Walkin', Talkin' and Growin' Up


Published:

"Momma! Dadda! Hi!" Those are the only three words Lyla knows how to say, but each one of those words makes me smile. Over the past few months, I have loved to watch Lyla develop her own little personality.

She has started to realize that she has choices about what she does and does not eat. If she doesn't want to eat Cheerios right now, she throws them on the floor, or gives them to our dog, Odie. If she wants more cheese, she will yell and point at the bag. If she wants us to know that she loves her dinner, she'll shovel handfuls of food into her mouth.

She has started to realize that it's more fun to walk around in a store than to ride in a shopping cart or stroller. A few weeks ago, we brought Lyla into Costco. She looked like she was at Disney World. She was walking (or running) over to everything. She kept staring up at that high ceiling. And, when we spotted a giant, stuffed Minnie Mouse in one of the aisles....Well, let's just say Minnie Mouse came home with us. Yes, our shopping trips take longer now, but when you see how much fun Lyla has exploring in new places, it's worth the extra time.

She has started to realize that our dog, Odie, is an entertaining playmate. After Lyla wakes up in the morning, she literally shrieks with excitement when she sees Odie. She waves to him and says, "Hi!" Odie seems to have mixed emotions about his little sister. He loves when she hands him food or pets him. But, Lyla also takes his toys away from him and runs, grabs his tail and even chases him around the house. Of course, he causes plenty of trouble, too. More than a few of Lyla's toys have chew marks on them.

I have started to realize that my baby girl is not really a baby anymore. She's a toddler. A child. A kid. She's developing her own likes and dislikes. She has opinions. She wants to be more independent. She's growing up. Every day, it gets a little tougher to keep up with her. But, every day, I realize how lucky I am to be her dad.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Autumn at Oz Tickets on Sale Now

Follow the yellow brick road and join Dorothy and friends this fall at the Land of Oz.

Wilmington: Not Just a Beach Vacation

Not only does it offer quick access to Wrightsville Beach, but Wilmington also boasts plenty of other activities that appeal to multiple members of the family.

A Tale of Two Stone Mountains

Despite sharing a name, both Stone Mountains offer unique delights for families to enjoy.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Newsletter Sign-Up

Stay connected to what's going on for kids and families in the Triad by signing up for our FREE e-newsletters!

Subscribe

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Annual Guides

Education Guide

The all-new 2015-2016 Education Guide is packed with everything parents need to know to navigate more than 500 education options and resources in the Triad, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools and academic resources.

GPS [Go. Play. See]

It's your complete family guide to Triad living. Parents are busy and on the go. Use this guide to help you explore all this great area offers for families in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding communities.

Exceptional Child

For parents of kids with special needs, finding help and support can be challenging. We've compiled valuable resources for Triad parents in our latest annual publication, Exceptional Child, which is also available as a digital guide.