Wednesday, August 15, 2007

18 Months

Today Ella is 18 months. That's a year and a half! A year and a half! In 6 months she will be 2 years old. But I'm not emotional about this at all. Not one bit. Not even a smidge. Okay maybe a little.

Here are the 18 things that I love the MOST about Ella:

1. She must say goodbye to everything when walking away from it. Her toothbrush, the door, her highchair, her stuffed animals, her crib, her food, her bath.

2. She loves to snuggle with her stuffed animals. She picks one that she will love on for the day and she carries it around the house constantly giving it hugs.

3. She can point out her nose and everybody else's nose and wants to do it a million times a day.

4. She can shake her head no when asked a question, but doesn't know how to nod yes. So every question's answer is a no with a very passionate head shake.

5. She loves to drink out of big people cups way over her sippy cups.

6. She will almost pay attention long enough for me to finish reading one of her books to her.

7. She has learned to climb on the couch, chair and ottoman. I'm not sure if I love this, but it's stinkin' cute.

8. Her vocabulary is expanding daily. She's starting to say two words together, not very many yet, but a few. The sweetest is "hi mama!". My heart melts everytime.

9. Her new favorite show is The Upside Down Show on Noggin. She loves those guys. I can actually cook dinner thanks to them.

10. She has so many friends that she loves so much. She gets so excited when she gets to see one of them.

11. She feels very passionate about many things and one of those is her swing. We finally had to store her inside baby swing, but we spend a lot of time on her swing outside.

12. She doesn't cry anymore when I drop her off at our church nursery. We had major issues with this a few months ago, but she is over it. And I am one of the things that she gets to say bye to as I walk out the door with my bottom lip out.

13. She is the girliest baby I have ever heard of. She makes everything into a bracelet and/or necklace. She must constantly have either of those on her body at all times. She loves bows and hats She loves to play with my shoes. She hates getting dirty and will barely touch the grass.

14. She is becoming very independent. Not sure how much I love this, but it definitely is good in some ways. Like eating. She now wants to feed herself with a spoon. Which means I get to eat at the same time she is eating. See, look how positive I am about her growing independence.

15. Peek a boo and chase still remain her favorite games. She laughs so hard everytime we play and there is no sound sweeter.

16. She loves to give kisses, real kisses. She actually leans in and puckers her lips. It's the sweetest thing ever! And she loves to hold our hands. I can ask her to hold my hand and she reaches up and grabs my finger. In those moments, could I be any happier? No.

17. She has such a sweet deamenor already. I thank God every night for the sweet spirit He placed in her.

18. Last but not least, I love the way she loves our dog Jones. Since the birth of Ella, poor Jones has taken a back seat in our lives. He went from baby to dog. But I'm thankful for him because he adds so much entertainment to Ella's life. And he loves her. He is very protective of her and can hear her crying before I can sometimes. He's a good dog.
These pictures were taken when Ella was about 6 months old. I couldn't resist posting them again!

How is it possible to consume so much love for somebody? I've said this before and I'll say it a thousand more times, but being able to experience the love for your child here on earth is a daily glimpse for me to be able to imagine how much more God loves His children.

"How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure. That He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure."

Happy Half Birthday you precious precious girl!


Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

Those slippers are so cute I'm banging my head on my desk right now.

Joshua Murrell said...

So sweet! I love all of those things about Ella!

wetherell said...

what a cute post...but you know how I feel about those Jones/Ella pictures.

FordeFam said...

Awww!!! How fun!!! And those lyrics...have you heard Fernando Ortega's version of that song? Very sweet!!! Love it!!! :)

MamaCass said...

So sweet. I love that she is a girly girl. Happy 18 months Ella! I would love to let you borrow that book but I have already passed it on to my older brother and I am PRAYING that he reads it.

Lamar, Jill and Tyler said...

Ok, those are all the sweetest things ever. I love that picture of all the babies together. It might make me a wee bit jealous that we are not a part of it, but I am so happy for all you guys that you have each other. How cute is your baby girl? Soooo cute!

The Granniss Family said...

She looks like a future Bunco queen in those slippers!
I loved the 18 things on the 18th month, cute!
She is so adorable!

Ang baylis said...

Your daughter is beautiful! It's so hard to imagine life without our children!

Adorable pictures, too!
Angie xoxo

Our Family of Five said...

What an awesome list!! And that picture of her in the (bathrobe?) and slippers is just so darn cute! I just LOVE this age. My little girl will be 18 months in a couple of months from now. I would love to do a list like this when that time comes, if my copying your great idea would be ok? I could link back to you. Oh, and we haven't discovered the upside down show yet, but if it comes on around dinner prep time, then I'm all for it!! :)

Kristin said...

You are such a great mom!!! I can't wait for Ella to be able to read your precious thoughts about her someday. She will be so blessed!!!

Trina said...

What a sweet list and an even sweeter Ella.

Thanks for sharing.. :0)


Kacey Bode said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your Ella Grace is adorable too!!! We live in Wichita Falls, not too far from you! I'll have to read more of your blog when we get home from Alaska next week!!!

Jessica said...

What a sweet tribute to your precious girl! I love it!

Tiffani said...

Ella is SO cute! The robe/slippers picture - I'm dying...adorable! Your list was so much fun to read!

ashley said...

This was the sweetest post! :) I love the pictures.

ashley said...

Actually, I just found out that you and a few other women had blogs on here as well! :) I'm glad I found ya'll. Oh, and by the way, I was reading your profile and saw that you love Francine Rivers, and I do too!! I have read only Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion series and I'm so hooked!! Anyways, I thought I'd tell you that! Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Jennisa said...

What a cute post! She's going to be so touched when she can read this someday! She is such a precious little bundle!

Shelly said...

Okay...the picture after comment #13 (the pink robe and flower) have done me in!

I don't even know what to say...but absolutely DARLING!!! I know your heart has to just pop!

Liz said...

I love this list! What a precious little girl.

My little guy will be 18 months in Sept. I can hardly believe do they grow up so fast?!

The Preacher's Wife said...

This entire post was absolutely precious but I am particularly loving the expression on Ella's face in the picture with your dog...I mean, is it just me or does that second one look like they have the exact same look on their face?? I LOVE IT! :))


Outnumbered 4 to 1 said...

Hi I found you through Jessica's blog. I love this idea. I have 3 little boys 5,4 in Sept. and 18 months in Sept. I also have a little girl on the way. This was so sweet I wish I had thought of this when my oldest turned 18 months because the memories you have just made for your sweet little girl will go with her throughout her entire life. I don't know you but I can tell your love for your daughter is a true gift from God!