Seems like just yesterday that I was in tears over Tori's very first smile. And now? And now she's fast on her way to becoming an official toddler (walking is imminent), and far from that little peanut of a baby whoneeded me so much.
So I thought I'd stop for a minute to put keys to computer screen to record the little moments bound to get forgotten forever when she moves on to the next big thing. Things like...
Her first words. For months, she's been babbling in that secret language that is Tori-ese, but we couldn't understand a single thing she was saying. But now she has a few words - Dada (her first, the little brat), Bato (bottle), whadis (what is this), and finally, Mama (which just became clear this week).
Her tendency to shake her head no. She can't say no, but she sure as heck knows how to shake her head. And now? No matter what you ask her, the answer is nononono...followed by a hand grabbing for whatever she just said she didn't want.
Her unfussy eating habits. As of now, that girl will eat just about anything you put in front of her. Broccoli and cauliflower are just as eagerly accepted as pudding and waffles. Of course, no matter what you feed her, it ends up in her hair, on her clothes and stored in her high chair (she wants to do it herself), but since I know this won't last, I'm enjoying it while it does.
Her hesitant little steps. Although she's normally Miss Adventurous, when it comes to walking, she's taking her sweet time. We've caught her taking a couple tiny little steps, and when she does, she grins from ear to ear, but as soon as she realizes she's walking, boom, down she goes. I don't know why we're so eager to see her up on two legs...I'm sure once she starts walking, she'll be running, and then I'll be even more tired than I currently am!
Her burgeoning love of dirt. I think this gardening thing must run in the genes, because the minute we walk outside, she makes her way to the garden and starts pawing in the dirt. She even tries to "weed" with me...unfortunately, her chosen victims are almost always plants I'd rather keep in the ground.
Her straight-legged crawl. This little girl pulls herself along everywhere in a modified downward dog position - legs straight, body bent in half at the waist. It looks ridiculously uncomfortable, but it gets her where she wants to go!
There are more. So many more. But that sweet little monster is up from her nap, so these fond ramblings will have to come to a close. Stay tuned for more...