I am not going to write monthly-updates anymore, as I feel I have to cut the tie off somewhere (can you imagine -- when you're a teenager "Miss Lucy, you're 204 months old today!" Ha!). However, I do solemnly swear to update more often. You are getting so much more active and interactive and just plain FUN! I find myself missing you all day long. I used to long for you all day at work, because I couldn't wait to come home and nuggle you, but since you're not a big nuggler anymore (just sometimes, and oh, how I treasure those sometimes), I find myself thinking about what all we're going to play when we get home. :)
For your birthday, I had several people ask "What can I get her for her birthday? What does she want?" and you really didn't need anymore toys that played more music, or made more lights blink, but you do love to read, and I want to foster your love for reading, and so I told them books. You received lots of books -- and really good ones, too! We keep all of your big toys in a huge brown wicker toy box I got for the living room at Target, and all of your books in a small wicker basket beside it. You'll go straight to the book box and pull out your favorites. You seem to favor the smaller board books, because they're easier for you to handle. You always want to read "The Wheels on the Bus," "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," or "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." We also still read four books every night before bedtime, too. You just love to read and are so attentive!
This weekend, Memaw and Nathan came to spend the night. You and Nathan acted like brother and sister. At one point, we were reading books, and he wanted to be pesky and put his head in front of you so you couldn't see the book. You promptly began to push his head out of the way with your finger. When he didn't move, you tried head-butting him. It took three tries, but he finally moved!
You crawl everywhere now, and are taking some steps -- but only when YOU want to.
I took you to the park today, and you had so much fun climbing and sliding and swinging -- it wore you out, too! You came home and took a long nap, and were very cranky when you woke up. Speaking of sleeping, you're getting harder to put down at night. We're going to have to start just putting you to bed in your crib, and not waiting for you to fall asleep as I rock you, because you will rock for hours before you close your pretty eyes. You really like your crib though, and have lots of little stuffed animals and special blankets that you treasure. You have your purple mongey that Nathan picked out for you when you were still in my belly, the moose your Daddy & I bought for you in Ellijay, GA, the pink bunny your Daddy picked out for you when we found out you were a little girl, your lovey I had made for you, and your Teddy. You love each one of them. I also just put a pillow in your crib. You start off on it, but are off of it by the morning. I also just put your bumper pad back up in your crib, but weaved it in and out of the slats, because you keep sticking your feet and legs through the slats and wake up squawling!!!
You're standing up and walking the whole time during your bath -- makes it so much harder to bathe you!
At daycare, you're still in the Nursery because you're not walking... but there's a little boy, Connor, in there who can walk and likes to push you down -- most likely accidentally, as he's probably just trying to balance himself, but he also likes to pull your bows out of your hair. We practice every morning on the way to school saying "No, No, Connor! No, No!"
You love The Fresh Beat Band's "Reach for the Sky" song -- we also listen to it on the way to school.
You eat anything and everything now -- You do love lunchables and hot dogs (healthy, I know).
You love to go strolling, we have the perfect neighborhood for it, too!
Your Daddy & I love you to pieces! :)