Oops, I'm a little late again with my thoughts this month. Hopefully you won't hold it against me. But, if you're reading this when you're older - say a teenager - you're probably already mad at for at least a dozen other offenses, so what's one more? The thing about you that has impressed me most this past month is that you're getting so much better at your self control. All I have to do is give you a look, or say your name in a certain tone when you're about to do something you're not supposed to, and you stop almost every time. Sometimes your hand will sneak forward again, but then you think better of it and move on to something else.
You are also learning to imitate noises and sounds, and will repeat a lot more of what I say. Your vocabulary is growing all the time, with the most recent additions being "bye", "ouch", "this", "up" and "down". You use all the words in proper context too, except that sometimes you get down and up confused. Opposites can be so tricky!
You really love taking walks outside, and will collect sticks, rocks, and wood chips as you go. And so help anyone who tries to take one of those precious commodities away from you. Lots of screaming and "no!" ensues. Sometimes there are even tears, so I've been giving that fight up lately and if you stab your eye with a stick, it's not my fault, okay?
You've also been enjoying the benefits my garage sales have been reaping upon you. You have lots of new favorite toys, and I even managed to save a couple for an upcoming Christmas or birthday. It's a win-win situation. Your favorite things to play with these days are puzzles (especially puzzles of animals), books with flaps to lift as we read, and an old-school Fisher Price house/garage that I swear I played with when I was little. Your favorite foods are strawberries, peaches, french toast (especially when I give you an accompanying bowl of syrup for dipping), goldfish crackers, and pizza.
You are endlessly entertaining, and laugh at any face I make, along with a slew of other things I had no idea were funny in the slightest. But I can't help smiling at your giggle, and your happy, care-free personality. You are going to be a joy to be around as you get older, Em, I can just tell. Love you!