I'm loving how much your communication skills have taken off. You say so many different things and are able to follow multi-step commands. I know having Carter around really helps because I notice you mimicking things you've seen him do. When we are out and about and someone strikes up a conversation Carter typically holds up 4 fingers and tells them he just turned 4. I've noticed you now hold up a random number of fingers when someone starts talking to you and then say, "baby." It kills me and is so darn cute! Some things you pick up and I'm not sure how you learned them. I know Carter and I have talked about them but not a whole lot. You've started pointing at planes and saying sky. When you first did it I kept telling you, "Yes, that's the sky!" Then I realized there was a plane flying and that was what you were pointing at, not just the sky. You love to say peek-a-boo and will pop around and yell "eek-a-oo" all the time. It is darling. You love pointing out eyes and toes. You will even lift your foot up and wiggle your toes when you say toe. You like to actually poke animals in the eye when you point out their eyes so we are working on that. You cut your toe earlier in the month and said "toe owie," when you showed it to me. You say rock when you want to sit and rock for a little bit before your nap. You'll say walk either when you are being held and want the person to walk or when you are being held and want down to walk. You yell out coat when we are getting ready to leave the house. You also started pointing at things and saying cute. The first time I heard you do it was when we were shopping with Oma and you saw stuffed animals. You also say Oma, Opa, J for Uncie J, and Taco for Uncie Taco. Often times taco sounds like caco. The first time you said it, I though you were asking for an avocado and then I realized Carter was talking to Uncie Taco on the phone and you recognized his voice. So taco and avocado sound the same. You say wawa for any kind of drink other than juice. We usually just have water or milk so that narrows it down for us but it's pretty funny to hear you ask for water and then scream and throw your sippy on the floor when we get it for you because you want water! You will also say all gone when you are done eating. That is often times followed by you throwing your plate on the floor. You will also say plate when you are hungry and want us to give you food or when you have food and want a plate to set it on. You say apbo for apple, meme for banana, and duece for juice. You've also very clearly started saying Caca for Carter which brings back fond memories of Carter referring to himself in the third person as Caca. My favorites this holiday season have been hearing you say "ho ho ho" and you searching for Marco, our elf. You would walk around the house yelling out "Larco!" When you discovered where Marco was you would point at him and say "Larco up," while pointing at him and hopping up and down.
|Trying to escape the photo shoot.|
After Carter's birthday you started playing with the wooden birthday cake set a lot. You'll sit and sing "Happy" over and over. You also serve cake to us while saying bite. You love to hand food to people and are very insistent that they eat it. You don't take no for an answer and continue to offer the food saying "bite" in a more and more demanding tone. I have found myself overfull at lunch a few times due to this. You love it so much and laugh so hard after the bite is taken that it's awfully hard to turn you down even if you would allow it. You also yell out bite when you want a bite of someone else's food. Sometimes you yell out mine when you want someone else's food. That goes for anything you want, even Carter's toys. You'll point at what you want and scream out "mine!" You can get pretty forceful when you want something and Carter won't give it to you. Sometimes he is left crying because you can pull things out of his hands and you even push him down. You can definitely hold your own!
You love to eat and love most foods. You have amazed me by liking hot sauce and spicy salsa. Daddy was trying to eat his eggs he made for breakfast and you kept mooching even though you'd already had breakfast. He was trying to work around the edges to give you eggs without hot sauce on them. I told him to go ahead and give you a bite with hot sauce. If you didn't like it, you might stop mooching. You didn't even react when it reached your mouth and continued asking for a bite. We were out and the salsa was labeled mild but I thought it was more like medium. I put some on your breakfast burrito and you opened the burrito up to lick the salsa out, you loved it so much! I'm guessing you are going to be our spicy baby! Most of your temper tantrums have been over food. We got a big box of fruit snacks at Sam's and you loved them. My rule is you only get one fruit snack package a day when we have them. You think the rule should be all you eat is fruit snacks when we have them. You'd go to the pantry and throw yourself down on the floor screaming and crying when I'd remind you that you'd already had your one package for the day. I'd have to walk away and ignore you to get you to stop. Just recently you've started understanding more. When I give you your package I tell you that's the only one you get today and you'll shake your head yes. I'm sure we have plenty more tantrums in our future, but I'm glad the tantrums over that have ended.
