Being Brickner : Avalon Elle: Eighteen Months

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Avalon Elle: Eighteen Months

I'm taking a break from regularly scheduled holiday programming today to wish my baby a happy one year & a half birthday!!!!  Ah, I can't even believe it.  I was rocking her to sleep tonight thinking how from here on out, she is closer to two than one and it just doesn't even seem possible.  She still seems like such a baby (maybe wishful thinking?), but we all consider her that, especially Waverly who will say "can someone get this baby to listen to me?", if Avalon isn't falling in line with exactly what her bossy big sister has to say. ;)  She is still so tiny, is sprouting some strawberry-blonde hair (exactly the same color as Waverly's), and her blue eyes are as bright as ever.  I will randomly get a comment that she looks just like me, but it is always when my husband isn't around, they are pretty much twins, especially when you look at his baby pictures!  She loves to pucker her lips whenever we ask and also has this crooked smile that I hope she never, ever loses.


I have said from the time that she was born that Avalon was my easy baby, and that's still pretty much the case.  She is way more sensitive than Waverly ever was and can definitely get just as sassy as the rest of us (she has recently learned the word "no" and has no problem practicing it often), but overall, she just goes with the flow.  She is a good sleeper, a good eater, loves the car seat, is not shy at all, and it takes a whole lot to make her cry.  She is generally happy as ever and so much fun to be around, her little faces & mannerisms are the cutest and I love to just sit and watch her do her thing.

She has recently had the biggest word explosion, going from only a few words to probably over 20.  Some of her favorites are yes, no, Elmo, ball, book, mama, dada, and sis.  She loves to point out her eyes, nose, and mouth, to touch everyone's ears, and has the best dance moves.  She is usually on the go, but when she finally stops she will snuggle and give kisses, or request Sesame Street, which is by far her very favorite show.  She loves to dress-up, and will steal Waverly's purses, princess crowns, or necklaces when she isn't looking.  The cutest!  And even though she is all girl, she is a climber just like her daddy was at that age, I can literally blink my eyes and she is on top of something.  She has three favorite stuffed bunnies, she was obsessed with this one bunny forever and so I found two others just like it and now they are her squad, she literally goes nowhere without them.  It's precious! :)

She adores Waverly so much, they are closer than ever and usually wherever one is, the other is not far behind.  They are always walking around the house holding hands, finding things to get into that they really shouldn't be, but laughing and just being so cute that it really makes it hard to be mad for long.  If you would have asked me when I was pregnant with Avalon if we hoped for a boy or girl we really would have been thrilled with either, but I am forever so thankful that they get to experience sisterhood and that have each other.  Their relationship is so special and getting to be a part of it will always be one of my greatest joys in life.

Sweet Avalon Elle, we adore you!!!!  It's bittersweet to watch you grow so fast, but we couldn't love the little person you are turning into one little bit more.  Happiest half-birthday!
XO

7 comments:

  1. She is so precious! Where do you get her bunnies and that ballerina doll that she was sleeping with? I would love to get some for my daughter for Christmas :)

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  2. She is the sweetest! I just love her little personality and 20 words?! What a little chatty girl. This age is so much fun; I love it! How are our babies already one and a half?!

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  3. What a little doll! And, I think the second one will always just be the baby. :)
    We can relate with the climbing. Lots of that going on over here, too!
    Happy 18 months to Miss Avalon!

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  4. Oh. My. Goodness. I freaking adore you, Avalon!!! Such a sweetness. Every picture was even sweeter than the last- which is quite the feat! Adorable. Happy 18 months, little girl!

    (I'm convinced Mabel is still a baby too. Even though, pretty sure no. But, I'm holding onto it!)

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  5. She is a DOLL! I seriously laughed out loud over the picture of her with getting into trouble with her little bum hanging out. Happy 18 months to your sweet baby girl!

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  6. So many gorgeous pictures! And I definitely think that 18 months is the sweet spot for sibling love & interaction!

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  7. She is just the sweetest thing! And you capture the best pictures of your girls. I'm always impressed by the shots you get.

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