But Elspeth is 100% at this point. I took her with me to the grocery to let her have an outing today. They have tiny buggies for toddlers at my mom's little neighborhood market. This is perfect for Elspeth who has commandered (I know this word exists, but I cannot find it in any dictionary. I found two spellings via google search, but none in a legit reference. Any ideas?) the Little Tykes buggy we have at home and cries when anyone else so much as touches it. Incidentally, she is dragging it up the stairs right now. She was so much fun at the store, giggling the whole time, following me through the grocery and loading up the items I asked her to get off the shelves. Man, I wish I had enough time to grocery shop with her like that every week! It was a precious little mommy and daughter time. We will definitely be doing it more.
Tonight there was a deer in my parents' yard. Well, the other day a flock of about 20 turkeys came through, so this was nothing extraordinary, a single doe. But Elspeth was so excited about the mommy dear sitting out in the yard. It was kinda weird that the deer just sat down for a while, I guess. Elspeth kept calling it a bunny, which was so sweet in its own way. She ran to get any member of the family she could find to tell about the bunny outside. She would take us to the window and show us, pointing and saying, "Look!" in a loud whisper. She finally caught on to calling it a deer and got distracted for a few minutes. When we came back, it was gone. She then had to run find all the members of the family again to let them know "deer, bye bye."
If I had a video camera and knew how to do it, I could also put up a whole lot of footage of her dancing and prancing about, the cutest thing ever. I just love her personality! Some people have a personality different than yours and you kind of don't know what to do with the differences; you know, it's just work sometimes with people real different from you. But Elspeth has this personality that is so fun and so easy, it's just fun for everyone. Okay, so she is a tiny bit of work when someone tries to play with "her" grocery buggy, but I think we can break her of that. I guess I said this just the other day, but the girl is just pure joy. Alright, so I wasn't saying that last night when she was a total pill because she was tired and hungry... But for the most part, she is contagious happiness in human form.