Anna will be 21 months old in two days, and I'm loving this age. I was planning on NOT posting today, because I have too many other things to do, but I can't help writing down a couple of the adorable things she's been up to these last few days. She has been so lovey, snuggly, and busy.
My little helper has been cleaning up a storm. She vacuums throughout the day with our handheld vacuum and hers. She dusts the carpet, tile, and tables with the feather duster. She sprays water on the wood and tile floors with her squirt bottle, and wipes it up with our white cleaning cloths.
Last night I was nursing Anna before bed, as usual. We were both quiet, and I think my eyes may have even been closed. I felt her arms reach around my body and squeeze me tightly. Then she abruptly stopped nursing, and I heard a breathy, tired little voice say "Uuuv youu." She's said it a few times now, and every single time I am moved to tears.
Anna tired of our yoga session quickly today, moving on to her perch at the coffee table to color in Elmo coloring books. I was on my back, my head just inches away from her feet when I felt Anna's little lips on my forehead. She bent down to give me the sweetest, softest little kiss. And, after my favorable reaction, she continued to kiss my forehead all afternoon.
As is typical of toddlers this age, Anna has been copying almost everything we say. She doesn't always say them clearly, especially if they require an "s" or an "l" sound. Recently, after our nightly prayer, Anna started blurting out "peace," "strive," and "live." But, they all sound a little bit like "beef." She's also been walking around saying "Okie-Dokie," which is way too cute and needs to be caught on video.
With the weather warming up, we've been spending a bit of time outside "watering." Mo D brought Anna some gardening tools on her last visit. The watering can has been getting a work out. We fill it with the hose, water a few dormant grasses and shrubs, water her shoes and feet, splash in the puddles she creates, and return for more water...repeatedly. I think I'm going to have plenty of help in the garden this summer!