Today has been the first day I’ve really had Vivi all to myself.
Addie started school the day I left for New York, between New York and our cruise I was dodging suitcases and swimming in laundry.
Cody’s mom stuck around two extra days after grandbabysitting duties last week so today was the first day of just toddlerbaby Vivi and me.
We just got back from a walk, whenever the breeze blew in her face she fell to the ground giggling.
She said hi back to every noise in our neighborhood and barked back at the neighbor’s dog. *door closing* “HI!” *UPS truck* “HI!” *bird singing* “HI!”
She wrapped her entire chubby hand around my finger and only let go when she wanted to poke a rock on the ground with the stick she held tightly in the other hand.
When a car stopped and a little girl got out Vivi began chanting “ADDIE ADDIE ADDIE,” it’s really the only word she can say perfectly and she says it all the time.
She laughs with her whole body and smiles with her entire face.
She tries to pick up the cats, when she can’t pick them up she lays on them.
She threw and chased a bouncy ball for an hour while I prepared lunch and part of dinner, one time she even chased it through my legs. It was at that point walking between my legs became her new game. I got a lot of baby head knocked into my front and rear ends today.
She’s spent so much time in the sunshine lately that her legs look dirty and both her chubby knees have scabby scrapes on them.
She’s thinning out, in fact she’s lost close to 4 pounds since becoming mobile, but she’s still plump and soft where it matters.
When she gives kisses, she purses her lips, smooshes them against your face and hums “MMMMM.”
If Addie sits on the floor and holds her arms out, Vivi runs into them and hugs her so hard they both fall over.
I can’t believe there was ever a time without the slaps of her bare blocky feet on my wood floor.
I know exactly what she smells like and exactly what she feels like in my arms.
There has always been a place for her with us, I’m so happy she finally made it here.