Friday, June 14, 2013

23 Months

Tall for age--at least in the 90th or 95th percentile.

Still babbling all the time--but there's sprinklings of actual English in there now. Mostly nouns, but a few other types of words and some short phrases. Some of her vocabulary includes:

  • Where is it? (or) Where is the ________? 
  • There it is! 
  • Wake up 
  • Bubbles 
  • Car 
  • Keys
  • Baby 
  • Outside 
  • Go/go away/Go outside
  • Movie (moo fee) 
  • Cup 
  • Candy 
  • Cake
  • Cookie
  • Pizza (peecha peecha peecha peecha) 
  • Ice cream 
  • Banana 
  • Remote
  • Elmo 
  • Dad
  • Mom
  • Emma (Emomom) 
  • Ball 
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Chair 
  • No/oh no/oh
  • Wow
  • Fly
  • Bug
  • Yes/yeah (yam) 
  • Mine 
  • Another song 
  • Again 
  • Eggs 
  • Spoon 
  • Shoes 
  • Buzz & Woody 
  • Meow 
  • Money
  • Call 
And somehow, between these words, lots of babbling/whining/pantomiming--She gets her point across. 

She is an expert with a fork and spoon. She loves to eat all sorts of food. She's only said 'ewww' about cantaloupe and tabasco sauce. Willow has been ok with the carseat since we've arrived in the US. Any time longer than an hour and she starts to fuss--so some of the longer car trips we've taken have been stressful for me. But she enjoys watching movies on my mom's minivan tv and that usually distracts her from being confined by a 5-point harness. She walks around with car keys and begs people to take her for car rides. 

She misses her dad and can sometimes be tempted to talk to him on skype. She's just so busy it's hard for her to focus on skype for longer than a few minutes. She talks about him a lot, thinks about him often, and points at pictures of him exclaiming, "My daddy!"  Only 2.5 more weeks before we get to see him again! 

She has been very flexible since we've arrived in America. Finally back on 'schedule', as normal as it can be here. Still taking afternoon naps--which I am so thankful for. Between jet lag, reconnecting with family, visiting with many 'strangers', and road trips--she's been great. She's also been extra naughty on the temper tantrum end of things--developing the army crawl where she drags herself across the floor while screaming when she doesn't get her way. Willow sort of understands the concept of my pregnancy. She knows there is a baby inside mommy--but to what extent this fact impacts her life is lost on her. She doesn't understand the concept of time, or that her brother will be here in around 50 days. She doesn't understand what a sibling relationship is, or how to treat a newborn. It will be an interesting August to say the least! 

What an eventful month it has been! She is definitely maturing into a two year old--I can hardly believe that in a few weeks she will celebrate her second birthday! 

One cool thing about being here without Adam is that Willow and I are co-sleeping. We haven't done this since she was an itty baby. We have become much closer in the last few weeks, and I have enjoyed that aspect of our time away from Adam. I'm used to playing second fiddle next to the all-star dad, so it's nice to be appreciated by Willow. 

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