb onto furniture, etc. Her gross motor is advanced I would say!! All in all I think she's doing great :-) The only area I've come across that she can't do is a lot of charts say they can "walk backwards" at 15 months haha. Well, I guess that's not a skill I've ever thought to work on :-P
In other news for Brielle, we have officially stopped the morning nap! It's been about 1 week now that she has gone without, and she does fine. She starts to get fussy after lunch, but by then it's time for the afternoon nap with Raya.
And now for some pictures! First off, Brielle is quite the smarty pants I think. She's often overlooked because Raya can do so much more, being older....but Brielle is really catching on to things. For instance, Brielle has been willingly doing photoshoots with Raya the last couple days haha. She runs to the wall where I normally take their pictures and she stands there and grunts at my camera lol.
|And go figure, she chooses to pose right after playing outside and in the sandbox|
so she's covered in dirt and snot LOL
So then Raya sat down and said "I get treat? I take pictures and smile?" haha. Always looking for the payoff LOL. (By the way, no, she didn't get any candy!)
And then Raya holds out her shirt and says "Take pictures of my pretty shirt Mommy" .....perfect....let's be super cooperative when you are wearing the least interesting outfit in your closet haha.
And then things really got funny. Brielle stands up and starts pushing at Raya's legs....I figured out that she was wanting to sit on Raya's lap!! Hahaha....she knows how the photoshoots go :-P
|Raya started sticking out her tongue....|
|And soon our little copycat was doing the same thing! :-)|
|She was really concentrating!|
|Another "ah-ha" moment...I told her "big smile!!" just like I say to Raya, and she immediately did this! hehe|
|She was saying "bear" too---but she gets so excited that many of her words are hard to distinguish from squeals.|
Today I finally noticed she was saying "BEEEE ars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when at first I thought she was just squealing :-)
|Such a goofy girl!|
Happy Monday!!!!! And don't forget about my GIVEAWAY going on now on my Etsy shop's facebook page ....we've got quite a battle going on for first place between 2 entries :-) But I will also be chosing another winner completely randomly, so there is still time to post a photo on my fb to enter and possibly win a free shirt!! Contest ends tomorrow night and a winner will be chosen Wednesday morning. Good luck!