I realize this is tardy, but here goes. Her birthday was April 26, and our poor girl woke up with a cold. We had to cancel the dinner we had planned with friends, but she was cheerful nonetheless and had a fun day despite the sickness.
It is so hard for me to wait on opening presents, so we decided to let her open the gift from Matt and me after lunch. We gave her a small wooden train set with tracks and a few accessories because she really likes “choo choos”. She and Jack got involved with the trains for a while, so we waited a little later before eating cake. Leah had been helping me out with cleaning that morning AND baked Lucie’s cake for me: pure chocolate. All I had to do was stick two candles in and sing “Happy Birthday!” Lucie did try blowing them out, but eventually Matt had to help get the job done.
While taking her nap she got a few more presents in the mail–toy cleaning supplies–and played the rest of the evening with them. Whenever she finds a rag, she starts wiping everything she can reach, so she had a lot of fun with these. It was really a sweet day despite our colds.
I guess I should write in a few ways she is growing so big! She’s still learning to talk, but here’s a list of some things we can decipher:
Tay-too: thank you
Dack: jack or snack
Wash: wash (remember how she loves pretending to clean things)
Ah-ohn-too: I want to or I don’t want to; defer to context to figure out which one
Baby geek: baby swing (recently improved from “abu-geek”)
Her clearest words are “APPLE JUICE!”
Everyday she surprises me with new words and phrases. Isn’t it a fun stage?
She also loves all the animals and especially likes to make their noises (“moooo”, “cack-cack”, meow/weow,” …)
I think what will also stand out about this year is her ability to get her way with snuggles. Because she has a queen sized bed, if she wakes up in the middle of the night, it’s so easy to lie down next to her. She scoots over as close as she can next to me, and, well, how can I resist when she puts her hand on my face and says “teep (sleep)! Before I realize what is happening, I wake up an hour or longer later, still in her bed. ( Matt has been known a time or two to fall into this trap as well!) Sometimes it does become habitual, and then we get serious and push her to go back to sleep on her own, just so you know. Ahh, well, I will remember it with a smile.