one and a half

This one is all about the girl.

How can it be that she is already one and a half years old?

Just like that, the sweet tiny babyness eased into mobile curiosity and exploration. Rolling became crawling became walking then running and climbing and dancing. Coos and other sounds became laughter and words and songs.

Soon our toddling baby daughter will grow into a real little girl. Already there are signs.

Every day I try to soak it all in, trying not to grasp longingly at what came before or ponder with anticipation what may come next. It is all about today, this moment.

She is incredibly observant and knows our routines, picking up on things we don’t even realize. Her vocabulary is growing like crazy. She understands nearly everything now and repeats after us. She points when she wants to learn the name of something and has an excellent memory.

She laughs from her belly easy and often. She has a hilarious sense of humor and knows just when to laugh when someone is talking, or when she does something funny.

She dances by bending slightly and bouncing at the knees. She has started singing to herself. She loves books and can find each one by name or favorite line. She loves building with blocks before knocking them down. She takes her animal pull toys for walks around the house, sometimes all three at once.

She adores animals, other babies and little kids. When she gives a hug she leans her head in, and insists on hugging everyone in the room including her stuffed animals. She makes great animal sounds (lion is her favorite, followed by horse and cow, then monkey, doggie, owl and kitty).

She longs to play outside and go for walks, and she usually wants to see (and talk to) the horses or cows down the street. She will make friends with any animal given the chance. At the playground she loves the slides and swing but she may be happiest playing in the sand or running with a ball on the grass in the park.

She likes to pick out her clothes and loves pretty dresses, but she would wear her yellow dandy-lion t-shirt every day if we let her.

She enjoys grocery shopping and calls out the names of all the fruits and veggies. At home she helps unload the bags one item at a time, pointing to where everything goes. She asks for certain foods and some of her favorites are bananas (“nanna”), quesadillas (“dee-yah”) and pasta (“pah-dah”). She will try almost anything once, but will scrape it off her tongue if she doesn’t like it. She climbs up her high chair so fast it’s scary.

She has five different ways of saying “yes” but has not yet really used “no” (she says “bye bye” instead).

She is strong and strong-willed, intelligent, curious and clever.

We are in such deep love with this child.

It is unbelievable how she has opened my heart and let it grow in ways I never before imagined. My heart overflows with love for her.

As I tell her every night before bed, when we say goodnight to everyone in her life, I am so lucky to be this little girl’s mama. I am so grateful to know, love and care for this child. To watch her grow and help her learn every day is such a privilege. Each moment is so precious.

Happy 18 months, sweet girl. Mama loves you!


~ by luna on December 1, 2010.

16 Responses to “one and a half”

  1. Happy 1.5, you sweet girl!

    I just loved this stage, when the language is coming and the curiosity is in full force. Thanks for letting me relive my own 1.5 days through yours.

  2. Wow, Luna, that is one cute little adorableness. Sigh. It just makes you smile.

  3. Amazing, it truly is. She is GORGEOUS! 🙂

  4. hOw Awesome! arent’ they amazing.
    Love that you included a picture with your post, she has grown so much and is so dang cute.

  5. What a cutie! It is amazing how fast they grow and change. 18 months is such a fun age!

  6. so sweet. Happy one and a half, little girl!

  7. She is AMAZING! Look at that face! It’s great fun to hear about how fast they grow and your parenting experiences!

  8. Oh my, she is just GORGEOUS!

    Time does fly and I find myself wanting to freese it very often.

    Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your life with us!

  9. I can’t believe how long I’ve been following your blog! Your daughter is already one and a half years old?!! And she is SO gorgeous!

  10. Wow. 18 months old. She’s beautiful.

  11. She is beautiful! What a joy to see her, having grown so much in the time I’ve followed your blog–since shortly before her birth I believe. She is just gorgeous, and as always, your words are moving. Happy 1.5 birthday sweet girl!:)

  12. They grow so fast! What a joy it is though, huh? She is a beautiful, loved little girl 🙂

  13. And I feel lucky that you continue to share her with us. : ) What a little doll! : )

  14. a sweet sweet privilege indeed:)

  15. Luna- I can’t believe just how much this sweet little lady has grown! It is hard to believe the changes that your lives have been through since I was first introduced to your blog. I am so happy and feel so blessed that you have chosen to share all that has changed within your family. I can’t wait to hear about and see the changes that will continue to bless your sweet family over the next 1.5 years. Love the picture of the little darling too ❤

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