I don't know where it came from (most certainly not her parents), but Edith continues to be very flexible. I finally got a picture of her in the splits-- I'm not sure why it took me so long, since she can do splits all 3 ways and is in them so frequently. I've even found her sleeping in her crib that way when she crashes while playing. And, yes, I know the photo is blurry, but it's all I've got.
I also managed to capture a good angle of Edith's excited face. This is the expression she does when one of her favorite songs comes on and she starts to dance, when we are getting ready to go somewhere, when her daddy comes home, when someone dresses her up and takes her to see herself in the mirror, when you're holding something she wants.... You get the idea. It's called her excited face because it's what Edith does when she's excited about something. The open mouth is also accompanied by hyperventilation. One of these days she's going to pass out.
Edith also loves to hug. She initiates hugs more often than any of our other kids did. Some of our other kids loved to be held and and snuggled for a moment, but it wasn't the same as the way Edith does it. Edith dives in and throws her arms around your neck and squeezes tightly. While she's there, she'll give your back a pat and play with the hair at the back of your neck. It's just about the sweetest thing and makes my heart swell every time she hugs me. We love it.
Here's a photo of her trying to give Big a hug, although the window seat gets in the way. Big is her favorite person to hug, I think. She loves him.
We discovered that Edith loves to play dress-up with her sisters, and Edith discovered how to crawl. A few weeks ago she finally got over her nervousness and started to really move. Now there's no stopping her. Not that I'd want to-- I think there's just about nothing cuter than the way a baby's bum waggles as they crawl. It makes me smile.
Edith has also spent a few weeks licking her chin a lot. A bad habit she seems to be ridding herself of, thank goodness, but I mention it because her tongue is a sight to behold. It's super long! I'm amazed that it fits into her little, teeny mouth. I'm bummed that I didn't get a picture of her tongue when it was fully extended, but these photos should give you a bit of an idea.
I think that Edith is the most patient baby we've ever had. I mean, look at that long-suffering face:
Edith's already learning the eye roll from her sisters, though. But I'll be the first to admit there are times I deserve it. I do the meanest things to her sometimes, all in the sake of photos, yet she still loves me and gives me hugs. What a good baby.
See what I mean?
I know it was nap time and you were tired Edith, but I wanted to try to get a shot in the failing light. Thanks for letting me try three different mustaches, and I'm sorry the last one completely plugged up your little nose and that it took me so long to realize it. And the worst part is that none of the photos really turned out. Maybe we can try it again sometime?
(Insert eye roll here)
Last week I purchased a teething necklace to wear so that I can be accessorized and Edith can chew on it while she she sits on my lap. We gave her the necklace in the car on the way home and she happily gnawed away while we drove. Then, when we got home, someone put it over Edith's head and told her how pretty she looks in it. Needless to say, it's no longer my necklace and Edith no longer chews on it. You don't chew on pretty jewelry, don't you know.
At least it's getting worn, though. Edith wears it every day and squawks at anyone who dares to take it off of her. The other day it fell off her shoulder and when Bud reached out to fix it she gave him an earful, thinking he was trying to remove it. It was super funny. Here's a picture of her from Christmas, wearing
my her beautiful necklace:
This month was a big one-- learning to crawl, first Christmas, trying and liking parsnips... I can't wait to see what the next month brings!