"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dear Sweet Caroline,
Today, my love, we are celebrating your half birthday! Happy half birthday sweet baby girl. This is the birthday between your second and third birthdays! It just seems so recent that I wrote out your second birthday blog post where I talked about how it seems so unreal that you just turned two and now you are 2.5!
A lot has changed since you turned two. In six months you are doing so many different things from when you were two! You are continuing to talk up a storm. You talk a lot and ask so many questions, your favorite being, "where are we going". We are always on the go and love taking you places! Your most favorite place to go is Lowe's, just like daddy. Every Saturday after our breakfast at McDonald's we find ourselves taking to you Lowe's because you wanted to go! I don't think daddy minds either, he's the reason why you love going! We took you there a lot last spring when daddy was getting our yard ready for the spring and summer! You also have a love for plants. Your favorite plants are roses and you most love when your Uncle Keith gives you a rose everytime you visit and see Aunt Melinda, Kaleb, and the twins. Wow you were two when you became a cousin to twins, Nicholas and Nataleigh! I can't wait to see you play with them when they are older. Right now you try to feed them and you want to help them stay warm and you think they can't be without their pacis just like you! Yes, you are 2.5 and still have a paci!
Wow, your love for books is immense! You love reading books about babies, especially the one by Karen Katz, No Biting! We bought that for you because we thought it would help you understand that biting is something we cannot do to our friends (I think it's safe to say that you are on the tail end of this phase..phew)! You love reading and can identify your name,
Lowe's, Chic-Fil-A, Old McDonald's, CVS, and Publix. You also love books about animals and you love any story about Noah and his Ark!
Speaking of Noah reminds me about church. You so love church and this warms your mommy and daddy's hearts! You always know when we drive by our church  during the week and you quickly remind me by squealing "that's my church mommy" and I respond yes it is baby! You love saying your prayers, you love singing Jesus Loves Me (in fact I get teary eyed everytime you sing this song. You are so sincere and you get all the words right). We are so thankful and blessed for your Sunday School teachers and Ms. Andrea and Mr. Kevin who wanted to hold you and love on you as you went to church nursery for the very first time!
Your personality has always shined and it continues to blossom as you become a big girl! I love how you giggle and laugh when something gets you going like when I tickle your belly or when you see something hilarious in a book or on Nick, Jr. You also say some of the funniest things like "oh mommy look at all the birds, are they going to the airport" as we drive across Lake Murray dam. You also say some of the sweetest things too! For instance this weekend when Courtney was visiting and you began singing Jesus Loves Me and I asked you if Jesus loved you and you said, "yes He does" and then looked at Courtney and told her "He loves you too". My hope is that He has already made an impression on your heart and that you'll always look up to Him to get you through anything on this side of Heaven! You can't go through this life without Him baby! I'm so glad that you know He lives in your heart! We love singing Jesus Loves Me to you every night and saying your night night prayers with you!
What else are you up to? Oh, food! Let's see, you love eating at "Old McDonald's"! Cheeseburgers and chocolate milk are your favorites there! You also like Chic-Fil-A, but you always mostly ask to eat at Old McDonald's. Pizza is another favorite too! You are becoming a better eater, too. You've always loved eating fruits like grapes, apples, and strawberries. You are quickly disliking your veggies but when cheese is added in the mix you'll eat almost any veggie. You like eating Rush's vanilla icecream cones, and you'll drink anything from Sonic that your Aunt Rhonda buys for you! You love fruit snacks, especially the kinds that have the gushy middle!
Your stats: You weigh 30 lbs and are 3" tall! WOW! You are getting so big! I just found a blog draft that I never posted about your birth and so I'll share it after this one too.
Here's the biggie: Pottying! You have been trying to potty train since the end of last May. Ms. Leah thought that you would catch on very fast since you are super smart but you didn't quite catch on as soon as we liked. In fact, it's been four months and you are just now going to the potty without being told (mostly)! In the beginning we tried everything to get you to go potty! We took you to the potty every 20 minutes. We gave you a treat for everytime you did go. We have tried pull-ups and big girl panties, and oh training pants with plastic pants. I thought it was a little too soon for us to be working on potty training you but you are finally catching on! But it's always been funny that everytime we went out to eat or to a store you would always say that you need to go potty! Sometimes I think it was just to check the bathroom out because as soon as I pulled down your pants and covered the seat and put you on the potty you'd say, "I don't have to go". Talk about having patience. With this pottying they have been tested!
Ok, your toys! You flip flop from which are your favorites. Right now you love puzzles, your vaccuum cleaner, baby dolls (Curly Sue, Salley, and Emily). You like to write on your magna doodle, play with play-doh, and make music with your band in the box. You love singing and I just hope that you have a singing voice just like your daddy! Your absolute most favorite toy is your pink telephone that Grand gave you! You always call Nicholas and Nataleigh and love telling them about your day with your friends.
Friends! Yes, you have many friends. You love Morgan Kate, Nolan, Neeley, Cooper, Joel, Lucas, baby Lucas, Rebekah, Hannah, Nathanaiel, Cash, James, Sarah Ann, Charlie, and Anna Claire! We love playdates with your friends!
How you are like your mommy: You are sassy! You want everything your way! You are eager and ambitious, determined to do it, try it, or at least attempt. You have compassion! How you are like your daddy: You are laid back! You are very neat (you don't like being dirty, you put your toys away without being asked, and you love washing your hands and you keep your play kitchen toys clean with Clorox wipes (can some of this cleaning rub off on your mama, please). Everything makes you laugh and you'll try anything once. You want to be just like your mommy and daddy in many ways but your own little personality is shining through more and more as you grow and learn!
We love you baby girl and are so blessed beyond measure that you are ours! The joy you bring into our lives is immeasureable! We are better people and parents because of you! Thank you Sweet Caroline! You will always be mommy's Doodle and daddy's Scoot!
Love and Prayers,
Mommy and Daddy

Happy 2.5 Sweet Caroline!

Calling Nicholas and Nataleigh on your "tellyphone"!

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