Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Beach fun and Lydia's ONE!

So for those of you who don't know, we have been down at Eglin Air Force Base for almost 3 weeks now. Lydia is getting to celebrate her 1st birthday down here and boy, she's loving it.

It has been quite a year for her and I can't believe how quickly she has grown. Time sure does fly by.

She started walking the first day we were down here at the beach, taking her first steps (ok- really her second steps, but the first ones I saw) on the beach. Unlike the first two children, she hasn't stopped walking since then. She is now pretty steady on her feet and can navigate about anywhere. She rarely falls down, and loves that she can keep up with big brother and sister.

She has decided that baby food is no longer for her and has taken to much better things like ice cream and cookies. She will eat anything off our plate, and has really become fond of trying to feed herself.

Lydia is talking a lot more these days and although most words aren't clear, she tries a lot of stuff. She can definitely say momma, dadda, sisser (sister), budda (brother), dog, pss (please), juice, nuss (nurse), and bye bye. Her new thing is something Catherine used to do and is so cute- we say "ready, set..." and she screams "GO!" She also enjoys sign language and does signs for "eat", "more", "thank you" and now "airplane". Sometimes she will do the sign for "help" but I usually have to give her a prompt or two.

She loves to sing songs, especially "If You Are Happy and You Know It". She will hum along to songs in the car and loves to nod her head to the music. Just recently she has learned to "shake her booty" which is by far the cutest thing ever.

Although when she was first born, we thought she would be our easiest child yet, she has proved us wrong, yet again. She is very strong willed and stubborn and has learned to fight (or scream) for her way. I guess it comes with the 3rd child position!

She has earned her right as the best climber of all three of my children, climbing on anything she can. She has fallen down the entire flight of stairs at home and I have caught her numerous times before leaping off of my painting ladder. She tries to climb out of the tub, up on chairs, and even out of her carseat. She definitely has her own special way of keeping mommy on her toes!

Because of computer issues I can't do a slideshow of pics for her year in review, but I promise to get it up next week. For now enjoy the pics I have attached to this and stay tuned for many fun pictures from the beach!

Happy Birthday LYDIA!
The mom.

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