1. L likes reading, especially anything Curious George, who goes by “Georgie” in our house, Pooh or Puff the Magic Dragon. Books that help her to find and name things are a big hit.
2. Listening to daddy play the guitar (“tar!”) and shaking her instruments. (We have an assortment of shakers, streamers, and tamborines from West Music which I can’t recommend enough.)
3. She loves dancing, wiggling, flying around the house with her butterfly wings.
4. Playing dress up makes her happy. So do hats of all kinds.
5. She likes to help me sweep the floor with her tiny broom, helping to wash dishes, empty bags of groceries, or empty the dryer.
6. Most days we play with eco-dough and make balls and squirrel shapes (Josh is much better at making squirrels than I am!). It was a good purchase!
7. She is obsessed with having her baby nearby at all times. When we’re playing at something that is unsuitable for also holding the baby (like painting), baby has to watch from a nearby perch. Thankfully, baby is washable!
8. Watching cars, trucks, people, buses and squirrels out the windows is a favorite activity.
9. She loves the swings at the playground and being swung around. She also likes jumping from a stool onto the couch. She likes adventure (see photo above)!
10. Pasta (“pasti!”), pizza (“pizzi!), crackers, dried cherries, and treats are her current favorite foods. She also loves peas and beans and strawberries (and ate two bowls of chili a few days ago).
11. Mealtimes often feel like a race since at some point she will usually either dump out the remaining food in her bowl/plate or try to sweep it off of her tray. We try as much as we can to prevent this behavior, but our efforts (whether we respond or we don’t) seem to not be having much impact. So we try to stay focused and end the meal right before this happens, if we can catch it.
12. As of last week, she no longer is taking a morning nap at home. She seems to still have one at daycare…
13. Bedtime is between 6:30-7. She starts to lose it a little if she’s up later than that. She usually wakes 12 hours later.
14. Painting, which usually lasts about 5-10 minutes before the brush goes into her mouth.
15. Her hair has grown a ton lately and it’s actually long enough for tiny braided pigtails—so now she and I can have matching hair!
16. Linden says no a whole lot more than she shakes her head yes, but often says no when she actually means yes. New words this month include wheel, strawberry, kiwi, mango, chip, Josh, sick, butt, neck, booger, apple, bed, Pooh, Eyeore, Rabbit, dance, shake, soup, night-night, watch, and more.
17. She frequently uses her little potty at home and sometimes tells me that she needs to go when we’re out in public.
18. There are times when she’s in a terrible mood for no apparent reason (like yesterday evening!). When everything is frustrating or annoying to her. These times are really hard, but I try to remember that I feel like that sometimes too:)
19. She understands most of what we say to her and will usually calm down if she doesn’t want to do something if we can talk it through—and get her to focus on something coming her way that we know she’ll like.
20. She can be very affectionate with snuggles and kisses, and loves it when all three of us are together (especially if her baby is there too) and she can name us all.
Parenting a toddler require so much energy, patience, and resourcefulness than I ever could have imagined. High fives to all my mama friends out there who are doing their best everyday to raise these curious little people!