The past three months have been the best of times and the worst of times for Kylie. She has had 3 colds, 2 molars, and her first stomach virus. All of those things really bring out the two year old whining and stubbornness. But there have been great things, too.
She started talking in sentences right when she turned two, and she has just exploded from there. Now she’s the chatterbox on the playground that the other kids stare at! Yesterday I told her I was going upstairs and she said, “okay, I go too.” I couldn’t believe she used I and too correctly!
Going to the playground is probably her favorite thing to do. Though she is disappointed if there are no “friends.” (She used to call kids her own age babies, and I’d say, “no, she’s a friend” so now we call all kids friends) There are a lot of two year old girls in our neighborhood and it’s fun to see them really start playing together. Kylie also loves to follow around the big boys, especially when they let her play with their trucks. She particularly likes a 4 year old boy a few doors down and she will just watch him and giggle.
She loves coloring, painting and stickers. I think her easel is her most-used Christmas/birthday present. She will not put her fingers in paint, and I’ve stopped being scared to let her paint in the house. Except that she likes to wipe her fingers on my pants. We’re trying to get her to draw a circle, and she likes to pretend that she’s writing letters (by saying abc, abc, abc while she’s scribbling).
Speaking of letters, she pretty much knows them all, which is amazing to me! She will sometimes argue with me about M/W and J/L. We are working on recognizing numbers and she doesn’t have any consistently yet. She can often count to 12 on her own, and can count to 20 with help. She sings the ABCs ALL DAY but gets them jumbled without help.
She still likes books, though she doesn’t sit and look at them quite as much as she used to (that has been replaced with coloring). She will sit for much longer books at nap time and bed time (as long as Emily is not crying!). She is loving the Mr. Men books and Little Golden books. She still goes to sleep and wakes up “reading”.
She loves “T.B.” and we abuse it when she is sick. She will watch just about anything that’s meant for her age, but Sesame Street is still her first love. She’s also getting attached to Pooh and Mickey. It’s cute to see how it inspires her imagination. If she gets ahold of a flashlight she will tell you all about the Bubble Guppies “Pinkfoot” episode and run around saying “spooky!” and “scared of the dark!” And I’ve found her a couple times writing a letter to Tigger, like in the Tigger Movie – meaning she’s scribbling and saying “gibberish gibberish Tigger gibberish gibberish Tigger.” She will often pretend an object is a musical instrument and “play” it like she’s seen on TV. Most often done with a swirly straw as the Veggie Tales tuba.
Wheels on the Bus recently replaced If You’re Happy and You Know It as her favorite song (besides the ABCs). She just loves to sing. She loves to sit and play the piano while we try to plunk out a song that she knows.
She has started to be more opinionated about what she wears. Her ideal real clothes outfit would include an animal or character T shirt, a skirt (which she calls a tutu), leggings (she will cry for pants if I put a skirt on without them), and tennis shoes (it’s all about comfort with the shoes). But her very favorite thing to wear is her “monkey jammas”.
She is still the pickiest eater, but will still often try one bite of a new food, and still will eat at least one thing out of each food group. Most days she will eat raw sugar snap peas, whatever her current fruit kick is (it’s been apples), cheese, peanut butter, and whole grains. She is still great about drinking both water and milk. She has recently discovered dip and will eat more raw veggies with ketchup or honey. She still loves any kind of cracker and her favorite treats are a sugar cookie with no frosting and suckers. The funniest thing to me is that she doesn’t like chocolate. We gave her a chocolate chip cookie and after a few bites she tried to pick the chocolate chips out. She had her first M&M last week – she sucked on it until she got to the chocolate and then said “Mommy!” in panic like she was going to spit it out.
We still have not passed the 3 two year old milestones that mess with my head – binky, crib and diapers. I’m actually not worried at all about the crib – she absolutely loves it. We forgot to put the side back up once and she said “oh no! up! scared!” We don’t have any intentions of kicking her out soon. We took away the car binky when she turned two, so now she just has two for sleeping. I feel like at this point it would be easier to wait until we can have a conversation about it. And we’ve tried a couple different potty training strategies with no luck. After our last effort, I’m quite sure it is a stubbornness issue, not an understanding issue. Some people have stories of 2 1/2 year olds suddenly deciding they don’t want diapers any more, so I’m crossing my fingers!
And I saved the best for last. She has been amazing with the baby. There’s just been no evidence of jealousy! It’s one reason that I’m glad we are bottle feeding, because it’s a lot easier to interact with her, or even stop feeding the baby when she needs something. She loves on Emily all the time and last week she was calling her “sweetie” which was hilarious. She is pretty protective and gets concerned if we put the car seat down to open a door or something. And her first unprompted “I love you” was to baby!
We have our terrible twos moments, but all this personality makes up for it!