Draft written by Shannon, posted by her mom, Gretchen.

Dearest Emmie,

OK, so I think my favorite thing of the month is your new joke. Are you ready? OK, here it is: “Joke.” That’s it. You just say “joke!” It cracks me up… which is the purpose of a joke!

No wait, my favorite thing of the month is how you’ve started repeating everything.

Or maybe that you are putting together 2 and 3 words fairly regularly.

Or maybe how you figured out how to get up and down adult-sized chairs all on your own. (No more lifting! Yay!).

No wait, my favorite thing is how very much your own person you are becoming. You have VERY CLEAR DESIRES and can communicate them quite well.

I don’t know what my favorite thing is, but I do know that I love you more than ever. You are so stinking smart and it’s awesome to watch you figuring out the world every minute. Some things you have down pat, and other things you quickly assimilate into your view of how the world works. It’s a delight to introduce you to new things (or re-introduce things that were pre-awareness, like rain and thunder).

22 mo Shan read to E