It always seems that I'm saying THIS is the most fun age to parent but I really do think this stage might be the best. Daisy is on the brink of so much - she is so, so, so curious about the world and she is desperate to learn, looking up at us with her question-filled eyes whenever she sees something new. She is displaying major growth when it comes to communication - she is now confidently signing, she can identify lots of body parts and she calls us "mama" and "dada" and knows the difference between the two.
Here are some of my favorite observations of late:
She Has No Fear
Like ZERO fear. Not afraid of heights, not animals, not going fast, not falling, not getting hurt, definitely not strangers or new things, not loud sounds, nothing. Nothing scares our daughter. Update: after walking through the Halloween section at Home Depot this weekend we learned Daisy is afraid of werewolves. Can you blame her?
She is Resilient
When Daisy gets hurt, which you can imagine happens fairly often because of the aforementioned “no fear” quality, she hardly ever cries. She usually takes a tumble or bumps her head, shakes it off, gets back up and keeps going. Sometimes – very rarely – she cries, and when she does, it’s only for a brief moment, then she’s off again.
She Wants to Experience Everything in Life
From racing in the shopping cart and jumping in the aim of the sprinkler to touching trees, smelling (and eating) flowers, holding bugs... Daisy wants to know and experience it all - and she doesn't mind getting wet or dirty or sandy in the process. She thrives on going fast, taking risks and feeling the thrill of living dangerously (god help me).
She Loves to “Read”
Obviously Daisy can’t actually read yet but she loves books nonetheless. She loves selecting a small stack of books from her (rather immense) library, presenting them to the nearest adult then folding herself into their lap for reading time. She likes to turn the pages, point to pictures, give kisses to people and animals, then shut the book triumphantly. So far, so good.
She Plays to Her Audience
Daisy knows when people are watching her and she lives for our reactions. This can sometimes be frustrating: right now, she’s in a phase where she likes to take her food and smoosh it between her fingers then rub it on her head until it gets into her hair. I think she does it because we immediately get exasperated and she thinks that’s funny. Mostly, though, Daisy channels her entertaining towards making us laugh. She loves when all three of us laugh together.
She is a Dog Person.
Growing up with Noni and Reno at her side is turning Daisy into the ultimate dog person. She gets a tail in the face at least a few times a day and it doesn’t faze her. She loves to pet them and let's them lick her face (which mom immediately follows with a baby wipe). She loves all dogs now – any size, shape, breed, color that we see on the street or elsewhere. She will wave and give kisses if she can get close enough.
She is Full of Enthusiastic Expression
Daisy expresses herself passionately – whether she is unhappy or full of glee, she’ll make sure you know it. Her high-pitched squeals and the kicking of her feet in her high chair when she is eating something she loves, the way she runs at the door when her dad comes home from work, the breathless fits of giggles she erupts into during hide-and-seek… These are the things I live for ❤