Wow, our little girl is almost 2! Where on Earth did the time go?? Here is a rundown of some of what you are up to these days!
* You are still eating well, but you have your moments of pickiness. We basically just offer you what we are having and let you eat what you will. I often will put your veggies/fruits in front of you first, which seems to help make sure you get those in! At lunchtime, if I give you a sandwich first, it’s a little harder to get you to eat the healthier items. You are certainly your parents’ child because you will eat sweets any day and anytime, so we have to be careful to keep that in check!
* You are becoming more and more independent with eating as well. You love to eat your food with utensils (preferably adult-sized ones rather than the small ones) and can sometimes through little fits until we give you the “real” fork or spoon. You are also getting a little picky with your milk. Sometimes you get upset with us until we give it to you in a real cup rather than a sippy. You still need the sippy, but like to drink from the real cup too. It just takes you forever and can be messy!
* You finally got your incisors, but I have wondered if your 2 year molars are on their way soon. There have been times this summer when random sleep issues have developed and I have questioned whether you were teething. Nothing new has appeared though, so who knows! You still enjoy “brushing” your teeth, although I have to help you. I think you prefer to just chew and play with it, but it’s a start!
* You are still sleeping well, but we had a couple of rough weeks this summer as I mentioned above. There were nights when you’d randomly wake up and not want to go back down and naps during the way were interrupted, but you seem to be back to your normal self. I have noticed that you are going to sleep a little later and waking a little later as well. We still put you down between 7:30 and 8pm, but you are now sleeping until 8:30am. I think you are spending some time playing in your crib in the evenings before you actually fall asleep, which is causing the later wake time, but I certainly don’t mind the extra sleep in the mornings (especially since little brother is going to be arriving soon).
* You are still taking your afternoon and are pretty consistent about sleeping for 2 hours.
* You are still in size 5 diapers, but could probably move up to size 6 if we wanted! I hate the idea of you wearing size 6 diapers, but we may just have to bump you up until we can start working on potty training in a few months.
* You are wearing 24 months and/or 2T clothes and a size 7 shoe.
* You are such a busy girl these days and sometimes you wear me out! You can be tough to keep up with and it’s becoming more of a challenge to keep you out of “trouble.” We are working on obeying the first time, but you give us a run for our money with your determination!
* You enjoy playing with your tea set (I sometimes catch you in the bathroom trying to put real water in it), working puzzles, and “coloring” with crayons. You are also doing really well with your fine motor skills. For some reason, you are also very obsessed with buckles and insist on buckling your highchair buckles after you are finished with it. So quirky!
* You love babies and point them out to me every time we see one out in public or see a picture of one somewhere. This is good timing since your baby brother is due soon! You love baby dolls and strollers, which sometimes makes it hard to get you out of stores like Pottery Barn Kids.
* You are talking more and more which is so fun! It seems like you are using a new word almost daily and I am slowly learning your version of words, so I can understand you better. Some of your latest ones are: Bapples=apples, uptairs=upstairs, dat um= that one, how=cow. I love hearing you talk and am fascinated at how much you have picked up on these past 21 months! For some reason though, you still use sign language for manners. I would love it for you to say them, but I know you will eventually!