Lexi One Year Four Months (16 Months)

Lexi Lou,

My sweet sweet girl! The months with you continue to fly by. This month finally brought us temperatures above 30 degrees, grass, walks and enjoyment of the good old vitamin D we’ve all been lacking, and you sure seem to be soaking it up.

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Favorite Moments:

By the time you go to bed most nights the house is in total disarray. Everything you touch is a little seed traveling through the house. Whether its books, toys, socks, combs, clothing, toothbrushes etc… they seem to end up in the opposite location of the house you picked them up. You pick things up and carry them until you get distracted and find something new to pick up. Although it is a lot of work and straight-up exhausting most days to pick up your tornado of a mess before you wake up and do it again the next day, it makes me happy to do so. I love the constant little reminders of you all over our house and am oh so grateful to have you regardless of how messy and exhausting you can be.

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Awhile back I started to bounce you and say ‘bum bum bum bum bum bum’ as we would go down the stairs and you would throw your head back and giggle. There have been a couple of times, I have forgotten to do this and three quarters of the way down I hear your little voice going ‘bububububu’. I love how you pick up and remember little things we do and say.

During bath time, we have a little routine down. You start by let the water run over your hands as the tub fills, then you’ll play for a little. Once you try and climb out or pull the plug to let the water out, we wash your hair and body. Usually, you fight lying down on your back but once you’re there we sing the ‘Down in the Meadow in the itsy Bitsy Blue’ song and you’re very comfortable. After we’re done rinsing, you pull the plug and watch the water drain out. I put your Tigger towel on over your head (which you usually try to take off) wrap the towel around you with your arms at your side like a little soldier and lift you out of the tub. We go right to the mirror to look at ‘Lexi Tigger.’ I could just die at this next moment but you wiggle your arms out, push the hood off your head and wrap your little arms tight around my neck and push your check against mine. I nearly melt every time you do this.  Your tight embrace is one of my favorite things and you do it every time. It. Is. The. Best!!!!

Dada and I have definitely noticed your increased need for our attention. You love to tell us where to sit and watch you play. You’ll even come find us in a different room of the house, pull our hand to where you want to be, pat the floor and say ‘sit’, which by the way sounds awfully close to another four-lettered word.

Lexi, your zest for life makes each day that much better. Each morning you wake up cheerful and will lie in your crib and talk to your animals, sing and just be happy for a good 20 minutes. And the moment Dada or I open your door, you start jumping up and down. What a great way to wake up each morning! Let’s hope this continues into your teenage years! (haha!!)

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Sweet girl, you have an incredible sense of hearing! Whenever you hear any kind of sound outside, you immediately stop what you are doing and run to the window and ask “What’s that?” Currently, your favorites are airplanes, helicopters and the garbage truck. You love to run from window to window watching where he will go next.

Notes:

You experienced your 2nd Easter this month and didn’t quite ‘get it’ but looked adorable in your little yellow dress. The Easter bunny brought you bubbles, coloring materials, chalk, your stuffed pig and a bike. You LOVE your pig and gave it a big hug as soon as you found your basket (hidden under your table in the kitchen). Your bike on the other hand, you aren’t a big fan of. We were practicing riding it and you tumbled off and have refused to go near it sense. Overall, the day of Easter was fantastic. The weather was beautiful and you had so much fun running and playing with your big cousins Ashy and Coco. You were also spoiled in getting presents from many of your family members.

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You’re a very polite little girl. You regularly sign ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ without us prompting you and say ‘Chew’ after someone sneezes or coughs.

You like to pretend to sleep and will cuddle with one of your animals or on a pillow and say ‘Sheew’ imitating snoring.

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You love to throw things down the stairs and then go and get them. Playing on the stairs is one of your favorite places to be—not the safest, but you do really really well on them and we have very little fears of you falling. In general, you continue to be very cautious. You’re hesitant on jumping into our arms, sliding off furniture, stepping over ridges or through doors.

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You experienced your first real owes this month. The first was tripping over mama’s computer cord and hitting your face on one of the floor vents and getting a little boo-boo on your nose. The second was getting into Dada’s travel bin, finding his razor and attempting to shave your face. There was a brand new blade on it and you cut your cheek a little.

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You like helping mama cook. You’ll often beg to be picked up and then say ‘hep’ meaning you want to help stir.

