It's hard to believe our little girl is going to be two the next time the seasons change. I'm am amazed at how quickly she is growing up.
Along with growing up, it feels like her personality is becoming more defined. Overall she is a funny, joy-filled, and go-with-the-flow little girl. She has the best smile. That said, she also definitely knows her own mind and do what she wants to do quite independently. She will let you know if she's not happy about something.
Her vocabulary continues to explode. There is no way to list all the words she is saying, but two word phrases are becoming commonplace. Lots of descriptions -"big dog", "high plane", etc. She calls her brother by his nickname now and will always ask for him when she wakes up. She narrates her day "milk" (so that I will nurse her when she wakes up), "down" (off the bed), "knock" (so we will open the door), "brush" (her teeth), etc.
She has (adorably) started singing. I am so excited for her music classes that start next week, I think she will LOVE them. Her current favourite songs are The Wheels on the Bus (the babies on the bus go "milk, milk, milk") and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (she will finish each sentence) and Let It Go ("ice!" "dance!")
Speaking of dancing. Oh my goodness. This girl loves to dance. It is so fun to watch. She is pretty agile for a toddler. Don't get me wrong, there is no grace, but her moves definitely have some skill --spinning on one foot, somersaults, etc. In fact, I'd have to say she is pretty agile overall. She runs and jumps and climbs and slides and hangs off monkey bars and all sorts of things. She is, however, the absolutely s l o w e s t stair climber in the universe. We live in a three-story walk up. It is painful. (More often than not I end up carrying her up the stairs because I just can't wait 45+ minutes for her to make her way up on her own.) And though she is agile, she really does not enjoy play that is too rough (she freaks out when turned upside down, for example) and is quite cautious in her play (going down the slide on her tummy, for example). This week she starts swimming lessons. I hope she enjoys them, but anticipate going under the water to be where she protests.
She is a sweet, sweet child. She loves her babies and stuffed animals. She also loves cuddles and doting on others. She'll brush your hair, wash her brother's back in the bathtub, etc. Her hugs are full -contact and just the best.
I know I've said this before, but given the chance she would listen to you read books all day. She still loves Each Peach Pear Plum and also has been enjoying Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin (which I think we forgot at Grandma and Grandpa's house --poor Sprout!).
I've been trying to do some art with the kids, and Sprout really seems to be enjoying it. She covers papers in big crayon circles. She also likes playdoh and painting.
Food is about the same. She did eat some strawberries last week, which was a first (she never liked them before) and also has started eating vanilla yogurt. Not sure why the change, but I'll take it! She's been pushing her food away and saying "done" before she's really done lately, but I think she's cutting a tooth, so that could explain it.
Sleep is also about the same. We did have one or two 6am wake-ups this month. It was heavenly.
She's moving into 24m/2T clothing and size 6 (6!) shoes. Though I know this is pretty average, she seems big to me, given her brother's stature.
I think that pretty much sums it up for the month. The next month is going to bring some big changes for our family (more on that to follow) so I hope she is able to maintain her go-with-the-flow happy disposition. She is such a sweetheart.