When I let a week pass between blog posts, the photos pile up.
Let me start with some cell phone pictures.
Oranges. This kid loves them.
Dottie surprised us by painting our fur babies and having the portraits matted for framing. I'm excited to get it framed and hang it in my office!
- 23.8 pounds, 31 inches tall. Has outgrown nearly all of her 18 month size clothes and is now in a 24 month size. Also bumped up to a size 4 toddler shoe.
- Has survived her first (and hopefully only ever) broken bone. The finger splint lasted two weeks and then we couldn't keep it on no matter what we tried. The nail has come off now and will hopefully be growing back in soon. She's still aware of it and shows it to everyone (including random strangers), but it doesn't seem to cause any pain.
- Loves shoes and REALLY loves boots.
- Favorite phrases: "I did it!" and "It's okay!" and "Oh No!"
- A bit dramatic :) She will throw herself to the floor in slow motion and then exclaim "Oh no! I fall down!"
- Is a lover of music. She loves playing my guitar. She randomly breaks out in dance when she hears a good song. (We do some super awesome car dancing when we hear Joe Jonas, Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber on the radio- just keeping the vibes going for Alex & Emma. She recently busted a move in Best Buy and put on a show for the employees when she heard a Chicago song.) She loves John Denver. (When his music comes on a Values.com commercial, she drops what she's doing to listen to it in its entirety.) She does not like Luke Bryan. (When he sang the national anthem for the Super Bowl, she stopped what she was doing, stared at the television for about 10 seconds, shook her head no, and then walked away.)
- Still loves reading. I've hidden away a large stack of the books that were her favorites in order to encourage interest in new books. It's working. One of our current favorites is "Just In Case You Ever Wonder" by Max Lucado. Drew & I read it to Alex & Emma and it is quite special (and sometimes emotional) for me to read it to Eleanor. What I specifically love is that the telling of the story makes the message just as relevant for an adopted child as it is for a biological one.
- Favorite foods: Oranges, guacamole, toast
- You can ask her to count and her response is, "two, two, two"
- We read books with the alphabet, but we also sing the song every time we brush her teeth (once for the top brushing, once for the bottom brushing). If I ask her to sing her ABC's, she sings, "B, B, B... B, B, B... B, B, B..." on repeat. We don't know when she's done until she stops and yells, "I did it!"