Here is my big girl, Rachel. When Rae came home 10 months ago she was still a baby. She needed bottles and diapers and a crib. She couldn't talk yet and she still toddled around. But not anymore. Now she is BIG. Just ask her! In the past week we have traded the highchair for a booster seat and the potty chair for potty seats that fit on the toilet. Rachel has mostly potty-trained herself. She's not all the way there yet, but she knows what to do and stays dry for long periods of time. It was wonderful to have a baby for a while and I am so glad that we got to be a part of Rae's babyhood. But I'm also happy to see the baby things go.
Rachel has been slow to talk. She's always done a fabulous job of communicating, but words have been slow to come and learning to talk has taken so much effort for her. But in the past month, language has exploded. Rachel is talking constantly and we understand most of it. She is now stringing together words and concepts and it is so much fun to see how her little mind works. This morning I was reading a novel when Rae climbed up and peered over my arm. Here is our conversation.
Yes, there are a lot of words.
Uh-huh, there are lots of pages.
"Mama BIG book!"