Today Sprout is twenty months old!
The past few weeks, whenever people have asked me Sprout's age (as parents in parks seem to do) I've had to think for a minute. I can't quite seem to wrap my head around the fact that she now twenty months old. Well on her way to two. While she'll always be our baby, her baby days are coming to an end. That's a bit hard for this Mama to believe.
Sprout continues to be her sweet, stubborn, silly self.
-Words. She says many. As I mentioned before, it's not the easiest to understand all these words, but if you're clued in to the way she says things (without s's for example) you'll pick up on them. She tends to stick to one word phrases, but is occasionally putting two words together. The longest string I've heard her say is "each peach pear plum" (or rather "pum" but we know what she means) --the title of a favourite book.
-She LOVES books. While she has always enjoyed bringing us book after book to read, she hasn't always sat to listen to them in their entirety. That's changing. She still won't listen to all The Bean's stories, but an age appropriate board book (or twenty) will hold her attention to the end. The Zoe books continue to be favourites. She's also been enjoying the very simple photo/word books where she now points and says what the photos are of.
-Aside from books, her great love is her babies. Jean Luc, The Bean's baby, in particular. Fortunately he doesn't seem to have any issues with her adopting him as her own. She also likes stuffed animals. The past few days she has taken to nursing almost any baby/animal that she is toting along with her.
-Speaking of nursing, though she has really only been nursing around sleep times for quite some time now, she is asking to nurse A LOT. Almost always when she's fallen or been bumped. Often at other times too. I will concede occasionally, but more usually just tell her, no, milk is for when she is going to sleep and offer her a sippy cup with milk or other distraction instead. I'm not sure what the story is exactly, if it's an attachment thing, something she's going through developmentally... I just don't know. She gets lots of cuddles and kisses and reassurances, so hopefully that fulfills whatever she is looking for when she asks to nurse because I cannot handle being 24 hour diner or the on-off-on-off thing.
-Sleeping in the kids' room is going well. I nurse her as an end to the bedtime routine and then put her in her crib. Sometimes she is already asleep, but usually she'll cry or more recently just talk and roll around for a very short time and then go to sleep. Sometimes she and The Bean talk to each other. Often he comes out to tattle on her for standing/jumping in her crib, but when we send him back into the bedroom, we can her him egging her on. This girl and her brother. They're quite the pair.
-She has really started mimicking behaviours. Her brother's in particular. She ought to have a shirt that reads "monkey see, monkey do" because really, whatever it is he is up to, she thinks she should also give it a go. Most of the time it is quite amusing.
-She loves being outside and has really become quite adept at navigating the playground equipment --climbing ladders and slides, wanting to do monkey bars (with help) and slide down poles (ditto). She loves being pushed super high in the swings. Of course, water play is still a big hit and I'm sure we'll try to make it to several more splash pads before they shut them down for the season and we have signed her up for swimming lessons which begin in a few weeks. I imagine we'll spend a lot of time dancing and creating obstacle courses out of our living room furniture this winter.
-She is friendly, but reserved. When we come out of the bedroom in the morning she gives Jen and The Bean a big "HELLO!" She's also picked up on The Bean's habit of greeting our neighbours from the as they make their way to the subway in the morning. She sticks pretty close to me in unfamiliar situations. Even when she wakes up from a nap she'll often want to snuggle or sometimes will request "back" which means she wants me to wrap her on my back.
-We continue to keep the potty as an option, though she is almost always in diapers. She does want to sit on it often, but if we let her go diaper-free for any extended period we end up cleaning up puddles while she exclaims "pee!" in surprise. She has shown more awareness around BMs and will tell us "poo" before she goes. She has no interest in sitting on the potty to poo.
-Much to my chagrin, she can be quite particular about her wardrobe choices. Her favourites right now are her (Mickey) "Mouse" shirt, which she insists on wearing with her mouse socks, of course. And an Elmo shirt of The Bean's which is at least two sizes too big, but she loves. (Oh, and his Batman pajamas, which I am pretty sure she wears more often than he does.)
-In addition to loving Mickey Mouse (who she has never seen on television) and Elmo (who she has) she also really likes fish, bunnies and horses and will point them out in books, etc.
-No big changes on the food front. She isn't a particularly adventurous eater, but she eats fairly well. I'd like it if we could add a few new things to her diet, so we'll keep offering them and see where that takes us.
-The final thing that I can think of to mention is that she has started singing. The Itsy Bitsy Spider is her "best" song, but there are definitely others that she's trying. Twinkle Twinkle comes to mind. The ABCs. --She also recognizes letters and will go "a a a a... Mama!" almost, but not quite managing to copy The Bean spelling "m a m a... Mama!"
She's a funny one, this Sprout. She certainly makes us both laugh and shake our heads at some of her antics. Of course, we wouldn't have it any other way.