Monday, September 14, 2009

18 Months!!

After today my girl will be closer to 2 than to 1. She's very much not a baby anymore, no matter how hard I try to ignore that fact, but 1.5 years seems so grown up. Every day she does something new that blows me away... last week when I told her that I loved her she responded with a "uv u" of her own. Talk about melting your heart! She's so active and independent... she loves to run and climb and jump. Sometimes she's a little too independent and brave and it scares me to death, but I love her sense of confidence. Her personality develops a little more each day, and damn is it cute! She definitely has a little bit of my stubbornness, but mostly she's laid back like her father. She's also extremely social like him and loves to be around lots of people. She's gotten to the age where she actually plays with her friends instead of just along side them and it's cute to see them team up to demolish something :) She's still having some speech delays, but she's really working on telling us things so hopefully we'll be hearing a ton more words soon!! Her eating seems to be much better, she's eating more food on a more consistent basis, though we'll know next week how the weight gain is going. She also got her first haircut... I finally cut her little mullet so that it's even along the back and it's much cuter!!
As for me, I'm trying to enjoy each day that I get to spend with her before going back to work (no, nothing there yet). I LOVE being a mom and it's what I've wanted to do my entire life and I'm so blessed that I have been home with her this last 18 months. There are times when it's incredibly hard, but it's also the most amazing thing I've ever done and definitely what I'm good at :) (I hope no one reading this is suffering from IF, my intentions aren't to make anyone feel bad about not being able to have a child, I'm sorry) Sometimes it's just hard for me to remember that this little person is mine and she fills me with such joy!
This is a series of pictures that Jamie took a couple weeks ago, enjoy!

this is my favorite because it shows her personality perfectly. she spends so much time running around with a smile on her face :)


The Maiden Metallurgist said...

I love those socks!

I can't believe the Last time I saw Emma she was still a teeny tiny baby.

Ondrea said...

she's so darn cute!!!

Rhonda said...

Those pictures are beautiful and so is Emma.

stacy said...

those photos are gorgeous!

Brooke said...

Wow.. .wow and wow! So adorable Ivory!

Jeff and Kerry said...

Amazing photos, Jamie!