Thursday, January 29, 2015

18 Months with Baby E

Wow...where did my baby go? I ask myself that question more than I probably should. Everyone says the time goes quick, but you never really realize how quick until it is your child growing up.

Um...I am learning here

Baby E really isn't a baby anymore, but a smart, funny, energetic, adorable toddler. She is a ball of emotion with distinct likes and dislikes. It is hard when something completely irrational, like a water cup not fitting in her cozy coupe cup holder, sends her into complete meltdown, but it is amazing when she runs to you asking for a hug.

Toddler life is hard
Climbing is E's favorite thing right now. Tables, chairs, toy boxes...anything else she can get herself onto, she is there. She has even figured out how to climb out the window of her cozy coupe. This keeps us on our toes and makes me very nervous. Luckily, she hasn't tried to climb out of her crib, yet. 

I got do I get out

We also have a chatter box. The speed that E is learning words and language really blows my mind. Her vocabulary grows by the day. She mimics everything (I need to watch what I play in the car now) and is starting to put two word phrases together on her own. 

E is super smart (I know I am bias) and the things that she figures out really blow me away. She knows that Grandma lives in my phone (we Facetime a lot) knows were the GoGo Squeeze applesauce lives. She knows what doorknobs and keys do, but luckily hasn't figured out exactly how to open them yet as well as a ton of other things.

I am beginning to realize, that at least for a while, kids are always in the moment. It is amazing to see the raw emotion (joy, awe, happiness) in E's eyes when she is taking something in. She will dance whenever there is music and doesn't have a care in the world. It is a good reminder for me to say focused and in the moment with her.

At 18 months out I am doing much better than I was right after E was born and for most of that first year. Trying to balance everything is hard and some days I feel like there is not enough of me to go around, but I do the best I can and hope it is enough.