Little Pook-Star is almost a year-and-a-half old. Pretty crazy. And pretty amazing.
She’s so freakin’ adorable and fun. People say they love this age with kiddos, and I can see why. Pookie adds so much to our lives.
She laughs a lot, smiles a big toothy grin, and acts silly to get laughs from us.
She freely gives hugs. She walks up to me and hugs my leg tightly! (heart melts) This frequently gets “Ah’s!” when we’re in public. She also has a friend at school and they embrace each other all day. Ugh! It’s so cute!!
I can also tell that she’s embarking on a new phase – starting to test more and try more things. When she cries now, it’s usually out of frustration or that she’s having to wait for something. And it’s a lot more ear-piercing.
In those moments, I try to remind myself of the advice I read when she was a baby: Crying is normal and okay. Just like you, your child will not be always be happy. Your goal is not to stop the crying – that’s how she’s communicating. Your goal is to decipher why the crying is happening and address the need.
Even now that she seems less like a baby and more like a little person, she still doesn’t have many communication options. In those crying, intense moments, I try to return to the stillness and see through the crying. A lofty goal, but I get to try everyday whether I like it or not! 🙂
Thank you for all the joy and the lessons, Pookie! We love you beyond compare.