It looks like we should have just given Verity the gift bag! She had a ton of fun with that too! The younger 6 and I went to the store Monday afternoon (after an eternity at the dentist office for cleanings), and in line Verity pointed to the balloons and said, "Balloon! Balloon!". I decided to buy her one of the little ones on a stick, and she was thrilled to pieces with that! Plus it can't fly up to the top of our cathedral ceiling and get stuck in our ceiling fan blades, so a win-win, definitely.
Verity is still the happiest little girl, although I will say she has started to show her temper a bit more lately. She has definitely gotten more screechy and demanding as well! She has also started saying a lot more words, fitting in with our usual pattern of not talking much (recognizable words at least) until around 2. Her hair is finally coming in (curly!). About 2 weeks ago she peed on the potty one morning when she had been dry all night, and I got all excited, thinking she might be ready to potty-train. Well, she has not produced any other thing on the potty since then, so my hope has been dampened, lol. I guess we'll keep buying diapers for a little longer. It's been over 19 years--what's a few more months?! In fact, the very night of her birthday, I was giving her a bath with Micah and Drew--and she POOPED a ton in the tub! What in the world?! She hasn't done that since she was a baby! What a stinker! Good thing she's cute . . . I think we'll still keep her. LOL!