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Monday, September 26, 2016

*Month 22 & 23*

This post consists of Juliet's 22nd and 23rd month because... life.   You know how it gets.  It just dawned on me the other day, (when Jules threw a fit and made a high pitch shrill that could've broken a window), that our little girl is one month away from turning 2!  Insane.  I have a 2 year old.  How is this possible?  


Age: 22 & 23 months

Stats:  26.3 lbs

Clothing:  24 months/2T clothes.  Size 5 shoe, even though I've bought her a couple 6's in her more expensive shoes so that she can wear them longer.  She likes to pick out what she's going to wear now and she even tries to put them on which is adorable until the tantrum starts because she needs help even though she thinks she doesn't.  

Favorite Foods:  Pears, Brioche bread (literally she ate 4 pieces one day), and Nutella.  I have to sneak veggies in smoothies mostly and meat is still not of any interest to her.  She eats like 7 times a day and she well lets me know when she's hungry but crawling into her highchair by herself and making "Mmmm!  Mmmm!" sounds until we feed her.  

Words: We've been signing more words for her to try and help her communicate.  She's catching on and doing really well!  It's definitely taking the frustration out of it for the both of us.  The new words that we've heard her say is "excuse me", (shew-she) "thank you" (ant-uh), "help" (hay-ulp), "dog" (doog) & "go"!  She mimics our inflection in everything that we say but not quite all the words and sounds.   

Favorite Activities:  Helping us in the kitchen is what she lives for!  We've incorporated several montessori items that helps involve her in the cooking process and she loves the independence.  She stirs, pours, and actually cuts veggies with my help.  She loves sitting and reading her books.  I've noticed that she thinks all her books are counting books.  She points and pretends to count each item in the pictures.  Other than that pretty much "going through" everything is her favorite pastime.
   
Other Milestones:  Other than saying a few more words, the biggest milestone that we've witnessed is Juliet sorting shapes, sizes, and colors on the Shapes for Baby iPad app.  It's the cutest app and it buys me a couple more minutes when browsing Target aisles.  We've also been drawing circles on her magna doodle, which is basically her drawing endless loops but she does understand the difference between circular motion vs. linear.

Highlights:

 She's still the most loving little girl.  She'll hug and kiss strangers, including their pets and thinks the whole world is sunshine and rainbows... unless you take her graham cracker.  All hell will break loose if you take her graham cracker.  She tries to be as independent as possible and she's showing sure signs of being a little daredevil.  She tries to make us happy when she gets in trouble.  She waves and says "hi" over and over again thinking that we're mad at her. We eventually give in and wave back to show no hard feelings while trying desperately to stick with the consequence.
Nevertheless, we love her to pieces and can't wait to celebrate her 2nd birthday next month!