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Half Birthday

I cannot even believe I am saying this, but...guess who is 18 months old??
Avery Grace is 18 months old. Here is the last picture taken last night, where she is closer to one than she is to two today. (she's sure got the 60's shaggy do going on, doesn't she?)

Avery has grown so much in the last six months. She is currently wearing a size 5 diaper, a size 6 shoe, and 2T to 3T clothes. I have a feeling before the next post I do like this (her 2 year!) she will be using the potty. She is very tall and I would guess weighs about 30 pounds. She is a big little girl! Of course, Jason and I are both tall, so I think we expected that.

Avery can run now, she can climb, she can almost jump, and she can spin (pretty fast!). She has no fear and will try anything we tell her. Or she will just want to be a daredevil on her own! She loves to be upside down, she loves to be thrown, she loves to be tickled, and she loves to try new things.

Avery can say alot of words. Just guessing, I would say she has a vocabulary of about 70 words or more. Here are some of my favorites...octupus, elephant, oh man! love you, kiss, hug, bubba, sissy, balloon (or, baoon),  flower, and rainbow. Avery can (kind of) count. She knows 2 comes after 1, and can say a few numbers when we count to ten. She loves to sing and dance. LOVES it. She loves to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, ABCs, B-I-B-L-E, and just any other song that comes in to her head. She is just like her sister in that way!

She loves to hug everyone now. She puts her arms around your neck and just squeezes!! I love it. She is also starting to really use her imagination. That is a cool thing to watch. She will play make-believe and play with her dolls. She understands where things go (babies go in their stroller, she will put toys together that belong, that sort of thing). She helps us clean up and can follow directions very easily. She loves to give fives!!

She is just pure joy. She hardly ever gives us any discipline problems (although the whining is still there and can sometimes test her boundaries, but she is supposed to do that!). She is getting into a hitting phase, so even though she doesn't do it often, she will hit one of us and watches what we do. Most of the time, if we tell her to stop or as her to follow directions, she will do it. She is incredibly fun and is just so much fun to be around! I just can't believe she is now closer to being a two year old than a one year old. This has gone by way too fast!!


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