We had two wonderful weeks this month when Kylie wasn’t sick. She did have a viral rash that wasn’t bothering her, but was probably contagious, so we didn’t take her to church. I put her to bed every night thinking this day was just too easy. (we took her back to church and she has a cold now so I’ve put her to bed crying the last few nights) A week ago we went to Panera and she didn’t make a peep during the 1/2 hour car ride. Then she ate great off my plate and just watched as the little boy next to us jumped up and down in his high chair. When she got bored she asked Josh to sing patty cake. The two of them sang through all her songs while we drove to JoAnn’s. (I try and try to get video but she always stops when she sees the phone/camera!) JoAnn’s is usually her whiniest store - she doesn’t find it very interesting to stare at paint/fabric/paper with me. But we were buying a dowel and she and Josh each held onto an end and walked around the store while she giggled. I know some people only dream of having an outing like that with their 20 month old and I am so grateful for those days. But it makes me feel even worse that she’s always sick the other two weeks of the month.
I wish I had video of all the cute things she’s doing! She doesn’t get mad about the camera, but she does clam up or ask to look at it. I’ve really been trying (and failing) to get her singing. She only does it when she’s in the mood, and most often for Josh. Head and Shoulders is probably her favorite right now, but the Sesame Street theme song makes me laugh the most. She sings “Saaaaaaah, Caaaaaaah, Ahhhhhhhhhh, Seeeeeeeee.” Translation: SUNNY (days, chasing the) CLOUDS (away), ON (my way to where the air is) SWEET.
Her love for books is going strong. I can often tell what book she’s “reading” from the next room, because she’ll be naming pictures or “singing” the rhythm. She just started insisting I read to her before every nap and bedtime. (I usually did, but not always)
She also still loves structure and order. She puts things away, throws things away, closes doors, and insists that things be done the same way every time. This meant that she had a harder time than I was expecting on our trip to Pittsburgh. She did pretty well with the actual traveling, except she didn’t nap, which may have been her first day ever without a nap. She fell asleep as we were pulling into the driveway.
The first few days she was stressed and overwhelmed and threw aLOT of fits. But she was much more herself the last few days. Her speech was exploding, so that was very fun! And she did have some happy play times with her cousins. The 4 girls have roughly three years between each of them, so it was fun for me to see how well the other three got along, knowing that Kylie will be able to play with them more next time!
The trip did help her get over preferring me to Josh. Even when she’s not sick, she needs a certain amount of cuddle time each day (from either of us), which is new and sweet!
She is over the stuffed animal obsession – she still plays with them, but we don’t have to take one everywhere we go. Her favorite items this week have been Josh’s hats. She likes it when they each wear one.
Just this week she started lying down on her diaper changing mat when we get it out (instead of running). We make a HUGE deal out of it! She also folds it up (with minimal help) and puts it away. She wipes her own nose, which is so nice. We make a big deal out of that, too, so she’s very proud. Now to get her to shampoo her hair without crying…
She copies everything; I love it. That’s why she puts things away – she only put the things away that she sees me putting away right after she play with them (like play dough). The other day she was pulling out the sponges and soap from under the sink, and then she put them away, dividing the used and clean ones in their correct boxes! When she met her younger cousin, she crawled after her. Sometimes copying is bad – she tried to drink her oatmeal earlier this week, like I drink the milk out of my cereal bowl. And we are very careful with how we talk to and treat Beaker because she will copy anything we do with him. But she really tries to use things correctly, which is so sweet.
Her sleeping has been a dream. She’s been staying in bed until 8am! AND taking 2.5-3 hour naps. I don’t think she sleeps the whole time in either case, but she wakes up and just kind of dozes. If I let her take a book to her nap with her she doesn’t sleep as well. But she loves her crib!
Elephant pictures are definitely getting harder, I need to give her a cookie or something! But it’s fun to see how she’s lost her baby face in the last 6 months. And grew some long legs!
(the good pictures in this post were taken by Aunt Mary when we were in Pittsburgh)