Even though all of Madison's firsts are the same things I first experienced with my first daughter, they are still just as exciting. Maybe not to our family members who have to listen to our exclamations about all that Madison can do when they ask "And how are the girls?". Every little milestone, an indicator of how fast she is changing, fills me with excitement. It is all because these are her milestones, part of who she is and who she is becoming-a little girl not so much a baby anymore but a toddler.
She is showing her independence. Pointing with her whole hand and body and reaching for whatever object holds her fascination, she knows what she wants and when-NOW.
She giggles hysterically when you tickle her armpit. I admit this is how I keep her from sleeping in the car on the short drive from the grocery store. I will reach back, squeal "giggle monster", and attack her armpits. Even as she is nodding off to the land of slumber, she awakens enough to launch into peels of laughter. Emily usually joins in the fun making silly faces at Madison to help keep her awake.
Not a fan of baby food, she steadfastly refused to eat it and began eating table food at about 10 months. Now she is a human garbage disposal (or so my husband says since she will eat her food and any leftovers from her sister's plate). My MIL marvels on how she has never seen a baby girl eat so much. Lunch today was 1 3/4 bowls of raviolis and a cup of strawberries and blueberries. Before her nap 11/2 hours later she ate a handful of graham cracker bunnies.
She loves balls and playing with Little People. She is her own little person.
Today, for the first time she took a step all by herself. Just one small step before she landed on her bottom with a clap of her hands and an expectant look at me. Even she knew she had done something amazing.
One small step for my baby. One giant step towards becoming a toddler. I hope I am ready for this. It seems she is.
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