Noelle is exactly 18 months old today, July 6. Time flies so fast! And yet when you see her adorable, round face, big forehead and minimal hair on her head, she looks like a 1-yr old baby. You could say she’s sporting a mullet hahaha. She’s just too cute!
I’m so happy to report that she’s getting to be so talkative already! Her vocabulary has increased rapidly and I’ve listed more than 75 words that she knows and tries to say. Words like Abee, which could mean Gabby her cousin, Jollibee her fave bee, or Barbie the doll, depending on which she’s seeing or on what you’re talking to her about. Ice could mean ate Cendy, ice which she likes to eat, rice or fries which she also likes to eat haha. She has this distinct loud voice with a distinct tone too.
Speaking of Jollibee, Noelle just loves him. Every time we pass by a Jollibee, she loves to touch the statue, but I never knew how excited she would be to see the actual mascot! She was calling him and screaming, jumping in her stroller seat, stretching her arms out for him to come to her. But whenever Jollibee went near her, she wouldn’t want to be touched haha. She also loves to watch and dance to Jollibee’s video of their theme song on King’s laptop, and even falls asleep to it!
Everyone has raved about how Noelle loves to eat. Sometimes friends can bribe her to go with them using food. At home, she’ll eat when there’s someone eating at the table, no matter if she had already eaten. She likes pizza! Last Sunday, a friend told me that she got the girls some pizza. As I was about to leave home to pick King up in church, I told Noelle that I’ll be back with pizza that Tita Ria gave. She cried, but I was able to go anyway. When we got back, I wasn’t able to bring the pizza out right away. Noelle was the one who reminded me saying, “Ta! Ta!” (pizza! pizza!) Haha kids really hold us to our word!
Noelle’s getting to be quite a character. She’s mild-mannered, but can be feisty too. She loves the NAT show and can sing the first part of Justin Bieber’s Baby song “wo-owowowoh” and answers “oh” to the baby, baby, baby part. She knows how to play duck duck goose, and pretends to run and scream when she says “duck, duck” and then we say goose! She likes to “hide! hide!” and play “aaa-min” (i’m coming!) which means she wants us to go after her. She makes the most adorable faces and gives the sweetest smiles. Now she pretends to cry just out of the blue, then smiles when you look at her. She knows how to pose for the camera and to pretend to take pictures, telling her subjects to “mayl!” One time, I fell asleep while she was playing. I heard her calling me patiently in the same tone, “mom. mom. mom.” I thought I was dreaming till I realized it was Noelle. She must have called me ten times, and when I opened my eyes, she pointed to her book and said “yook.” I guess she just really really wanted me to look! When asked where something is, she likes to point and say “dee” even if that thing isn’t really there. She calls Danae “Nae,” “Naenae,” or “atee” hahaha.
Noelle can already tell us if she got hurt by saying “owie” or “ipi” (ipit). She says words like “noys,” “joys,” “toysh,” which actually mean nose, juice and push! “wa-wa” is water, “ee” is eat, and “oldit” is hold it, for when she wants to hold something herself. When you ask her who Noelle is, she doesn’t repeat her name as our experience with Danae, but she points to herself and says “me.” One time, she woke up when Danae was leaving for school. She panicked, cried a bit, patted her chest, saying “me, me!” It was like she was saying “what about me? me too!” Poor thing.
Noelle likes to pull our hands to take us where she wants to go, usually to the refrigerator hahaha. She likes to be with my mom, too. It’s adorable because Danae got to enjoy my dad, tailing him all the time. Now that my mom’s retired and is home more often than before, Noelle tails her a lot. She didn’t get to meet my dad, though she knows him from pictures, but she is well-bonded to my mom.
Noelle is really a blessing to us. Please feel free to share your own moments with her here. Thanks! 🙂