Tuesday, December 4, 2007

i can't believe...

that my little girl is a year and a half.

No longer a baby, that's for sure. She's so grown up and recently has been demonstrating her Independence...from refusing to eat, unless it's her hand doing the feeding - to turning down an application of "pretties" (lip gloss), if she's not the one applying it. She's talking so much, too, these days. It's so nice because I feel like we're finally able to communicate a little bit, and I love being able meet her needs. Today as we were out shopping she kept repeating "mom, gink...gink, mom." So I knew she was thirsty, and was able to give her something to drink. She tells me when she wants a "nack", which usually means that she wants either some goldfish crackers or a package of fruit snacks. She loves cheese, too, and totally lights up when I offer her a string cheese. "Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!" she says perfectly and enthusiastically. She also informs us when she wants milk, by saying "milk", and when her diaper needs to be changed, by saying "poop".
She loves food...more specifically, anything with sugar. She loves smiling at herself in the mirror, and calls the reflection, "Booby". (We wondered if the "R" would be difficult for her to pronounce...hopefully she'll get it straight at least before she enters kindergarten.)
Usually her first word upon waking is "cookie". But I never give her one until she's had her breakfast...which reminds me, she can say cereal, apple, banana, and yogurt, and loves all of those things.
She spends a lot of her time exploring the drawers, cupboards, and closets within her reach; and subsequently, her daddy and I spend a lot of time cleaning up after her. She loves books, and loves to be read to - only she has to be the one to turn the pages. She loves taking showers, caring for her baby, dressing up in anything belonging to mom (mostly shoes and jewelry), and looking for her Binky. The latter of these actually has some history behind it. In those moments of desperation when there wasn't a single pacifier to be found, I used to carry Ruby in my arms as we began our hunt for the only thing that would calm her. "Biiin-kyyy, wheeeeere aaaare you?"...I would repeat, over and over again, until one was found. Just recently, she has started mimicking this whenever she can't find her binky. Only instead of saying where are you, she says where are we. so cute. I have tried and tried to get it on video, but have failed miserably. (That's another thing...she doesn't like having her picture taken - or being filmed.) Here's my best attempt. I had to actually put the camcorder up to the screen of her video monitor (hence the poor picture quality)...unfortunately, this was not her best, but you can at least get an idea of how much she loves her binky.

A few of her favorite things (some of which have already been mentioned):
cell phones
pulling faces

makeup...isn't she pretty?

drinking from a straw (especially soda)

marking the "B" in pat-a-cake

lip gloss

I'm just in love with this girl and feel so honored to be her mother. Happy 18 months my sweet little one.


ahe said...

She is such a cutie. I am glad that you took the time to write this tribute. Right before I came upstairs to check my email (and my blogs) Paul and I were talking about how we haven't taken nearly as much video/pictures of Charlie as we did of George...I guess it is inevitable but reading this made me realize that I need to work on a tribute like this for my little Charlie boy...Who btw has a double ear infection...I guess it wasn't the pack-n-play that was causing all of his tears this past weekend. :(

Maryann said...

I can't believe how stinkin cute she is! I love that she seems to be all girl.

Julie Knowlton said...

She is so adorable. She just melts me! I don't know what else to say. I am speechless. I love "Booby".

buddens said...

18 months also means she goes to nursery and church as you know it will likely return to something where you actually have the opportunity to learn something! It's the best!

Love that she calls herself "Booby!"

Blackner Family said...

I was just thinking about how Baylee is 2 1/2 now. I forgot that Ruby and Baylee are almost exactly a year apart and this reminded me of that. I think Ruby's birthday is June 2, and Baylee's is June 3.

Ruby is a doll! Wasn't a post long ago about how she kept saying Bobby? I guess now you know who she was talking about..herself!!

Kat & Steve said...

Too cute for words, and growing up so fast! Don't you just wish they'd slow down a little bit? She's so lucky to have you as her mom!

diana rose said...

we love ruby, happy 18 months to her!

ava and i loved that binky video... so funny, so cute!

Dana Mania said...

I can't stand how adorable she is! She is just beautiful! Aren't you just having so much fun? I love watching Alex grow. And I know it's always said but it just gets better and better! Alex went through a phase where she hated when we would take her pictures, but 6 months later she is a regular camera hog! And I love the "Booby" name! Alex says booby, but unfortunately it is really the body part. We love Ruby!

Sonja said...

Happy 18 months Ruby! Don't grow up too fast...

Danielle said...

That girl is the best! She's SO gorgeous - those blue eyes are so big and bright. I think she looks more and more like her mother everyday. When she was born, I thought "Daddy's Girl", but now she looks more like a mom's girl. I just can't get over how fast she's growing up, Nicole! These are such amazing pictures of Ruby. It's funny that she doesn't like being photographed, but she is so photogenic. And what a little chatter box she is in that video. Too cute! I fall in love with her personality more and more each time I see her videos!

I wish every kid had parents like you and John. She is going to love reading what you said - "I feel so honored to be her mother." Priceless.

PS: Isn't Booby's b-day June 4th?

Jess and Matt said...

She is honestly, SO precious! Kaden likes to pull faces and it hurts!!!! Especially when he has razor sharp finger nails. She is so special and I love this little tribute you made for your angel. How time flies!!!

Amber and Dallas said...

So stinkin cute! Love her!
We miss you guys! It's been too long! We'll have to get together this next week!