nineteen months

Life is just about perfect with a one and a half year old in tow.  I feel like I spend most of my days laughing at the cute things she’s learning, saying, doing… She’s eager to be taught almost anything, loves to be alive, and helps me appreciate how great life is. 
I wanted to jot down a couple of beyond adorable thing’s she’s been saying lately that I hope to never forget. The other day as we pulled the car to a stop on our street she cheerfully proclaimed, “ee home!” (we’re home). It’s something I usually announce to her as a, ‘yay we’re getting out of the car’ encouragement, but she knew all by herself that time. Since then I’ve caught her saying it while she’s playing. “eee home… eee home… eee home…”.  
Another night we had just sat down to dinner and I was saying the prayer. Madeline was having a hard time containing her excitement for the ravioli sitting just inches from her face but complied when we asked her to fold her arms. In the middle of the prayer she loudly said, “Amen.”
She’s been obsessed with calling and skyping her grandparents lately. Often during the day she’ll catch a glimpse of my computer and repeat over and over, “gampa gampa gampa”.  And it’s the highlight of her day if we catch grandma or grandpa on the phone and she gets to say “HY-EEEE!” to them. We can’t wait to see them in a few weeks! 
Madeline loves to help unload the dishwasher, she’s getting really good at listening and obeying more and more. I’ve been really excited that she’s starting to understand, “if you do this first, then you can do that…” (i.e. pick up your pencils before you get you toys out). 
I know there are so many more things I’ve been thinking I need to record, but for now this will have to do. We’re pretty happy here at nineteen months of parenthood. And although I wouldn’t mind picking up a few less messes every day… It’s hard to say no to an adorably curious little girl who finds her happy place in taking things out and spreading them across the house. Fingernail polish, muffin tins,  silverware, hair bows, dice, books, toys and anything else she can get into; it makes her happy and gives me twenty minutes of quiet :) 
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