Heidi's present from us was a bike. After going back and forth on what type to get her and having her try a whole bunch of different kinds, we ended up going with the balance bike. With her cautious little personality we decided it would be the best choice in the long run because I don't think she would ever give up training wheels. She absolutely loves it and we can't believe how quickly she is picking up on it. She is really starting to cruise and we can't wait until she gets brave enough to put her feet up. She was even more excited that we got her a blue bike.
*Her favorite toys are her stuffed animals. She rotates between which one is her favorite for the day and carries it around, dresses it in Savanna's clothes, takes it wherever we go, feeds it, and sleeps with it. Her very favorites seem to be puppy pups, kitty kits, stinky pinky (her pink teddy bear), elephant, and giraffy.
*Heidi is the most amazing big sister. I cannot believe how sweet she is to Savanna. She talks to her in the sweetest voice and plays so cute with her. She shares her toys and is so excited for the day Savanna can join in on all of her games. I can't believe how patient she is when Savanna grabs her hair or topples on top of her. My favorite thing to watch is when people are talking to Savanna. Heidi just watches with a huge grin and proud look on her face.
*Heidi loves to play doctor and has a huge imagination. She says she wants to be a vet when she grows up.
*Absolutely adores reading. She reads to herself and her animals all day and has me read to her at least 45 min to an hour. On library days we pretty much read all day long. It's definitely my favorite thing to do with her.
*Very few people get the joy of seeing the real Heidi. She never stops talking, singing, or dancing at home but around other people she clams right up. She is really shy.
*Still really hesitant about new situations. She likes her routine and her familiar surroundings.
*Knows all of her capital letters and counts to 10. If she gets really excited about what she's counting she skips 5.
*Heidi has the sweetest, most tender little heart. If she even thinks you are mad or sad she falls apart. She will come up and give me a hug and say, "I thought you needed that." She constantly says things like, "I just love you so much. You're the best mom." Having her around makes being a mom a little more rewarding. She says things like, "Thanks for getting me a blue bike. I love it." and she even thanks people for me. For example, Jeff was helping clean up dinner and I was upstairs changing Savanna. I heard her say, "Thanks, dad for cleaning the dishes for mom." It is so hard not to spoil her because she is just so sweet.
*Heidi is my little helper. Whenever I ask her do something she usually says, "Sure I can!" or "You bet I can!" She loves it when things are neat and tidy and she will make sure to let the world know when something is messy or smelly. We have yet to go into a public restroom where she doesn't say something like, "Poof, what stinks in here?" or "Man, this place sure is filthy."
*Goes to bed around 8pm and gets up around 6:30am. Take a nap from about 1:30-3:30pm. I admit I usually wake her in the morning because I like her to take a nap still and I like keeping her and Savanna on the same schedule.
*Heidi is still a huge, enormous mama's girl. She adores her dad and loves to play with him all night long, but she clings to me like you wouldn't believe. Especially in new situations. If she is tired, hurt, or hungry she wants mom immediately. Even if she is playing or helping her dad happily, she only lasts about a max of 2 hours before she wants to find mom.
*Her favorite games to play with dad are spider girl and wild ball. One day she saw some of her balls on the floor and she got a look of concentration on her face and then said, "Have you noticed I usually play wild with dad? I don't really play wild with mom so much." That's why we love dads so much.
*Not too crazy about water. She still doesn't love her bath although we don't usually have too many tears (as long as mom is the one doing the bathing) but the idea of swim lessons, swimming, getting wet, etc. does not sound fun to her.
*Although she has gotten better in the last two weeks, Heidi is absolutely terrified of all bugs.
*Loves to camp.
*Favorite foods are spaghetti, GRAPEFRUIT (absolutely cannot get enough), zucchini, red grapes, pasta, ham, chicken, steak, and roast.
We are so lucky have such a sweet, darling little girl to love!
She makes life so much more exciting.
We love you, Heidi Bug!