Oh my little Emelina. My sweet, squishy, Emma. My Emma-lemma. My fellow type A, all the way. Today we are saying goodbye to our youngest baby's babyhood. <siiiiiiiigh> I am all at once sad, excited, nostalgic, and anxious for what is to come. I love how much your personality is coming out. Even your shyness is fading and we are seeing glimpses of confidence and a whole lotta independence these days. You love to help cook, feed the cat, clean up (including throwing your milk cup at/in the sink), get groceries, help Daddy with yard work, and do makeup with Mama.
You adore your sister and everything about growing up and getting to be "one of the big girls." You idolize Annalyn and her friends, while babies/toddlers your own age continue to frighten you (seriously, you often run away from Margo as she crawls towards you).
If I had to describe you in a word, it would be intense. INTENSE love, intense sad, intense happy, intense mad. Like your Mama, you wear your heart on your sleeve and while we don't always understand the why, we always know what you're feeling. Your communication is amazing and you talk in conversations, sing entire songs, and tell us stories. The lisp is still there, but we can still always tell what you're saying. "Sugar" and "syrup" are two of our favorites to hear you say, partly because you drag is out in a really cute way and partly because you get so excited about pancake day.
You've started to join in Anna's imaginative play and will fake dramatic sadness/fear/horror when Annalyn the dinosaur/cheetah "eats Cinderella and Elsa." It's both funny and maddening because you will often end up genuinely upset about your make believe princesses being pretend eaten. Seriously.
You've been talking about your birthday since Annalyn's in February and have lots of big plans for it. Mostly, you want a Charlie Brown birthday with a Charlie Brown cake. As luck would have it, I inherited one from my BFF's grandma (it's from 1950, how cool is that?!) There's also been mention of a party and cupcakes and Dobby (Grandma Cindy), and you even told Daddy at one point that "my birthday is cancelled!" So, not exactly sure what was going through that beautiful little mind, but I hope it holds up to the hype.
weight: 28.8 lbs
height: 2 ft 10.75 in.
sizes: 2T, size 6 shoes
teeth: all but your 2 year molars (the last little canine is coming down now!)
shows - Peppa Pig, Charlie Brown, Wally Kazaam, Sofia the First, Daniel Tiger
movies - Charlie Brown, Cinderella, Inside Out, Frozen
songs - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Up Pops the Flower, Happy Birthday
books - Llama Llama, Peep & Ducky, Duck & Goose, Cinderella, You are my Cupcake, The Monster at the End of This Book
toys - blankies, Cabbage Patch Doll "Wally" (the first doll you named), pink plush doll "Dolly," "baby raptor," play kitchen (especially the ice cream), chalk, swings
you sleep with a whole crew of critters
still in a crib because you haven't attempted to escape... yet.
- your smile - your entire face lights up when you smile. Your eyes brighten and your cheeks get even chubbier. Your laugh is even more infectious with "just a hint" of orneriness. I just can't get enough.
- your jokes - usually in the form of a repeated silly word, a misplaced inflection, or an "I just kidding" after a request.
- your determination - yes, it makes me crazy when we are in a hurry, but I love that you are so independent (in some ways) and determined to learn.
- that you suck on your tongue/your blankie tags - when you are feeling extra tired or cuddly, you still do this and it makes you look like my clingy baby again.
- your spins and happy dance - when you get really excited, which doesn't take much, you do a natural little happy dance and squeal. It's about the cutest thing ever.
- your hair - to be honest, it's always been one of your most striking features. From the tons of dark hair you were born with, to you little rattail that I cut off right before your first bday, to your long thick "golden like Anna" hair. I love that I can braid it now and that every day is a good eyelash day for you.
- your bravery - this frightens me most days, but I also admire your fearlessness (aside from your social fears).
- the way you say goodnight - you tell everyone goodnight and I wuv you every single night. I cherish getting to read, rock and snuggle you every night before bed and especially love when you turn and wrap your arms around my neck. best. feeling. ever.
- your side-kick ways - I love that you idolize your sister and like to be like her. I really love when you want to be like me, too, and wear your apron while we cook. You are obviously your own person, but you make us feel special by wanting to learn from us.
- that you love soft/hard cheeses like I do - feta, parmesan, romano, you name it. This girl loves her cheese!