You are 18 months old today and this, for sure, is my favorite age. Until tomorrow, of course, when 18 months and 1 day blows 18 months out of the water. Here are some fun things about you at this moment that I want to remember...
You are a big fan of music, trucks, ducks, dirt, water, plants and the flag on the front of our house, but you have mixed feelings about bugs.
If it's heavy you really want to pick it up. If it's not sturdy you really want to climb on it. If it's a flight of stairs you want to adopt it and bring it home to live with us.
You love to help me do the laundry. We spend a lot of time moving clothes from the basket to the washer to the dryer and back to the basket. It's, no joke, my favorite chore now and I find myself saving laundry tasks until you're home or awake to help.
You like to listen to mama's headphones and will pick anything relatively small and flat up and hold it to your ear for a quick phone call.
You have 35 words including names for your stuffed animals, people in your life and animal sounds. You ask for Pharrel's "Happy" by name.
Your favorite toy at the moment is your Minnie Mouse we picked up in the Old Navy checkout line. You call her "my Minnie" and then my heart explodes.
You want to wear all your clothes at the same time. We put on multiple pairs of pants and multiple pairs of socks multiple times a day.
At daycare you recently learned how to spin in circles until you collapse with giggles. Kathryne recently taught you how to pretend sleep and you like to cover your stuffed animals up for a nap and "snore" for them. You perform these tricks for me without any fanfare and I find myself marveling at you and silently giving thanks for the wonderful people in our lives helping you grow.
You have a love / hate relationship with the robot vacuum but that's okay because I love it enough for the two of us.
You love the kitchen and are fascinated with cooking. You will happily be held for 30 minutes as long as you can see what's happening on the counter top. You know the oven, stove, candles and mama's coffee are "HOT!" You love to stir and add spoonfuls of ingredients to whatever I am making. Your favorite though is bread dough - called "go!" - and you roll it out, pat it, sniff it and even eat it. I have no doubt at age four you'll be cooking us all dinner.
You sing the opening line to "row, row, row your boat" with a squinty eyed intensity that makes me laugh every time. You act out "itsy bitsy spider" and dance to "pat-a-cake" with the proudest grin.
You learned how to "cheers" your cup at Thanksgiving and you're always sure to click your glass with everyone separately.
Your favorite foods are oranges, tomatoes, pears, cheese, turkey and asparagus. You'd also eat peanut butter by the spoonful which is a habit I fully support.
You have eight teeth, one dimple and the softest, finest wisps of hair.
Happy half birthday, Ellerie Eve.
Keep growing at your perfect pace and I'll do my best to keep up.