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17 May 2010

Lucky Number Thirteen

Happy Thirteen Months, Olivia! I'm still getting used to the fact that you are one, so if you could slow down the aging a bit, I would really appreciate it.

You are moving around like you have been walking your whole life. You are SO curious about everything - you want to peek in all the cabinets and drawers and pull everything out and investigate it. If we are using something, you want to see what it is and how it works. I'm assuming it's that same curiosity that made you take one of your papa's socks from the laundry room and put it in the toilet bowl.  Thank you, by the way, for waiting a couple days after that to learn how to flush.

You are such a happy little squirt - unless, of course, you aren't getting your way which DOES happen sometimes. That's life, Kid. Your favorite toys are probably your books. You love the Peek-A-Boo books and are so smart about knowing which pages to look behind. Speaking of Peek-A-Boo, last night on the way home from Santa Barbara, you played Peek-A-Boo with your papa using your blanket. We were so amazed at how smart you are to have figured out that you can hide behind your own blanket, although we should have known it since you've always been a fast learner.

You are eating so many new things now. Right now, you are feeding yourself fish for lunch. And, this morning, you ate egg casserole for breakfast. YES, you are your father's daughter. Although, it seems you also love your sweets and carbs...not sure where you get that from. You eat string cheese like it is going out of style and the other day you ate an entire raw carrot. Those seven little teeth you have sure are sharp. And, yes, you still prefer your mother's milk over that from a cow.

Magnum is starting to like you a little more - well, maybe it's more appreciate than like - since you are constantly (unintentionally AND intentionally) dropping food for him to eat. I still think he is waiting for the day we send you back to where you came from.  Sorry Magnum, no chance of that happening!

You are starting to sign "more" some, but we aren't the best at making you do it all the time. We promise to be better at that. You are also getting good at doing the motions to "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and you LOVE to dance to any kind of music (and sometimes the lack thereof).

Your hair is growing like crazy and most days, you look like a cross between the Gerber baby and a ragamuffin. Your hair is a lot like mine in that it can't decide if it wants to be curly or straight, so it's a little bit of both. You have this one curl on the back of your head that is just beautiful and I secretly hope that someday the whole back of your head is filled with them, but only if that's what you want.

We love hearing you try and talk. "AhgNuh" is your favorite thing to say and your squeal of joy when you see Magnum is delightful. I love hearing you say "MaMaMaMa" over and over again and "Lordy Lordy Lordy" is still making a regular appearance in your vocabulary. When you are tired you say "Nyeah Nyeah Nyeah" and I think you are calling for your Nana wanting her to rock you to sleep.

You are the best and most important thing to ever happen to us and we love you more and more each day.


Marissa said...

What a sweet post! Love that little girl.

Mom Cooper said...

What a special tribute to your little one. I agree she is growing up way too fast. I love hearing and seeing all the new things she can do and say. And yes, I am pretty sure she is calling for her Nana to rock her. Oh to be able to do it more often. Can't help lovin' that girl.

Irma said...

I had no idea she had SEVEN teeth! It is amazing to watch your children grow...and it never ends because as adults our children still do amazing having their own children! Love Miss Olivia to pieces!

Jillian said...

OMG that first picture of her is TOO STINKIN CUTE!!!
I feel like I already know her and she is probably going to scream when I try to hold her (now that I think about it, mine will too-out of jealousy) But I just can't wait to kiss her little cheek!