Posted on | December 29, 2012 | 1 Comment
Yesterday you turned eighteen months old, a year and a half old! Your dad and I say it all the time…you’re quickly becoming a “little kid”. You’re doing so many things on your own like brushing your hair and teeth, washing your faces and hands, and taking off your coat and hat. You’ve been very observant in how adults and older kids do things and jump at the chance to do them yourself, like putting lotion on your hands and face (and Mom’s and Dad’s faces as well) and pushing buttons on the dishwasher and washer and dryer. You’re becoming very helpful as well you close doors for us, pick up your toys and clothes, and bring the cats their food in the morning. When you do these things you usually like to say “I got it!”
Now that you’ve really started to talk we’re able to understand what you need and want. You say “please” (peas) and “thank you” (dank) often without any prompting. You ask to watch “Blues Clues” (Bu) all the time. If we can’t understand what you’re asking for you’ll grab one of our hands and show us. I think your understanding of logic is slowly starting to develop as well and when we explain simple things to you and say “Okay?” you respond with an affirmative “Otay”. You love to name animals; so far you’ve mastered “dog” (dooooog), “cat” (cat or dat), “bear”, “duck”, and “fish”. When asked to name an animal you’ll always say “Itsa ____”, I joke that you sound like you’re right off the boat from Italy. You’re working on the sounds these and other animals make as well; you know a dog says “woof”, a bear says “rawr”, and a cow and/or moose says “moooooooooooooooooo!!!”. (Honestly I don’t know what a moose really sounds like so we’ll stick with your suggestion.) You’ll also ask for “Raj” (Roger our LED light up snowman) to be turned on when we come home and many times you carry him room to room so he doesn’t miss out on the action as well.
You’re so friendly and loving it makes my heart swell. You wave and greet almost everyone with a “Hiii!” and the lucky ones get kisses blown at them or a hug. You always give Daddy a kiss before your bedtime story, no questions asked. You also started giving big dramatic kisses finished off with a “MUAH!”. You love babies and want to hold, hug, kiss, and tickle them but you’re very gentle and cautious around them which brings me relief that you’ll be a caring big sister in a few months.
Your sense of humor and comedic timing are really starting to develop as is your mischievous side. I have no idea where you could get that from. *cough* Daddy *cough* You try to make me laugh when it’s bedtime by giving me a big open mouth kiss but will just sit there with your mouth on my face and stare at me until one of us laughs. If that doesn’t work you’ll stroke my face gently like I do yours in hopes that I’ll fall asleep first and then you can have free reign to do whatever you please. You also like to tickle people and to be tickled back. You’re starting to fake sneeze, cough, and burp to get a giggle out of anyone around you. You love to dance and your poor sitter is kind enough to let you play her animatronic Christmas decorations over and over again during the day so you can hear the music, watch them dance, and then dance yourself. You’re always kind enough to invite other people to dance with you too.
You really are a kind and independent soul. Even when you do push our buttons and test our patience it’s (almost) understandable and easily forgotten since we have so many more great times together. I can’t wait to see you develop into the little girl you’re on the verge of becoming.
I love you very much, Sophia.
P.S. – I wish I could have taken actual eighteen month photos of you but you’re all over the place these days and as soon as I pull out my camera you want to do “cheese” to everyone else so I had to settle for cell phone pictures from the last few months.