Emma just had her half-birthday, and in keeping with tradition, we celebrated by serving her half of a donut with a candle and singing, “Happy half-birthday to you!” Sometimes, we all eat a half-donut with the half-birthday-person, but this time, we each just went straight for a full donut.
I have a private blog for each of my girls where I write about their milestones, cute and funny things they do, my hopes and dreams for them, and anything else I want them to have forever. Eventually, I’ll print these blog posts into a book for them. This blog post is going on Emma’s private blog, but I’m putting it here also so that aunts and grandparents can read about her cuteness. And you too, if you so desire.
18-month-old Emma is…
- Busy. She brakes only for stories, snuggles, and snacks. At any other time of the day, she is up and moving — most often in circles. For some reason, she loves to walk around the room in circles when she gets excited.
- A mama’s girl. As busy as she is, she gets nervous around strangers, and seeks to be still and hidden in her mama’s arms. Her mama doesn’t mind.
- A talker! If she’s awake, she’s talking. Sometimes her words are crystal clear, sometimes only I can understand, and other times there ain’t nobody gonna figure out what that girl is saying. But she always has something to say, and she will say it. Repeatedly.
- Obsessed with bellies. She pronounces belly as “body.” When the moment seems appropriate to her (and it always seems appropriate to her), she will lift her shirt, point to her belly, and shout, “BODY!” Then she points at each individual in the room and demands to see their bellies by shouting, “BODY!” Her 5-year-old sister always obliges with giggles. I had to obey her command at the beginning of a phone call so I could have some peace and quiet. It felt weird. Now I just say, “Yes, I have a belly too.” That seems sufficient for her.
- A dancer. She will come up to me at any time of the day and shout, “Dants! Dants!” When I turn on the music for her, she begins dancing in circles. If I leave the room, she follows me, pointing an accusing finger at me, and shouts, “DANTS! DANTS!” She loves to copy her sister’s dance moves, and does a pretty good job.
- A lover of animals. If the cat is near, he is normally right next to her because she will absentmindedly pet him as long as he’s there. She can do the animal sounds of almost any animal you can think of. Her horse sound is the cutest — a high-pitched laugh.
- Learning to count — in her own way. All day long, she walks around saying, “Two, one. Two, one.”
- Adorably obedient. Sometimes I ask her to pick up a piece of paper and put it in the trash simply because she is just so darn cute when she’s obedient. She stops what she’s doing, says, “OH” and toddles over to do the assigned task.
- In unconditional, undying love with two objects — her precious dino (Nino!) and her paci (Daci!)