My dear sweet Lucy,
You are 18 months old. EIGHTEEN! A year and a half! It's amazing how much you have grown in such a short time. A year ago we were struggling to figure out why your tummy hurt all the time and why you cried and never slept. Now you are this amazing toddler who runs and talks and eats almost everything you're given.
You LOVE music. You dance along to everything from a buzzer to your sister's favorite pop song to me singing to you. Lately you have trouble giving in to bedtime, but if I sing "Blackbird" you fall right into my chest and relax, just like your sister always did. This makes my heart so very full.
You love being on my back. You'll call out "Back! Back!" when you need the closeness, or when your sister is bugging you *just* enough that you want up and I'm too busy to just hold you. You also let her put you on her back when she asked. It didn't last long but hilarity ensued.
Somedays you two are too much.
You've developed this hilarious 'maniacal laugh' that I have yet to catch on video but every time you do it my heart explodes just a little bit.
Lately you've been really loving Snoopy and "Duck" and you take them everywhere. To the store, to dinner, on my back and most often, to bed. "Noopy! Duck!" It's so adorable.
You have learned to climb. You think climbing up on the stool to reach the counter, or the couch, or the sink is pretty much the best thing ever. Most of all you like climbing up to get yourself a snack.
You've taken to trying on everyone's shoes. Mostly your daddy's but occassionally mine or Ruby's. You can't walk in them but you put them on and just giggle and giggle.
Lately you love playing in the bean box, scooping and pouring and checking out all the animals. It was one of Ruby's favorite toys too.
You've tried your hand at taking selfies. this is the best one, but the others were also pretty cute, mostly your eyes, sometimes your nose, all of it precious.
My darling sweet Lucy, you are such a joy and a blessing and a wonder. You had your 18 month appointment, and you hit every milestone except kicking a ball, which you started doing the very next day. You easily have 50-70 words and you sometimes get a new one every day. It really blows my mind to watch your brain grow and learn each day. You are so very funny and sweet and full of life. You make every day a delight. I can't remember life without you, and yet you've only been here for 18 months.
I can't wait to see what comes next. I love you with all that I have, Mama