Claire Bear,

I was so very proud of you yesterday. Not only were you a brave little patient* at the doctor’s office (you got 2 shots and cried only briefly), but you passed the progress checklist with flying colors. You toddled around the office showing off your cool walking skills, you read a book on my lap and pointed to things that I asked you to find and talked and gibbered the whole time, nicely showing off your language skills. Dr. Miller laughed when he read the script that said, “can your child say 3-6 words?” Then he said, of course she can since I just heard her say about 15. Yay Claire! You’re so smart and I love you so much, especially when you say “kiss” and lean in to kiss me on the lips, then do sign language for thank you afterward. You’re lovely and I want to hug and squeeze you all day.

Your Daddy and I were counting all the words you know how to say as we drove you in to daycare this morning. We came up with about 30, but here are the ones I can think of at the moment:

bye
ball
bath
brush
night night
eat
knee
tummy
bunny/Wella
juice
more
moon
hi
mama/dada (though you use mama for both of us)
milk
block
kiss
meow
moo
quack
bow wow wow
nose
eye

*a.k.a. Corduroy for those in the know.

As requested, here is a picture of Claire, at least it’s the latest I’ve uploaded from my camera. I bought her this over-priced, but really cute armchair at Target a few weeks ago but then brought it back because she stood up on it too much and I was worried she’d break her neck. But it was really cute.

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Also, here’s one of her in a silly outfit that her Grandmo bought her before she was born.

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