On top of that, new words are coming out of your mouth everyday. Like your Mama, everything you do and say is very calculated. It's so funny to watch you move your mouth (with no sound), trying to figure out how to say each new word and sound. Until you think you can master it, you will rarely try it. Which makes the words that you can say clear as day. You're starting to randomly repeat a lot of words we say, but these are the ones we hear more regularly:
Baby (your absolute favorite word)
A-na (sometimes it sounds more like na-na which is what you call bananas)
Nana (see above)
Pup-pup-pup (you really like hopping on poor Gus lately, and barking "arf")
Hungry (you say/sign this one constantly! Can we say, growth spurt?!)
Pooh (you love your Pooh bear cup/book/toothbrush)
Speaking of potty... potty training is still a lot of ups and downs at this age. You know that when you sit on the potty, you should go. You don't, however, always want to sit for long enough. You actually take great pride in jumping off the potty and yelling "up!" as you run to bury your face in my lap and giggle. On my days off, I've been trying to put you in training pants more and more, and depending on the day, we go through 2-4 of them before Daddy gets home. But, it will come... more on that later.
New foods you've tried include the ever popular PB&J. Daddy actually gave you this for the first time, and per his report - you weren't all that trilled. You also tried BBQ sauce down in Nashville and weren't too crazy about that flavor either. You did try YATS (a creole place near and dear to Butler students and alumni) and absolutely loved the Bee & Bee (a vegetarian dish with black beans and corn), despite the fact that we thought it might be a little too spicy for you. I guess you have your Daddy's stomach! Mandarin oranges, bananas, mixed veggies, and Goldfish crackers continue to be definite favorites.
It's unbelievable how many teeth you have now! Last time
As always, you are such a source of joy in our lives. We savor every little moment, the good and the bad, of this journey called parenthood. Thanks to you, Annalyn, we have the privilege of being Mama & Daddy. We never understood how entirely incomplete our lives were until you came along and made us a family. For that, we will forever be grateful. Even when you're a teenager... though we may need reminded of it more then. But I don't want to think of that... as far as I'm concerned, you'll be my silly, crazy, curious, sweet, spunky little toddler forever. Yep, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!