Thursday, May 29, 2014

Emma: 20 Months!

Dear Emmy Jane,

All of the sudden you are looking so much older to me.  You are so long in your car seat, and your hair is getting so long too.  I feel like every bit of "baby" is slipping away and you are a full blown toddler now.  I'll admit that I have mixed emotions about that.  In some ways I wish time would just stand still and keep you mini.  (I must tell you at least ten times a day that you are so darn cute.)  But in other ways it is so fun to watch you grow.

You are learning your manners, and you say please, thank you, and "your welpum".  You even say "Bless you" when someone sneezes :)  As you are getting older and learning how to do more and more, one of your favorite sayings is, "I did it!".  And I especially love that when we ask you if you want something you'll say, "Yes. I do" in you sweet little Emmy voice.

I know that I take lots of pictures of you and Addy because now whenever you get a hold of my camera you'll hold it up to your face and say, "Cheese!  Good."  You always finish it with "Good." and it makes me laugh every time :)

You are officially down to one nap a day and have been since about mid April.  Things are so much easier now that we can be out and about all morning without feeling like I'm ruining your nap schedule.  You remain an excellent sleeper, and you take your one (about 2 hour) nap a day, and then you sleep for 12-13 hours at night.  Over the past few months you haven't been getting up until between 8-8:30 in the morning, which gives you a big thumbs up in Mommy's book :)

You love to bring me books, but when it comes to actually listening to a book, you are just not interested.  As soon as someone starts to read to you, you close the book and say "all done".  I'm lucky if I can get one full page read with you around.  The books you most often bring to us are, "You are My Sunshine", "10 Little Rubber Ducks", and "Dog".  You seem to have a little bit more patience with books when you are paging through them yourself.

Ever since the weather got warm and we were able to play outside again, you have really been loving kicking a ball around.  Whether it's a soccer ball or a tennis ball or any other kind of ball, you love to kick it.  Maybe you'll play soccer one day?

We had to take you to the doctor a few weeks ago because you had croup, and it was the most pitiful thing.  It is the absolute worst to see your child sick, and every time you would lay down you'd start coughing and have to sit up.  But you didn't cry about it.  You just sat there in your crib.  So the one night I came and brought you downstairs with us (which we NEVER do) around 10:00 or so.  Aunt Tina and I got some extra snuggle time with you that day, and it's where you were introduced to your beloved "Horsey" video (the one minute video of Jay's brother's baby horse).  You are mesmerized by that thing and you still play it over and over and over again.

Emmy, come to think of it, this has been a rough month for you because a week or so ago you threw up at Bob Evans after drinking an entire big cup of apple juice.  We were heading to a birthday party and you proceeded to throw up 3 more times in the car.  Poor thing.  But here you are an hour or so later:

Happy as a clam :)

You are getting more teeth (again!), so it's back to hands in the mouth and crankiness and diaper rashes.  You just can't seem to catch a break.  You have all 8 of your incisors and all four of your first molars.  Your bottom canines just came in and I think your top ones are popping through too.  So we're up to 16 of your 20 baby teeth.

Like I say every month, despite it all, you are my happy go lucky lady.  Not  much can get you down.  (God must know that Daddy and I need that with the antics your sister has been pulling lately.  Please don't ever turn three, OK?)  You love to run and laugh and play.  You love to hear yourself talk, even if it's in your own language.  I love when you ramble on and on in jibberish and then look at us and say, "OK?"  It's hysterical!

Here are some pics of you from your 20 month birthday (AKA Mommy's 33rd birthday!) up at Pop and Grandma's cabin:

You with your own personal walking stick made by Great-Grandpa Neil.

Gotta love ice cream :)

You loved blowing these "wishes"

...and ringing Pops big bell.  "Ding!"

I brought along these overalls and shoes and realized that I put Addy in the EXACT same outfit down to the shoes when she was almost exactly your age for a photo shoot on Swamp Road.  So we had to get a few pics of you too.  Although I only had my IPhone, so the quality is a tad worse than the pics that Tina got of Addy with her professional camera ;)  Camera quality aside, you are cute as a button!

I love you to pieces Emma, and I really, truly wish that I could stop time right here.  My sweet, sweet lady.

Happy 20 Month birthday!




  1. Hahaha I love the "Emmy's Language" videos - K?!?! She is so cute I just want to scoop her up and eat her:)

  2. Love those Emmy language videos! She is so darn cute!