Two years and two months old - My girl is such a little individual.
yes - she picked out that outfit herself (I actually insisted on the green shirt underneath as it was a bit chilly that morning- at least it kind of matches)… she reminds me of punky brewster or rainbow brite…
She says the cutest things now- when I ask her if she wants something - instead of saying “yes” she says “ummmm - sure!” She loves to play hide and seek and will come up to me and say “I want to play hide and seek” and demand “you count to ten - I hide” - then, if I don’t come looking for her right away she says “where me go mommy?” or “ready or not mommy”. She gets a little confused sometimes and covers HER eyes while she is trying to hide - and she always hides in the exact same place - but she thinks she is hiding if she covers her eyes and can’t see me. She loves to cover things (with a napkin or a blanket - or her clothes) and say “where did it go” - when we get dressed she loves to say “where did my feets go?” and “where did my hands go?” and when her dad once told her - “oh no - we will have to go to the store and buy you new hands” -now she demands - “I need to go buy new hands mommy”. She also likes to play peek a boo and will play by herself in the car - she is so cute when she asks “want to play peek a boo with me mommy?” Her inflection is so funny - she really emphasizes certain words and talks in a sing-songy way (like I tend to do). Sometimes she blows me away with things she says that sound so odd coming out of her little body - like “um - I have an idea” and “that would be great”. She loves to talk on the phone and can actually have real conversations now, she usually asks to call GiGi, Daddy, Bubby or Aunt P.
She really loves to sing - she has a CD of kids music- nursery rhymes - that we have to listen to over and over whenever we are in the car. She knows most of the words to at least 20 different songs. But if I dare try to sing with her she usually screams at me “NO mommy - DON’T sing!” Her little voice is so deep and scratchy and she belts out the words to the songs with so much enthusiasm- but she is always a little off key - I’m afraid she will be the one asked to mouth the words if ever in a singing group.
We have been quite lenient in our “no sugar” policy lately - she is getting almost regular “special treats” of organic cookies, sometimes ice cream, and just recently she has discovered the joys of chocolate (she pronounces it “cock-let”).
Mostly this change is due to the fact that she obeys and listens really well when there is bribery and the promise of a “special treat” if she does or doesn’t do something. And I have been a lazy mama, and I haven’t got the energy to argue or reason with her on why she needs to do something - so bribing her has been the easy way out.
She has also been loving going to the park and playing on the slides, swings, and climbing anything and everything. This is another bribe I use often. Usually when putting her down for a nap, I promise a trip to the park if she goes to sleep good like a big girl for mommy. She has been pretty good lately, so we have been going to the park and I hover under the play structure (wearing her brother in a sling or wrap) while she goes crazy climbing, sliding, running and occasionally demanding “watch me mommy”. She has no fear and she is a pretty tough little cookie - she was running at the park the other day and she tripped and fell down and she immediately picked herself up and looked around at some other kids and said to them “I’m ok” and went running off again.
We have started nannying again for Rocco a couple days a week. I wasn’t sure if I could handle it with Sam now in the picture. But he has been such an easy, mellow baby - I just wear him in a sling or wrap and he sleeps or nurses while I go about my normal day and play with (or mediate the play between) Rocco and Rosie. I think sometimes it is actually more of a break for me as Rosie has so much fun with Rocco - I just can sit back and watch them both entertain each other.
Rosie knows all the colors now - but likes to “quiz” me on them - asking me what color something is and when I answer correctly - she praises me with “good mommy”. She can count to 20 and sometimes goes up to 30 with some help and prodding. She knows most of the letters of the alphabet and can recognize her name when written. She still loves to read and can recite a few books from memory while she is pretending to read on her own. We are starting a parent-child class next week at the local Waldorf School near us. It is only 3 hours a day - one day a week for 6 weeks - but I am excited to start some type of organized activity with her - I have just not had enough energy to do it on my own at home.
We don’t really seem to be making any real progress on the potty learning front and I don’t want to push it. She hates wearing a wet or poopy diaper - so that is a good sign. We have been working on her pulling up and down her pants by herself - she can do it sometimes, but gets frustrated and usually ends up whining “you help me mommy”. She still likes to go sit on the potty, pull off a tiny speck of toilet paper - wipe, flush and wash her hands - but she rarely actually goes on the potty - it is more of a coincidence if it happens. Our latest development is the addition of the “poo-poo presents” by the toilet. I went to the dollar store and got a bunch of little presents and individually wrapped them and put them in the bathroom and when she asked what they were - I casually told her they were poo poo presents and when she went poo-poo on the big potty - she could have one. She was excited initially - but not enough to actually try to get a present in the last couple days - so we will see how that goes…
yeah - parenting by bribery (or incentives) - thats been my motto lately…
She also loves doing yoga with me. She will get down on the living room floor and demand “do yoga with me mommy”- which is good for me cuz it motivates me to get off my butt and actually do it myself. We have a kids yoga book with some yoga adaptations named after animals - and we make up our own variations of poses too. She loves doing the butterfly (cobbler pose) - the froggy (squat) the kitty cat (cat-cow) the monkey (standing forward bend) the boat, cobra, downward dog (she uses me for a slide when I am in downward dog too), a pose we call “tickle your toes” that is basically seated forward bend, the birdie (tree pose), bridge, and savasana. We also do some baby yoga with Sammy - moving his arms and legs and exploring his range of motion - and Rosie makes me do the same movements with her too - bicycling her legs and moving her arms up and down and all around.
She is very good at using her manners - usually remembering to say please, thank you, you’re welcome, and always saying bless you when anyone sneezes (or coughs) and saying excuse me when she burps or farts. She will also call me out (and her dad) if I forget to say excuse me - saying loudly “excuse you mommy!”
She is such a joy to be around (most of the time) - when I see her big green eyes and her mop of curls - my heart just swells with love. She is my new best friend - we hang out and play together and talk and share our feelings and secrets and I am so proud of her and I love her so much! When we lie in bed together some mornings and cuddle and I look down at her body next to me I can’t believe I grew her inside me - She is no longer a baby - she is a child, a kid - with her own personality and ideas and opinions. I made this little person and now I am proud to share her with the world. Wow - parenthood is truly amazing!
*edited to add - Joe just got home from 3 days away on a business trip and he told Rosie when he got home “I got you a present” - Rosie’s mouth dropped open and her eyes got really big and she said “You got me a present? That’s cool daddy! Can I get it?”
I laughed so hard….