1. The way Ava says “I loves you, Mama” 10 times or more a day and gives at least twice that many hugs.
2. That she opened her own juice box and goldfish bag all by herself yesterday.
3. Listening to her sing – loudly – as we walked through BJ’s warehouse: “I love my Mama, she’s so awesome, my best friend forever, I love Mama.” There was no way I was going to shush that song even if she was singing it at tip top volume.
4. How she still clings to my legs and hides her face when she’s slightly unsure of a new situation…but only for a minute and then she usually jumps right in.
5. That she runs to the windows and waves to me every single day when I drop her off at daycare.
6. That she called me a “fashion phenom” last week. For the record I was wearing a Sesame Street t-shirt which, I guess, is the height of toddler fashion.
7. The stranger that approached J (while he was wearing his uniform), Ava, and me at Costco (what is up with us and warehouse shopping?) and shook J’s hand while thanking him for his service – then turned to me AND Ava and thanked us both for our service as well. I nearly cried. It’s nice to know that someone recognizes the role that military spouses and children play.
8. That she can write her first and last name at just over 4 years old (along with Mama, too). She also just signed her first card – love, Ava – all by herself. She can’t do her middle names yet but I blame that on us for giving her so many.
9. How much she loves gymnastics and goes at it unhesitatingly. That girl can work the bars and the rings like nobody’s business and nearly gave her mama a heart attack when she took on the big beam by herself – dismount and all.
10. How my baby still needs a 2 hour nap each day and 11 hours at night and loveslovesloves curling up with us prior to sleep to tell us what her favorite part of the day was. Today her favorite was vomit – which she did copiously after stuffing way too much pizza into her mouth at dinner. I suggested puke might not have been her favorite and she changed it to “when Mama sits for a minute” which is when I sit in her room and read until she falls asleep. Made me happy that she still wants me to “sit for just a minute.”
And a bonus:
11. How she answers her own questions – something like this: “Mama can I have some candy <insert toy here if you’d like> no not right now maybe later.” Alllll one sentence with no punctuation or hesitation. Apparently in her world it seems we say no a lot so she often just answers herself. LOL. Makes my job a bit easier sometimes.