Camille Jude Swyden, you were the easiest baby in the world when it came to letting you do your own thing. You could sit in the middle of the room, before you were crawling, and be perfectly content for hours just looking around. It was the beginnings of the most curious little mind the world has ever seen, and we had yet to realize just how curious it would come to be. You began walking a couple of weeks after turning one and you have been all over the place ever since. You have the cutest, tiniest little feet that resemble your sister Edith’s, though they are a little bit tinier. It blows our minds how you stay on those feet. You can go a hundred miles an hour, come inches away from injury or at least falling over, and yet still have better balance than the worlds best gymnast. Speaking of gymnastics, your favorite pair of pajamas is your little pink gymnastics outfit that so perfectly shows off the most amazing thigh and arm rolls EVER. Seriously, its a miracle we have not eaten you up to this point. You’re not very tall, and, honestly, we don’t know if you’ve grown a single inch since you turned one, but that has never stopped you from accomplishing anything you set your mind to. You have the “Anything Edith can do I can do too… and better” attitude. As much as we adore and love you, you give us plenty of reasons to put you in time-out, but sometimes its so stinking difficult to hold in our laughter when getting on to you. The makings of a student who can get away with anything because her smile is irresistible. You love to sing and dance, especially to Moana. You could break every window in the house when you sing the line: “I am MOANA!!!!!!” Now lets talk about your vocabulary… Below is a list of words, with Camille’s pronunciation:
Word – Camille’s pronunciation
Ketchup – Dap puts
Spider-man – Paduu-man
Vitamin – Paduu-man
Daddy – Duhdeeeee
Bless us O Lord – Bess us O Loawd
Edith – Eeyuff
I’m scared – I cared
I’m crying – I cying
Clifford – Biffud
When asked if Daddy loves you, you say, “No! Mommy do!”
We got you Winnie the Pooh diapers and you go around the house singing “Bennie da Woo, Bennie da Woo!” Best translation ever. Oh, to be in your brain!
You sing and dance all day, every day. We specifically love when you sing “Glory to God in the Highest.”
You participate in the Mass even when you don’t really know the words. You know a lot of them, the others you kinda mumble along and you look royally cool doing it.
We love how you end up in our bed almost every night and in the morning you wake up before Momma, make your way out of the bed, go into the living room and do who knows what, and come back to tell Momma “I peeyuped.”
You play and make huge messes all day. You are awesome at puzzles and look and find books. You love legos.
When we get onto you, you nod and bat your lashes, and tilt your head and say “uh huh, mhmm daddy” or smile real big and say “eeehkayyy”… It drives Daddy crazy but Mommy kinda loves it, you ornery little booger.
You have the softest, most voluminous curls and your hair is so long when it’s wet.
You still basically look like a one year old. Same tinynesss, same leg fold, same little arm rolls, tiny little belly. I swear you still have baby soft skin. We want to eat you daily.
You stink at cleaning up. You sometimes bite Edith and you’ve got quite the temper!
But, you give the BEST squeeze hugs and kisses. They’re almost violent but incredibly heart-melting. And you tell us you love us just because.
You copy everything Edith does and you crack her up all the time. You’re just a very silly, funny girl.
You want to wear your pajamas every day, and half the time you do. You’re constantly coming and finding me to show me a different nightgown or pajama set that you’ve changed into, several times a day.
During every bath, you shimmy and sing “Body Langijj” like Ursula in The Little Mermaid. You’ve been doing this for at least a year now, and yes, it’s still just as funny as the first time.