Taking her friends Elmo and Cookie Monster for a ride... (at the Strong Museum of Play)
Stop the clock. I'm about to have a 2 year old, and that just can't be possible. About once a week I look at her hair and wonder why it has not grown a millimeter since she has been home, but suddenly I am relieved that it hasn't grown because I think it keeps her looking like a little baby. My little baby. Here's what my little baby has been up to this month...
Basically go back and read last month's update, and this month has been the exact opposite. I can't remember the last time she had a temper tantrum. She's just full of love and hugs and kisses. Whenever I randomly say, "Poppy, I love you.", she runs up to me and gives me a kiss and a big squeeze around my neck and pats my back. Melts my heart each time. And lately when she is sitting on my lap reading books or watching Elmo on tv, she'll stop and look up at me and say "awwwwww mama!" and give me a big squeeze. Love this girl.
3 things that she simply cannot live without right now:
Books. Maybe she'll end up being a librarian like her mama. She has to read first thing when we wake up and then stops what she's doing all day long and does the sign for book and says "Booooo! Booooooo!". Thank God for the public library (and for the fact that I work in a school library). The piles of books in this house continue to grow at a rapid rate. But ever since we started our new bedtime routine, she has become obsessed with one book in particular, Time For Bed by Mem Fox. This is the only book she wants us to read to her at bedtime. And we end up reading it over and over and over. Her little chin starts to quiver when we get to the last page because she knows that it's going to be over soon (hence we read it over and over and over). I bet I've read this book at least 100 times over the past 2 weeks.
Elmo's World. We went through a rough patch with diaper changes a few weeks ago, where she started kicking and screaming and basically it just got ugly. So we bribed her by letting her watch Elmo while we changed her diaper (which was basically the only time she watched tv). Well within a few days, she started telling us all day long that she had poo-poo. And she would go as far as taking out her own changing pad and diaper and then do a somersault onto the changing pad and lay there saying "ELMO! ELMO!" until we put her furry friend on the tv. I'm telling you, she's a smart little girl. Now she gets to watch Elmo's World about once a day and no longer fights us on the diaper changes.
Her pink car. It was given to us by a friend from my school and this thing is awesome. Everytime we pull into the driveway, she points to the backyard (where her pink car is parked) and starts pretending to "drive a car". She buckles herself up and either Marc or myself use the handle to steer. She could drive in this thing all day long. And Lola loves being her companion as they tour the neighborhood.
As usual, I can't remember most of what I wanted to post. We're leaving in a few days for our first vacation as a family of 3, so my head is spinning with lists of things to pack and do before we leave. I'll update this post as I remember any other fun facts about my baby. But if you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'm busy basking in the sun and relaxing on the beach with my little family!