Whenever you give a hug, you like to announce by saying ‘Huuug’. I also can not get enough of the way you say ‘ah-k’.  It is just so sweet and innocent. You continue to love almost all foods, with your favorite being blueberries and ask ‘bue’ for everything.

Lexi, we love you and your enthusiasm for every new thing you see, hear or emotion to experience. Your giggles bring life to our walls and radiate happiness to everyone you encounter. Thank you for being you and the way you have perfectly nuzzled your way into the warmest places in our hearts.

Love,

Mama

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Lexi One Year Four Months (16 months)

Dear Lexi,

This was another long, cold month. I was reading over your 15 month post and it feels like the things I talked about happened months ago. Coincidently, this is the month I have the fewest ‘notes’ of what happened, so we’re just going to kind of go with it, which describes your personality in the truest sense.

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Favorite Monthly Moments:
To prolong bedtime, you try to play instead of reading books. One night, while doing this, you pulled out all of your diapers from the drawer and attempted to put them on yourself. You would open a diaper up and squat over it. It was hilarious to watch you do this—as if you were thinking they would magically fly onto you, but very sweet to see your nurturing side shine!

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A funny but slightly embarrassing moment occurred while we were out to eat for St. Patrick’s Day. We brought you to listen to some Irish music, your favorite, and enjoy some Fish and chips. For whatever reason, you felt you could skip using your hands to feed yourself and put your mouth directly to the table and suck up your fish. I’m not sure where you got this idea as we have never seen it before, but it was pretty entertaining to watch. I just wish I had an actual picture of it, instead you’ll have to enjoy this one.

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Daddy has been busy working with you on a lot of things, one of which is saying ‘love you’. Now when we say ‘I love you Lexi’ you respond with ‘uv-ew’. You also love to give hugs. You run up with big arms and lean your head onto our shoulders and say ‘hu’. We’ll keep working on pronouncing the whole words, but it feels pretty great to have you attempt to tell and show us how you feel.

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In addition to the words love you and hug, you also say OK, yes (and use them correctly when we ask you questions) pumpkin=pum-pum, cars=zoom zoom, heart, baby, and my favorite word, pillow=piwow.

Your Auntie Sheila moved back from Chicago so we all went over to Grandma B’s to help welcome her home and unpack the moving track. And you have developed quite the strong bond with Grandma! You love to play with her and beg for her to hold you! It’s so great to see you developing strong bonds with people other than Daddy and myself.

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There were a couple of nice days this month where you were able to go outside and play and you LOVE being outside. You are scared of the snow, but love running up and down the sidewalk! You even walked around the block with me!

With some of your teeth coming in, we enjoyed some extra snuggle time for bed time and in the middle of the night. As exhausting as it can be to get up in the middle of the night, Your cuddles are far and few between and I’ll take them where I can get them! One thing that is really funny when you sleep is how you keep your arms tucked down at your side. You’ll pull giraffee up onto your shoulder and then tuck your hands under your tummy like a little torpedo. Daddy wonders if that habit came as a result of swaddling?

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Notes:
Your other bottom molar came through and one of the top ones is very close. These teeth have given you a hard time. It disrupts your sleeping and generally makes you more whinny than normal.

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You do a great job of putting all of our shoes on the shelf when they’re left out and bringing me yours when we’re going to leave.

You’ve started to throw little tantrums when you don’t get your way.

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You recognize the shape of a heart and say it when you see it

You love to be facing forward in the car! (and I love being able to see you!)

When you say bye-bye to people you say the words nigh-nigh.

You love to wave to people when they aren’t looking. When someone does look, you get very shy and cling to mama.

You’ve regressed a little from going to the bathroom on the potty. We were getting you like 50% of the time and now it is maybe 25%.

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I’ve been working with you on putting puzzle pieces into their spots, verses just taking the pieces out and walking around with them, but you haven’t shown too much interest in this. You’ll usually try once or twice and if you don’t get it, you walk away.

Your favorite book is the big animal book. We read it every night. You love to howl like a wolf.

Your hearing is off the charts. You hear every noise buzz, beep, airplane or car that drives by. You always stop what you’re doing, get huge eyes put your arms out at your sides with palms up and ask ‘What’s that?’

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Love bug, life gets better with you every day. It is so fun to watch you grow and your ability to communicate with us has made things so much easier. We love your sweet antics and your chubby checks!

Love, Mama

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