There have been some of the sweetest moments and experiences I’ve had with Olivia that I have been randomly jotting down…So I am finally putting it all together, because I don’t want to forget some of these fun memories that have happened between 12 and 18 months of age.
I don’t want to forget the sound of the pitter-patter of her little feet running across the floor or that sometimes, when she has too much to hold in her hands, she tries to stash things under her neck. I don’t want to forget about the times that I found twisty ties in Luke’s Sunday shoes or the way she tries to pick up the tiniest of objects off of the ground with her pointer finger and thumb. Even when the objects are too small for her to actually grasp, she still pretends to eat whatever it was or throw it off to the side anyways. I don’t want to forget the weekend vacation spent sharing a room with Liv and listening to her little baby snores. I don’t want to forget the way she puts her arms up when she wants to be held- hands stretched out, angled to the side, fingers spread. Sometimes, she tries to pick up crumbs with her fork. I’m going to miss the way she stands on her tippy toes just to see out the window. Those little legs have got some serious muscle. Once, after I turned off the faucet during her bath, she watched with anticipation as water would slowly continue to drop out of the faucet. Every time a little drop would fall and hit the water, she’d give out a little squeal. I don’t want to forget the way she grabs for the corners of her blanket to suck or to chew, or to just simply hold. On May 1st, Olivia voluntarily gave me 3 kisses while we were at the park. She also learned to climb in and out of her stroller. I love the way she sweetly says hi and tenderly, yet eagerly waves. She says hi to people and things she sees out the window, to her stuffed animals, to her toys in the bathtub, to the heater in her room (which she has also hugged a time or two), and to the people in the pictures posted on our fridge. I love the way she will hold out her hand when she needs help or takes my hand to lead me somewhere. Holding hands is the best and she will do this with little friends too. I love watching her blow on her food when it’s too hot, or watching her pick dandelions and blow on those as well.