I need to record some things because my little girl is growing up way too fast! I used to do these every month and since this blog is to record our lives together I know they are important so I am bringing them back! It’s so hard to see her growing up so quickly. She isn’t the sweet, little baby I met at 19 months. Well, she’s still very, very sweet but she is big and opinionated and strong-willed. She’s curious and independent and hilarious. I need to write down more of what she says but here are some things that she has said and done lately.
Vocabulary I am amazed at her vocabulary, especially since she was nearly two when she came home. Nearly every day she says new words. It’s so funny to me because when I first brought her home I taught her everything (hat, baby, milk, doggie, etc.) but now she is learning so much at school. She has her own way of saying some words, too though, that I must get down:
Why? She asks why all the time. I guess it’s the age but it is every day and interestingly enough it happens most often when we are reading stories. She stops me on every page to ask me a question about the text or the illustrations and her questions sometimes stump me and are often hilarious!
She is Ms. Independent. She insists on trying things and doing things by herself and is always proving to me that she can do something when I express doubt that she can. Just like she scared me when she learned how to dismantle the child safety locks, it now scares me that she knows how to unlock the front door. I got a chain installed.(talking to the neighbors in the hallway)
Loves dancing music singing jumping running trying to balance on one foot riding her bike Hide ‘n Seek her bedtime friends (Hippo, Ella, Doggie, Teddy Bear, Pink Baby, HaddinaCat & Black Baby) Neigh dogs (well all animals really! She loves dogs and cats especially but she also likes to run and pet all the stray animals in the neighborhood! Scary!)
(Look! I have a ring!)
nail polish wearing dresses! (if I put her in something else she always says with a pout, ‘I not have a dress!! Why?’) coloring & drawing & cutting & writing me notes watching cartoons
and reading books (current faves: A Mother for Choko, Clifford books, The Snowy Day, Hairy McClary books and all books by Julia Donaldson who my British colleague turned me on to)
She is super strong. It’s strange how strong she is. I have to seriously block myself when we are rough-housing cause I am seriously afraid that she will knock out a tooth or break a bone (mine). I can predict when one of her arms or legs will come flying but I worry about her fragile, unsuspecting friends. I need to put her in ballet or martial arts or some sport that teaches self-control and grace.
She is learning about days of the week and time in class and she uses this new knowledge in our conversations correctly sometimes but often she’s all mixed up! Her favorite is ‘next weekend’. She says things like, “I went to school next weekend” or “I was two next weekend.” They are also teaching the life cycle so she is talking about death a lot. I wish they hadn’t taught this to her so young! I don’t like having to explain to her about death, but it’s a fact of life so why not now you could say but to me it just feels too soon to strip away her innocence about life. Sigh. Do they have to grow up and learn all the harsh realities about the world? I just want to protect her!