Everywhere we go, people tell me she looks just like Will. I love that about her because she's such a daddy's girl to begin with. Almost anytime Will walks in the room, she waves and says "hi"and then reaches up for him. Just the other morning, we were all snuggled up in bed getting ready to watch the morning session of General Conference. When I looked over, she was lying in Will's lap, staring up at him for what seemed like way too long for a wiggly baby. Will soaked in her gaze and stroked her chubby cheek. And I watched his eyes well up.
Lately she's been trying to summit our stairs. I've caught her half way up on several occasions, and of course, it always freaks me out. She thinks it's funny, and gives me lots of giggles and squeals when I rush over and snatch her up.
The sun has made an appearance here and there over the last month, and anytime the kids play out back, she stands up against the window. She hollers and yells and slaps the panes. The only other time she raises the volume is when we don't share ice cream with her. Born with a sweet tooth, that one.
One of her favorite things to do is play in the dishwasher while I'm doing the dishes. It kind of drives me crazy, but not as crazy as when she sneaks into the bathroom and plays in the toilet. Aaaaah. Now that makes me batty. Keep the door shut, little people!
Peek-a-boo is the key to her heart. While we were in Tucson, Will and I would go to these somewhat formal dinners in the evenings, and she was the only baby for miles. She wasn't so sure about some of the peeps. But when we told them to play peek-a-boo with her, she decided they were lots of fun to entertain. She relaxed and lit up with such a willing audience.
All in all, Magnolia is quite dainty and feminine and ever so sweet. I love her more than I know how to express. Happy birthday, my little angel girl. I love you a lot, a lot. Smoooooch.
And now for an announcement! I'm going to start getting my fashion photography on by doing designer spotlights. Magnolia's birthday dress is my first! It was made by the talented Lynn of The Handmaidens Cottage. I'm already drooling over another ruffly dress in her line! Go check her out!
I'm also in the giveaway mood! I'm going to take some winning girl and this lovely little dress out on another photoshoot since it's a bit big on Magnolia. So, if you live in Kitsap County (or would like to travel to Kitsap County) and have Marie Photographie portraits of your 18-month/2T/3T-sized daughter modeling this dress out in the sunshine, please enter this free photoshoot giveaway by following my blog and/or "liking" me on Facebook. (I'm not giving away the dress, just the session fee valued at $125.) Make sure to leave a comment saying what you did. I will be announcing the winner one week from today!