(Can I just say this might be my new favorite photo?) I haven't gotten to talk (i.e., brag) nearly enough about Nora on this blog over the last couple of months. Blogging has been hard- work has been busier because I'm trying to finish up a number of papers before maternity leave, so sometimes I work at night, and other nights I just feel tired or achy and just want to lie down.
But we've done so many fun things together these last few months. I hope I will have time to talk about some of them in the next month. I know "two" is supposed to be "terrible" but honestly it's been a great age most of the time (now three on the other hand could be scary...).
She's so talkative. She speaks in full, complete sentences. She tells me all about her day on the car ride home (usually these stories make daycare seem very traumatizing but I think these are just the things she most remembers. Like she'll say, "John took my hair bow and then Miss Josie put him in time out, and then Brooke pushed me and Mavis said 'MMM' at me, and I said 'Use your words, Mavis!'").
She loves to sing. She has many songs memorized, particularly from Disney movies and music class. She frequently will break out singing her latest favorite. She has a pretty good voice too!
(Note "pretty dress" and princess books in this photo. Pretty typical night at our house).
One advantage of her current daycare is that most of her teachers are Hispanic, and they pretty much speak solid Spanish while she's at school. As a result, she knows a ton of Spanish now! She can count to ten and knows all her colors in Spanish, plus a number of other words and phrases like "Hola! Como esta? Bien!" It's pretty amazing to see how easy kids pick up another language at this age.
Sleeping: As I mentioned in my last update, she still wakes up 2-3 times per night due to blanket issues. I know I should just let her cry it out but I feel bad that she's cold and it usually only takes 30 seconds to tuck her back in- I know, I'm a sucker. Naps have actually improved somewhat, though she still doesn't take a nap every day. Still, lately she's taken more naps than she was taking a couple of months ago, and some decently long ones too, like 2 hours.
(Why yes, riding on a bike in a tutu is perfectly natural)
She's gotten a lot more independent. She can undress herself very well (maybe too well?) and can get undies, pants, and socks on. Occasionally she can put her shirt on but usually struggles with getting it all lined up correctly. She doesn't want any help using the potty and does the whole thing herself, even wiping and flushing and getting the stool to wash her hands. Lately she mostly wants to use the "big girl" potty without any potty seat- she does a great job balancing on there! Speaking of potty training, she is doing great. She does have a very random accident here and there but overall she's doing well. Still in pull-ups for naps and nighttime. I think I could probably get her out of them for naps at this point but... it's just easier to throw one on and not have to worry about her peeing all over the bed.
Things she loves right now: Disney movies and princesses. She's been obsessed with Frozen since I took her to see it in the theater (her first movie!). We've been watching Frozen videos on youtube. She has this set of Disney books about each of the princesses and she loves reading them again and again. She still loves wearing her "pretty dress" and if we're home, she insists on wearing it (a dress has never seen more love). She loves playing with her Magna tiles, her princess castle people, her dinosaurs, puzzles, and doing arts and crafts. She's been loving smoothies for breakfast- she's still a great eater overall and will usually eat what we eat, even spicy things lately. She loves playing "monster" with mommy and daddy (one person is the monster and the other people run away. Sometimes she's even the monster!).
She loves dressing up and I love seeing the outfits she comes up with. Generally I let her dress herself now because she never likes the things I pick out. We did work on "matching" things because she was going for some crazy combos for awhile there, but now she actually makes a pretty good outfit (though she pretty much only wants to wear pink and purple things, plus a tutu. So all her cute red and blue outfits have been sitting by the wayside, unless everything else is in the wash).
Things she doesn't like: She generally hasn't shown too many fears but in the last few months she does insist on shutting the closet door at night (there must just be something inherent about closets that makes them scary at night because as a kid I never liked my closet to be left open either). She doesn't like being rushed (read: doing anything at a regular human pace), which is extremely frustrating when trying to leave in the morning. That's what most of our arguments are currently about, as I need to get to work and she comes up with literally every stall tactic she can think of ("I need water. I want to bring a friend in the car! Not that one, Foxy (or whatever one is currently upstairs). I don't want to wear those shoes, I want boots. Not with these socks, my other socks! No I want to do it myself!" etcetera etcetera. And then even though I asked her five times before leaving, as soon as I buckle her into her carseat, "I have to go potty!" ARGH). Any suggestions?
I wish I had written down more funny Nora stories as there have been so many things that make me laugh, but here's at least one: I had left to go answer the door one night during dinner and it was a salesperson so I got distracted for a few minutes. I come back and immediately I hear "I'm not doing anything naughty Mommy!" LOL. She had poured her water (she said it was "syrup") all over her dinner.
Anyway, she is just the joy of my heart. She still loves to cuddle with me and give hugs and kisses and I will be so sad if/when she grows out of that. It is so fun to see her learning new things and turning into a little girl!