As I’ve said in other places, 2017 kicked my butt in a big way. As the new year began, I started asking myself what I missed doing since life got crazy and, surprisingly the blog came to mind. When you consider I wasn’t able to *drive* for several months, not having time to blog seems a little irrelevant, but I’m unashamedly sentimental. Even with facebook status updates and instagram pictures, there’s something different about sharing the whole story of each month here on our family page. I treasure seeing the posts from Caleb at the same ages and want to be able to look back on Ember’s childhood in the same way. I decided not to let the “lost months” hold me back from recording the months to come.
It seems appropriate to start now, as Ember turns 20 months old. Months 0-18 she was mostly my sunshine baby and while I’m sad I didn’t blog much about those months, perhaps photographs and frequent status updates about those milestones that come fast and furious in the first year of life, were really the best way to record those fleeting baby days.
This past month, she’s morphed into a spunky, opinionated toddler who keeps me on my toes in a completely different way- both from her former baby-self or from her big brother at the same age. Ember is such an imitator and wants to be a big girl so much! Anything her brother does, she wants to try. I recently found her shoving all of her plastic play kitchen silverware into our silverware drawer (one of brother’s chores) and kicking his soccer ball down the hall (with great accuracy!). She also want to say “HI!” (loudly, a million times over) to every single caller including doctors offices and sales calls. She’s a big climber who has a keen sense for when a bag or box has food in it so she can try to help herself before she gets caught.
Her language is also taking off. Each week seems to bring a few new words.
- “Eeeady!” (Ready!) she squeals as she rolls a ball to us.
- “P! P! P!” she screams. When I still don’t understand she finally blurts out, “Pizza” clear as can be. She got pizza. Hahahaha.
- “Ead Buuh” (read book) is another new one. After months of having 0 interest in being read to (so different from brother) a switch has flipped and she will bring us book after book. She even calls her favorites by name: “BOOP!” (her version of “Oops”) for Green Hat, Blue Hat. “Boo! Boo!” (her version of “peek a boo”) for Where is Baby’s Belly Button?, and her Daniel Tiger book (because as a second born she absolutely gets to watch TV before age 2 and already loves Daniel, hahahaha).
- “Eeee! Eeee!” She always wants to hold brother’s special Eevee (pokemon) stuffie…and he usually lets her.
When he doesn’t, we get to see this month’s other big milestone: Facedown Crying. So much face down crying. I think there are days David wonders if they have boarding preschools 😉
Seven year old milestones are subtler but just as special. This month, I noticed a growing pile of dirty clothes in Caleb’s room. When I asked him to please make sure they all got into the basket in my room (aka laundry grand central station), he told me he was saving them so he could start doing his own laundry. So that weekend, he carried his full basket down the basement stairs and learned how to use the washer and dryer. Proud Mama moment! We’ll see how long it takes for the thrill to wear off, haha!
January also brought the first long work trip for David since the worst of my health issues began. It was a difficult, but necessary milestone, and I’m thankful both for the growth I saw in myself, but also the help and encouragement from friends who live nearby. Thankfully, the trip was not the full 2 weeks, due to David being sent home in the middle with the flu. By God’s grace, everyone else remained healthy while he finished his trip the following week!
We also had a special visit from David’s brother Josh and his beautiful family. We’re so excited to having family living in the Mid Atlantic now and we’re happy we got to share one of our favorite yearly events, Ice Festival, with them.
I can’t tell you how much I am loving having family living “near-by” (3 hours instead of 14-20 hours) for the first time in our marriage. It’s so special to be able to celebrate milestones together. It was a great way to start the year!