Somewhere in the midst of the craziness, our littlest girl turned not just one, but one and a half. It's been fun to have her in Pittsburgh where people knew what the other two looked like as babies and can see how different she is. She'll have her official check-up with our favorite peds doctor, Dr. Hildebrandt soon, so we'll see then her actual stats. I'm continually surprised by her height (around the 50%--pretty impressive for a Ward!) and how she grows out of clothes more quickly than her sisters. Speaking of doctors, this cold/flu season has not been kind to her and she's been through a couple rounds of meds for a nasty ear infection, or rather, a blister on her eardrum. We can always tell when she's sick because she's quiet as her opposed to her usual chatter, and refuses to go to to sleep on her own. When healthy, she sleeps from about 8 pm to 6:30 am-ish with a solid afternoon nap in there. Compared to two older girls who usually only "rest" now in the afternoon, it's heavenly.
Care-bear's personality develops more each day. She's a big snuggler, but only when she initiates it. Right now she can say "Mali" and some version of "Bug-as" for her sisters. Actually it's usually comes out as "Bubba" but we try not to let Brinn notice that. She's a great climber, loves the trampoline, and run all over the yard. Her favorite books now are "Hop on Pop", "Goodnight Moon", "My World", and "Hush Little One". For an easy-going kid most of the time, she does have a temper. Don't cross her. If you do, she'll clench her fists and really do a "NOOOOO". Just ask the Ryans--they heard plenty of her protests the week we stayed there and attempted to interrupt her playtime with a diaper change or something else horrific.