To think that you’ve been in our lives for 18 months is a beautiful thing. 18 months seems so little yet feels so long at the same time. Last year when you were just an infant learning to sit up, babbling, starting to eat solids, etc. I would often look at Nancy and think, “I can’t believe this will be Evie this time next year.” And suddenly, it’s this time next year! And you’re a full blown toddler, and while it is different it is seriously the most fun. I adore you, Evie. You make my life so much better. I am so proud of you and all that you’ve learned and are learning.
I know no matter how many babies your daddy and I will one day have, that there will be nothing quite like the first baby. I get it now. YOU made me a mommy. YOU are teaching me the milestones that come with each month. YOU are our first. Everything is new with you, and every day is just so, so fun. I love learning more about your personality with each passing day. You are strong willed, yet soft. You are serious, yet so so silly. You are outgoing, yet still very shy.
You are so smart – learning so much daily. You love to talk and have so many words I’ve lost count…now you are starting to loop sentences together like, “nat peez mama” for “snack please mama.” You love your baby dolls and play kitchen. You love your “guys” – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Daniel Tiger figurines. You love to read and love to point while reading. It’s fun to play “where’s the ___” and watch your little wheels turn as you comprehend and then find the object. You LOVE music. In fact, your teachers at school have even commented on your deep love for music, saying it calms you when you’re missing me and that it just completely lightens your mood and has you dancing. I don’t know what that means for your future, but daddy and I like to imagine you’ll be musically talented :). And I would be silly not to mention your love for Moana and the movie Trolls. You love to sing along to “Everybody” in Trolls and many of the Moana songs, and it is the best.
You love to be outside and don’t mind getting dirty. You love to eat but really don’t do vegetables. Your giggle is the most amazing sound in the world, and if I could bottle it up, I would. When you laugh, your deep deep laugh, it literally touches somewhere so deep in my heart it almost hurts me I love it so darn much! Loving you is fun, baby girl.
You absolutely adore your cousins. You love Nancy (you only call her “Pie”) and Sterling (“bay-bee”) so much. One of your favorite games with Pie is to snag her bow out of her hair and then run for the hills with her screaming behind you. It’s not a very nice game, but you definitely love the reaction. Thinking of y’all’s relationship brings tears to my eyes because it is just so precious. You truly are more like sisters than cousins, and I feel so thankful that I get to witness your relationship on a daily basis. No doubt in my mind you girls will be each other’s best friend and #1 fan for the rest of your lives.
I could go on and on and on and on and on about you and the past year and a half of your sweet little life. There is so much I want to write to you but I don’t think I would ever be able to STOP writing. I just want you to always know how loved you are. So many people, family and friends, are rooting for you, supporting you, and loving you through every month/day/milestone big and small of your life. I am the lucky one who gets to be your mama, but sharing your joy and life with the world is one of my greatest joys.
Love you so much my sunshine. I’ll leave you with the little extra “You are my Sunshine” verse I made up for you when you were just a few days old that we still sing at night before bed…”You are my Evie, my baby Evie, you make me happy, in everything you do, there’s no one I’d rather spend my days with, and I cherish my time spent with you…”