Happy 16 months, sweet girl!
You share your 16 month birthday with what would have been Uncle Brent's 28th birthday. Today is a hard day for mama, but like all days, they are made so much better because of you! You will never know how much you have lifted mama up during such a difficult time in my life. I can guarantee that if Uncle Brent was here we would have had a celebration tonight - and he would have insisted that we celebrate your 16 months too! That is just the kind of uncle he was - he cared about you so much and you were the most important thing in his life. He would have been honored to share his special day with you:) So, tonight we will have some of Uncle Brent's favorite things for dinner - all of which you will be able to try too! It is our goal to teach you everything we know about your Uncle Brent so that he lives forever in all of our hearts, including yours.
This month we took a family vacation to California. We had so much fun introducing you to all of your family and it was just such a special time for all of us. You were always surrounded by kids, which was lots of fun. We spent 3 days at Disneyland, which although it was overwhelming at times, you had a blast! Your favorite rides were It's a Small World, the carousel, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Pinocchio. We look forward to going back when you are a bit older. Unfortunately the trip ended pretty badly - you were bouncing on the hotel bed and bounced yourself off and fractured your wrist. Although it was a teeny tiny fracture, you have to wear a brace for three weeks. It was really scary for mommy and daddy and we are just so grateful that it will heal quickly.
You are becoming really talkative and imitate a lot of what we say, which is super cute! Some of your newest words are apple, Grace (geece), cheese (which you say when I get ready to take a picture,silly girl!), bye bye, bee, hi, car (dar), Addison (Aaaaa), Ozzie (your ostrich puppet), no, and baby (beebee). You are signing 'help' and 'all done' a lot more too, which has been very helpful. You are able to follow simple directions, such as 'put this block in the toy box' or 'put this block on top of this block.' You are such a smart girl!
You are extremely social, which has evolved quite a bit since you were a baby. You used to be pretty shy and it would take a lot to get you to smile. Now we walk into a store and you are waving at everyone - such the social butterfly! We make friends everywhere we go:)
One of your favorite things to do right now is read - you absolutely love books! In fact, you will grab a book and head over to either mommy or daddy, sit on our laps, and give us the book:) Or sometimes we catch you reading all by yourself by the pile of books. It is the cutest thing ever! You also love your little walker - you love pushing that thing all over the house, but especially around and around and around the island in the kitchen:)
We have been going to Gymboree music class instead of your usual Gymboree play class because of your wrist. You seem to enjoy the music class, but not quite as much as the other class. Although last week the teacher brought out a huge basket of hand puppets and you were the happiest girl ever!!! Hand puppets are one of your favorite things right now. Other than that, we have been keeping busy with lots of playdates, which we love!
Lastly, mama went on a girls trip last weekend and it was the longest I had been away from you. Denise and I stayed at the Willows Lodge in Woodinville for two nights. You were home with daddy and you two had an absolute blast! And mama had a super fun and relaxing time with Denise. So, it was a good trip all-around!
We love you more than anything Nuggie! You make our hearts smile with love and pride and joy!
mama and dada