Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy 1/2 Birthday!

 My sweet Rayna is 1 and 1/2.  At 18 months, Rayna's personality is pretty much the same as it's always been.  She is loud, full of energy, strong-willed, and sweet as pie.  She is saying a LOT of words.  She isn't putting any words together yet, but she has about 50 or so single words.

She LOVES being outside.  She will play outside as long as you let her.  She also loves going on walks.  She gets very excited when she sees the stroller and will climb in and wait patiently for you to take her on a walk.  She is very mobile.  She runs everywhere and climbs on everything.  She likes to play at the park and loves to slide.

She isn't a picky eater.  She will pretty much eat anything other than eggs.  She is currently Mama's girl, but this is always subject to change.  She is very caring and sweet.  If anyone around her cries, she will cry also.  She loves to be held and cuddled.  We tell her all the time that it's a good thing she's as sweet as she is rotten!  

And Molly is now 3 1/2.  I just can't believe my baby is 3 and 1/2 years old.  3 has got to be the greatest age ever!  She is so much fun right now.

She is SO smart.  I know I may be a little biased, but sometimes I am amazed at the things she comes up with and remembers.  I can tell her something or show her how to do something one time, and she remembers.  She knows all of her letters, many of her letter sounds, and can write her name.   

We've always said that Molly is not a rule-breaker, but she's a rule-bender.  While Rayna will defy you to your face, Molly tends to bend the rules to suit her desires.  Just today, she asked Brian if she could have some lip-gloss and he said to ask Mommy.  But instead of asking Mommy if she could have lip-gloss, she said, "Mommy, is this lip gloss?"  When I answered, "yes," she said, "Daddy!  Mommy said 'yes'!"  She kind of left out the part about her wanting to wear the lip gloss.  She pulls stuff like this ALL the time.  Stinker!

Out of the blue, she has become very social.  It's unbelievable to me sometimes that she's the same kid that used to cling to me and refuse to talk to or even look at other people.  She is still really hesitant around men, but she will walk right up to a child she doesn't know and start talking to them.  I think a lot of this has come from her being a big sister.  She takes such good care of Rayna.  Such a sweet 3 and 1/2 year old!