You’re just 2 months shy of turning 2 years old. As in, no longer a baby. Just this toddler. Some days I feel that just yesterday I held you in my arms for the very first time as you took your first breath of air. Other days I can’t remember the infant days and pictures of your baby face make me wonder how it is that it’s only been a couple of years. You’re a completely different kid. Every day you amaze me with your intelligence, your care, and your thoughtfulness. And as much as I say that I don’t want you to keep growing up on me, I cannot wait to see you as a young lady – I can tell you’re going to make me your proud mama.
Let’s talk about this month.
Your vocabulary is expanding daily. Here’s a list of the newest: me, yuck, bye-bye, hi, what’s-this, there, i-did-it, bowl, daddy, my, woof, three, snow, yes, bat, pee-pee, poop, milk. And I think there are a handful others that we haven’t caught or remembered to write down. You’re also reciting (well, repeating) the alphabet and counting. You can point out most letters and just about every thing else (animals, Dora characters, food, furniture…the list goes on).
Your speech evaluation earlier this week showed what we already knew: you are incredibly intelligence, patient beyond your age, and determined to do things the right way. It also calmed our nerves: your development is on track (even a little ahead!) and although you haven’t felt the need to verbally communicate, you find plenty of ways to make your needs known. We’re working hard not to tend to your needs before you find a way to vocalize it – something that’s pretty hard for us since we’ve been so good at communicating without words. You also still use a handful of sign language words which we were told was a-ok! So onward and upward.
Since our change in tactics – asking you to say words before giving in to things like more food, picking you up, getting you dressed, etc – your vocabulary exploded. You’re repeating words left and right, say “please” with every request, and seem to be eager to learn new words. We’re excited at your progress and hearing your tiny little voice makes my heart melt.
You’re also continuing to progress physically – some of your new favorite things are spinning around in circles, jumping and running. Another new thing that started this month is closing your eyes whenever you don’t want something, want to hide from something, or just don’t want to hear “no.” It’s as if you think that with your eyes closed we won’t stop you from what you’re doing or that you can make things disappear. It’s hilarious and a tiny bit sad.
Your play continues to change – this weekend we watched you set up all your dolls in a row on the couch, then cover them up with a blanket, and shush them to sleep. We’re pretty sure you were playing daycare and you even picked up one of the “babies” to rock her to sleep when she couldn’t fall asleep. Needless to say, I cannot wait to see you with your sibling one day.
Some other favorite games are cars (this makes my heart happy since cars were my favorite when I was a kid), trains, and puzzles. You still adore books above most other things and your babies never leave your sight.
Your favorite TV shows are Dora, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, and Doc McStuffins. We’ve been letting you watch about 20 minutes in the morning and about 10-20 minutes in the evening. On weekends all bets are off.
Some photos from this month.
and a video of Peanut playing with her baby and then reciting the alphabet. (the alphabet starts around 1 minute and 40 seconds if you want to skip the boring stuff).