Gwendolyn At 18 Months



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My Sweet Gwendolyn is 18 months old!

I feel like she has started to look so much more grown up in the last couple months.  I look at her now, and I can just see hints of what she will look like as a girl.  She is still my baby in so many ways though.

Gwen is in size 3 diapers, 18 month clothes, and she is in size 5 shoes.  We just went to the doctor the other day, and she weighs 22 pounds, and is 32 1/2 inches tall!  

Gwen has been saying so many words lately.  I probably won't even be able to remember all of them, but in addition to the words I listed last time, she says banana, bible, Jesus, Clyde, Harvey, Ralphie, door, ball, yeah, windy, cookie, cracker, nap, potty, diaper, water (as in rivers and lakes, not to drink), toast, Grandpa, flower, "pop a wheelie" (guess who taught her that one) . . . I know I'm forgetting a few.  She repeats a lot of our words!

She also has her own language of sorts - the cutest "word" she has is when she asks for water.  When she's thirsty she'll move her tongue back and forth over her lips and make a water/bubble kind of sound.  It's hard to explain, but it's adorable when she does it!  I can also tell she understands a lot - I'll ask her questions, and she usually will answer by nodding yes, or shaking her head no.  She follows directions pretty well too.  It's amazing to me how much they understand at such a young age.

Her personality is just the cutest.  She is such a sweet girl - she smiles all the time, and loves to have the attention on her.  She loves it when people tell her she's cute.  She is great at sharing and taking care of Clyde.  She also has some "spunk" to her - but it's just the right amount of spunk.  She has no proper sense of danger, so I have to keep an eye on her, but when I tell her no she still just grins at me and then obeys.

Her favorite thing in the world right now is her blanket.  It's so funny to me, the blanket she chose - she has so many fuzzy, super-soft blankets, but she picked the most basic (and the biggest) one she had to be THE blankie.  She gets distressed whenever I have to wash her blanket, and she must have it to sleep.  If she hurts herself, or is upset in any way, she will call out "blankie!" in this desperate little voice.  Her word for blankie still sounds like "dain-dee" sometimes, but it is starting to sound more like "dain-det" other times.  It makes me a little sad, because it is so cute to hear her calling out for her "dain- dee".

She has never been much of a smuggler, but every now and then she'll have a rough day, and she'll just start crying for no reason.  Then I'll pick her up, and she'll just sit on my lap and snuggle under my chin.  She fell asleep like that a few weeks ago, and it was so precious.  She hardly ever does that, so when she does I try to take full advantage!

I have to tell this, because it's so cute - we went to the pool this week with my mom and sister, and my mom brought vanilla wafers (which the kids love).  So Gwen got herself a vanilla wafer, but Jethro (my sister's son, who is the same age as Gwen), indicated that he wanted one too.  So she gave him her cookie and went back to get herself one.  Then she proceeded to make sure Wyatt had a cookie, then she gave Jethro another cookie.  I thought it was so cute how she was making sure everyone else had one too!  She has such a sweet little heart, and I love seeing her choosing to put others first like that.  She is growing into such a beautiful little girl, inside and out.


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My Precious Gwendolyn,

Baby Girl, I can't believe you are already a year and a half!  You are growing so fast.  I love seeing the person you are becoming - you are such a darling girl.  You have the type of personality that people are drawn to, and everyone can't help but smile around you. You brighten everyone's day.  I think one of my favorite sounds is your giggle - it comes from way down in your stomach and just bubbles out, and it makes me want to giggle too!  I am so glad to have you as my daughter, precious girl.  Your middle name is perfect - you are a gem.  Perfect and unique and wonderfully made.  

I love you more than all the jewels in the world.

Love,
Mama
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Jessie Szmanda said...

This is so sweet, love your letter to her. Oh my heart. I dream of the day we have a little girl :-)

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Melanie said...

She is so sweet! Love them at that age!!

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