Weight: 28 lbs
Clothing size: 2T
Shoe size: 6-7
Weight: 28 lbs
Clothing size: 2T
Shoe size: 6-7
Number of teeth: 16…with possibly a molar on the way!
Can you please explain to me how in a month from now you’re going to be TWO years old?? I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that you went from being a tiny little newborn to a full-blown person so quickly…but amazingly, I’m not sad about this 2-year milestone. Yet 🙂 More than anything, I’m just excited to watch you continue to grow, and learn, and bloom. Every day brings something new, which makes being your mom a pretty fantastic job.
Here’s what you’ve been up to this month…
You’ve added some new songs to your repertoire: Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle, If You’re Happy & You Know It, The Hokey Pokey, ABC’s, and Nah Nah Hey Hey (thanks to your father!) My favorite is when we’re singing IYHAYKI (how do you like that acronym?!) and you run out of actions–because then you start making up your own. “If you’re happy and you know it….hmmm…have piggy tails!” Whatever works, right?!
We’ve officially entered the stage of “one more time”. What you don’t understand is that it’s only supposed to work once 😉
Another new stage–toddler OCD. This is new within the past week, but I can already tell it’s going to be interesting. For instance, when we finished reading yesterday before your nap, I turned off the light and then turned on the white noise. You started wailing and I had no idea why. When I finally got you to talk, I realized you wanted the white noise on fist…then the light off second. When I did it that way you snuggled down into my arms like “okay, thanks Mom”. Ohhhh wow.
When asked what your last name is, you say “Calcara…C-A-L…” Apparently you hear me spelling it on the phone a lot. Ha!
Your vocab never ceases to amaze me. This month I feel like we’ve really started to carry on two-way conversations, which is awesome. When I pick you up at the gym, you usually tell me which color slide you went down, if you had any falls, and if you shared with other kids. Although I know by now that if you say you shared–it means you didn’t 😉
You know your ABC’s, your shapes, and can count to 20. Last week you called a diamond a rhombus (thanks to the amazing shape puzzle app). Simply put–you’re kind of strange kid.
We had our first experience with hurt feelings last week. You purposely stepped on my laptop and your dad told you “no”–pretty sternly. I don’t think he’s ever laid down the law quite like that before–and boy, did it upset you. You were okay for a second (maybe it was still sinking in) and then you just cried your little heart out for about 20 minutes. I tried every trick in the book, but nothing could console you…then exhaustion took over and you fell asleep in my arms. It was kind of a sad experience, but an important one I suppose. This world is full of no’s and you’re going to have find that out for yourself. But I’ll always let you fall asleep on me if you want to 🙂
Two cute new phrases this month: “Oh my goodness!” and “Excuse me”.
Something funny you’ve started doing recently is taking your idea and trying to make it seem like ours. For instance, you’ll ask for fruit snacks when we’re out and about. If I say “you want fruit snacks?” You’ll respond with “fruit snacks? Otay.” Makes me laugh every time!
You love living with Gigi & Papa. You ask to go downstairs and find them every morning and after every nap…and if they’re not there you just assume they’re riding their bikes like they do a lot of mornings. I hope you do okay transitioning into your new house with just boring old mom & dad!!!! Good news is that Gigi & Papa won’t be far away!
Speaking of the new house, whenever we go to visit your first request is “see Arden’s room?” Then you walk into all the other rooms and let us know who they belong to. “Guest room, baby’s room, mommy & daddy’s room” I would just love to get in your little head and see if you really understand that that’s where you’ll be living soon!
Last story 🙂 When in Iowa for the 4th of July, we were watching fireworks out at the farm and all the cousins were decked out in glowstick necklaces and bracelets. Even your cousins’ dog, Milton, had a necklace on so he could be easily spotted in the dark. Well a week later we asked if you wanted to do some fireworks that we had left over. Your response? “And see Milton in a necklace?!?” Oh the things that you remember!!!
This next month is going to be a big one, kiddo. We’ll be settling into our new house, you start new activities (including Mother’s Day Out), and you turn two!!! I really can’t wait for all of the fun we have ahead 🙂
Love you lots,
Desiree Macke says
I've said it a million times (and about every age/stage), but this one is seriously the most fun. So much personality!!
We love singing "Jesus Loves Me," too! It kind of makes my heart explode each time we do.
hello erin says
happy 23 months arden! and i'm totally convinced that girl is going to become a pop star. or country music singer. mark my words.
Leslie Lukens Martin says
Oh…this is so sweet. And seriously, you've got a brilliant little princess…a rhombus? Seriously?? She's going to be a fabulous big sister!
Living Out of Wedlock says
That is hilarious about her OCD! Baby gets what baby wants!
What app do you use to make her month pics?
Vanessa C says
Ali Moore says
Your child is a genius! Love you guys!
The OCD thing is super funny and Drew does the same sorts of things. If he has a book turned sideways, he'll straighten it out to line it up correctly. Derek and I are totally not OCD so it's funny these toddlers have these little tendencies!
Kaylee Bolton says
She is absolutely adorable! What a fun age 🙂
Ashley @ Words About Waverly says
I just love her!!!!!!! Happy almost two!