"Ok!" "Jellybutter!" "No... NOT!" are just a few of the words and phrases that are floating around this household these days. Yes, Mae is growing up fast and her vocabulary is exploding! She is regularly stringing together 2 word 'sentences' now although occasionally will get stuck in a loop of one word repeat for example: Say 'Please, up.' "up" ... 'Please, up' "pease" - it's adorable albeit frustrating at times (although rarely.) Things that are frustrating are her ever increasing desire of the use of "NO!" Ace never was 'that child' he skipped over the outright defiance for the sake of it (he has plenty now with purpose, but just the NO! phrase never was his cup-o-tea.) Mae however has embraced it like a budding two year old would. Yeck. We still find her sweetness to outweigh her two-ness.
Newness for her 23rd month? A dentist appointment where they brushed her teeth (her first appointment they don't really do much,) the stomach flu, breastfeeding weaning, semi-consistent sleeping through the night,
Let's tackle that list backwards. Sleep. Yes, M has taken an interesting course on the way to independent sleep. She's been sleeping in a bed for nearly a year now for at least one stint in the night but for over the last month+ she has been electing to sleep in the pack and play instead. We're not sure why she prefers it, but my objection is little as there are many nights that she will sleep until nearly 6am before making a peep. It's not regular or every night but I'll take what I can get. She's taken to wanting all her friends tucked in with her and around her. Piggy and Bear Bear are still prominent figures but she has a rotation of other friends that join her at night as well ranging from owls, princesses, bunnies, minnie or mickey mouse. :) It's cute and sometimes a tad excessive.
Less than thrilling excitement on the sleeping front is her continued desire to strip off all her clothes. She does this during the day as well but at night she adds an additional prize element of stripping off the diaper as well. BOO! So we have taken to putting her in onesies and on some nights she still strips those off and on other nights we put her pjs on backwards. We are slowly trying to get her to go back to her bed and sleep there all night. We'll see how that ultimately goes. Last night it was ok and she didn't show up in our bed until 4:30am.
In other areas of sleep is weaning from breastfeeding. At the beginning of December I invoked a strict schedule of morning, nap, and bedtime feedings only. This was met with some particular protest, but like with Ace, I simply encouraged the notion that mommy never runs out of hugs, but she does run out of milk. At the end of the first week of December after much preparation and explanation leading up to it - Mae and I enjoyed our last feeding before bed. We replaced it with rocking and for the first several nights she didn't ask once for milk when it was time for bed. I was really proud of her. She loves to rock and often uses it as a stall tactic in asking for more. It's sweet and I'm glad that element of the transition has been going smoothly.
After Christmas I will remove the morning milk from the rotation and leaving us with only milk before naptime (an option that she already for the most part doesn't demand too often.) I suspect the hardest milk will be that first thing in the morning milk. She loves it and I do too. I'm sad that our time with mama milk is drawing to a close, but I am so thankful for the bonding time we've had and my ability to do it. I'll write more on this in a separate post - so moving on!
The flu.... yes in November while on vacation poor M caught her first tummy bug and for several hours on the floor of my Aunt and Uncle's tile floor she threw up over and over. Poor thing was very sad and doesn't like to throw up at all... all she wanted to do was sleep. Diapers for the next week were quite icky and it ran it's course through our household and all the guests that visited for Thanksgiving. Yeck! I am very thankful that we've all recovered from that one.
Also in Cali we got to enjoy lots of family, cousin play, and yes more Disneyland! It was a lot of fun and she loved the Pirated and would sing (and still does) "Yo ho, Pirates! ... and ME!" It's adorable and it's so fun to see her excitement - she'd wave to all the characters in the parade saying "Hiiiii and Byeeee" as they went by. She covered her ears at the fireworks say "Loud" but watching them with excitement. It was a lot of fun!
M enjoyed her second visit to the dentist office and did very well after some initial trepidation to the visit. Eventually, she let them clean her teeth and she was excited to receive her rubber ducky as a gift in exchange for her compliance. :)
Mae is such a sweet girl. She loves printhesses, PONIES!!!! (My Little Pony), and to change her clothes a zillion times a day (most happy when she's wearing nothing at all!) I love that she calls peanut butter 'jellybutter' and that she has learned to nod and shake her head in affirmation or dissent to something. She has lost the phrasing of Pih-Ul and now calls him "Pisal" which is adorable and she loves to pet him. She yells at him (in a very eerily similar vocal tone) KIATE! (quiet!) whenever he barks. She is communicating what she wants very well these days and it is such a joy to watch her vocabulary expand, her understanding increase, and her excitement as well. She's trying to count. She can hold up 3 fingers and say "Free" she knows when there are two of something (but not so much 1 or 3) she has properly identified letters when given the option on Super Why (a favorite of hers.) And her absolute favorite song right now is "JINGLE... ROCK!" Yes, Jingle Bell Rock is requested nightly and only is substitute for "Frosy NoMan" a second favorite. If Jingle Bell Rock comes on the radio she squeals and screams "JINGLE!!!"
She is fascinated by the Christmas tree and loves to touch all the ornaments. She is gentle enough with them. :) She loves for mommy to take pictures of her and is a very happy model most of the time. I'm so excited to see her this Christmas season and in her final weeks before she turns two. She's a hearty 19lbs 3oz - something that makes me quiet excited to hear. She dainty and healthy and we are so thankful for her health.