My baby girl is growing up and with fresh snow on the ground she turned two a two weeks ago. It's been quite the year of joy, advances, and challenges. Overall it's been a wonderful year.
Firsts for the 24th month: Lots of sentences! Fully weaned from mama milk, and sleeping through the night, early stages of potty training.
Yes, I'm calling it - Mae is sleeping through the night. Now that said it's not every night and often she still fusses enough that we have to go in and hug her once or twice - but she has stayed in her own room almost every night. She's been sleeping in the pack-n-play and she loves it in there - must simply feel more secure than her little bed. I'm happy with it - it creates confinement. :) So sleep is slowly coming to our house. Hooray!!
Mae herself has also began to show interest in potty training - this mommy isn't quite ready to go fully force into the adventure - but Mae shows signs of being ready. Like a week or so ago she stripped off her diaper, went potty in the little potty, and then came and told me that she had gone potty... and she had!! Much rejoicing and many more times attempted but we haven't repeated this awesome spontaneous event. She is pretty adorable and will sit there sometimes for a while and repeat what I've told her "takes time" which just sounds so cute coming from her. Mae also is happy to sit there while we sing Row Row Row Your Boat and play Patty Cake. :) She does the motions and it's so cute to watch her try to 'roll it'!
Over Christmas we went and visited her Aunt and Uncle and she fell in love with Uncle Kai! Yes she is in love with Uncle Kai and when her birthday got closer I asked what she wanted for her birthday and she said "Uncle Kai...come here... come home!" she also was very specific on what she wanted for her birthday cake: "Purpul cake!" Our little princess got what she asked for in a quite birthday party themed to My Little Pony and family. :) A post to come on this specifically.
Mae's vocabulary has expanded a lot and she's doing great communicating to us what she needs, wants, doesn't want. :) It's nice to understand her with most things - although occasionally she still has her own language squeaked in there. She and her brother love to laugh together and in the car they've very recently started to tell knock knock jokes to each other - there is nothing that is legitimate that anyone else would label these as jokes - besides "Knock Knock... Who's There" but they enjoy saying weird things - most often Mae says "Cookie Monter" in response to 'Who's there' - somehow Ace works that out and doesn't tire with it. Although he does tire with the Knock Knock game and will attempt to change it to "I Spy" which Mae doesn't engage with and so then the two of them are in the back simply saying "knock knock... I spy" back and forth over and over. Depending on my tolerance level, their volume level, and the length of the drive that tends to be stopped by intervention. They also play pretty well together at home and Mae has gotten very good at playing hide and seek - which is great because then they can entertain each other when I'm trying to cook dinner! They enjoy each other's company most of the time. Most of the time. ;-)
Health wise - Mae has had a pretty good run the last few months. In general her 2nd year of life was an adventure. She no longer has a food allergy though and we're quite thankful about that!! She's itty bitty like her mama and weighs in at 19.4lbs and 30.3" tall (if you're wondering that's just a tad bigger than Ace was at 1. However, I weighed 19lbs and was 30" at 2 as well - so I'm not concerned with her tiny stature. :)
Favorites for Mae include at the moment: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (she'll stand perfectly still and engaged (zombied?) for a solid 10 minutes just watching it.) She loves Printhesses, Ponies!!!, and her babies. She's quite girly and loves to carry around her purses, wear hats, and change her clothes often - although her favorite outfit is simply a diaper. It can be freezing cold and she'll be content (yet cold) wearing only a diaper - no matter how many outfits or layers we try to put on her - she'll strip them off quickly. I hope this is a short lived phase. She loves to read and some of her favorites still are Good Night, Moon, Good Night, Gorilla, Fancy Nancy books, and the "Princess Book" which is His Little Princess: Treasured Letters from Your King - she loves to sing and clap and her dance is adorable. She loves to say prayers to Jesus and has started to be repetitive in prayers. She currently loves to touch my tummy as her go-to comforting option. She's a joy.
She eats like a bird, but can jug milk from a cereal bowl in no time flat. She is adorable and we love her joy, her laugh, her smile, her scowl, and her strong willed personality. :) We can't wait to see what Year Three brings us! No diapers is on this mommy's bucket list! Happy 2nd Birthday, Mae Mae!