Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Weight: 23 lbs.
Hair/eyes: dirty blond/hazel
Clothing size: varies between 18 months and 24 months
Every month gets more fun with Hatley-Grace. Language is exploding right now. She has started saying her name, which sometimes comes out as just "grace", sometimes "hat" and sometimes "Hat grx". She combines two words to make short sentences. She learned to count to three by Marty counting to three before throwing her on the bed. Sometimes she will just look at me and talk and talk and talk with just a sprinkling of words that are understandable, yet she knows exactly what she is saying. She talks about church all the time and names her friends at church. Hatley-Grace is the newest member of the welcome team at church as she shouts "hi" to everyone without stopping until they respond. Each "hi" follows by a wave gets louder and louder until she is literally shouting at people until they respond. This is cute right now, I'm not sure what age it will become rude :)
Hatley-Grace does not like to go to bed at night. Nap time is never a battle, she loves to sleep and shouts night night as I leave the room. But in the evening, it is a chore every single night to go to bed. She cries for more books, or water, or poopy, or Mama. She just hates to miss out on anything. I'm hoping this is just a stage.
We are outside constantly right now. We bounce between parks, pools, the water table, working in the yard, going on walks, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc. Being outdoors is her favorite place to be.
You are a busy little toddler, exploring everything around you. You love to push the kitchen chair up to the counter and cook with Mama. You help me make Daddy smoothies in the morning, crack eggs, butter toast and stir cookie dough. After you help, you ask "try it?".
You are a big helper right now, and thrive when given a job to do. You like to put trash in the trash can, put your dishes in the dishwasher and put your crocks on. You help me weed the garden beds, and out away laundry and you are so proud of yourself.
You have never been a clingy Mama's girl. You are very independent, yet recently I sawyour way of showing me you need some Mama time. This weekend, I hosted a shower at our house. All morning I was busy cooking, cleaning, and visiting with friends. You were content to play with your big friends that were here. When I sat down with the other women to eat, you found your way through the crowded tables to stand next to me and placed your hand on my leg. You didn't say anything, you just stood there for a few minutes touching my leg, and then went back to playing. This was a sweet memory I want to remember from this month that showed me your content personality. You were tired and needed a little recharging from just being near me, and then you were able to be independent for a while longer without me.
You are so dear to your daddy and me. You are loved more than you know!