I know all parents bemoan how quickly time is passing, but absolutely cannot wrap my mind around the fact that L will be TWO in three months. It’s astonishing to me. So now that that’s out of the way, here’s a little look at life with our 21 month old.
She is a chatter box, but there’s still a large portion of it that’s understandable to only her (this is especially true when she’s talking to herself). But she has started to tell little stories, often about going outside, squirrels, or dada going to work with his shoes on. She is still picking up new words really quickly—she learned bracelet, moon, STOP (for the stop hand at crosswalks, and then “guy” for the white walking man), ketchup, alligator, turtle, cut, circle (as in circle time), pigtail, coffee, smoothie, and more this month. Most words are still said with an energetic Italian accent. She says “share” whenever she wants a toy that another child has.
Linden likes to color, paint, and play with playdough. These activities usually last about 10-15 minutes before she either starts coloring the chairs or eating the playdough.
She wraps up her baby, who is never far from her side (we now have two, just in case we ever lose the original), in anything resembling a blanket, so you are warned if you wear a scarf in her presence. She will feed them a bottle and pat them on the back.
She loves books and is able to listen to longer books now. Her current favorites include Blueberries for Sal, Goodnight Moon (she loves the moon right now), Zen Shorts, the Boy with the Drum (known as “tat tat” in our house), and a chicken book that her grandmother made her.
We often have music time with daddy on the guitar and Linden and myself on her various shakers, bells, and tambourines. She likes to sit in a circle with her friends at daycare and sing songs.
She loves to watch football and hockey (or to at least talk about watching them).
She loves to help around the house, whether it be vacuuming, preparing food, or pushing the buttons on the food processor. This little slicer was a wonderful investment since it allows her to safely help me to cut up veggies or fruit with her.
Most days she’s down to one nap in the afternoon- immediately after lunch since she can barely stay awake any longer- that’s about 2-3 hours. If she’s not feeling well, didn’t sleep well the night before, or we go somewhere in the car in the morning for more than 20 minutes, she’ll take a morning nap as well. At night her bedtime is around 6:45 and she usually sleeps for 12 hours.
On the whole, L is a good eater. We all eat breakfast and dinner together 99% of the time and she eats what we eat. I sometimes have extra fruit or cheese for her with dinner, but otherwise it’s family dinners all the way. She still adores pasta, pizza, chick peas, O’s, raisins, and crackers, but lately has also enjoyed beef chili, quesadillas, roasted cauliflower, pork chops, shrimp, almond butter and peanut butter by the spoonful, peas for breakfast (her idea), loads of mango, and kefir. The girl also loves anything related to chocolate or salsa, is mildly obsessed with toothpaste, and would much rather use adult-size utensils.
She’s becoming more and more fun every day and I’m really enjoying how much more affectionate she is now than when she was smaller. We haven’t had too much of an issue with tantrums or a need for discipline lately, though sometimes it’s really hard to get her attention and she often gets fixated on something that almost makes it seem like her brain got stuck…. But if she’s rested and not hungry, she’s usually pretty happy—especially if she can go outside.
Soon enough, sweet Linden, spring will be here.