18 months

Happy Half Birthday!

This year is flying by so quickly, and you are changing so much. I can't believe that in just 6 short months, you are going to be 2 years old!!

Everyday you are becoming less and less of a baby, and more and more of a little girl. You are funny, silly, smart, stubborn, loving... a veritable whirlwind of emotions and constant movement. When you don't want to do something, heaven help us!! But when you are feeling snuggly, there is nothing better then your huge grin as you shower us with hugs and kisses.

You are still my string bean... 19 lb 4 oz (<5%), and 32 in (60%)!! Long and lean. Its probably because you never stop moving! Climbing on chairs, opening cabinets, running after the dog; you are always going.

In the younger toddler room at school, you are the only girl right now. But you love it! You love all the attention the boys give you, and have no problem getting your way! There is no pushing you around. You are my tomboy, in a beautiful dress.  :-)

This past month has been a stressful one for us. We went on vacation, thinking we'd be home in a week, and instead, we ended up out of our house for a month now!! It was hard for you at first, I know you were confused about what was going on, but you adjusted and made it work. I hope that you can always do that, take what life throws at you and just work it out.

On the plus side, you now absolutely adore Willy, your Pappy, and love running over to him and throwing your hands in the air so he'll scoop you up! You guys have a great time together, going for little walks, or just sitting together. 

You are adding a ton of new words everyday: shoe, please, thank you, love you, water, up, Pappy, excuse me, duck, boo-boo, Emily (your daycare teacher), Riley (a classmate). And those are just a few. You repeat so much of what we say now... we really have to be careful!! You love to brush your teeth (12 of them now!), flush the toilet, bring everyone their shoes, and take off your diaper (oh boy.). You like balls, trucks/cars, and the little dogs and cats that come with a play vet shop that you got for your birthday. One of your favorite books is a cloth one that your Nana got you, all about getting ready for bed (it has a small cloth bear that moves from page to page doing things).

You are still a boob-girl, 18 months and counting! I can't imagine you wanting to stop anytime soon, but we'll see how things play out! Its a source of nutrients, of course, but it is such a comfort to you as well, and a way to center yourself when things are going too fast. I'm glad that I can give that to you, and I hope that I can be that for you long after our breastfeeding relationship ends. 

Gwen, you can be so trying sometimes... since you want to do everything your way, and are still learning about boundaries. But you are also the most rewarding part of my life. I never could have imagined feeling this way about someone, and I am so lucky to be your Mama. If time won't slow down, I'll just have to do my best to savor every moment before it passes.

I love you forever,

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