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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