I thought I would share some updates on what Cadence is like these days, especially for her family members who don't get to see her very often. (Note: Sorry, I'm kind of verbose - you should be used to it by now :))
Cadence is sweet and ornery. She likes running, stomping, clapping, and dancing. She loves to chase people and be chased and tickled. She is very independent, but will snuggle if you ask nicely. She climbs everywhere! She loves rain, puddles, sprinklers, sinks, anything with water. The other day she cried because it rained and there weren't enough puddles to actually stomp in. She says about 30 words, and signs about 18. None of her sign words are repeats of her spoken words, except Mama and Daddy.
The toddler stage has begun at our house! Cadence is so busy, getting into everything, writing, coloring, using stickers and glue sticks, painting, playing on the old laptop, pulling office supplies all over the house (that's my girl!), crashing her cars, pretending to drive Daddy's Mustang. She falls down on the floor and cries when she doesn't get her way. She gives a totally evil little chuckle when she does. Cracks us up every time! Here she is having a little picnic with potatoes she dug out of the pantry. She likes to put them in the little paper cups...
Cadence is shy. She will smile at strangers (and people she only sort of knows), but she usually won't go to them willingly. If they force the issue she will cry. She is scared of men in particular (sorry uncles!). However, she loves little kids and babies, stranger or not, and will play and share her toys and laugh and cut up with them. She also loves to flirt, smiling and laughing and carrying on. If she is even somewhat comfortable with the people around her, she a total and complete ham. She will do anything for a laugh! If she hurts herself and someone laughs, she will hurt herself again.