At fifteen months she has an ever expanding vocabulary and will make up nonsense words if she isn't sure of just what she wants to say. She now says "thank you" and "uh, oh" and will create opportunities to use those two phrases. She will hand me something, and then demand it back just to thank me, or drop things on the floor just to notice her mistake. She also loves to say "gab-be, gab-be, gab-be, gab-be." We don't know what that means, but Meg obviously does and is just waiting for us to catch up.
Meg also has figured out it is very easy for her to be the center of attention anywhere she goes. All she has to do is smile and dance. At music class she stands in the middle of the circle, smiling and singing and dancing, making sure no one is watching the teacher. At the grocery store she dances in the cart, waving and flashing her pearly whites. Picking up Luke from school she walks the halls, giggling and clapping and making the kids clear a path for her.
Of course, there are times when Meg is not the center of attention, and she tries to remedy that by whining. Take, for example, the other morning. We were trying to get out the door, and Ryan and I were both rushing around, leaving Meg standing in her crib. I went in to say good-bye -- and she burst into tears. She might as well have ripped out my heart I felt so bad. Here I was leaving my baby for the day, and I wasn't paying attention to her in the last few minutes we had together. Yeah, she totally won that one. We are now both trying to be tougher about the tears but is not easy. After all, she's really, really cute.
I don't know that the next months will bring, but I have to say this is my favorite stage so far. Every day she gets funnier, and more clever, and more person like. While I'm sad she's not a baby any more, I am anxious to see the kid she is becoming. I can't wait for her to tell me all about it.
Oh, how we love our girl.