We've had many milestones this month, sweetpea. Your grandma and I were just adding up all the words and signs you say, and came up with a list of about fifteen of each.
bow wow wow
hi & bye
You also put together two sentences. You said "Bye Daddy" one morning just after your dad left for work. You also signed "birds eat" when you saw seagulls eating on campus at Kit Carson.
Tonight you took one step on your own. You can walk anywhere if you're holding on to our fingers, but until tonight you haven't taken any steps on your own. But tonight you were standing, and your dad said "You should walk after the cat." As if taking his suggestion, you took one step!
You love your books, and you often bring them to us to read. You also give kisses to your dolls with a little encouragement. You play peekaboo and pattycake. You bounce when music comes on, and lately you've been trying to sing along. You have been pretending to blow your nose -- you don't really know how, but you put paper towels to your face and blow with your lips. You say "Mmmm" whenever you see apples, whether in pictures or in person. You can point at eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and hair when asked, not always perfectly accurately, but most of the time. When we see a bear or lion picture, we growl, and you growl back. You love to be chased around by Daddy, and you laugh hysterically when he chases you.
When you see Boompah in the computer room, you scoot over to him and signal to get up so he can show you videos on YouTube. You also like the BabySigns videos, and you watched the Muppets at your Grandpa's house. (You signed "frog" at the picture of Kermit.)
I can't believe you'll be one in just over a month! You're getting to be such a big, smart, sweet girl. I love you very much.