Eliza, you are 16 months old! Everyone - and I do mean everyone - tells me how smart you are, how you understand everything and can communicate like no other 16 month old they know. I have to agree, of course! But not just because I'm your mama. You really blow us away each and every day with your skillz :)
You have started to play independently, which is both adorable and handy -- you played while I was paying bills and working on the computer the other day, singing and talking and going back and forth between your room and your play area, every once in a while checking in with me for a hug (or to ask me to take your baby doll's clothes "OFF!", because everyone knows naked babies are waaay cuter than clothed babies). You were content to do this for about 20 minutes, and then you came to me and pretty much told me that I should be all done with the computer and come play with you. Which I did!
You are speaking more and more and your vocabulary grows each day. You will say almost any word we ask you to say, and a few of your newest ones are "Bread Dough" (thanks to Grandma!), "Nana" (for your nana, of course!), "please", "down", "yes" (complete with head nod), "turtle", "water", and "uh-oh!". Your voice is beautiful and we love hearing you learn to talk. It is such a joy for your parents!
You are still signing up a storm, too! You will often say a word and make the sign at the same time, like when you say "banana" and "drink". It is also very handy - you are a great little communicator for your age!
Eliza, my dear, you still -STILL- hate your car seat. When will you finally give in and accept it??? Please, for my sake and yours, let it be soon, child! (I know, dear readers, I can't believe it either - there are still lots of tears and screams in the car, and still not much sleeping going on in the car seat.)
You are the sweetest little thing, Eliza - you give us kisses and hugs, and you kiss and hug your grandparents, too. It is just so cute. You have such a kind heart. Sometimes I just want to scoop you up and never let you go. You make my heart swell and I love you so much.