Kadence Emercyn Dicken

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Of course, I intended to write this for Kadence’s first birthday – however, that time has come and quickly gone and now Kalyb’s birthday has passed and still nothing has been written…so here I am, with Kadence already 19 1/2 months old and far beyond being our little baby anymore. I did write a note in my iphone as to her interests at 12 months. She loved balls, her brother, bouncing, spicy foods, empty plastic bottles, reading books, diving off the couch head first, climbing on furniture, all music but particularly drums, cords and all things electronic, and different textures. Her 12 month stats remained the same with her at about the 35%ile for weight and 50th %ile for height. Comparing her height with mine at her exact age, I was almost 3 1/2 “ taller. I’m still not convinced she will be quite as tall as I am (or I’m just hoping!). We had her 1st birthday party scheduled at the Focus on the Family play area; however, a blizzard stopped that from happening and nearly deterred my family from making it in town from AZ and CA! Thankfully, my mom, dad, Jim, Becca, Jeremy and Charlie were able to catch flights out the next day and everyone stayed at our house – cozy! The party was quickly reestablished at our home which we should’ve done from the beginning so we didn’t have to shorten the guest list. Oh well! We had a great time celebrating (despite poor cousin Charlie ending up with a HORRIBLE virus that was SO SAD). Kadence started her first steps about a month later on March 13th but didn’t fully commit to walking until the middle of April.
Now that she is 18 months, her personality is just bursting! She is quite opinionated and knows exactly what she wants, though sometimes struggles communicating that with us! She can sign ‘please’ and uses it quite often for everything – from ‘help’ to ‘more’ to ‘all done’ and of course, ‘please’. I guess it works for it all! She is smiling and laughing and dancing and talking and SO. MUCH. FUN. Her words that she can say are: “Pupu, Dada, Mama, Bubba, Hi, Hello, Bye, Bye-Bye, Shoes, etc.” She’s starting to repeat phrases. She says ‘pu-pu’ for about every moving animal – and though she had said Mama, Dada and Bubba before – Puh-puh was definitely the word she said most often – it started when we adopted our dog, Remy. We have an animal lover! She even ran out of Kohl’s the other day while making returns to chase a dog…
She LOVES music. She loves dancing – clapping, waving her arms and bouncing up and down. She even puts her hands in the air and attempts to say hallelujah thought it comes out more ‘ah-you-yah’. She loves being on the trampoline with her brother – well, just about anywhere with him, really. She’s really good at following instructions (when she wants to). She’s a climber – we’ve found her stuck on Kalyb’s bunkbed’s ladder – and just last night, Josiah heard her screeching and caught her just before she fell onto the floor as she was being stretched with her arms on Josiah’s desk and her feet stuck on his rolling, moving chair – little daredevil was trying to reach her shoe! Haha! She is often with a bruise on her forehead, no surprise there. So cute – Earlier this week, she dug through her shoe basket, found a matching pair, handed them to Josiah and said, ‘shoes’. She’s also a girly girl. She picks out her outfits and loves to try to put them on.
She is full of personality – can give quite the unimpressed face when she is not impressed but absolutely lights up with delight when she is. We are loving getting to know her more and Kalyb’s praises have been ‘thank you, Lord for making Kadence even more fun every day!’ (although he has been known to complain about her antics that tend to be rather aggressive towards him! – all in love, of course!). She continues to be a great sleeper – going to bed during the summer around 8 and waking up 12 hours later (sometimes even longer!) She prefers one nap in the middle of the day and that can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours! Ever since her 9 month mark, she has been an incredible sleeper and we do not take that lightly! We are so thankful! At her 18 month appointment, she’d jumped in stats – nearly 25 pounds (50th %ile) and 33’’ (80th %ile) – so we shall see!!
Kadence Emercyn, We all absolutely adore you. Miss Andrea says everywhere you guys go together, you light up the room saying hi to everyone. You are so social and outgoing, yet you can easily spend time entertaining yourself. It’s so fun watching you explore and grown in your dependence – no longer needing us to open doors, walk you outside, or watch your every step. You make us laugh so much! You have quite the feisty personality, though you come by that honestly! Your brother just dotes on you and it is so fun to watch your affection towards him. Thank you for blessing our lives with so much joy, laughter, entertainment, independence, and love. One of your favorite things to do is to blow kisses to us (and most everyone you see) and we absolutely melt. I can’t wait to learn more and more about you and watch you grow sensitive to the ways of the Lord – may you be ever increasing in the fruits of the spirit as we try to be an example. We love you, little girl. You are so special.

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About KarolynK

Hey there! Thanks for checking out my blog! My name is Karolyn (as you probably know) and I live in San Diego with my amazing Husband. I've been teaching Special Education for the bast six years and LOVE it! I am loving life and just trying to figure out if I'm doing what it is that God is wanting me to do....always a process! Thanks for sharing in this journey with me though, I really do appreciate it.

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