Bodie was born a minute earlier than his sister and proclaimed the leader position from early on. He knew how to demand attention yet was never one to protest a meal or cuddling. His big blue eyes turned to a beautiful brown at about 6 months but has kept his blonde locks even though they continue to darken slightly now. He has been our comedian and always so easy to make laugh. As an infant he would laugh with the same smile he gets today that goes from ear to ear. He loved the mechanics of things and is often found silently figuring out how to open and close things. He's not a big talker as of yet but has no problem letting us know what he needs. Stubborn as nails at times he can be a challenge for sure but he's most likely the one to go to if you need a hug or kiss. If you're watching you can often see his happy dance and screams of excitement as he learns and makes leaps of progress. He's as proud of himself as we are of him. Like his Dad, Lucy is his best dog buddy and he doesn't miss a day of loving on her. His feeling are easy to hurt and although he doesn't sit for long he'll be the one to need holding the most. He is all boy and a man's man for sure. Loves the dirt, the outdoors, dogs, working along side Daddy in the garage and anything with wheels. We couldn't have asked for a more amazing son and we cannot wait to see where life leads him.
Then we have our Annelise! Anna Banana, Nanners, the girl of all nick-names! She is the baby but don't expect her to want to be treated like one!!! Born a mere 3 oz. smaller, she was strong and needed less help than her brother. To this day, she is far more independent and likes to do it all by her big girl self. As an infant she would be content for hours just watching everyone around her. She has never needed the spot light and still find more pleasure in quiet activities than anything else. She has become a lover of literature and her books are above and beyond her favorite toys. Anna is very girly and already knows what she likes to wear and her baby doll is one toy she cannot bare to share. She has always been one to need her space. People who don't understand this about her have a very hard time becoming her friend. While she loves people she clearly will let you in when she is ready and not one minute before. Few things really rattle Annelise but she hates to think she is in trouble or has disappointed anyone. She find pleasure in comforting her brother when he's hurt or sad and she will cry along side anyone she thinks is hurt. She is full of compassion and has a contagious laugh. She makes us laugh every single day and we are so thankful for the sweet little girl that fills our home with kisses and bows.
So there we are at 18 months! I could go on for days about how they have grown and changed. It's bitter sweet everyday to see the time fly. We are just so blessed and lucky to have never missed one second. Happy 18 month Birthday! (and 4 days!)