Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dear Zahara: 19 Months

Dear Zahara,

Happy 19-month birthday! You are now closer to two than to one, and it shows! There is almost no "baby" left in you--you are all toddler. Your energy is infectious and you experience emotions in a big way. When you're happy, there is nothing better in the world. Your giggle will stop people in their tracks. When you're sad or mad though...yikes. Luckily, you're a pretty happy kid most of the time (bedtime not withstanding).

Your vocabulary continues to astound us. You are learning new words every day and are starting to put them into simple two-word sentences. My favorite words and phrases of yours are "come" which you will say with a hand gesture as you demand mummy or daddy's presence; and "have it" when you want us to hand you something (usually food). You repeat everything and remember everything. Just last night you were insistent that we bring down the menorahs, saying "menorah" and "candle" over and over.

You are getting really creative. One of our favorite games right now is hide and seek. If you're hiding, you'll usually walk away from us and then run right back up to us with a huge grin. When seeking, you'll stand with your hands over your eyes and then run around the house trying to find us. You are pretty good at finding us, even when we hide in closets or behind doors. Daddy was too good the other day when he was behind the couch. You looked everywhere but couldn't see him. Daddy had to start making ridiculous sounds to try and clue you in to his whereabouts. I was doubled-over with laughter.

You've also started to sing along with some songs. Current favorites; "I'm a Little Teapot;" "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes;" "Wheels on the Bus;" "Ring Around the Rosy;" and anything with Elmo.

We have no idea where this came from, but you are now moonwalking like Michael Jackson. You will just start walking backwards with a hilarious look on your face. It cracks us up every time.

Zahara, every month with you is more fun than the last. We love your big personality and how generous with hugs and kisses you are. Happy 19-months!


  1. Calli, the portrait of you smiling and her funny face cracks me up! Zahara, hard to believe you've been lighting up the world for 19 months!

    1. Isn't that hilarious? That's the face she makes if we ask her to smile. Ha!