We have been so busy this week that I have not taken out the camera once. But I was happy to see these surprise pictures that Marc took the other night while I wasn't home...
(that's a rat stuffed animal on the chair with her - her new favorite buddy)
Apparently, once you have a 2 year old, you become really bad at posting updates. Time has just been flying by lately and we are seeing sooooo many changes in Poppy.
Speech - she has always been pretty delayed in her speech. I was actually just going to call the county to have her speech re-evaluated next month, but suddenly we are seeing huge improvements! She definitely has her core words that she likes to stick to, like whenever she puts baby doll in her stroller and walks away saying bye-bye to us and we ask her where she is going, she will ALWAYS says "Uma, Upa!" and now she says "Uma, Upa home." I think she really just feels comfortable saying Uma and Upa. Usually when we ask her to say a new word she will just walk away, or put her head down and try to get out of having to try. But lately she is actually trying and half of the time we can understand what she is saying! Oh, her new favorite word is "juicy", everything is juicy. The other day at dinner I asked her if she wanted some chicken. "No mama, no chicken. JUICY CHICKEN! Juicy." And all apples are juicy apples.
She is a creature of habit. She absolutely needs a routine (just like her mama). Every single morning, she wakes up at the same time, snuggles in our bed for a bit and then needs her little cup of dry cereal and cup of milk while she sits on the couch and watches Ariel. Have I ever mentioned how many times she has watched The Little Mermaid? Well, she actually only watches about 15 minutes at a time, but seriously, she can just watch it over and over again. And one time I tried to put a different disney movie on and all hell broke loose. "No mama, no-no! ARIEL!!! No dis! No dis!" The newest part to her little routine is on days when I don't take her to daycare, she has to hold my lunch and walk me out to my car before work.
Favorite book right now is The Napping House. Obsessed.
This girl can eat. And she like to take her sweet time eating - always the first one to sit down and start eating, and always the last one at the table. We were out for dinner last week and I ordered the children's spaghetti for her. Out comes this massive adult sized bowl of spaghetti. Her eyes got real big, she pulled her chair up as close as possible to the table and dug in. And she did not stop eating until every last scrap of spaghetti was in her belly. Even the waitress was shocked.
She's a bit of a neat freak (I have no idea where she would have gotten that from). Lately I've been noticing that we usually don't even need to ask her to help clean up. She loves to sing her "clean up" song to herself as she puts books away, puts blocks back in the block bin, all of her Melissa & Doug toys back in their containers, etc. Love this girl.
We just finished our first week of having her sleep in her big girl undies. Success! My first week back to work she was having quite a few accidents, especially at naptime, but now that we are back into the swing of things, I would say she is done with potty training! One of the biggest pains about having her potty trained is that she loves to check out new bathrooms, especially when we are out shopping. Usually I can tell when she really has to go and we try to avoid public restrooms, but you also don't want to have an accident when you're in the middle of the mall. Well yesterday we were out shopping and she declared that she had to go poo-poo. I knew that she didn't really have to go, so I told her that she would have to hold it until we got home. So she took both of her hands and literally held her butt. When I saw what she was doing, I said no, you don't hold your butt. So she let go and started saying poo-poo! poo-poo! So I said hold it, and again she held her butt. This went back and forth with the butt holding and all of the store clerks were giggling and when we finally got home, guess who did not need to go poo-poo or even pee-pee. My little faker.
So many silly little things she is doing lately, I really do need to get better about writing it all down.