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Monday, April 09, 2007

Where is the little girl I carried...?

OK, it might be a hair early to start on "Sunrise, Sunset" but the changes the past few days in E have blown me away. First (and really best) is that she hugs, really hugs us. Wraps her little arms around our necks and buries her face in our shoulders with sighs of happiness. Best. Feeling. Ever. Second is the laughter. She has always been a giggler when happy and excited, but now we get true peals of laughter out of her. And it is incredibly strange what seems to inspire it. R has had the touch, first getting her to squeal on and on with delight over how he can make the empty Quaker oatmeal container spin and dance on the floor. This threw her into spasms of giggles and outright belly laughs. And yesterday, when my mom was here, R got her going again, this time over a pen. Yep, that's our complex girl, entertained by a pen. But she was beyond giggling. He would hide and twirl and play with the pen right in front of her face, and she would stamp her feet and howl with laughter. Thank goodness for camcorders. And you'll notice from the photo that she worked up quite a sweat over it as well! Finally, E is really starting to walk now. This one gets the most mixed feelings from me, since it signals a real transition into toddler-hood, before I'm ready to lose my baby. She has been taking steps for over a week, but again this weekend, she really hit the ground running. Five steps, then seven, then ten... She will walk steadily from one person to another, even from one room to another if that's the only route to get to me (you know how I love that, right?). If she gets unsteady, she stops, regains her balance, and continues to walk. She can even stop and change direction now. But most impressive to me is that she will pull herself up from a sitting position into a walking position. She doesn't need help standing, or even a piece of furniture to pull herself up. Those are some strong and sturdy little legs. The eating is getting a little better, she adores yogurt and pureed carrots, and my goodness, does she love her prunes. Heh, considering the mighty force that is her gas, not sure that is a great thing. E continues to love music (especially baby-friendly videos viewed from her own little chair) and pictures (which is the only reason she seems to tolerate books unfortunately), and she actually slept through the night last night with no wee-hours-of-the-morning feeding. Probably all that power walking. And her favorite item in her Easter basket was her toy recycling truck. Note that the displeasure in the photo is definitely about the ears, not about the Easter basket. Yes, we do occasionally use her for our own amusement. Seems only fair. All the changes and advancements are exciting, but I do wish she wouldn't grow up quite so fast...


Blogger Mama said...

So lovely! And I noticed she is crossing her fingers in the picture too! She must have REALLY HATED the ears!!!! :) She will appreciate that picture when you put it on display at her graduation and wedding. Ha Ha. She is so beautiful. :) I bet the upside of the wee hours feedings is, she is a baby at those times.

4/09/2007 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Mama said...

Sorry, didn't sign it - don't mean to freak you out - that last post was mine. Emanual.

4/09/2007 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger Beagle said...

Thanks for your response to my comment. Your daughter is a gem!

4/09/2007 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

Oh, this whole post just makes me happy. I so wish we could get together and catch up about everything.

4/10/2007 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I relate to the rapid changes! Seems like just yesterday that Kylie was starting to pull up on furniture, today she was running across the living room! I guess the changes are compounded when you miss so much of the beginning...
And our Lianjiang girl crosses her fingers when she is displeased too!
Kylie's mom

4/11/2007 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger nikki said...

I LOVE the picture of her laughing!
Pure joy -- nothin' like it!

It is hard when they go from baby to toddler, but mine is almost 3 and she is still my little baby through and through!
And now she doesn't just SHOW me she loves me, but she can TELL me too...very cool!

Looks like you are enjoying every moment/ that is all we can do.

4/11/2007 07:38:00 PM  

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