Monday, March 8, 2010

Birthday Girl!!

On February 23, 2010, Little Miss Molly-Robin Moose Mouse turned 2!!!

(Sorry this pic is a little old...this was from Christmas, after she had just finished a yummy Christmas cookie)

Thoughts on my tiny baby turning 2:

It does seem that she has been here forever, and also that there is no way she could be 2 yet. With Ben, I remember feeling that he was definitely ready for 2, and far from a 1-yr-old by his birthday, but with Molly, not so much. I have to admit that a big part of it is just size. I don't remember the exact pound differences, but I know that Ben had been well into 2T sizes and was wearing quite a few 3T clothes by the time he turned 2. He was always between the 75th and 90th %tile. But Molly, on the other hand, has just, within the past few weeks, starting wearing 2T clothes about half of the time...she is still in quite a few 18-mo outfits. So she is honestly quite a bit smaller, which makes it hard to adjust to her being 2 already.

Personality-wise, I would say that we are seeing a hint of the "terrible twos" here and there, but generally, she is still a very kind-hearted, good-natured, pleasant person. When she gets mad, she screeches louder than she used to, but she is still quite slow to anger, and very quickly redirected to try something else or to compromise.

She still LOVES her mama!!!! I have to admit, now that she is older and more independent, it is not overwhelming at more complaints of the "monkey-vest" from this mama. In fact, it is just lovely to be so sweetly and so completely adored by a little one.
But also, she has finally opened up her little heart completely to Ben and Daddy, and it is unbelievably beautiful to see her loving on Daddy, or snuggling with Ben. She really is delightful when she shares her love.

She is REALLY into books and puzzles lately. And I will admit that I am enjoying every minute of it. Ben at this age was deeply into trains and anything with wheels that you could drive or push. Fun for him...but not so thrilling for me. So I am really enjoying and trying to savor this period of puzzle play and book-reading. And it is delightful to see how good she is. She will sit and try so hard for a good long time on very tricky puzzles.

She has been singing more and more lately, and seems to finally be more sure of how to get attention from random people, even with her boisterous brother in the room too. And her language continues to explode. I have a whole list of quotes that I have been meaning to blog, and even when I get around to writing them all, the list will already be out of date because she has been increasing her vocabulary and sentence-length daily.

She is still sleeping well, though we haven't gotten rid of the pacifiers yet ("pie pies", as she still calls them). My plan was to do it by 2, but these last few weeks have been unusual with out of town trips and visitors and illnesses, so it hasn't happened. Hopefully I will cross that bridge soon.

Her sweet, soft curls have stuck around. Her hair is so completely pretty sometimes! I'm not trying to be vain, but her hair really is stunning sometimes. We haven't had to trim it yet, and I a little afraid that if we do, we will loose the curls, so for now I am just enjoying her sweet curls.

And it continues to be SO AWESOME that she potty-trained so long ago. At this point, it has been so long since I had to change a poopy diaper on one of my kids that I barely remember how! It is so great to be generally free of a diaper bag. I keep a spare change of clothes for her in the back of the car, just in case, but never have to use it. SO great!

Basically, life is good and she is a delightful little person and a blessing to us. It is honestly wonderful to have these 2 children, and things continue to get easier and more fun all the time, now that the "baby" is 2.

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