You are now 18 months old! Can you believe it? I thought the first year of your life flew by, but it was nothing compared to the past 6 months.
Somehow, right before our eyes, you have changed from a baby to a toddler. You finally started walking at around 16 months, and you've been your own little person ever since. You seem much happier now that you're fully mobile! Now you love to run and dance and "jump" (which is really you just bending your knees and standing back up quickly, but we won't break that little secret to you).
You are still our little peanut, and weighed 17 lbs, 11 oz at your 18-month appointment. You are also 2', 6" tall. You still fit into 12-month clothing, although we are starting to experience a dilemma with your pants: when they fit around your waste, they are like capris, and when they're long enough, they fall down. Life is going to be really rough when you are potty trained and we don't have the extra padding of your diaper to keep your pants up! Ha!
You are a bit of a picky eater, and it's hard to predict what you will eat. One day you will love something and gobble it down, and the next you turn your nose up at the same thing. You're very inconsistent. Pizza is the one food we can always count on! Whenever I ask you want you want to eat, the answer is usually "pizza, pizza, pizza!" And occasionally you'll say "cookies," which you actually pronounce as "coo-coo!"
You've been talking a lot lately. In the past week or so, you've seemed like a sponge just absorbing everything you hear, and repeating it. Earlier tonight, I told Daddy that I have a cold and feel terrible. Just like a parrot, your little voice exclaimed, "taa-ble!" Daddy and I burst out laughing. We are definitely going to have to have to be good examples and watch what we say around you now! You repeat so much!
You've also recently started to put two or three simple words together. You say things like, "no no, kitty!" (you love to yell at them), "Hi, mama! [or whoever you are talking to]", "bye bye dada", "oh no!" "oh boy," and sometimes you'll just ramble off a bunch of random words, like you're trying to show us how smart you are: "hi mama dada bye bye kitty nana pappa gapa [what you call grandpa and grandma]..." Yesterday you had me laughing out loud when you put your sock on your hand and made it speak gibberish in a silly voice. You must have seen someone else do that!
Your personality is coming out more and more each day, too. You are one silly girl! You love to laugh, and you love to make everyone around you laugh. You can also be a little ham. However, only when you are very comfortable. When you are around anyone that you don't know, you freeze up and won't say a word. I'm afraid you are going to be shy like Mommy!
You are also a sweetheart, and you love to help out around the house. You're starting to follow directions pretty well, so it's fun to let you help with things. We're trying to teach you to pick up after yourself, and you're doing pretty well.
However, there are times when you just don't want to do something, and that's when your stubbornness comes out. You definitely know what you want, and give us a little attitude when you don't get it. We are teaching you that you don't always get your way. I am hoping that we can teach you to obey, but still keep that little bit of fire in you.
I always loved the name Scarlett because it sounds feminine, but it's not a "sissy" name. Although you were not named after Scarlett O'Hara, the name always makes me think of her a little bit, and she was definitely a strong lady with a mind of her own. And it's funny, because you, little Scarlett, are the same way. You are dainty and feminine in your mannerisms and even your interests (for example, you are still completely obsessed with Elsa and Frozen). However, you are also a strong little girl. Like I said, you know what you want, and you will put up a fight for it. And you're not just into girly things, but you also love to play ball, play with cars, and you've recently developed a serious fascination with fire trucks. I think your name matches your personality so well, and I just love getting to know you more and more each day. God has certainly blessed us through you more than we could have ever imagined!
We love you so much!
Mommy and Daddy