While cleaning out my iPhoto folders I came across this picture of our eldest daughter.
This was her one year ago.
This is her a week ago.
It’s weird that I remember that moment 1 year ago, but not how she looked. It seems like I always think she looks and speaks the same way she does at that current moment in time.
Her vocabulary has gotten huge and she has become such a little girl in the past few months.
She loves to play “mommy” with her dolls. She has a great imagination and watching her play with us, or independently, is so much fun. She loves to be outside getting dirty and exploring while searching for frogs, lizards, and bugs. Her favorite toy is her mini mouse doll. She loves to sing and dance, especially when her daddy plays guitar. She is a mini-Stephen with her love for musical instruments. She plays air guitar and drums on anything within reach.
Twinkle Twinkle, Jesus Loves Me, the Alphabet Song, Pat-a-cake & Itsy Bitsy Spider are sung multiple times a day. She learned Pat-a-Cake in one day after one of our youth sang it to her at church. She is a huge helper when it comes to cleaning. The clean-up song that my sis in law Kelly taught her has been a HUGE help. She always wants to help me cook and do dishes, most recently she has learned to make some awesome cornbread (thanks, Jiffy)! If I am doing laundry she puts the clothes in the washer and then later into the dryer.
She takes one nap in the afternoon, from 12:30-2:30. She has a toddler bed and goes to sleep between 7-7:30 and wakes up at 6:30 each morning by coming into our room and saying “Too early, mommy?” due to me telling her “It’s too early Sarah” for a few weeks after she first learned to open her door. She now goes to her daddy’s side of the bed and he gets up with her to eat breakfast and cuddle on the couch before he has to get ready for work.
We drink a TON of play tea that she makes me in her singing teapot. She makes delicious food by sprinkling it into my hands and on plates straight out of thin air. She has recently learned how to take off her clothes AND diaper. Since we started potty training this was useful, until she started bringing us her already poop-filled diapers. Our carpet and tile have never been cleaner!
She has the sweetest little spirit and is a wonderful big sister. She likes to “help” when Elanor needs her diaper changed, and is my little pacifier hunter. Most times she will get upset if Elanor is crying. She hates for her sister to be sad. In the morning, when Elanor wakes up she runs into their room and says “Good Mowning, Elanowr!” and then shows her how fun it is to jump on her bed. We go through more bananas than a zoo and she loves my [secretly filled with vegetables] smoothies.
We could not hope for a sweeter and more loving toddler. While she is hard headed, independent, and stubborn sometimes (no idea where she got that), her compassionate heart and sweet smile make every day brighter.
Parenthood is everything and nothing like I thought it would be. I can’t begin to imagine all the things she will learn and how much more she will grow by next summer!
All I know for sure is, while the days may seem long the years are flying by!