Zoe Grace – 14 months

Dear Zoe,

As I type this you are currently at the end of the couch taking all the DVD’s off the shelf, looking at them for 1 second, and then throwing them behind you. In less than 30 seconds you can turn a relatively clean area into a disaster zone. This morning you have already: cuddled in bed with me {which means climbed on top of me, bounced up and down on my bladder, combed through my hair, pulled my hair, somersaults over me to the dog, sat on my head, laughed hysterically at how much fun you were having} taken everything off my nightstand, tried to eat the remote both upstairs and downstairs, thrown everything that was on the side of the tub into the tub, unrolled toilet paper, chased the dog, pulled the dog’s ear, pulled the dog’s tail, tried to ride the dog like a horse, served yourself breakfast, taken a bath in the sink due to feeding yourself breakfast, rolled away from me mid diaper change to walk around the living room naked, gone to numerous locations around the house that you know are off limits and shaken your head “no” as you reach for it anyways, and now…you’ve left the DVD’s, are trying to simultaneously climb on the ottoman, use my legs and computer as a drum set, and have a dance party.

It’s not even 9am yet.


You, my darling, are officially a toddler.


The other day I was feeding you dinner and you were sitting in the high chair, I looked up and realized that I didn’t see anything “baby” about you anymore. It was like all of a sudden you left “baby” behind and I was looking at this really little girl. It caught me off guard. I’m not gonna lie…I probably cried.


Along with entering the stage of all things toddler comes an unbearable cuteness that I just can’t get enough of. You give out kisses like they’re candy right now, and I just can’t get enough of them. I learned last week that you don’t care if you’re sick and snotty all over, you still love doling out those kisses. You laugh with such abandon these days, your Daddy and I can get you shrieking and squealing in an instant. Right now you’re really digging reading in the car, I ask if you can read me your book and you “read” to me for the next 20 or 30 minutes. Your babble will never get old. Sometimes I find myself hoping that you don’t start really talking soon so that you can babble for a lot longer.


I can’t get over how smart you are. So many times your daddy and I have looked at each other with our jaws dropped at something you just accomplished, or a situation that you masterfully manipulated. Speaking of manipulation, HOLY COW! I didn’t realize that it started so early. And I would be amiss if I didn’t mention how fearless you are….there’s no adventure that you shy away from. It makes my heart fly up to my throat sometimes, but you tend to always come out on top, at least for now. You hang with the big kids on the playground, climb to the top of slides all by yourself, climb to the top of the playhouse at Chick-fil-A, love to swing high and fast at the park. The other day, you even jumped off a ledge into my arms….really? I mean, first of all, what was I doing asking you to jump???? And second…why weren’t you scared to jump?


As far as milestones go, you took your first steps on September 5th, and have walked a little bit every single day since then. It’s still not your preferred mode of transportation, but you’re starting to enjoy it a little bit more. Truthfully? You just really don’t care. And that’s ok. You’ve picked up a few more signs, “eat” and “please”, and I have a feeling that I could teach you as many as I wanted to…I just haven’t yet. You say quite a few words, but I think I might be a little bit hard on you, I don’t count attempts or changing a word as “saying” it, I count that as trying. Like, right now, you call the cats “dog-ga”…you do it regularly, that’s your name for them…but it doesn’t count. You also call the dogs “dog-ga”…that counts.


Another part of the toddler package is the meltdowns, and oh.my.word they have made their appearance in our lives. A few days ago we were at Chick-fil-A and the boys at the table got some ice cream. You saw it, and I could see the desire in your eyes, but you’re still a little bit to young to be eating dessert. But? You don’t care about things like age requirements for ice cream, you wanted it dadgumit…and by golly, you were going to have it. One minute you were your cool, calm and collected self…the next you were screaming at the top of your lungs like you’d just been punched in the face. I knew why you were crying, but nobody believed me…because you seriously sounded like you’d been physically hurt, and then one of the boys came around and shared his ice cream with you. The tears? Gone. Instantly. All I can say is, I’m glad they leave just as quickly as they come. And….don’t expect them to work….I’m still smarter than you.

{These pictures are literally 30 seconds apart. Walking calmly with me…}
{Switch off to Daddy so I can take pictures, WHAMO…}
{Back to Mom}
{Back to Dad}

What can I say, Zoe? I think you’re the coolest kid I’ve ever met in my life. You are the full package…smart, funny, beautiful, charming, crazy good-natured, adventurous, clever, fun-loving, opinionated…and so much more. Every new season has brought with it highs and lows, and I’m sure that toddlerhood will have its own too, but every season has been wonderful. I can’t wait to see what’s around this bend…


I love you to the moon and back again,

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll


6 responses to “Zoe Grace – 14 months

  1. She is so beautiful! I felt like I got to know her (and you of course) through this article. The face on her when she finally got back to you (and then back to dad) was too cute.

  2. She gets cuter and cuter with every single picture you post. She definitely looks like a kid more and more 😦 And there isn’t much baby about her. And thank you for your comment today.

  3. Cute! I realized the same thing about my daughter yesterday when I took her to her first day of her new daycare. She had her own backpack, didn’t need to be carried in, and didn’t cry when we left her with a bunch of strangers. When did this happen?! It totally makes me want to have another so I can remember how exhausted they make me with their tiny cuteness.
    –jell jell @ I’ll Sleep When They’re Grown

  4. I love how she goes for things that are off limits while shaking her head no. That’s hilarious. Any chance we can get a clip of that some time?

    I was really interested when you said, “Your babble will never get old. Sometimes I find myself hoping that you don’t start really talking soon so that you can babble for a lot longer.” It’s interesting to see how your perspective has changed. I remember when she was little, you sometimes depserately wished she could just communicate already. Now effective communication is just around the bend, but you’re loving the babbling stage. I hope I learn to appreciate it the same way when I have a little one someday.

  5. Love it…those pictures are hilarious. These letters are seriously gold. You should consider binding them and surprising her with it for a bday later on down the road (thinking 16 or 18ish)…something to consider 😉

  6. Totally enjoyed this post! Zoebear is beyond precious! I agree with Kathryn. You really should do that Rebecca. 🙂

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