I can not say enough how much Grace loves her little kitchen. But to be honest, I really should have titled this post "daddy's little helper" since Lance is the chef in our family - and a mighty good one I must say :) Grace is fascinated with the little wooden play food. She even "feeds" her two babies with one of the little spoons - it is too cute! I think she looks so cute wearing her vintage inspired apron, but I guess it gets in the way 'cause she didn't keep it on for too long :)
Here she is saying "girl" one of her current favorite words. She has the cutest little pouty lips when she says it too.
Grace has gotten to be quite the talkative girl these days. She's also beginning to throw tantrums when she doesn't want to stop playing or when something doesn't go her way! She balls up her hands into little fists and shakes them while screaming and turning red - it is quite a sight to see. And if she doesn't want you to pick her up she "melts" and throws herself backward which can be scary depending on where she's at at the moment. But back to her words, since so many of you family members have asked. At 13 months, she says mama (mami when she doesn't want to sleep and wants mama to "rescue" her from her crib), daddy, baby, bye-bye, night-night, girl, dog, duck, ball, bird, right there, me, no, juice, nak "snack", top "stop" (complete with hand stretched out to motion stop, especially when seeing an actual stop sign - thanks, Noonie!), bloon "balloon", bot "bottle", ot "hot" (when near the stove), andy "candy", pop, book, bath, duck, cup, poon "spoon", and jacx "jaxon - our dog". She can also point to eyes, nose, mouth, hair, toes, fingers, belly button, light, fan, window, picture (he, he, he - since there are so many around the house!!!), mama, daddy, Grace, Noonie, Mimi, babies, birds, flowers, some animals in her books (duck is her current favorite) and a few others I can't think of right now. I'm amazed that they learn so much so fast!!! She is starting to be able to follow some simple commands like "bring me the book, please". Other times, even though she knows the meaning of "no" she'll just smile and do whatever it is you are trying to keep her from doing! So how's that for an update :)
I'll leave you with one final picture of our sweet little pumpkin...