You are definitely coming into your own, kid. You are still a fairly calm-in-public kid but at home it’s a nonstop dance party.
You spin, you jump (well, you don’t get air yet but you try!), you run laps around the house…you pull the cat’s tail and squeal with delight, and ask for milk (moooo) and crackers (ca ca) and give hugs and kisses and just bring so much joy to our lives.
You also test us, child. The tantrums are getting more frequent and more epic. Your needs must be met THISVERYMINUTE or less there is a meltdown. And you are learning how to push our buttons: throwing your toys, pinching our faces, running away when we try to wash your face.
I can’t believe how much you love to read — you drag at least one book around with you everywhere you go, and you often hoard five or six books in your crib. Even after we read two or three bedtime stories together, you like to stay up for a few more minutes thumbing through your books and reading them aloud.
It’s also fun to watch you form attachments to things. As a baby, you never showed much interest in blankets or stuffed animals, but now you have to have one of your “night-nights” in your hand any time you’re in your bedroom, and you have two dolls and a stuffed elephant that are your near-constant companions. You still ask for your pacifier at nap and bedtimes, but soon we’ll try to break that habit…you’re a big girl!
You’re still in diapers but we’re playing around with potty-training: nothing official, but you have your own potty and you seem to understand the concept of using it. You just don’t yet know how to tell me that you need to go there. That’s OK, we have time!
Speaking of telling me things, the biggest frustration your Daddy and I currently have is trying to understand and translate what you’re saying to us. You’ll fire off two or three sentences that clearly mean something to you, but are just toddler babble to us. And it’s hard when you get frustrated because we don’t understand.
You do still use some sign language — more, milk, tired — but I definitely sense that your vocabulary is just a few days from really exploding.
You are such a sweet, sweet girl and I wake up every day happy to be your mama.