To our sweet Ava,
You will be 16 months in a few days...You have become goofier, happier, and an even more lovable little girl. You are now walking, swaying to the music of your toys, saying multiple words, have become very opinionated (you definitely know how to say "NeoO!"), give kisses, and continue to be a chatterbox with your extraterrestrial sounding "words."
Tonight I took a few pictures of us ending our day while waiting for daddy to get home from work. We just sat in the kitchen after I cleaned up. I was letting you stay up after your bedtime so that daddy could see you when he got home.
You opened and played with mommy's cookbooks, practiced walking, and continued trying to play with Cooper's food dish even after mommy told you "no, no."
It was one of those really simple, quiet nights that suddenly became one that mommy will never forget. It was actually more like the entire day, not just the night...
I watched you get excited when you:
saw which pretty bow you had in your hair as you smiled in the mirror this morning,
saw a new friend at Barnes&Noble to play trains with,
showed your great nana who is visiting how much you can walk now,
knew it is your favorite "nack" (snack) time and squealed with joy,
and when you gave me a sneaky smile because you are about to give me a kiss.
A simple but really sweet day filled with little moments that mean so much to me. I am so grateful I get those each and every day with you.
Tonight, I wanted to write this because I wanted you to know just how much I love getting to watch you grow each and every moment of your beautiful life.
After we were goofing around for a bit, you were practicing walking from the end of the kitchen and headed over to me so that I could catch you at the end of your trip.
I was excited and gave you a big hug... the cuteness didn't stop there.
You looked up at me with those gorgeous blue eyes and smiled and leaned in for a kiss!
Usually, I am the one asking YOU for the kisses but tonight, you decided you wanted not 1, not 2, not 3, but 6 kisses in a row!!!!!!!
At that moment, I melted into a puddle of pure "love goo."
I had to snap a picture and send it to daddy immediately. I won't even begin to explain just how much your daddy loves you. (That's another post that mommy will have to write...)
Just so you know, you can do NO wrong. Whatever it is, daddy will still think you are perfect.
Example: I asked daddy the other night after we put you to bed:
mommy: what are you going to do when there is no crib and Ava wants to sleep with us in bed every night ?
daddy: let her.
end of discussion...
You are our whole world and it only gets better every day. You grow and become this little person who makes us smile, laugh, and leave us talking about how proud of you we are. You haven't even started school, earned a good grade, learned how to ride a bike....all you have to do is imitate mommy when I scratch my nose and you light up our whole world!
Even your friend, Cooper, thinks you're amazing!
So happy (almost) 16 amazing months, goof nugget.
I cannot wait to see just how much more joy you bring to us and everyone around you.
I love you.