Miss M is going to be 22 months old in a few days, but I was determined to write a post about her little life before she turns another month older. She’s at such a fun age right now, and I wanted to make sure to document it since I’ve slacked off since she turned 1.
This is going to be a mommy-bragging post, so feel free to skip it if you don’t want to hear about all about Miss M’s life.
Miss M is a chatterbox—no other way to put it. The kid talks in 3-5 word sentences and knows more words than we can count (she passed most of the 2 year milestones verbally at 16-17 months). We understand about 90% of what she says and man, she gets MAD when we don’t understand what she’s saying. She can count to 10 and knows most of her ABC’s.
She LOVES to sing and knows a bunch of songs–it’s adorable to hear her singing. Her favorite songs to sing include “Row, Row, Boat”, “Itsy”, “Frosty the Snowman”, and “See Pony Galloping” (all her names for the songs). She loves to sing in the car and while we’re trying to get her to go to sleep. She also will spontaneously bust out a song while having dinner, shopping, or playing outside.
Speaking of music, we did music classes this summer and she absolutely loved it. They incorporate music and movement, instruments, and other activities in the class and she absolutely flourished during the classes. I’ve never seen her so into something. We’re not doing the classes this fall since my due date falls in the middle of the semester but plan to pick them back up in January. She was the model student too–it was so cute!
Miss M has been taking swimming lessons since June and after a rough start, she now LOVES to go and asks to go all the time–“swimming daddy!” (swimming with daddy). She can go under water for 7 seconds, float on her back, jump off the edge and hold onto the side. She’s working on kicking under the water right now.
She’s a very cautious kiddo. We’ve gotten lucky that M isn’t a “destructive” kid (I’m sure Baby 2.0 will be). She’s never really thrown things, broken things, or destroyed things. She looks before she leaps and isn’t a risk taker. Sometimes I wish she would jump more into things because that’s how I am, but she is so similar to my husband and I’ve had to learn to work with that :) She’s a little introvert, and I’m an extrovert so I’ve definitely had to change the way I deal with social situations with her and it’s made a huge improvement in her behavior. I wish I would have made these changes earlier.
Miss M is a pretty good eater. The child who hardly touched food until she was 13 months old has turned into a little foodie! I’ve actually heard this is common in exclusively breastfed kids—they don’t eat much solid food until 12-15 months but then they aren’t that picky. M loves chicken tikka, pizza, black bean soup, spinach with cumin and coconut oil, blueberry muffins, peanut butter, peas, stinky cheese (like triple creams), and pretty much anything from an expensive restaurant that we bring home (haha). Most of the time she will eat whatever I give her unless it’s something she can’t chew it well, or it has eggs, is fish, or is spicy. She’s not a huge milk drinker, she drinks maybe 4-6 oz most days (sometimes goat, sometimes cow, sometimes almond).
Miss M is a huge bookworm. She reads books constantly, wants us to read to her all the time, and takes books everywhere. If we go to a playdate, most of the time she ignores the other kids and looks at the books. It’s adorable.
Speaking of books, one of M’s favorite things to do is go to Barnes and Noble with mommy. We get Starbucks first–she gets a milk or a water, and we split a bagel with extra cream cheese. Then we play with the train and/or the lego table, then we read books. We usually go about once a week and stay for 2-2.5 hours. It’s crazy! I have to drag her out of there. She has so much fun, and this has been a great thing for her and I to go together while I’m hugely pregnant.
I’m not sure how much she understands about this pregnancy, but she knows where her baby sister is, her name, and loves to give her hugs and kisses. She also gets irritated at daddy when daddy doesn’t tell Miss C “bye bye”. We talk to her a LOT about the baby and show her newborns and tell her that’s what is in mommy’s tummy, but we aren’t sure how much she comprehends. We will see in a few weeks :)
Other things Miss M likes: baths (OMG, I thought this would never happen), walking her stuffed animals in the toy stroller, putting stickers on mommy’s belly, cooking with mommy and daddy, spending time with gammy (my mom watches her a few afternoons a week and they have a BLAST), Elmo, Clifford, dressing up her stuffed animals in diapers and newborn clothing, shoes (daddy is in trouble), wearing bobby pins in her hair, riding in the ring sling on mommy’s side (still babywearing at nearly 34 weeks pregnant!), her play kitchen (she loves to make soup and coffee).
Things Miss M dislikes: large crowds, people that don’t respect her space (seriously, and she will LET YOU KNOW), extreme heat (and we live in Texas…), when you don’t understand what she’s saying/asking, kids her own age (she does much better with kids 2.5 years-5years), when mommy has to wake her up in the mornings (we wake her up if she’s not up by 830-845…lazy bones!).
We love you, sweet girl! I can’t believe you’re almost 2!