Dear Audrey (17 Months)

Dear Audrey,

DOGGIE! NONONONONONONO! APPA! DADA!

The words are coming very slowly, and every day I see you struggling to communicate with us (thank goodness for baby sign language, which makes a big difference). But you are sort of starting to talk. I think it will be another couple of months before it’s anything meaningful, but your Daddy is convinced that one day you’re going to wake up and start talking in complete sentences.

Not sure if she's signing please or happy but she did it with gusto.

By the way, “doggie” is for any animal except a cat, which gets “keekeeeeee” from you.

You are so smart, kiddo. When I ask you where your head, your cheek, your teeth, your toes or your belly is, you happily point to it on your own body. You also love to run over to me or Daddy and lift our shirts to poke our bellies.

My heart.

We recently bought annual passes to Walt Disney World, and it’s been such a joy to watch you run around and interact with people and characters. It’s also great for your poor parents who quickly run out of at-home entertainment. Luckily, you don’t seem to mind stacking the same blocks over and over for a half hour, or coloring on a pad of paper. But having somewhere safe to take you is great — you run around and watch shows and more.

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On the food front, you’re still eating like a champ. I keep wondering if your habits are going to change, especially as you start to voice your opinions (LOUDLY, sometimes). I am working on getting you to eat one thing at a time rather than shoving handfuls of food into your mouth.

So much for our utensils practice...

You have so many new skills it’s hard to keep track. You run (and barely ever fall!) and climb and DANCE and laugh and play peekaboo and hide and seek and so much more.

I'm in class all day so Daddy is spending his birthday with her very favorite girl. Looks like she even threw him a party! ❤️❤️❤️

We love you so much and even when we’re exhausted at the end of the day, we’re sad when it’s time to put you to bed!

A friend caught this classic toddler moment over the weekend and it perfectly sums up my life right now. I love it so, so much.

Love,

Mommy

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