Time sure is flying by. Literally. It seems like only yesterday that I held you in my arms for the first time. Today you are 18 months old. A whole year and a half! Let me just tell you that you have really grown to a very fun little girl.
Everyone warned daddy and I how hard it was going to be being a parent and all. We are learning and have had some tough times, but for the most part Madeline, you have made it fairly easy on us. You still sleep through the night, with the occassional rough night due to teething pain or bad dreams, that has landed you in our bed snuggled up close next to daddy.
You greet us with open arms and a smile on your face every morning. We get your diaper changed and you call out for "dada" or "mama" and then bring your hand toward your mouth signaling to us that you want something to eat. Whenever asked what you want for breakfast, you always respond with a very enthusiastic "nana" (banana).
Daddy always cooks really yummy food for you to eat. We haven't really found anything that you don't like yet. You are a big fan of peanut butter and banana sandwiches! You are really good at feeding yourself. You still prefer to eat with your hand sometimes, but are quickly learning to use a spoon and fork. Meal time can get a bit messy, especially when you start to get tired and run your hand through your hair. Good thing bath time is quick to follow your dinner!
Your language has taken off within the past few months. Your vocabulary is increasing and pronunciation is getting much better. Some words are a little tough for you to say, but mommy and daddy understand what you are trying to say. You sign "more" "milk" and "eat. Some of your verbal vocabulary includes: "Mama" "Dada" "Mommyyyyyyyy" (you tilt your head back when you say this, and it is usually followed by a "Maddiiiiiieeee" from Mommy) "Puppy" "Shooooes" (Shoes) (you pucker your lips out when you say this, and it is extremely cute!) "B" (blanket) "keys" "Show-wuh" (shower) "hi" "bye" "baby" "piiieee" (potty) "Mimi" (Mimi/ grandma) "Poppa" (Papaw/ grandpa) "nana" (banana, also what you say when you Aunt Dana) "juuuu" (juice) and "teeth"
You are quite the little fashionista. You often imitate Mommy as you walk around the house with your cellphone between your ear and shoulder, and your purse in hand. You have even found one of Mommy's old debit card and love to put that in your purse. You look at mommy's necklaces and respond with "ohhhhhh." You enjoy all things sparkly and full of bling. You and Auntie Liz are going to get along great!! Your Great Aunt Carole has bought you some very cute pairs of shoes, which you LOVE. She bought you this outfit for Christmas that had a cream colored shirt with silver polkadots, a brown furry vest and black boots with faux fur at the top. Madeline, you wore this to a jewelry party, and girl you rocked it! You eat up every bit of attention you get from everyone by flashing them a huge smile when they say how cute or beautiful you are!
We have been working on potty training. You get excited when you go "pee pee" or "poo poo" in the potty because it means you get to flush the toilet. You think this is the most amusing thing. We are getting close to being fully trained I
You have quickly progressed from walking to running. You have busted your lip a few times because you get so excited, and trip over your own feet when you are running. You tripped over "B" at Nora's and chipped your front two teeth. Luckily, they are baby teeth, and will fall out eventually.
Madeline, you LOVE to help mommy and daddy. You help us clean your room by stacking your books up and putting your dirty clothes in the hamper. You love to help mommy put clean daddy's laundry away, and put the washed clothes into the dryer.
You have entered the "terrible two's" a bit early. You sure can throw a temper tantrum. These mostly come on when you are extremely tired and are trying to fight going to sleep. You had a major melt down in the grocery store, and no matter how much daddy and I tried, there was just no calming you down. You screamed and screamed, and your face turned red. I felt so bad because there was nothing I could do to help. My heart literally ached. I finally took you to the car and you grabbed "B" and that did the trick. You have thrown a few tantrums when you weren't getting attention or when mommy was feeding Nolan. I know you are frustrated and that this is the only way you know how to express how you are feeling, but holy cannoli do you have a set of pipes on you. These tantrums are not fun for mommy and daddy, and they hurt mommy's heart.
You became a big sister in December, and boy do you love your little brother! You look into his room in the mornings and say "baby!" as you get excited to see him. Whenever Nolan cries, you run over to him and try and put his pacifer in his mouth. Most of the time you are very gentle with him, but you get frustrated when he spits it out of his mouth. You bring him his "B" because know it will comfort him. You help mommy with diaper changes as you throw the dirty ones in the trashcan. When you are getting ready for bed, you get your milk, grab "B" and choose a book to read. You sit next to mommy or daddy and snuggle up close so they can read you a story and you help hold Nolan's bottle so he can eat his dinner. We brush your teeth and then you make your rounds giving everyone a great big kiss on the cheek.
Madeline, you are such beautiful little girl. You are always smiling, and very quick to offer hugs and kisses to those who love you. You bring great joy to mommy and daddy. We are amazed at how quickly you are learning things, and are excited to see what you have in store for us in the future.
I love you Madeline.