As of September 2, my sweet, stubborn, intelligent, opinionated, lovable little girl is 2.5 years old! She’s so big now. It’s bittersweet. (I’ll likely say that ad nauseam every time she has a birthday or reaches some kind of milestone.) I miss her little baby self (though we’ll be going through the itty bitty baby phase again soon with the new one!) but this age is so fun and delightful.
At 2.5, E loves: bubbles, her baby dolls, books, climbing, her sparkly shoes, dresses and skirts (especially very frilly ones), yogurt, her grandparents, fruit snacks, helping mommy and daddy with everything, our pets (though she isn’t always as gentle as she needs to be), macaroni and cheese, jewelry, kisses and hugs, playing with her friends and watching the ladies make pretzels at the Amish market, among other things!
E’s communication skills are incredible. She talks in full sentences almost all of the time and her speech is (for the most part) very clear and understandable. Watching as her language skills have developed has been so amazing. From signing to small words here and there and to putting one to two words together to this language explosion. She talks and sings all of the time now. I love hearing her little voice. It’s just so cute! And the things she comes up with (both through memory and on her own) crack me up. I can’t help but laugh at some of the things she says! For example, we were in the car in the post office parking lot the other day waiting to pull onto a busy road. When I finally had the chance to pull out into traffic, I hit the gas and from the backseat I hear E say, “Woah. Easy, killer.” Too funny! Just yesterday I asked her to leave the bathroom (as I was trying to make use of the facilities) and she said, “No, I’m freaking out!” Haha! What?! She truly is a little sponge and absorbs everything she sees and hears. You never know when she’s going to recall something and spit it back at you! Thankfully she hasn’t picked up any truly bad words (yet) but there have been a few things that have popped out of her mouth that made me think “oh dear,” such as yelling “Shut up!” at the dogs. Of course, things like that just mirror bad habits mama and daddy have… Oops!
Since she turned two, we have been working on potty training with E. We’ve had the most success in the last two months and E now wears underpants full-time when we are at home (excepting, of course, for nap and bedtime). She’s very good about using the potty and often doesn’t need to be reminded. Having a reward system in place really helped us get potty training established. When she successfully uses the potty she gets a very small piece of chocolate and gets to put a sticker on her potty chart. I’m currently in the process of phasing out these rewards but continue to praise her and tell her how proud we are of her every time she uses the potty. I usually still put her in a diaper when we leave the house but I know I am going to need to bite the bullet and put her in underpants outside of the house soon. I know that’s going to mean more accidents (she’s only had a few accidents at home, perhaps about five) but that’s all just part of the learning process. We have had one diaper-free trip out of the house (to visit one of her friends) and that actually went really well, so it’s probably time to take that next step!
She says she’s excited about becoming a big sister. We talked to her about our baby a lot and she has come to all of my prenatal appointments. She seems to understand (as much as any 2.5 year old can). We are really doing our best to prepare her in order to make the baby’s arrival as easy a transition for her as possible. She will often hug and kiss my belly and say that she is hugging and kissing the baby. She declares that the baby is happy after she kisses it. It’s actually very sweet. I’ve started talking to her about what’s going to happen when I go to the hospital to have the baby in hopes of preparing her for that. I know it could be a tricky and confusing time for her. I think she is going to be a great big sister.
That’s not to say that she can’t be trying at times. She certainly can be. She’s at a point where she likes to tell me no and blatantly ignores any instructions that we have given her. It can be frustrating, to say the least! But we deal with those incidents as they come along and are trying to teach her appropriate ways to show/voice her displeasure and, when necessary, she gets put in time-out. Just like any other two-year-old out there! I think part of the difficulty is due to the fact that E has lots of little quirks right now and can be very particular. E is very independent and wants to do things on her own (like put on her shoes) a lot of the time, which is usually fine but sometimes tantrums happen when she can’t get her way. She often wants things just the way she wants them and any variation just won’t do. She definitely has her own opinions on things! Though she can be trying and so very two at times, it’s more likely that her sweet, lovable, agreeable side is on display. We’re very lucky in that she generally is a good little girl.
E can be very silly. She pretends to pick bugs out of daddy’s beard and then eats them. She plays pretend a lot these days. It’s so fun to see her imagination at work!. It’s fantastic to see that as she is learning things like the alphabet (she knows most of the letters by sight now), colors and numbers, her creative side is also developing. She is also growing emotionally. E is such a little sweetheart. She likes to have her boo-boos kissed and will voluntarily kiss other’s boo-boos. She says I love you often and is free with her hugs and kisses. She has taken to saying, “Mama (or daddy), know what? I love you!” I love it! Speaking of which, she has also reverted back to calling me mama much more than mommy. I do not mind at all as it sounds so cute coming out of her little mouth. She can call me mama as long as she likes!
Happy 2.5 years, E!