dare i say this has been the best month yet? you are at such a fun age!! exploring, entertaining, sweet, and just plain adorable. You’ve shed every ounce of “baby” and are rapidly approaching being a toddler!
You officially have a new favorite activity… Stair climbing! We’ll never forget the day we caught you halfway up the stairs, lets just say baby gates went right up because although you’ve mastered UP we haven’t quite mastered DOWN. You love chasing the kitty all the way up to the very top. The venue doesn’t quite matter–home, park, grandma and grandpa’s…you head straight for that first step.
We have discovered the outdoors, and a day doesn’t go by where you don’t stand at the doors begging to go explore the courtyard. Thankfully the weather has been dry and mild, so outdoor playtime has been a daily activity. The park is also a new part of our routine and you love every part of it- the swings, the slide, the big kids running around, and even the sand. It’s adorable to watch you stare wistfully at the big kids playing. We’re still a ways off from walking- but you’re officially showing interest in your walker stroller. Back n forth, back n forth, back n forth in your playroom, you’ll let go and stand momentarily on your own- only to come crashing down. We still have work to do, that’s for sure!
As much as you usually love your baths, this month there was a week or so where you REFUSED to bathe. It seemed a major meltdown was inevitable at bath time. The bath routine would start out fine, but the second we start to undress, the wailing begins. On the other hand, we seem to have the opposite problem in swim class. You definitely live up to your nickname “fish”…it’s amazing to watch you sit on the edge of the pool and come splashing down into dad’s arms. You emerge with a huge smile on your face, eager for another round of “fishies in the ocean.”
You have one last favorite activity that needs to be mentioned. Talking on the phone. Not just your phone- but the remote, your shoes, and anything remotely resembling a phone. Riding in the car, sitting in the shopping cart, playing in the playroom- always on the phone! You pick it up and say “hello!”- and it’s got to be the cutest thing ever. NO idea where you could have picked up that habit!
And speaking of saying “hello”, you now have a solid vocabulary of “mama”, “dada” and “baba,” along with plenty of other half words we hear coming from your endless stream of babble. We swear we hear you say “kitty” whenever Reagan come sauntering by. It wouldn’t surprise us in the least…you love that cat!
Well fish. You are by far the star of the show these days- and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Seeing you laugh and smile always brings us such joy- and this month has by far been the best yet. We love you so much and can’t wait for your first birthday next month!
love- mom & dad