Monday, October 6, 2014

Two Years Old

More like 2 years and a couple months, but who's counting at this point!  You are just so big... I look at you daily and think, how did she get so big?  And so much fun.  I mean, I loved the baby stage, but really I just love you now so much.  You are too much fun and have so much personality and say the funniest things.

At 18 months your language really started exploding.  You were saying too many words to count and repeating anything I would say soon after that.  Now at two years old you talk in sentences.  You love asking questions, "What's that guy doing" "Mommy where'd -blank- go? so on and so on.  You also went through a fun phase of repeating after me.  "Reese, what color is this?  and then you would just repeat my question rather than answering it. 

You know all your body parts, can count close to 20 (but mix up a few toward the end occasionally), know your shapes and are learning some of your colors.  I would say this has been a ton slower than I would have imagined.  With how quickly you pick up other things, I figured colors would be the same, but I'm sure they'll come. 

You love love reading and singing.  You have a lot of your books memorized (or at least the jist of them) and a lot of your favorite songs too.  You love dancing and jumping or any sort of playing. 

You are definitely starting to express your independence.  We have many melt downs these days, just like the next toddler.  Mommy is learning patience and discipline all at once.  Again, how did it all happen so fast!!??  I say my share of "do you want to go to time out?" and "Reese, no we don't do that!" but there are SO many more sweet moments that make it all worth it! 

You are also fighting taking your nap many days.  We took away the "night-night" (pacifier) which I think probably had something to do with it.  We're just sticking with the schedule though and hoping you get back on track.  I couldn't believe how easily you got rid of that thing though.  It must have definitely been time.  One day your paci in the car had a hole and you told me it was broken and we needed to throw it away, so we did and there was no turning back.  We kept your nighttime one so we could take it on vacation a few weeks later.  After we got home, same thing, it ended up being broken and tossed as well.  I can not believe how much it changed your behavior getting rid of it.  For so long before, it felt like it just made you whinier!  Anytime any thing happened, you got hurt, or just felt like whining, you would cry for your paci.  Even if we were at a play date with friends and it just drove me crazy.  Once we got rid of it, that all stopped, it was amazing!

You go to school one day a week this year and are just loving it.  Its so fun to see you in that environment and see you learning so much.  You also go to church with me still on Thursday mornings and are loving that this year.

I can't describe how much of a joy you are love bug.  I'm constantly reminded how incredibly vast God's love must be for me if he loves us one ounce of how much I love you.  I mean there is just nothing sweeter on this earth than your hugs or your precious face.  I am so so thankful that he blessed mommy and daddy with you!

Fifteen Months

Whoo!  I am really really behind.  Thankfully I wrote this post back around 15 months but never posted since I was waiting to upload pictures.  But I'm going to go ahead and get this posted now along w/ a 2 year update!

All I can say is big, big girl!  Its amazing to think about the difference between now and your first birthday!  You have grown and changed and learned so much.  You are now running through the house, saying about 7-10 words, and imitating so mank things we do.

It is so amazing to watch you learn and pick up new things out of no where.  You will imitate something I do and I think to myself, do I do that?  Its crazy how much you pick up on.  Its also pretty fun to watch you starting to play "pretend" with some things.

You love blowing kisses, giving kisses, waving hi (when you are not being shy), pointing out (and saying a couple) body parts when we ask you where they are, dancing, "jumping," banging (anything when asked), shaking, saying hi and "talking" on you play phone, shaking your head no, getting buster treats, etc. etc. etc.  You love playing pretend with so many things.  You'll walk around "feeding" buster, me, stuffed animals with a bowl and spoon.  You are in love with any stuffed animals and blankets and will carry them all around the house.  Its amazing to me now how much you understand.  You understand so many things I say now and will do a lot of things when I ask you, like 'grab your bear,' 'brush your teeth,' 'where is buster?,' 'time to go bye bye,' 'did you go potty?'  Its fun to be really communicating with you these days!

You are just our favorite girl in the world!  You are such a joy miss Reese.  I can't describe how fun it is to watch you learn new things and just play with you and hear your sweet little giggle.  My heart literally feels like it might burst when I look at you, peanut.

Your 15 mo apt you weighed 20 lbs 1 oz, up to the 11th percentile, whoo hoo!  You are working on getting your molars and I've seen at least one of them is almost in.  Luckily this hasn't disrupted your sleep though!  You just wanted to be held by mommy a lot more than normal.  You are sleeping amazing.  Seriously we put you in bed and you don't make a peep at naptime or bed time.  You switched to one nap a few weeks ago because you were rarely taking both naps and it has been awesome.  Some days you'll only do an hour and 15, but most days so far its been about 2 hours.  Hopefully this will stay and get even longer maybe once you get used to the schedule!  You are eating great lately and seem to want to eat all day long.  Some favorites are broccoli, bananas, pears, cheese cheese cheese, sausage/hamburger, beans, eggs, breads, etc.