She is seriously one of the funniest people. I think she gets it from me. In all seriousness, I really believe it. If you ask my BFF, he will say I am a comedian. And Emi has the comedic side in her. You just need to see her do downward dog and laugh upside down. But what beats that move is tree pose. I thought I was going to die laughing. I mean, she cannot do the pose, but Emi sure tries hard. She claps her hands together and just kicks her leg up. It looks like a karate move and then she stumbles since she cannot balance on one leg. And then she falls, laughing hard. I have it on video and I seriously die. It makes me laugh and smile and it is amazing how this little person can make me want to jump around and be silly, be goofy and funny, and let loose and forget about all the serious but not serious things in life. And if tree doesn’t take you away from those adult worries, Emi’s rabbit and happy baby yoga moves will. She is oh so funny without trying to be funny. A natural comedian.
Even though Emi loves to laugh, there are those days when she doesn’t. That was Halloween. I think Emi was immensely terrified of the idea of going to other people’s homes, ringing the doorbell, and saying trick-or-treat. She loves it in her book, Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?, but it didn’t translate to real life. We only managed to go to one house – the neighbor across the street who we know – before Emi stated very clearly, “Go home.” I tried showing her the house with all the decor on the lawn – a giant pumpkin – and the house which had music playing and tons of pumpkins stacked on the front porch, but she was only mildly amused. So our trick-or-treating lasted for, oh, five minutes. Perhaps next year? I am sure she will enjoy it far better. At least Emi looked super cute as a zebra!
Emi is a complete copycat right now. She loves copying actions, like when I put lotion on my face and eyes. She pretends and puts on imaginary lotion on her eyes. That’s how we also started those yoga poses, but it even helped her learn how to jump because I would jump around and Emi would follow suit. Emi also likes to brush my hair. After her bath, I always brush her hair and now, Emi needs to brush my hair first! It is pretty amazing how kids mimic behavior and just shows how quickly they can learn. I am not sure where Emi learned this from, but in the morning, she likes to ask Peanut, “How are you?” I think it is really funny, but also sweet because she loves Peanut, even though Emi loves to chase him around the house and swat at his fluffy tail.
Emi continues to talk more and she is starting to put together phrases and sentences. This past month, her words have grown to include pumpkin, bats, octopus, jellyfish, sticker, lizard, rectangle, pineapple, coconut, diamond, pentagon, hexagon, yak, koala, polar bear, Snow White, Ariel, shoulder, violin, cloud, xylophone, seat belt, orange carrots,monkey girl (what I say to Emi when she starts climbing up), friends, crescent moon, iguana, and vulture. She also says, “Where are you?” and has started playing hide-and-seek with my mom. The other phrases that she says are “Be careful,” “There you are,” “I see you,” “How many?” and “What is it?”, “Wash your hands” and “Dry your hands,” “Stay there. Don’t move” (I say this to Emi when she is on the bed. Usually it is because I have forgotten something like her diaper and need to quickly grab it.), “See you next time,” “What color is…” (which is then preceded by Elmo, Cookie Monster, etc. and she names the color of the character), “Other foot, please,” and of course lines from the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
What is the best thing, though, from the past month? Three simple words. I love you. I always tell Emi this, especially before she goes to sleep. And now when I say it, Emi says it back. I don’t know if she knows how powerful those words are, but I absolutely love hearing them. I just want to hold her forever. The second best thing? When I come home from work, she shouts my name and runs full speed at me to give me the biggest hug.
I love this girl. She makes me smile when I am down. She makes me laugh to the point where I am rolling on the floor. And she is the love of my life.
Photos from Emi’s music class:
She decided to do downward dog during a song!
Pretending to sleep to the song:
I am fortunate to call the Kans friends. Emi loves playing with Isabella and Aiden loves exploring all the toys at our house. We have weeknight dinners and what is nice is the kids can play in one room while us grownups can sit and chat about (almost) whatever we want. Jason is one of Taro’s best friends and I am glad that I have been welcomed by them and am glad that they don’t mind keeping me company over stew, chicken, or whatever is cooking in my kitchen when Taro has to stay late at work. So of course when Melissa asked me to take some family photos and photos to celebrate Aiden turning one I said yes. (And I was super excited to use my new lens, too!) We spent a quick afternoon – after all, time revolves around what the kiddos want – at the San Gabriel Mission where Aiden was fascinated by the balloon and everything around him. He even charmed all the girls there (wedding and quinceaneras taking place)! Isabella was fascinated by the church and I learned that she has a deep love for the Virgin Mary. I loved that she wanted to take pictures with the statue and pay respect to the church. These two really make me laugh and smile and I am especially glad that Emi has them as friends and playmates!
I cannot believe Aiden turned one already. It doesn’t feel too long ago that we were holding a baby shower at our house and all of us were participating in the dirty diaper game. Our kids are growing up so fast – too fast – but I am so glad that they will have each other and that we are and will be life-long friends.
Thanks for letting me take photos of all of you! The next session will probably be when Isabella turns 4…gasp…what?!? Now how did she grow up so fast???
Active and on the go. Explorer. Dancer. Happy. The apple of mom’s eye. Curious. And now one. Those are just a handful of words to describe lil’ miss M, who is seriously a sweetheart and just the friendliest toddler you can encounter. She is definitely not shy and will go up to you with a smile and gently tug at your jeans or even hold her arms up so you can pick her up. I definitely did not mind and perhaps that hug and warmth from M was her way of saying, “Thanks for taking my one year pictures!” She definitely made me smile and think back that just a year ago, I celebrated my baby’s first birthday.
It was great spending the early morning with M and chasing her all around Griffith Observatory. Happy first birthday and I hope all your birthday wishes come true!