On Monday, we had lunch with a friend of mommy’s who hasn’t seen you since you were about 6 months old. Despite being really quiet and a little shy, you showed off what a cute personality you have and started warming up by the end.
She asked me what you’re doing lately. I think I’m getting used to that question as prior to now, you were hitting certain milestones each month, smiling, laughing, sitting up, pulling up, crawling, walking, talking, eating new foods, drinking milk, etc.
Now, you’re on this learning and growing path. You’re testing boundaries. You’re exploring EVERYTHING that comes in your way, and for some reason you want to put everything in your mouth (aren’t you in the oral fixation stage per Freud?), so it’s a battle of what I’ll let you and what I won’t. We’re learning you are SO. STUBBORN. Seriously. We tell you no, and you won’t move, you’ll just keep staring at us defiantly. Sometimes you’ll try to duck and hide like you’re sorry. When people first see it they have to suppress laughter because it’s so silly. Eventually I think it’ll turn into, “I’m sorry, mama,” but we’re not there yet.
You’ve perfected the sound of a kiss. It’s now the perfect puckering sound as opposed to a “Muah” that sounds it almost like a chant.
You’re singing more and more songs. I don’t think there’s a single song off the Frozen soundtrack. My personal favorite is “Beeez Baaaahz” when starting “In Summer” or “Biiiiiiite” at the end of “People Are Better Than Reindeers”. You’re getting closer to playing patty-cake with us, but it’s more like you making us clap our hands (which is fine).
You are manipulating people like crazy. Every time we drop you off at Sunday School, you start to melt into us and pretend to be either tired or afraid. I know that within five minutes you are fine and playing like a champ.
Your incisors are coming in now and I think they might be worse than the molars. Those are in and you’re biting into things like a champ. One of your new favorite things is to steal our apples at Panera and take big bites. When we each peaches or nectarines, I’m sure to give you big slices as you love sinking your teeth into it now.
You learn new words daily. You know the sounds and names to most animals, but still prefer to give us the sound of the animal. You’ve memorized as many of your books as I do. You know where to answer “No” and when to make the noises. You LOVE books and we have to stop you every morning from destroying your bookshelf that I moved into your room last month.
You’ve been to OCNJ again and you LOVED the sand. We had to stop you from eating it a lot. We also took you on your first carousel ride which you loved (and even CRIED when we tried to take you off). Your Grandma and Grandpa were up last month to visit. We went to the zoo for the first time and you loved the big kitties and the monkeys. The baby orangutan was just on the other side of the glass so I think it was fun to be able to see him so up close. We tried to feed giraffes, pigs, and goats, but you weren’t so convinced that was a good idea.
On Monday I also took you to the children’s museum. It’s been a little over three months since the last time we took you. What blew my mind is in the middle there’s a big “grassy” play area with a bridge built in. You desperately wanted to walk up it at the end of March but struggled, even with my help. When we went on Monday, you were running back and forth across it. It’s amazing what skills you’ve learned and we hardly notice it.
We also took you to the fountains at Stony Point this summer. You weren’t sure why we did it at first, but once you got it, we had to pry you away so you didn’t burn or turn into a prune from all the water!
And pig tails have now officially graced your pretty little head. I think they’re about the cutest thing ever. Your father hates them a little bit, but mostly because it makes you look like a little girl rather than the small baby you still are in his mind.
So, you’re doing a lot. The things you’re supposed to be doing. I’m so proud to call you mine and am SO GLAD you’re a part of my life.
I love you ALWAYS, sweet girl,