The other day I looked at Evie and very seriously told her that she needs to stop growing so quickly. She got a mischievous little grin on her face and said Noooo! She has a habit of dropping her tone and bringing it back up on a high note when a word ends in the oh sound. Twooooo! I’ve been trying to mentally make note of all the things I want to remember about Evie right now, and of course I feel guilty for not having kept a better record over the second year.
This year has flown so incredibly fast and I can’t believe we’re here at two. Evie is still a little tiny peanut–while her height has shot up to the 30%, her weight is around 5%. She might be a bit lower than normal since she also has double ear infections (yay!) and isn’t eating quite as enthusiastically. Though I just checked Elle’s stats for two years and she was at 48% with just three pounds more than Evie has now (I have friends with babies who weigh more than Evie!). Because she’s so small, though, she still feels very much like my baby. I admit I love that.
Evie is a flat out funny child. She has such a spunky spirit to her and loves to smile and laugh and get into all the fun. I love nothing more than hearing Elle and Evie giggling away while they play. She loves to be tickled, though she’s started saying “sop it! sop it!” but then asks for mooooore! if we stop. She loves being chased and her little smile is so devilish–she just looks like she’s up to all the trouble in the world.
She loves playing with Elle but also plays very well independently. Even if it’s just the two of us at home, she’ll go into another room and fully occupy herself. Usually with filling up bags with toys or shopping carts, or bins, or plastic baggies, or Tupperware, but lately she’s also been into stickers. They’re on every surface of my house. I’ve kind of given up tidying them up as I’ll clean up a dozen while two dozen more appear somewhere else. She is a busy child!
Sometimes, though, she is very clingy. A lot of times this comes during dinner prep where she just wants to be held. If Evie does get upset over something, it can be very hard to bring her back out of it. She doesn’t throw a ton of tantrums (thankyouthankyou), but if she gets going we know that it’ll be for the long-haul. Dinnertime has been a tricky time as well since she’s testing out her independence and doesn’t always want to eat dinner. Sometimes we try to make it a fun little contest “everyone take a bite on one, two, three!” and we’ll all take an enthusiastic bite (Elle loves to play along), but sometimes she won’t budge at all. Of course this mama has very little patience for the picky eater stage.
While Evie can be a bit hesitant around others at first, she also has no problem going off on her own. In July we attended a very large family reunion (130 people) and during our dinners with everyone she would just get down from the table and wander around–find other cousins her age to play with or just explore. But even still, when we go out to dinner with my family (who we see several times a month), she will not go to any of them willingly until about halfway through the dinner. She is such a little contradiction!
Evie loves to give hugs (but just with her head) and kisses (though she’ll be more likely to offer a cheek at first) and blows little smacking kisses with her mouth (no hand used to blow). She does not want to cuddle at bedtime or in the morning anymore (SOB) and loves to run to Elle’s bed for storytime before she goes off to her own crib. Goodnight Moon is her favorite and she loves finding the little mouse on each page “Mommy mommy mommy, maus” and saying ‘shhhhh’ when the old lady goes hush.
Her words have exploded over the past month. For the longest time she wasn’t talking at all but now it’s nonstop. Much of it is very difficult to understand, but we’re learning her little minion language (that’s what she sounds like and will sometimes call her). She’s recently been parroting everything and if she wants something she asks nonstop. Or if she sees something that she’s interested in. On our roadtrip in July we heard a lot of “Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy…choo choo!” “Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy…snow!” “Elle (sounds like Ow), Elle, Elle, Elle, Elle…sticker!” Over and over and over and over. And over. She only counts two and three (twooooo! freeeee!) but if I count with her then she’ll take over every other number. The other day I caught her singing her ABCs along with a recording.
She doesn’t like to be dirty and during dinner always asks for a bappin (napkin) to clean off her hands. She does great with a poon and fuh and she always surprises me with what she’ll eat and what she won’t. Vegetables are often her favorite part of dinner, though, so we must be doing something right. She still signs please (pees) and says tay-too (thank you). All animals still say ruff ruff (sometimes the cow will actually say moo).
Evie’s current favorite things are choo choos (her favorite show is Chuggington), minnie mouse (mee-mau), and her Elsa doll (Selsa). I cannot open the fridge with her around because she’ll go straight for the cheese or yogurt. She loves raisins (saysin), but loves even more to put them into baggies. I’ve had to hide the baggies from her. When it’s time to say goodbye she’ll stick her little hand up in the air and so matter of factly yell “Byeeeee!” Drop off at school is a breeze with her, though if I’m leaving the house I have to be sneaky about it otherwise she’ll break down. Every morning when she gets up she immediately asks for Elle.
She’s a little monkey and I just love her so.
PS–I could kick myself for not actually writing down Elle’s two year update (skipped right to 28 months for her), but I did take pictures if you’re interested.