Our big girl was 23 months old yesterday.
This past month has been so exciting in the ways Rosemary has developed. Her vocabulary and talking continue to expand and amaze me. Out of the blue, she’ll say something new that I didn’t know she was even cognizant of. Like, I asked if she wanted to read a certain book, and she said, “I guess so.” She still says “Uh oh” a lot for a lot of things she can’t vocalize. She’s also started putting together a lot more sentences. Like “Where’d Elmo go?” “Dada come home?” It’s getting so fun.
She’s suddenly started liking all kinds of fruit that she wouldn’t touch before. Raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, and melon are are favorites. She also has been eating a lot of spicy things that I didn’t know she’d like. Such as spanish rice, crushed red pepper on pizza, and salsa.
She sleeps so well now—a two hour nap in the afternoon and 10-12 hours of sleep at night. She takes a bath, we read stories, and then rock her and sing songs for a few minutes. We turn on the moon light in her room, then we lay her down and she talks and plays with Elmo (her favorite) and her other buddies for a bit until it gets quiet. One of the things I think is totally adorable, is that when I go in to check on her later, she has always tucked her blanket perfectly over and around her. I’m so proud of us for sticking with our ways, letting Rosemary lead us, and not ever resorting to cry-it-out.
She has such a little personality now. She loves ladybugs and singing songs. Tea parties are a daily occurrence, and her imagination is really kicking in when she plays. The other day, she “baked” things in her toy kitchen, “washed” the dishes and everything. She sat still and intently watched all of Toy Story with Andrew last weekend. She is so caring to Anthea—always getting her toys and blankets and saying, “MAMA! Baby is crying!” when she hears her in the other room. She knows colors and shapes and animal sounds and body parts. She is also so adventurous and physically capable. She likes to walk on curbs like they are balance beams, go down the biggest slides, climb and hang from things, somersault, and jump off things. Her laugh is huge and lovable.
She is always excited to see her family and friends. She always asks for Ampa (grandpa), which is really funny—my stepdad is her little buddy. She loves to Skype with Andrew’s parents and show off her toys and blow kisses.
Another big change is in her drawing skills. She is suddenly trying to draw specific things, like bugs and cats. Of course, it all looks a big squiggly still.
I am wondering where my baby went. It seems these past few months have gone so quickly. Suddenly we have a little girl who gets more personality every day. I always cannot wait for what’s next.
Two years next month!