|Elle Right Now|
I've thought about this post ten trillion times over the past couple of months but the thought of writing everything down always seems so daunting. But then those moments are gone and I know deep in my heart that they will never return. As much as I want to, I can't dwell on what's been lost in terms of little memories over the past nine months. I can only record Elle as she is right now...though the pictures sprinkled in are from the past several months.
My favorite time of day with Elle is still bedtime. This is my time with her and sometimes the only time that she prefers my company over her daddy's. Over the past couple of weeks we've transitioned her to her big-girl bed and it's gone so well. She has only gotten out of bed once in the nighttime and she quietly sneaked downstairs and when we gave her the look she immediately ran to Scott who promptly took her upstairs again. In the mornings, if she wakes up before we get her up, she will come down stairs and crawl into our bed. She always comes with something in hand and oftentimes with her flipflops on. This morning it was a random ball cap, her big ladybug nightlight, and a pair of socks.
But back to bedtime. We aim for 7:30 but it's usually closer to 8:00 before she goes down. I crawl into bed with her and we read a story and sing some songs. Row Row is still her favorite request closely seconded by The Ants Go Marching. After we're done with books and songs she'll grab my face in her little hands and give me butterfly kisses (with her eye jammed so close to mine that there's not much fluttering) and eskimo kisses and a few open mouthed kisses. Sometimes this is more like a mauling but I just can't resist her.
At dinner time (when at home), Elle loves to test us by putting her little toes on the table. We tell her immediately to take her feet off the table. She'll strategically move her foot a little lower and say slyly "Right there?" Yes, ok--just not on the table. And then she'll move her foot again to a different spot and test, "Right there?" And so on.
While Elle counts all the time she hasn't quite grasped the concept of one for one counting. Anything more than one is two. When she counts two items she holds up each index finger: "One, Two." I wish I could get her on video counting--she sounds very Germanic.
When I sing The Ants Go Marching, Elle loves to say that the one ant "sucks her thumb" and she'll point out her thumb and say "Right there." Similarly when singing the second verse of You Are My Sunshine "When I held you in my arms" she'll pat her arm and say "Right there." Every time.
She knows her ABC song but she will not sing it on command. Every color is pink. Of course she does have a lot of pink surrounding her at all times.
Is SO independent. Will say "No, I help me!" when she wants to do something herself. I try to be so patient and let her try and most times she'll eventually say "you help me" (to my relief). The beast lately has been her getting into her carseat on her own at the end of the day when it's bordering 100 degrees outside.
Still sucks that damn thumb. Only when she has that blankie but the blankie is still an item of comfort that isn't going away anytime soon. I don't mind the thumbsucking so much except that it is pushing her little teeth forward. Her pediatrician said there's really nothing we can do until she's three and that we don't need to worry about ortho damage until she's five.
The real thorn in my side--the picky eating. Which I fear we've made worse because sometimes the fight is tiring. She's a fairly good eater but it is a challenge to take her to places where the cooking isn't as familiar as home. Plus she has a terrible terrible sweet tooth. I keep hoping that this too shall pass but I worry that this is one of those things that will stick around if I don't nip it in the bud. Most of what I read says not to force the matter, though. Ugh.
|Two years old!|
Has finally gotten the hang of "cheese" for pictures. Which means I have to get clever to capture a real smile.
Loves to wheel her shopping cart around the house. Or the baby carriage. Both contain the most random items that she discovers and hides away. Otherwise she's not terribly interested in toys.
Has discovered Princesses. Thanks daddy.
If I have trouble getting her into gear, I start counting and she hurries hurries while yelling "I help me!" Othertimes I have a tough time getting her to actually listen or obey. I don't know how much of this is her being two or her being strong willed. Goodness is she strong willed!!
When we talk about the baby she pats my tummy and says "Baby Sister." She loves by the nursery on the way out of daycare and looking at the babies. She always counts them and is very aware when she hears a baby crying.
|25 mo (note the legs please)|
The pouty lip. Where does this even come from? It's hard not to laugh.
Loves to talk about the sun. The sun is bright. Where'd Mr. Sun go? Mr. Sun go nigh-night? When I tell her yes she says Moon and Stars? Yes--they come up at night to watch over us while we sleep, I explain.
Has started to show fright. I can't help but wonder how much of this is innate and how much is learned from movies (Monsters, Inc. is a frequent request).
Loves to help! And gets quite upset if we finish a task without letting her help. Even if we've asked her to help and she was too busy at the time.
Every Saturday and Sunday she crawls into bed with us to watch first Mickey Mouse and then Dora. Always in that order. She never requests those shows at any other time (her most frequent request is Finding Nemo or "Princess" which most recently is Tangled).
Asks for "more" tickles, more spinning around, more horseplay. I love how she so seriously says, "more" as a question rather than an exclamation.
Hasn't shown a ton of interest in using the potty but has successfully gone once. She does give me lots of praise when I go (obviously when I don't have the luxury of privacy. Ha!).
For every bump and scrap and bruise and bugbite, she "needs a band-aid on it."
And this is why I haven't written this post yet. There's just too much! How can you remember it all?
Every day an adventure! Sometimes with some frustrations but always with laughs. Oh my gosh does this little girl make me laugh!