I know you know everything that has been going on since Thanksgiving, so I know you understand why it has taken 12 days to get this posted. In honor of the season, I will give you 12 observations from November.
12. Language continues to explode and it is become more clear. Now, other people can understand what you are saying.
11. Potty training is in full swing. You ask regularly to “go”, but generally you just want to wash your hands. Who knew hand washing would be the BEST THING EVER?
10. Related to the hand washing, you have a new found obsession with washing dishes. The problem is that you also love to dump the water on the floor. So, we pull up a chair to the sink, give you about an inch of water to “wash” your cups and bowls, take off your shirt (so you have something dry to wear when you are finished) and you wash away.
9. Big news for the month is that you are sleeping in a big girl bed! It was surprisingly easy for you to transition into the new bed and even more shocking, you are not wandering around your room since you also have new found freedom. You still go to bed, and play with your toys in bed, adn sleep. You may never know how much I love how easily you go to bed. I do hope this stays true for many years to come.
8. You have a turtle toy that shines various colored stars onto the wall and ceiling. This month it is a required part of the bed time routine. You will go between the colors until you finally decide on the blue stars.
7. Going along with language, we are beginning to communicate in a real way. you understand most of what we say (although you don’t always listen). Sarcasm is still lost though. One night, you were whining about something. I asked you if you wanted some cheese with your wine and you said yes, then went to the fridge to get some.
6. You were able to participate in Thanksgiving this year. Although since you are so very picky and won’t try new foods, the only thing you tried and liked was the cranberry sauce. For the whole weekend, you dipped everything in Cranberries.
5. A new found talent is being able to pull on your own pants. Depending on the pair of pants, you can usually get them all the way up (sometimes you need help getting over your diaper). There are other times you pull them up to your chest.
4. The bad part of this month was the biting. You have become “the biter” in your class, having bitten 4 times in ONE day. Thankfully this is getting better, but if you could work harder on that, I would appreciate it. No biting.
3. There has been a lot of practice of the “terrible twos” this month. Consequently, there has been a lot of time in time out this month. You now understand it and are doing better at understanding consequences. We will see how long this lasts.
2. We have been calling you “Bean” less and less frequently, but you have been saying your name – sort of. Your name is Elizabeth and you say “Biff”. Kind of close, right?
1. Fun game has been “stop and go”. You will run around the table or in any circle, then we will say “stop”, eventually you stop, and touch your toes, or do whatever we ask, then we say “go” and the running continues. We have loved this game after dinner and before bed for a while.
Daddy and I love you more than anything and can’t wait to see what happens next. This two-year-old thing may be hard, but it is also endlessly amusing.