Wednesday, July 17, 2013

24 Months

Josie is two! Here's a snapshot of Josie at two years old:

Stats: 35" tall, ~30lbs (down to the 90th percentile now for both)

  • peanuts
  • popsicles
  • lemons
  • corn on the cob (with butter that she'll lick off first)
  • cuddling
  • reading
  • picking at our moles (...ugh)
  • coloring
  • pretending to make and feed us "soup"
  • storytime (complete with dancing and singing)
  • yelling gibberish
  • making things "sleep"
  • water (drinking it, playing in it, bathing in it, whatever)
  • shrimp
  • berries
  • sharing (at least with the kids at daycare)
  • being told no (unless we're joking, then it's back to being hilarious)
  • cooked tomatoes
  • her food falling on the floor and us not immediately picking it up for her (she gets fixated and pretty upset about this)
  • dirty hands/feet
Note her dislike list is a bit shorter than her love list - generally, Josie is a happy, funny kid who does occasionally ridiculous things, and sometimes throws a (usually not too impressive) tantrum. 

We had a party the weekend before her birthday, where Josie got all sorts of fun toys and ran around acting silly with family. Her favorites so far seem to be a phone, boat, and drill set. Instead of a cake this year, I made chipwiches for everyone, so this also was one of the few times where we've given her refined sugar. This also served as a good reminder for why we try to avoid that, as Josie got pretty wound up and didn't go to sleep until almost 10pm (about 1.5 hours later than normal), and we all had a rough night, with Ryan and I having troubles falling asleep, and then Josie and I waking up repeatedly throughout the night. The chipwiches were delicious, but we won't be doing that again anytime soon.
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Speaking of food, Josie is getting much better at feeding herself with a spoon (which is so nice that we can actually eat breakfast together now, rather than me feeding her as my own food gets cold), although she's still not that great with a fork. She has also thrown a few tantrums while eating out now (earning her a quick trip outside to calm down again), and went several days without eating much of anything for dinner. We switched to feeding her in courses (vegetables, then meat, then cheese and fruit), switching to the next course as soon as she indicated she was all done, as long as she at least tried everything on her plate, which has helped a lot.

She knows her numbers up to 10 now - she counts stairs and other repetitive things, and can fairly reliably count to 6 at least. She is also learning to associate things with people more, with recognizing "daddy's hat" and calling one of the green trays Ryan always uses "daddy" (close enough!). Pretty much the day she turned two, she also switched to calling me "mommy" more than "mama" - I guess it's because she's a big girl now ;) She knows most of the names of the kids at daycare, and she's getting better with her cousins' names too. She also likes to repeat "holy cow!" after me :)

For the most part, Josie is still mainly just repeating what we ask her to say, or the last word of things we say to her. I think she's just a touch behind in some of her language skills, since she does occasionally use multi-word phrases, but not that often yet. And although she has lots of gibberish to say and will use non-verbal methods to let us know when she wants something, she's not initiating too much conversation quite yet or asking for things using actual words. That said, she did tell me the other day that her water was "dirty" (she had just backwashed yet again), and when I told her it was ok and she could drink it anyway, she said "soap?", which then prompted a pretty funny conversation about why we couldn't put soap in her water, and her insisting on it anyway :)

Her imaginative play has also become more prominent in the last month. She has a toy kitchen that she loves to make us food from, and pour us water to drink. She has also started shutting us out of the play room so she can run around and yell about forks and spoons, and then yell hi to us as we stare at her incredulously. Josie also is far more interested in cars now, and is able to recognize my car and Ryan's, and she likes to climb into her car seat on her own, or climb into the front seat and turn on the turn signals or windshield wipers, and push all the buttons that are in reach.

Miscellaneous cuteness:
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