It’s official, we no longer have a real “baby” in the house. L has moved past all baby stages and is now very much a toddler.
The first two years are full of so much change…and we’re still only at the beginning. It’s hard to believe that just over two years ago I was snuggling with her in the hospital. Even harder to believe is that I had such a hard time getting her to wake up and nurse those first couple of nights. Once she figured out how to nurse, she never wanted to stop. She still loves to eat almost constantly.
And then a year ago we were all concerned about her verbal development. Just like eating, once she started it was hard to get her to stop. Now you have to be careful what you say around her, as she’s likely going to repeat it. Some more recent favorites include:
”Pick you up?”
”Elmo pee-tase” (Elmo toothpaste)
”So pitteee” (so pretty)
And physically speaking…this child is near impossible to stop. Let her loose in a field and she’ll take off immediately. Being on the bigger side has it’s advantages…it means she can climb into the tall chairs with ease. On the flip side, it also means she can reach further back on the counter (to get to the good snacks).
Having a big sister means she’s ready for some things far too early. She already wants to potty train (how is it she’s ready for that before I am?), and every other challenge is met with “No, I do it!” She loves to color like her big sister, and prefers to steal her sisters dolls instead of playing with her toys.
But at the beginning and end of every day she’s all snuggles, hugs and kisses. When we’re with family, she runs around giving everybody hugs, and she’s always the first to comfort T when she’s upset. All that loving has earned her the nicknames “Sweet Girl” and “Snuggle bug”. It’s a trait I hope never goes away.
Another year gone, another year waiting. So much has changed in the last 24 months, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store.
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