Anywho, she is pretty much the coolest tiny human I have ever met in my life. And she's absolutely gorgeous on top of that! She's so fun, creative, well-mannered, curious, smart,and just plain awesome.
Let's chat a little about the fun things she does lately:
- She dances. Now this is nothing new because this kid has always loved to dance. But now when she hears music and gets the urge to boogie, she wants to dance with someone...and she commands that person to dance as well. She'll run up and grab both hands, shout "dance", and off she goes!
- She just shouted "ready, set, go" for the first time tonight--too cute.
- Nearly every time you ask what color something is, her reply is pink (occasionally we'll get a blue or green). This is much to her "she can't have anything pink" daddy's dismay.
is obsessed withloves all things Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. So much so that a song from the show came on Pandora today and she named out each character as they sang. And we have 30 episodes saved on the DVR. And we have 9 DVDs of the show... You wouldn't think that was excessive if you knew how much this kid loves that mouse and all his friends.
- She started counting a few weeks ago--1,2..6,7,8. Every time. And if you try to get her to say 1,2,3 she says "noooo!" and corrects you to say 1, 2, 6, 7, 8....
- We have the saying "together is a wonderful place to be" on our wall above our bed. Every night she points out the letters--she knows O (she can recognize these anywhere), S (she can recognize these anywhere), P, and sometimes E, B, and A. We're proud :)
- She also recognizes the numbers 2 and 8 when she sees them
- When she leaves someone, she has started saying "you too" instead of "bye". This is because when we go to a store or restaurant and the server ends with "have a good day", I always reply "you too"--and she repeats. So now she says it on her own when she has to part ways.
- Her favorite songs that she can sing (at least parts of) and do motions to are "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", "If You're Happy and You Know It", "Old McDonald" (also know as Yi-Yi-Yoo...and the only animal Bella puts on his farm is the chicken), and "This Little Light of Mine"
- She knows so many animal sounds that I've lost count. I'm going to try to list them, but I'll probably forget one. Frog, Rabbit (scrunches nose and sniffs), Lion, Tiger, Bear, Monkey, Bird, Elephant (lifts one arm and blows through her lips), Crab (pinches pointer and thumb), Alligator (clamps whole hand together), Rooster, Chicken, Dog, Cat, Fish (opens and closes her mouth real quick several times), Sheep, Horse, Cow, Bug (ssss...ewww...yuckies), Snake, Turtle (she recognizes them, but for some reason she insists they ribbit), Butterfly (flaps both arms up and down like crazy)...and I'm probably forgetting some
- She loves to pray. When we all sit down to eat, she asks for both of our hands, and says, "let pay". Then she squints her eyes and bows her head (for about the first 5 seconds...); when it's over she squeezes our hands and shouts "Amen!"
- She loves to shout "Amen!" in church at the end of every prayer as well (or if the preacher asks if he can get an amen...she always obliges). You can always see the shoulders of everyone bouncing up and down as they chuckle at her.
- That kid says "thank you" more often than anyone I've ever met (and in context). You can be handing her each individual card in a full deck, and she'll thank you all 52 individual times. This was her third full word (after daddy and Tech) and we never had to work on it. She picked it up on her own and always, always shows her gratitude. A lot of times when she's thanking me, she'll sneak in a "my" as in, "tank chu my mama"...Melt. My. Heart.
- She also says "yes please" whenever she wants something or needs help or is asked to use her words. "I hold you", "Help!", "Dat's Right!" and "I stuck!" are some of our other favorite phrases.
- She climbed out of her crib for the first time today; and considering I walked in to her clinging to the outer edge for dear life, screaming in terror, I'm hoping she won't do it again. We are however going to be switching to a toddler bed soon as a result. I was going to use that as my clue that she was ready (unless she got to a ridiculous age to still be in a crib first! Fret not, she wouldn't have started Kindergarten in a crib :P)
- She loves to talk on the phone--they're one of her favorite toys. And she actually talks! "hwo! wcha doin? baby jibber...K! Bye!"
- Books are a necessity, especially in the car and at church. And at home. And anywhere we go really. I'm really hoping she'll have my love of reading and both mine and Hunter's love of learning.
- She is still Hunter's little helper. Whether he's reloading ammo, working on cars, fishing in the boat...that little tot is right by his side. If he's in the garage and she's not with him, she stands at the door, beats on it, screaming "Daa-ey! Daa-ey!" until he lets her go play with him :)
- She recognizes the LA Tech symbol and the state of Louisiana, pointing them out and naming them anytime she spots one. Talk about make these parents proud!
- She also loves football--going to the games and watching them on TV (Score! No clue where she got that love from ;) She recognizes the balls and their helmets as belonging to football. She'll also say Who Dat! (and knows to go get our Saints football when we say that!)
- Speaking of Who Dats and Fleur de Lis...Hunter has a tattoo on his shoulder of a fleur de lis and AJ, Arabella's initials. He'll add to it with each kid we have, which I think is pretty sweet... Anywho. Bella saw it a few months ago and asked what it was, so we told her "that's AJ!" Now any time she sees a fleur de lis, she points out, "Dat's AJ!"
- She calls me Angie and her daddy Hunter a lot of the time... It's not said in disrespect so we let it slide and usually giggle about it. Last time Hunter was out of town for work, she really missed him and struggled with him being gone. However, instead of whining for daddy, she moped around the house saying, "I awnt Hunner...where Hunner...I awnt Hunner"
- She knows the difference between a car and a truck and a motorcycle (calls it a bike) and a boat...however, they all go "voom voom!"
- That little girl loves shoes. She'll come stand next to me, grab my leg, and ask for my shoes--expecting me to give her the ones right off my feet! And of course I do... If she finds a pair of shoes out, they go on her feet (she's flopping around in Hunter's size 15 Crocs right now as I type this...). She even takes the shoes from ladies at church!
- Last week, she started holding her hand to her ear and either whispering "lissen" or saying "herd dat?" anytime she hears a noise from a distance (a car going down the road, Hunter working on something in the other room, the washing machine, any little noise!)
- She gives the absolutely sweetest and best hugs and kisses. Actual squeezes in the hugs and puckered little binkie-less lips for the kisses. She also gives butterfly and eskimo kisses--and that just makes me smile :)
There's so much more that I can't put it all in this post... She's just a really stinkin' cool kid. And we have no idea why we were the lucky ones chosen to guide her through this life.
I love my little weirdo...and I never ever want her to want to be "normal"...
Now I have to start planning her SECOND birthday party! Time goes by much too quickly for my liking...
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our lives :)