19 Months of Joy
Evangeline was 19 months old last week. She is a hilarious child with endless personality. She walks into a room and everyone knows she is there. Her moods are extreme, as they have been since birth, so when she is angry look out, but when she is happy she is downright giddy. I get smothered in kisses and hugs everyday, which is about the most wonderful thing I know. She will be happily playing and then something switches in her brain and she comes running toward you and hugs your legs tight and starts kissing your knees. It’s like she just remembered how much she loves you :). I have lost track of how many words she uses, tons, new ones everyday. She points to numbers and says 1,2,3. She communicates really well, which is a huge load off, cause I know what she needs, such as cracker, apple, up, down, yuck if she pooped in her diaper, out if she wants to be outside. She even brings me the remote if she wants to watch tv, after trying to turn it on herself. I let her choose her own show and she does, I will turn on Netflix and say Dora, Blue or Elmo, and then she picks one. Her newest favorite word is Cool, which is so, so cute coming from a tiny little pickle like her. You nearly die when she points a leaf on the ground and exclaims “Cool” with great enthusiasm.
Favorite memory from 19 months is that she tried to run away from home. Yup, she did and almost gave us all a heart attack. At my mom’s in N.B, mom and I were chatting and Dave was on the PC. Evangeline kept saying “out, out”, and we responded with “in a bit sweetheart”. I guess that wasn’t good enough cause next thing I know, I hear Dave running FAST upstairs and outside, and he came back with Evangeline under his arm. The child had let ‘herself’ outside. To understand how impressive this is, you have to picture my mothers place. Mom lives in the basement of a house, you have to go up a lot of steep, straight up stairs to get to the first door, then there is a platform and another door, which I didn’t even think she could open. After that, you have to go down a bunch more stairs off the deck to get to the driveway, then around to the backyard, which is where Dave found her. To say she gave us all heart palpitations would be an understatement.
This determination and independence will surely serve her well in life, but also keeps life interesting parenting her. She certainly keeps us alert and prepared. Sweet Evangeline, you are a force to be reckoned with, but we are so blessed to be your parents.