Evelyn is a little imp. She has a funny little sideways grin and she knows when she’s doing something she shouldn’t. That said, she’s pretty obedient most of the time and she loves to do things I ask her to and being praised for doing them.
She loves doing new things. I took her to the corner store with me, just her and me, and she got to walk instead of being in the stroller. She was soooo excited. She nearly ran the whole way and once we got in the store she was everywhere at once. You could see her whole little self overflowing with giddy joy. She figured she was a big girl now!
She really likes to imitate still and I find her doing all the things Avery is doing. Today during church Avery laid down next to the pew (she wasn’t supposed to) and as I was getting her up and back on the bench, Evelyn walked over next to her and spread herself out on the floor in just the same position Avery had been in. And then when Avery was up, Evelyn climbed up too.
Evelyn went to nursery for the first time last week. She got to start nursery early because I was called to be the nursery leader. So she gets an extra six weeks or so of nursery. Since I was in there, we haven’t had any problems and she does fine in nursery. She’s a little clingy sometimes so maybe it’s good that they put me in there, although I think she probably would have been fine after a week or two. The first week we sat her on the chair and I think it was an hour before she moved or made any noise. She just sat there watching all the other kids and eating snacks.
She really likes books lately, and she’ll go grab one and bring it to me to read. She really likes turning the pages, so most of the time we read an abbreviated version. She’s also widening her vocabulary a little bit. She added “ball,” “juice,” “dress” and “shirt.” They sound like “ba,” “deuce,” “dis,” and “shuh” (I think) and she says “gocks” for socks now instead of “dots.” She uses “dis” for “this” and “dats” for “that” a lot. Most of her verbal communication is “dis” or “dats” and me trying to figure what on earth she’s pointing at. She says a lot of words once or twice and then we don’t hear them again, but these are the ones that have stuck.
She’s still kind of a picky eater, but not nearly as bad as she used to be. She will eat lunchmeat and hot dogs, but no healthy meat really. She won’t touch chicken or pork or beef unless it’s in hotdog form. She likes most fruit and has enough molars now to chew apples pretty well. She really likes watermelon, but unfortunately it’s out of season already. She won’t do vegetables still and sometimes bread with honey is all I can get her to eat in the grains department, but sometimes she’ll eat noodles. I’ve started letting her have yogurt once a week or so, but I have to be careful about it. Last week I gave her macaroni and cheese one day and yogurt the next day and she had some cake with a little bit of cream in there somewhere too, and the next day she was runny nosed and coughing. She seems to be tolerating the milk a little better, but not all that well still.
I feel like it’s hard for me to get her little personality down in print and it’s hard to write about either of my kids because their little selves are so dynamic, but Evelyn is a really darling little thing. She’s fascinated by so many things and so curious about everything and how things work. It’s so fun to watch her put things together and try to use things like Mom and Dad and her big sister do. She explores everything and then turns it around and explores it again and it sounds corny or cliché, but she really does giggle with delight as she does it. She loves to help me do things. She grabs her crib when I move it into our room every morning and pushes on the bars while I move it, and she helps me close the door to the bathroom after we wash our hands. She does it with this knowing grin on her face too, like she’s saying “Look, I know how this works…” She’s in a fun stage.