Baby is back….baby!

Why, hello there! Yes! It’s me! I’m back! Remember me? I first wrote to you one, whole long year ago. Yes, it’s me! I’m back! HEELLLOOO!
So let me just begin by getting a few important things out of the way:
One, I am no longer a baby. I am a big girl. See how much more eloquently I can express myself now? See? Told-jya-so. I am a week shy of 20 months old. That makes me big. How big am I? Sooooo big!
Second, thanks so much for sticking around! When I first introduced myself last Thanksgiving, back when I was ever so small, immobile and hairless, I never could have dreamed that you’d hang around here, checking in on me, for all this time. Well, I’m just tickled. Thank you, thank you!
Now that we are all on the same page here, let’s talk turkey. Literally.
Since my last note occurred as a Thanksgiving recap, I figured that it would only be appropriate to do the same this year. So, here goes:
Thanksgiving this year was so wonderful. I was the belle of the ball (if I do say so myself).
What I wore:
Purple Tunic dress, Janie and Jack
Argyle tights, Janie and Jack
Knit cardigan, handmade for me by my Great-Aunt
Sparkly shoes, I don’t remember where they are from, but probably from a fairy, because they’re extra sparkly.
Because it was a holiday, I broke from my usual flashy, tie-dye, pink and glittery style of dress, and opted, instead, for a more conservative, polished look. With my glasses, daddy said I looked “Librarian chic”. I don’t know what that means, but it probably means I was the cutest girl ever. 
While many things about this Thanksgiving were the same as last year (my whole family, gathered around the fire, gathered around me), I was like a whole new gal. For one thing, whereas last year I was just learning to sit up on my own, and my biggest trick was giving kisses to my toys, I now am a bona fide member of the family; I walk, I talk, I joke, I laugh, I smile, I sing…like I said, life of the party, I am.
In fact, speaking of singing, music has become one of my very favorite things. I love to listen to music, to drum along with my favorite tunes, to sing the many songs I’ve memorized and, of course, to dance. I can’t get enough of my music. Right now, my favorite songs are Oasis’ “Wonderwall”, Brett Dennen’s “Sydney (I’ll Come Running)”, “Rainbow Connection”, an a cappella version of Taio Cruz “Dynamite” and “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?”
I’ll totally make you a mix tape, if you’d like.
I had a great time singing for my family, and they had an equally great time challenging me to “Name that Tune”. All they had to do was sing one line, or even a few words, from one of my favorite songs, and I could call out the name instantly. Daddy thinks I am going to be a musician. Like my Mama.
The highlight of Thanksgiving was definitely the meal. It was so nice to have teeth this year! It’s amazing what a few canines can do for a gal. I tried so many delicoius treats, making sure to shout, “MMMMM, NUMMY!” after each bite, fore everyone to hear. My favorite was the apple sauce; In fact, I liked it so much, that I made sure to get plenty of it all over my dress, just so I’d have it to snack on later.
When we went around the table, each of my family members explaining why and how they felt thankful, it made me feel so proud to hear so many people mention my name.
I love them all, too.
When it was my turn, I kept it short and sweet, just saying, “Thank You.” Everyone must have liked my brevity, because they clapped and cheered. What can I say? I know how to win over a crowd.
After dinner I played piano with mommy, snuggled up with my Aunt and Uncle and chased after my cousins’ doggie. It’s a tough job, but somebody has got to do it.
Well, thanks for letting me recap my night for you. It’s been swell! It’s so nice, now that I can talk in sentences, and all. That reminds me, I had my first four word sentence, just this afternoon. “I draw a penguin,” I said. And I did. I should mention, drawing has become my other very favorite pastime. Mommy thinks I’m going to be an artist. Like my Daddy.
To be honest, I’m not yet sure what, or who, I am going to be. All I know is this: I like being sweet. I like making nice to my mommy, rubbing her softly and gently with my little hands and kissing her, as many times as I can, every single day. I like laying my head down and burying it into my daddy’s chest, and saying “Love you, dada.” So I will keep doing those things, whether I’m a cartoonist or a cappella singer or designer of the sparkliest of sparkly shoes.
And I promise to try to keep you updated, along the way. Now that I can talk, and all, I will try to stop by here more often. If you’ll have me, that is. So in the meantime, I hope that you enjoyed a holiday as wonderful as mine. Again, I say “Thank You.” Short, sweet, and I mean every ounce of it.
As I love to say, “MWA!”,
Big Girl, Ever After

1 Comment
  • Sharla Feldscher
    December 3, 2011

    Hey Belle — I love “Rainbow Connection.” Maybe we’ll do a duet! Just wait till you can go to the movies — maybe next Thanksgiving. Be sure to see the Muppets! … Tell your mommy, she’s the “best” writer. Um, you too! xoxo

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