what a 16 month old says

a stream of things i hear and observe as i witness the amazing growth of a 15 month old mind and body.  


hi (which sounds very southern, like haaai)
bye bye (also very southern, 'baabaa')
dyupp (for when she is answering any question in the affirmative.  the best part is that she kinda whispers it)
kika (kitty cat)
gaga (godrick, the dog)
ca (car)
mooooon (moon, which she can always find even when its just a sliver)
nanana (banana, which i hear every time she walks into the kitchen and sees the fruit display)
puh (pear)
peeye (pretty)
mao (milk)
onge (orange)
maaayma (amen, which she says almost as soon as we start praying, cause she knows it means she gets her dinner)
ahh duh (all done, which she says when she is done eating but also whenever she WANTS something to be over, like a spank or changing a diaper or being confined to a crib or a cart)
bah (ball)
mahuh (martha, who lives with us and is like a second mother to eden)
ehh pay (airplane)
ouuup (up)
haop (help)

sounds she can make:

when robert or i tell her we love her, she kisses in response.

and she can go down the stairs backwards now,  the other day i was running errands with her, with my hands full, walking down the sidewalk with her waddling along behind.  i mentioned to her to be careful of the stair.  she immediately sat down on the sidewalk, rolled over to her belly, and scooted herself feet first toward the curb. then she looked at me, all proud, like 'what?  i know how we do stairs'

she greets people happily, which we work hard on, and is willing to give a high five to anyone we introduce her to.

she copies me, which is both amazing and a little scary.  i noticed her pretending to put on makeup the other day, and trying to turn her sound machine on with her foot like i do when i have my arms full of her.

she prays before meals, with her hands folded or holding ours in each hand.

she understand full sentences from me. 'eden, go into your room and turn off the sound machine'  'eden, give mama a diaper' 'eden, go get in your chair...no not the little chair, the big chair'

she also makes connections and generalizations.  she saw a christmas tree over facetime at my parents house, and then went and pointed to our tree

she saw a basketball game on tv and said bah (ball) and pointed to it

she gets really excited about planes and birds flying around and points at them with the little 'o' in her mouth. like this
when i tell her to come put her clothes on, she turns around and backs into my lap slowly and then plops down.  i love this.

she has had a cough lately and has been up at night alot.  the other night i went in there to comfort her and she was sitting in her crib sadly.  she looked up at me and said 'oh mama' with the most heartbreaking desperation in her voice.  'im here baby' i responded.  

lastly, the first thing she does every morning when we get downstairs is run, laughing, over to the tree and sign please ferociously until i turn it on.  then she stands, mouth agape, at the splendor of the tiny lights that illuminate all the precious handmade ornaments on our tree.  im going to miss that.  


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