In less than a handful of days my teeny tiny little baby is going to be 2 years old. That’s like 14 in dog years, peeps.
It’s crazy how many things can happen in just one short year when you’re a small little toddler. In just one short year P went from a barely toddling, book-chewing, curious little nugget
to a walking, talking, opinionated tot.
Between then and now, she’s learned to keep stable on two feet and even run, jump, and stomp. Peanut went from taking her first steps and toppling over to watching her steps, carefully walking around obstacles and putting her arms out in the front when she’s falling down. It’s amazing to even consider that those are learned skills.
Peanut went from babbling mama and dada to starting to put together short sentences. Well, okay, a couple of words, but still. Her vocabulary has sky-rocketed in the last couple of months. But what’s even more amazing is that she’s able to use those words correctly and all on her own. Aside from just repeating words and mimicking us, she’s pointing out colors (correctly!), asking for specific food by name, telling us what’s hers, mommy’s and daddy’s.
She’s learned how to say most of her ABC’s and can even point to the proper letters about 80% of the time. She can differentiate between all the different shapes and colors, follow our commands easily, open drawers, close doors, and even flush the toilet.
But I think one of the most amazing differences is just how much opinions she has and how far back she can remember things. When she was 1, Peanut was easily distracted, her opinions wavering depending on what happened to be in front of her, and couldn’t remember something you took away just 5 minutes later.
At 2, P not only has opinions about things like what jacket she wants to wear or which toy she prefers to drag along with her, but she remembers her opinions 15 minutes later even if you dangle popsicles in front of her. She’s able to follow consecutive commands, answer whether she wants to do something or not, and say please and thank you at appropriate times. She recognizes when she went potty in her diaper, will grab a diaper from her changing table area, and lay down holding it out for us to help her.
Although a lot has changed in the past year, there are a lot of things that have stayed the same and seem to stay true to her personality.
Peanut still loves routines. She knows the rules at home and daycare and reminds us. P constantly tells us to zip up our jackets, knows to put on her outside shoes to go outside, participates in giving the dog a treat and putting him in the crate before we leave the house and helps us buckler her in her car seat.
She still absolutely loves her crib, nap and bedtime. She’s never protested going to bed and will bolt to her bedroom when you ask her if she wants to go to her crib to take a nap. Even in the morning or after a nap we have a hard time pulling Peanut out of her crib. She prefers to hang out and lounge for 5-30 minutes.
What a difference just one year can make!