You are such a happy girl and are so much fun to be around. Joy just oozes out of you and it's nearly impossible to feel anything but happiness when you are happy. We went to Jake's neighborhood at night because his neighbor had a holiday light show set to music. You loved it so much, laughing and clapping throughout the show. Your daddy isn't big on holidays and doesn't really enjoy stuff like that but he happily sat through the entire show because you were enjoying it so much. This year was the first year I had to worry about a child taking ornaments off the tree. No matter how many times I told you, you just wouldn't stop. You'd wait until no one was in the room with you or our backs were turned and you'd grab one off. If we caught you, you'd panic and throw the ornament down and even broke one that way. Most the time you would put it back on the tree by laying it on a branch or laying it on the floor underneath the tree. Carter's first movie was the old cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas so I thought it would be fun if that was also your first movie. We drank hot chocolate and watched it one night. Your commentary was cracking me up. You yelled out "shoooo," when the Grinch made his Santa shoes. Then you yelled "light," when he made a shadow as he slunk down the road. You yelled it each time he made a shadow after that as well. You yelled out "doggy," every time you saw Max and yelled "ba (ball)," when an ornament fell from the tree. You yelled yellow when a yellow crumb was shown on the ground. You didn't make it very long into the movie and it's only about 25 minutes as is. Then you came back toward the end yelling, "Oh, oh!" over and over when the sleigh was about to go over the cliff. I couldn't stop laughing. It was my favorite viewing of the movie ever!
Christmas was a few days after your month birthday but I'm writing this late so I figure I might as well add it in while it's fresh in my mind. Santa brought you a doll stroller and the first thing you did was start filling it up with stuff and driving it around. You did a great job passing out presents. I'd read the name tag and then tell you who to take the present to and you'd carry it over to him/her. Only a couple times did you start to rip open a package rather than deliver it to the intended recipient. You loved ripping open presents and did a great job unwrapping your presents on your own. Another gift you really enjoyed was a doll crib you got from your Great Aunt Judy and Great Uncle Mike. You put your babies in it, sat in it yourself, and enjoyed playing with the bedding that came with it. Your Oma and Opa got you some sparkly shoes and those were also a hit. You carried them around saying, "shoooos," until I put them on you. Carter got some really awesome magnetic blocks and you loved building with them. You also enjoyed your lacing shapes which surprised me because I didn't think you'd quite be able to do it yet. You were desperate to eat Santa's cookies but Carter was insistent you were not to have a bite of Santa's cookies so you left them alone.
You are always observing and exploring, figuring out how to do things and how things work. You've figured out how to slide up on my phone so you can take pictures when my phone is locked. I'm constantly finding random pictures of your feet and the floor. You've also taken a few videos and they crack me up. In one you are breathing really heavily and then randomly yell out blue and then wawa (water). You have also figured out how to stack Play Doh containers to make towers and love to pull them out and make towers. One day you pulled a lid off and I'm hoping that was just by luck and you won't be able to do it again. We do not need that kind of a mess occurring around here! You watch Carter do something a few times and then the next thing I know, you are doing it! One of my favorite things you do is hop up and down when you're excited. You'll run up to me and hop up and down when you want me to pick you up. You also hop up and down when I'm getting you food or when I'm getting ready to put your shoes on. Really anything you want to do.
You are pretty darn fearless too. You'll run off without me without a moment's hesitation. The last time we went to the Children's Museum, every time I turned my back for even a second you had taken off in the tape tunnel without me. One time someone helped you up the ladder so by the time I got to you, you were standing by the tape slide hopping up and down in front of a girl who was probably around 8 years old, wanting her to pick you up and take you down the slide. In a situation like that Carter would have gotten to the slide and started crying when he realized I wasn't with him. You also ran off into the room with water and I found you standing on a stool reaching as far as you could over the side into the water. I couldn't believe you went into an entirely different room without me. I couldn't look away from you at all or you were off! Thomas was dog sitting for a friend and ended up going out of town so we took care of the dogs for a few days. One of the dogs was taller than you and you were unphased. You'd just stand and giggle as he sniffed you and licked your face! I know with your intellect, daring nature, and lack of fear, you are going to be one successful woman! I look forward to watching you grow into the amazing girl and then woman you will be. I love you so much Leesey Loo and am so glad I get to be your mommy and spend my days exploring with you!
Now on to Daddy:
Elise you continue to amaze me with how much and how quickly you learn. Here lately you have surprised me daily with something new. Either a word, or an understanding, or just doing something clever. I love how you know what you want and that you are going to make sure that you tell us what you want!
You are for sure a shoes girl! I love hearing you ask to have your shoes put on. A few times now we have needed to go some where and I could not find your shoes. All I had to do was ask you where they were and you could take me right to them!
Watching you play with your brother has been cracking me up. Most times he does not treat you like a baby, but rather like someone his own age. He expects you to keep up and hold your own, and honestly you do a damn good job! You are quick to tell him no or call for back up!
My favorite toy to watch you on this month is the trampoline. You get on there and squeel and laugh and go to town!
Love you baby!