In January, I took Sarah to Oklahoma City for a hearing test since she still has never passed (You might remember that since she was a NICU baby she had to have her hearing tested at 6 and 12 months as well as a couple of times in between, but never passed so we had tubes put in in August when she was about 11 months old to help with the fluid build up in her ears.) Now she will acknowledge them when they talk to her and follow verbal commands, but refuses to acknowledge the beeps after the first couple of times. We know she can hear now because her vocabulary has grown too much for her not to, but she is stubborn. Luckily the people at the hearing place recognize this and haven't even suggested we take further steps with her ears.
Speaking of her vocabulary, her favorite word are uh-uh and uh-hu so we're really working on getting her to say yes and no (she can say them, she just prefers the others). She knows lots of animals (birds (especially ducks) are her favorite right now) including some animal sounds, body parts, clothing pieces, food items, and many basic words like thank you, more, blanket, out, go, up, and nap. She has a super cute way of saying "There go" when she hands you something and often tries to say sentences that we can sometimes understand but most often we only pick up on the key words.
As I started looking for pictures for this post, I was surprised with how many I found because her new thing is charging me while repeatedly saying "uh-uh" when she sees me trying to take her picture (particularly with my phone). The first few are from a day when I happened to take my good camera with me to the park when the weather was awesome (knowing I probably wouldn't get around to an actual 18 month shoot). Luckily she was too busy eating and playing to worry about me taking pictures.
Her mannerisms crack me up because she puckers her lips a lot and walks with a leaned forward, head out stance often.
This girl loves her accessories! If it's a hat, purse, bracelet, hairbow, or shoes, Sarah willingly lets you put it on her and even requests it often like on this day when she wanted a hairbow.
Here she is with her jacket, bracelet, purse, and car telling my "uh-uh" about taking her picture. It does show off her recent addition of four molars, though.
In keeping with the girlyness and loving accessories, Sarah is also fond of "Baby" and carries her around with her bottle and special little blanket great-grandma Jean made her.
It comes as no surprise that our fearless child loves swimming (and looks super cute in her ear plug head band thing :).
But what did we expect from the kid that picks the tallest slide on the playground to climb up on her own.
Sarah tries to do or say anything her brother does or says no matter if it's good or bad.
Even though she tends to be a girly-girl, Sarah isn't above playing in the dirt.
She and her brother spend many hours playing in their sandbox and she can entertain herself with a gravel driveway.
She's interested in so much more than she was even just a few months ago and I love watching the world through her eyes.
She has a smile that melts my heart (as well as her Daddy's and brother's), the only problem is that she knows it.
Sarah, I love you and your brother more than you can ever imagine! You bring so much joy to our lives! You are definitely one of the best surprises ever.