Fifteen Fun-Filled Moments from Elvie’s Fifteenth Month

Another month of Elvie’s life has gone racing past, and this time it happened so fast that I didn’t realize it until nearly two weeks later. Elvie’s fifteenth month was a full one. We took our first trip as a family since Elvie’s adoption, spending a week introducing her to friends and family in the Midwest. She had her last follow up appointment related to her big surgery. At the very end, she got her first ear infection. And through it all, she continued to grow, to change, to learn new things. It was a busy month, but it was also a fun month. Really, any time with Elvie is a fun time. Here are fifteen of my favorite photos of Elvie’s fifteenth month.

  • Elvie is Fifteen Months Old!

    Elvie is Fifteen Months Old!

    It wasn’t hard to come up with fifteen photos to celebrate her fifteenth month. There is so much fun in our lives, thanks to Elvie.

  • Fancy!

    Fancy!

    While we were in Kansas City to visit friends and family, we had an open house for people to come say hi and meet Elvie. I put her in her cutest dress, with this ridiculous flower clip on her headband to keep it as fancy as possible.

  • Physical therapy is exciting!

    Physical therapy is exciting!

    Elvie has made such huge strides in her physical capabilities, and it’s thanks in part to a fantastic physical therapist who shows us what to work on. Elvie does the rest with her determination. Determination to get into things she’s not supposed to get into, that is.

  • She's been working on her bedhead looks.

    She's been working on her bedhead looks.

    I think her hard work is paying off quite well.

  • She's started snuggling and

    She's started snuggling and "kissing" dolls.

    And by “kissing,” I mean “licking.” Kissing and licking are pretty much the same thing, right?

  • Elvie insists on using a napkin, just like everyone else.

    Elvie insists on using a napkin, just like everyone else.

    She has also figured out that wiping her hands thoroughly on her napkin is a good way to signal that she’s done with her meal. I concur. It’s way better than her former method of shoving the rest of her food onto the floor.

  • Her mess-making skills are reaching new leveles.

    Her mess-making skills are reaching new leveles.

    Don’t let her serious look fool you; she thinks making messes is the most fun thing she could possibly do.

  • Reading in bed is a good way to start the morning.

    Reading in bed is a good way to start the morning.

    With a couple of books by her side, she’s good to go while I slip into the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee.

  • Summer clothes are super cute and super fun.

    Summer clothes are super cute and super fun.

    We’d never put Elvie in shorts before, and she’s definitely a fan. No more hot leggings on warm days! Bring on the shorts!

  • Beach fun is the best fun!

    Beach fun is the best fun!

    If she can get really messy AND eat sand, Elvie calls that a win-win!

  • Using as many pillows as possible helps her sleep in.

    Using as many pillows as possible helps her sleep in.

    I’m not sure if she thinks that sleeping in is fun, but I sure do.

  • If you're going to eat, you might as well get into it.

    If you're going to eat, you might as well get into it.

    How can a baby show enthusiasm for a good breakfast? By getting gigantic chunks of it all over her face, of course!

  • Sisters have the best fun!

    Sisters have the best fun!

    This kind of hilarity is just par for the course at breakfast time. Would breakfast be this fun without a sister? No way.

  • Elvie's self portrait skills are getting better and better.

    Elvie's self portrait skills are getting better and better.

    The variety of faces in one set of selfies is impressive. It starts out silly and ends up blurry – no one can hold still while they’re cracking themselves up.

  • Elvie is so proud that she found a toy she's not supposed to have.

    Elvie is so proud that she found a toy she's not supposed to have.

    She thinks it’s funny to pick up things that are chokable, because she knows she’s not supposed to do it, and breaking the rules is one of Elvie’s favorite jokes. She doesn’t think it’s as funny when I take the items away; hopefully someday she’ll think that safety is fun, too.

  • Elvie knows how to enjoy cake and make that enjoyment apparent.

    Elvie knows how to enjoy cake and make that enjoyment apparent.

    On the day she had her ear infection, before we knew that was what was wrong, I got her a little slice of chocolate chip coffee cake, thinking that she was just teething and hungry, and the special treat might lift her spirits. It did lift her spirits, plus the spirits of everyone who saw her enthusiastically enjoying her treat.

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