Monday, January 3, 2011

Ali Falls in Love

Ali has never really had a "lovie"--a blanket or stuffed animal that she's particularly attached to and wants to take with her everywhere.

Until yesterday. That's right. At 1 year, 3 months, 2 weeks, and 4 days old, she finally fell in love.

Meet Monkey.

Alex got her Monkey when we were at a store yesterday. She saw him and immediately started doing her signature monkey noise (ooh-ooh-ooh while scratching the top of her head). Heart melting. So he came home with us.

And has been in her death grip loving embrace ever since.

She will give Monkey spontaneous, unprompted hugs with a look of sheer delight on her face.

And spontaneous kisses. And then cackle with glee after each one. How sweet is THAT?

She even shared her breakfast with Monkey, before taking a single bite herself.

And learned how to drink one-handed so that she wouldn't have to put Monkey aside.

And check out this determined girl. Carrying her two boots and Monkey. And when it all came crashing down . . . was a boot that got left behind. She picked up Monkey in one hand, a boot in her second hand, gave the other boot a parting glance, and toddled off.

Just in time for Valentine's Day. Ali's first lovie.

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