Amelia is already 4 days into being 23 months old, but I'm in denial that she turns 2 years old in less than a month!
At 22 months old, Amelia is:
- a sweet-natured girl who is becoming more decisive in her opinions.
- learning new words every day. 'Mine' seems to be a favourite, which can mean 'I'll do it', 'I want it' or 'leave it alone'.
- starting to speak two word sentences. 'Dog. Big dog'.
- an adorable little mother to her baby. She'll rock her, kiss her, tuck her into bed, sing, change her nappy, feed baby, wrap her up. It is so sweet! Baby often comes with us wherever we go and she will help baby do all sorts of things. After seeing penguins at the zoo with Mike the other week, Milly came home and pushed baby in her pram up to the toy penguins she owns, pointing them out to her baby. Seriously, stinkin' adorable!
- so observant. The amount of things we've noticed her doing or copying, after only seeing us do it once, is stunning. So interested in what we are doing, particularly in the kitchen.
- desperately in need of a haircut. It will be only her second ever, but the long wispy lengths at the back seem to already be longer than before they were first cut only 2 months ago.
- frequently sporting a dirty face. She doesn't like getting dirty or having dirty hands - and 'Mess. Mess' she will happily point out - but doesn't seem to notice the food remnants on her face.
- hates touching sand. Put her down in the sand at the beach and meltdown will ensure. I think it's the texture that has her so upset.
- garbage trucks. Friday mornings might just be the highlight of her week, with an shout of 'Tuck! Tuck!' so excited she is anxious when she hears it coming up the street.
- giving hugs and kisses. For us, her stuffed animals, characters in books and family on the phone. Seeing her reach out and hug a book is the sweetest thing.
- 'doggies!' They tend to be best enjoyed from a distance - she gets a little anxious if they come too close - but she loves spotting them.
- watching dog and monkey videos on Youtube.
- The Wiggles. If she is particularly upset she'll often ask to watch them as she knows it calms her down.
- dancing. She is starting to follow the dance moves on The Wiggles now, but most any upbeat tune has her dancing away.
- making throwing up noises. She finds it so amusing!
- handbags. It would be so rare that we leave the house without her carrying a bag of her own. Amelia has a small collection now, from little pink and sparkly to a backpack she fills so heavy she can barely lift it. Anything with a handle can conceivably become a bag though. They'll move from room to room, filled with all manner of her things.
- chocolate. Originally 'choc, choc', I think 'chocolate' just may have been her first three syllable word. She's definitely my kid.
- helping. Anything to do with clothes washing is a particular favourite of hers, but thank her for helping you with something and she lights up. She'll often bring us our phone if she sees them lying around; once I mentioned not knowing where mine was and she went into my bedroom and unplugged it from the charger to bring to me. This evening I took her water bottle to the dinner table, so went and got mine to do the same. She has the best heart!
- taking her clothes and nappy off. Toilet training is something we're started to very vaguely introduce (need to get serious soon because we think she might be ready) and isn't helping, but she'll regularly take off her clothes and go help herself to something different from the clothes basket or her dresser.
- role playing. Playing Mum, doctor, cooking in her kitchen, serving tea.
- will reliably eat chicken, rice, sushi, chips, scrambled eggs, cheese or peanut butter sandwiches, sausage rolls and plain pasta. Everything else seems to rely on a mysterious combination of factors being in alignment. Sauce, tomato and BBQ together on her plate for 'dip, dip', makes everything more palatable though.
- will eat fried rice by picking the 'yuck' items, anything not rice and particularly those resembling vegetables, off her fork.
- wakes up in the morning, generally at an acceptable 6:30-7am, (I'm still getting over yesterday's 5am start!) takes off her sleepsuit and calls out 'cereal!' She often steals some of our toast and has started sometimes requesting that instead in the last couple weeks.
- likes to snack on cheese cubes, cashews and sultanas.
- says 'yummy, yummy' when she is hungry.
- favourite colour is purple. She isn't so certain what purple actually looks like, but that doesn't seem to matter. Putting on her shoes the other day, I made the mistake of mentioning we should buy purple runners next time. Drama ensued as now she only wanted to wear purple shoes, regardless of the fact we don't own any.
- wearing size 0 generally, although there are still a few 000 pieces in rotation. The length would normally be too short (in body, sleeve and legs) but perfect in the waist.
- now forward facing in the car seat. We swapped her around in December and she loves looking out the window.
- having one nap a day, just after lunch of about 90 minutes. If it's less than 60 minutes you'll have some crankiness to deal with when she gets up.
- the queen of procrastinating at bedtime. We took away her dummys a few months ago and our little girl, who you could put down in her cot and walk away from as she'd snuggle down to sleep, now wants more books, a pouch to eat, to put her baby to bed, to come back to the lounge room, more rocking as I sing 'rock-a-bye-baby'... This is all after we have her in the cot. No dummys was the right decision - she was beginning to wake up more and more during the night as she was chomping all her dummys flat, they stopped making that type and the replacements we bought were spat right back out, and she now sleeps though consistently - but gosh I miss the pre-bedtime battle days.
- tucked in with her stuffed giraffe, bunny and two blankets every sleep, regardless of the heat. Not our choice, but she likes to feel the 'rugs' in her hands right up by her chin.
- so in love with this kid. The person she is and personality we see develop makes me so proud.
- wishing I had written more of these posts. It feels like they take me forever to write, but that's largely because I have such a hard time stopping once I've begun. There always seems to be one thing more I want to share about this little person.
- so in desperate need of tidying my desk and office/scrapbooking room. To give you a hint of the current shame, apart from the piles upon piles, I'm staring at 5 different water glasses clustered together in front of me. 5!