Need a toddler fix for the day?
I’ve got one to share! And in the photos, you can never hear her cry.
Which means you also can’t hear her laugh or blow a kiss “mmwah!”
So just imagine that it’s a whole lot of loud, with cuddles, some baby slobber, toothy grins, and running around like a wild woman…to keep up with the big kids.
That’s the Clara gist.
We just love this girl.
And I can’t believe that in 2 months she will be 2 years old! What?
I miss the monthly updates I did the first year of her life so I had to recap this snippet in time. Because it’s fun to go back and see how she’s grown.
And today she’s miss independent.
[who still needs her paci]
…who loves to wrestle with dad, jump on the trampoline, and wave hi and bye to anyone (or anything) she sees.
She’s into everything.
And I’m having that a-ha realization, that if you have all your kids close together in age, it’s chaos at the start but then they begin to play well with each other. And they’re into the same toys and projects at the same time. At least that’s how Lucy and Owen are (21 months apart) and it’s fabulous. But then there’s a 4 year gap between Owen and Clara. And of course she wants to be like them, and gets personally offended when I tell her no. So I spend a lot of time moving things around the house to places she can’t reach, and doing small activities with her while the other kids are in deep-play with something that she might “mess up”. And such is life. In a couple years, she’ll keep up with them.
Thankfully the big kids include her when they can. And Clara hangs out on the trampoline with them like a cowboy on a wild bronco, bouncing and flopping around, and loving it.
For now she’s just in that transition from baby to kid.
Gone is the 12 month old:
Arrived, are the chins.
And a whole lotta hair!
So, to help her look like an almost 2-year old I chopped off the mullet and gave her a bob.
We all love it!
What a difference a year makes.
I sort of miss the whispies hanging around her ears and neck. They were fun to play with.
But she’s still the same Clara she’s always been, with the goofy faces.
She’s just got a “style” now. And that’s really fun.
Here’s the old 12 month recap.
Here’s the little monster today.
Thank you for making life better Clare bear.
We love you!
Read about the first year here:
1 YEAR OLD!