*when i'm working on something in the kitchen and you entertain yourself in the living room and become very quite... i poke my head around the corner and see you sitting, calmly thumbing through a book. especially when that book is "the lorax" by dr. seuss (man, that book is soooo good).
*when you do something "good" and you clap for yourself and look at me as if to say, "eh? ma...did you see that? you gonna clap or what?"
*watching you discover the world...you are so much more aware of your surroundings every day. you noticed a crow for the first time a week or so ago and seemed a little shocked when it took off and flew up to the top of a tree. today you nearly exploded with excitement watching leaves blow in the wind (not that you are just noticing them for the first time...just love your enthusiasm).
*your expressions. you crack me up!
*when you cuddle up with me. we face each other, both of us lying on our sides and you bend your little legs up and put them on my legs so you fit perfectly into my hip/leg angle (not sure how to describe that, but it is the best). hmmm...it is almost as if you curl up into something like the fetal position and tuck yourself back in my belly...but, on the outside. alright...i give up. if you still don't know what i'm talking about, i'm sorry.
*your appetite and love of food (and how crazy you go for happy baby's organic puffs) and the way you manage to get food all the way on the back of your head...
*nursing you to sleep and rocking you in the glider.
*how you are entertained for good chunks of time by simple things like the laundry basket, a box, pots and pans, a measuring cup and a big wooden spoon.
also...i'd like to note that your expression in this picture bears a very strong resemblance to my "madonna" face from childhood. dad, tyler: yacht picture...agreement??
*how you "help" me fold the laundry
*how you now like to put stuff places...especially when that means you helping me pick up the toys at the end of the day.
*swimming with you
*how you make me want to be a better person because i see how you mirror me and i want you to be the best you can be. not: open mouth chewing, mouth-full talking, interrupting, growling when frustrated, being impatient...all those "mind your manners" type things that sometimes slip by the wayside. and the big stuff like empathizing with others and being generous, open-minded and warm-hearted.
now...while we are recounting some of the fun things that you do...here are a few that maybe you could work on for me. :)
*you now really enjoy "yelling" at the top of your lungs. not necessarily angry or crying...just yelling. maybe tone that down a bit and save it for the playground...not church or the dinner table.
*while you've been sleeping really well lately, today was a 4:45am day...let's try and get back to 6:30...or later, i mean...if you want later, i'm totally game.
*yesterday, you unvelcroed (is that a word?) your diaper while i was on the phone trying to figure out how to fix the computer and before i got it back on...you pooped...on the carpet...let's not do that again. oh...while we're talking poo--the bathtub... not so much the ideal potty.
*your biting of me has really improved to very few and far between, but let's continue to be vigilant on that one.
that pretty much sums it up. you're an amazing little human being. i sure love being your mommy! happy 13 months on this planet!