Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lilly Anne: 23 Months

WHAT?!  Only one more month until you are officially a two-year-old.  I cannot even handle that idea.  Your bestie, Jed, is already two.  It just blows my mind.  In so many ways you are still my baby, even with another baby in the house.  You still need lots of mommy cuddles, particularly while reading (Berenstein Bears, Winnie the Pooh, or Curious George), sucking your thumb, and twirling my hair.  You are also starting to love movies with Daddy on weekend mornings for some chill time--Finding Nemo and Little Mermaid for their sharks, and recently, Frozen (or Ah-chee for Anna and Elsa).  Naps and early bedtime are still going strong, and it is so obvious when you are tired: first the clingy, then the crazy manic phase.
In other ways, you are becoming such a kid.  We have started a few new activities and play-dates, and I love watching you interact with your friends and with older kids.  You are getting so much braver physically (good and bad), and you're learning songs and routines from these new activities.  Your language is crazy, and you just started mastering two- and three-word sentences.  My favorite is "mama (or daddy) hold me."  Most of your sentences are commands, which shouldn't be surprising, since your bossiness has been an integral part of your personality for a while now.  You also love to narrate what you are doing.  You remember new words and names very quickly now, and can repeat them back days or even weeks later, when I would have assumed you had forgotten about them.
In your second month of being a big sister, you have really started to love on Madeline.  Occasionally if you are tired and need some mommy time, you want her to "move," but mostly you give her hugs and kisses, want to "hold" her, and try to share your toys with her.  It is the sweetest to watch; she is obviously enamored with you as well and I can't wait to see your friendship develop.
I can't wait to celebrate your birthday next month!!

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