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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

16 MONTHS




Let's take a short break from Germany to update you on a little girl we all know. You may have started to think that we had completely forgotten about her...however, this little one is hard to forget. So many people asked us if we missed her while we were in Germany...of course we missed her! But to be honest, they had us on the go so much that we didn't have any time to dwell on it...which in turn was a good thing! Upon our arrival home, Matt's parents brought Syd to the airport and picked us up. I walked around to the side of the car, knocked on the window, she just stared at me through the glass...no smile, just stared. I opened the door and said an enthusiastic Hi, and she just continued to stare at me...it was only when she thought I was going to shut the door again, leaving her to sit there that she motioned me to get her out of her car seat...but the mesmerized look of "Great, now the Grandparent party is over!" was priceless! And she did just as well as we did from the sounds of it. She had quite a good time with all of her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins while we were gone that she didn't even recognize her own parents at first glance!
Just before we left for Germany Syd was going through this wonderful (sense my sarcasm here) clingy stage where she refused to allow you to leave the room without making this god-awful get back in here, no you can't do anything with out me, squeal or grunt! And upon our return, she has returned to the independent little girl that we knew so well...playing alongside her toys or ignoring your efforts to assist in anyway! Her appetite increased dramatically and she now slams down a hot-dog in no time, or is running back to the fridge for her second glass of milk or next treat before you have even blinked an eye. Syd had her second visit with Parent's As Teachers last week and is still exceeding in many areas. It seems that as soon as the PAT teacher walks out the door she is already starting to do the things that we talked about for the next session. The only area that Syd was scoring lower on was her speech and vocabulary...I was thinking to myself, well, she is only 16 months old! But within a few days of working with her to verbalize more things as she used them, she was already starting to mimic what we were saying. She went to the Deanna Rose Farmstead with Matt and starting saying 'Goat'. 'Dog' is still the number one word...which she blurts out every morning when she hears the dogs bark...or when she sees a cat. And she has Da'Da down pat now...but its okay...that lady that carried you for 9months and gave birth to you will be happy to wait a little longer! Just kidding people! She also threw out a good 'Doo-Doo' when I pointed out a huge pile of horse manure while hiking Saturday at Minor Park! Oh yes, the fun of having her repeat words finally begins. There is nothing like a little squeaky voice throwing out a tough word that puts a smile on your face...its just getting them to stop later on that is the problem! She continues to test us by standing up on everything and flashing a big grin just before she does it. She enjoys swimming at Aunt Deb's, the great outdoors, swinging at the park, or going down the slide. Sydney is quickly letting her personality shine through...and we are having so much fun with her right now! So keep checking back...we know that there will be much more to share! You know all those details that her will come back to haunt her when she hits those adolescent years! Wow...at this rate, that won't be very long.

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