Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Such A Joy!

Paprika is such a joyful baby, and is so much fun to be around. She has such a fun, warm personality, and is always laughing and trying to make other people laugh.

She says so many words now, it's just incredible! I forget how verbally advanced she is until I hear other people marvel at her verbal abilities, and then I remember- oh yes, she is only 14 months old. I don't think I can even count how many words she says now. She regularly says "daddy, mama, bath, book, bubbles, ball, cat, dog, duck, up, bagel, apple, gold, outside, moon, hot, shoe, night-night, pee-pee, poop, baby, silly, car, truck, go, outside, water, walk, and woof." She repeats everything and says little sentences like "let's go out!" or "baby go bye-bye" or "daddy, bagel" or "baby wakawakawaka (walk, walk, walk)."

She has the softest, sweetest, most quiet voice. It sounds like "ahhh-boo-doo-boo-doo-boo-doo-boo" when she gets to babbling. She loves to sing to herself, too, and lots of times I catch her singing little tunes as she's walking around the house.

She understands pretty much everything we say now, and we have to spell things if we're trying to get something past her. She can follow simple commands like "Paprika, go get your shoes" or "Paprika, time for bath." She also knows the difference between yes and no and will answer by shaking her head yes or no when you ask her if she wants to do something, or if she wants a certain thing to eat.

Paprika is absolutely fearless and will take off walking confidently in her own direction if you set her down in public. She has no fear for anything or anyone! We were at Chipotle recently, and she wanted to go up to every single table and smile and wave to each person. She is not shy in the slightest and is so genuinely curious and interested in the world around her.

Paprika loves books and wants to read anything and everything in sight. If she sees something with words on it, she'll point at the words and then hand it to me to read to her. She likes to be read the same stories over and over again, but when she's done with a book, she'll toss it aside and will not let you read it to her. Her favorite thing to do is to grab a book and then plop herself down into Mr. Mustard or my lap when we're sitting cross-legged on the floor. She wants to be read to all the time and will follow the words with her fingers.

She is a great sleeper and loves her Pooh bear. She knows how to give kisses and hugs, and is just such an amazing, beautiful, and perfect child. I know I'm gushing, but sometimes I just can't believe that this perfect being is my daughter. She is just a joy to everyone around her and such a wonderful person to have in our world.

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