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Little N, you are 17 months old!

Every day, you become more and more a true toddler with flashes of big kid, and your baby qualities continue to melt away.

I admit, I miss the baby you. The squishyness and your sack o’ sugar weight. Your wonderful, sweet smell as a newborn.

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But as much as I miss it all, I wouldn’t trade it for the last 17 months we’ve had with you! What a blessing and adventure it’s been to see your own unique character and personality shine through. =)

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It is a BLAST watching you grow, change, and learn! You are so curious and inquisitive. I can’t even count how many words you know now – you learn at least one or two new ones every day!

We have been spending so much time outside lately, because the weather has been amazing!

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You loooooooooooove to be outside! It’s your favorite place to be – running around, picking up rocks and sticks, splashing puddles – it’s the best! Coming back inside is horrible after being in the sunshine. =) You are an outdoors girl.

Your Daddy has loved showing you his favorite sport.

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Your Daddy loves you so much. This is you and him on Father’s Day. =)

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The outside adventures have increased as we re-instated our summer evening walks. It’s so different from last year – now you walk the whole way there and back!

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You enjoy making rock salads in Grandma and Grandpa’s back yard.

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Eating currants from their bushes.

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And riding around on Grandpa’s mower. =)

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You are becoming more and more autonomous – you want to do everything by yourself! Be it walking, eating, climbing, drawing, etc, you don’t want any help! Your eye-to-hand coordination and fine motor skills have increased by leaps and bounds this past month, especially in your use of a fork and spoon, but I have no pictures. I do have pictures of you eating though. You love your food!

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You have also become quite the comedian. You can make the funniest faces, and you love to make other people laugh. Here is a good example of this. You kept twirling and shrieking and giggling, making us all laugh and laugh. =)

We love your laughter. =)

This is a week of excitement, Little N – in just a few days, you, me, and Daddy will be getting on a plane to go the California again! This time, we’re heading down for Auntie J’s wedding. It will be such a wonderful, celebratory time, and I know Ama, Papa, and Auntie S can hardly wait to see you and us, and we are so excited to see them. =) You’ll get to spend lots more time in the sunshine, and I’m planning to take you swimming a bunch!

Thank you for these last 17 months, Little N. There have been ups and downs and some rough patches – you’ve been figuring out this whole life thing, and we’ve been figuring out this parenting thing! But your Daddy and I wouldn’t change a minute of it, and we wouldn’t change one bit of you! We love you to the moon and back, sweet girl!

 

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