Beatie and I took these pictures on Wednesday while Violet was still in the middle of a marathon nap. It was after an altercation with one of our morning play date friends, Baby Ryan (not a baby anymore, still known as such), a sweet little boy about one month older than Beatie who decided that morning that paper was for chumps, and following Beatie around with a marker drawing on her head was the right way to do art. She was very put out by this, you can see the remnants on chin and nose. Also note the amazing red cheekedness of a baby toddler who is still flushed from sleep. Beatrix at 16 months is hilarious. She has so many words and so many preferences. She only likes weetbix with honey. When she asks for "wattah" she is really hoping you'll provide "mulk". And if Violet eats all of her dinner first, thus being first (and usually only, Beatie is a slow slow slow, distractible eater) to claim her prize of the worlds tiniest tub of jelly (that's jello for you Americans) for dessert she WILL park herself almost on top of her so as better to watch her eating it from a distance of about one centimetre between Beatie's nose and the cup of jelly.
Here is a list of words that a Beatie can say:
mulk (milk), wattah (water), Byah (Violet), Beeeeetieeee (Beatie), wed-upppppp! (wake up, a game where one pretends to sleep and the other wakes them up, also used in real life when one falls asleep before the other. Adorable), Puppa (Peppa. Pig. 4eva), arm-ee (arm in. for getting dressed and into car seat), stuck (it's her favourite word), nope (another favourite), yep, bag, duck (followed by WACK WACK WACK), dunstairs (downstairs, where food can be found), look, Poppa (Poppy), neeeeeeeigh (the sound but not the word for horse), baby (another favourite, she usually has one), nana (banana), air (hair), mow (mouth), eye (eye AND eyebrow!), noe (nose), ee (ear), owie, poo-poo, my (mine), buttle (bottle), cup, meow (cat), twinkle twinkle (words illegible but tune is obvious), wah you (love you, only when prompted to say it) and my favourite of all the things in all the world..... DUDDLE (cuddle), said with arms in the air, hands opening and closing and a hopeful, quizzical look on face. I'm melting at the memories.
Actually she's a pretty good parrot if you say "can you say"...those don't really count though, do they? If only I could convince her to waddle that waddle that 16 month olds do. Although that could actually be on the cards since I just turned around to see her trying to trim her toe nails with nail clippers. Where did you get those from and why so clever/reckless? Anyway, this is my second, second last, second to second last? 16 month old ever and she's light enough to carry long distance, and cute enough to think wearing underpants over the top of her nappy/pants makes her a big girl like her sister. She's happy enough to share her bed with Violet and hold hands in the car. 16 months is sweet and cuddly and not very cheeky yet, but soon. I am really very in love with motherhood at the moment (and always but sometimes it's harder and the days seem longer than it is right now, you know?), especially watching my two as siblings.