13 months old, 14 months old, 15 months! Oh My!

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It's been so long since I've written that you are now 15 months and I haven't given an update since you were freshly one. I started this post on the 24th of April and I'm finishing it today, the 5th of May.

These past months have been quite busy. Here's what you are up to now:

1. Birds! Or as you call them, "dssss" Mirah, you are an avid bird watcher, hunter, chaser, and scream at-er. You love birds so much that when we are at the park and a bird flies by you will stop whatever you were doing to watch it soar and then land. You've gotten pretty good at sneaking up on them too. I think it must be partly due to your low to the ground stature, but they hang around for awhile before flying off and many times you get pretty close to them. You like to holler to them to like you are saying "hey bird! hey bird! stay there! I'll be right there!

2. Walking backwards, running forward fast! You do this really adorable thing right now where you walk backwards, get a big grin on your face, and then RUN really fast forward. I think that you think you are fooling us in someway. You're thinking something like, "my parents think I am going to keep walking backwards, but wait until they see what I have planned, " and then you dart forward at super toddler speed.

3. Speaking of super toddler speed, there seems to be a little cat and mouse game going on around this house. Whenever Mommy wants to put on your shoes or change your diaper you make a mad dash away as fast as you can. I chase you, but I try not to make it too much fun because then you are going to run away from me even more! I have to say You + Running = Really cute! Although I'm sure when you actually get faster than me, I won't thinks it's so cute.

4. Teeth and food. Ugh. Ugh. Triple ugh. You have ten teeth now. The top two middle front ones; the bottom middle four front, and four molars. Surprisingly the molars didn't cause you much trouble. Recently, though, something was going on. I saw a tiny speck on white on top the other morning and so I think it's another top front one coming in. Anyway, the reason why I bring it up is because you really worried Mommy this last time around because you basically stopped eating anything of nutritional value for about two weeks. Or if you did eat something it had to be pureed and you HAD to eat it with your hands. What a mess! I tried to discourage this eating behavior until you stopped eating altogether and I got desperate. I mean a girl really shouldn't try to survive on crackers alone! Things have gotten MUCH BETTER the past few days. The first night you ate something green again I was so happy and relieved I almost cried with joy.

5. Tiny Eyes! You like to make this really silly face lately where you squint your eyes up really tiny and smile! It reminds me of pictures I've seen of Daddy when he was little! Even cuter, is that we can prompt you to make the face by saying," Mirah... Tiny Eyes!"

6. Sleep, glorious sleep, glorious sleep!!!!! I really never thought I would get good sleep again. Granted my definition of "good sleep" will never be what it used to be, but these days you are an amazing sleeper. Many if not most nights you sleep through the WHOLE night!!!! It's quite exciting! However, occasionally there is any unfortunate caveat and you decide that 5am is a great time to get up for the day. Luckily it doesn't happen often. Also, wonderful in the world of sleep is that you now only take one nap, but it typically is over two hours long, sometimes you even make it three hours. Since Mommy has to try to work while you sleep, this recent occurrence is MUCH appreciated.

7. Nanny share. Last week we got you set up with some regular babysitting time. You and your buddy Audrey share the same babysitter two times a week. It's Audrey's babysitter really, but she is sharing her with you. Audrey's mom and I are really excited about this because we think that you and Audrey are going to have some good times together. On your first day with the new sitter, Jenn, something totally adorable happened. Since Audrey was really young her parents have helped her learn how to use the potty and now at 15 months she is pretty good at it. Therefore, when Jenn was babysitting the two of you, she sat you (who has yet to touch your heiny to a potty) down on the potty. She said you just looked up at her like, "what's this all about." And then Audrey says to you, "psssssss." HA! That is so cute! You two are going to teach each other so much.

8. Da-ddy! Yep, Daddy taught you how to say it and he is very pleased with himself.

9. My own little Co-Pilot. Mama has a new bike with a very special new seat on the back. A seat for YOU! We went for our first real bike ride today. I think you really liked it. You fought the helmet at first, but now I think you realize it's just part of the experience and it's worth the hassle. Plus, mom has a dorky helmet on too! The things you do in order to be a good role model.

10. A pat on the back for Mom and Dad. We love this! When you give us hugs you now also give us a little pat on the back. So sweet and just what we need!

11. Brush your own teeth with an electric toothbrush nonetheless! Mama got you a special electric toothbrush in order to entice you to brush. So far, so good. You love it, but it's very important that you do it YOURSELF. No help allowed.