Since turning one Elle has consintued on her same little spit fire route. Everyone who meets her says the same thing...she is nothing like her sister! While Clare was content with puzzles, coloring, reading and still is very content with those things, Elle would much rather be throwing things in the toilet, climbing on top of the dining room table and hiding in closets or rooms. I used to think when these crazy things happened it was due to the parents not paying great attention or not having control of their children. Well, God has taught me through Elle that some children are just busy and curious, which causes chaos!
Just like her big sister Elle is incredibly social and walks around waiting for someone to pick her up and love on her. I cannot tell you the number of people who say "she just walked up to me with her arms up, it made my day!" I love that she enjoys people so much and with her gosh darn cuteness she draws a crowd everywhere we go!
Elle is the exact same weight as Clare was at this age, which is a surprise to everyone because of those chubby cheeks and she is one inch shorter. She has dropped to one nap a day and it is THREE hours long (we love it!). She is all of a sudden talking up a storm with a lot of words we are starting to understand. Just the normal hi, bye, up, down, all done, milk, juice, water, shoes...etc. One of our favorites is "yes ma'am" She has heard Clare say it so many times she found it easy to mimic. If she is misbehaving I grab those little cheeks and say Do you understand Elle? And I hear a little "yes ma'am" which sounds like "me, me" I LOVE it!
Just a few weeks ago when we were moving, I was packing boxes in one room and LD was in the other. All of a sudden I realized Elle was gone. My heart was beating double time as I searched for her, yelling her name. Clare just kept saying "did we lose her??". Finally I found her...sitting quietly in Clare's closet, in the dark, waiting to be found!
Ever since that little game, Elle really enjoys disappearing and can open every door in our house. Whenever I start yelling for her Clare says "Oh, no, did we lose her again?"
Elle is fabulous sleeper going on 12=13 hours most nights. She loves her little paci (wub a nub) with a passion and stands at the bottom of the stairs yelling "PAAACCCIII" as bedtime gets closer.
I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this little angel face. I cannot tell you the number of people who stop us to tell us how beautiful our little girl is with those big brown eyes. She is a mover and a shaker and I have no doubt this little girl has the potential to change the world.
So blessed to be her mommy...