Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mine Birthday, and I Want

E's vocabulary and sentence structure has been growing by leaps and bounds. We filled out a questionnaire from our doctor's office in preparation for her two year check up, and one question was whether or not she could use two word phrases to express an idea. E's got this covered. Her sentences and phrases are going strong. Her two favorites right now are "mine birthday," "I want...," and "E choose"

She is so excited to be turning two. I don't think she has a real concept of what a birthday is aside from having a party and eating cake (with green frosting). She tells everyone its "mine birthday" as though either we don't know, or we are thinking about taking it from her. The other night on our walk, out of the blue she said "A take E's birthday" and we had to try and explain that a birthday can't be taken away.

Her other favorite expression right now is "I want..." she says this all the time, mostly about snacks, and right before bed, she says "I want milk" and when we say no, she helpfully adds "get it from the fridge."

Every night she wants to choose her own snack. She wants to stand on the counter and pick something out of the cupboard. She stands there and says "E choose" and looks (and removes) most things from the cupboard. Her favorite thing to choose is raw spaghetti noodles followed by candy.

Aside from asking to choose snacks, E has started demanding them, she doesn't take no for an answer. Here she is demanding something right before dinner. I'm not giving in, and she's getting frustrated.

We had E's two year old well child visit today, she's up to 23.6 pounds, that makes her the 11th percentile!! Its the highest she's ever been! She was just over 32 inches tall, which makes her the 10th percentile. 

 We had some two year old pictures taken the other day, she actually wore her pretty dress, she modeled it in the kitchen just before the pictures.

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20- E's generally not an early riser, we end up waking her up most mornings for daycare, and its always slow going. Every morning we wake her, we have some "rock a babies" in her chair, followed by checking out where dada is, and then finally, arguing about if she should have to get dressed. This morning, she was still sleepy and clingly after her clothes were on. She perked up as the day went on, but she was always snuggly with dada.

E got moon dough from her friend R for Christmas, she has just started to really get interested in playing with it. Her set makes a little puppy, and she really likes turning the crank, looking at the dog, and then smashing it. We went back to swimming lessons this week, and E got to use a water noodle, so the lesson was a hit with her. Its funny to me what she talks about after class. She made sure to tell everyone about the noodle and that she jumped off the edge to the five little monkeys son.

Dada got E a flower for Valentine's Day, she loves it. She calls it her plant and makes sure that it has water. She loves touching it and smelling it. It started out taller, but after too much love the stem broke!

We made sure to go all out for Valentine's Day this year. She wore the tutu she had on at her first birthday party, and she picked the red Elmo socks herself. Ama and I went to the daycare party, where the kids passed out red cookies they'd decorated for their parents, danced to the Penguin song (E's new favorite) and generally showed off. E's favorite activity at the party was jumping off my legs onto the floor.

E got to go to a Valentines Day party at A's house. A's mom planned a mock sleep over, so the girls had dinner together, played Valentines themed games, ate cupcakes, and had a good time. The night ended with some bathtub painting, jammies, and a movie.

It made me smile, when the next day I asked E what her favorite part of the night was and she said "giving A cookies."

We finally got to decorate our heart shaped cookies, as you can see we used lots of green frosting. E got to give the cookies to A and R at the Valentine's Day party. Before decorating, she was most excited about the sprinkles, but once she got going, she loved dripping the frosting.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Its kind of a little bit too hot

My favorite expression of E's is "Its kind of a little bit too hot" she says it about any food above room temprature or bath water. Basically any time something is warmer then she's like. No idea where she picked it up.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Its cute!

E has started to describe many, many things. She most things are described in positive terms, with the most negative things being described as "scary." There is one thing she says all the time, which I'm starting to think we need to work on. E says of lots of things "its cute" with a big emphasis on the Cu sound. Its clear she doens't totally understand what "its cute means" since the other day she descibed her teacher's baby (which hasn't been born yet) and my milk bracelet as cute.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Catching up

Today was one of those days, I had big plans, but everything was thrown off. Today, E and I were home alone, dada was off coaching his mock trial team to victory in the regional competition. I had lots of plans for E and I. We were going to go to swimming lessons and decorate Valentine's Day cookies. E has a very specific idea about Valentine's Day, which is that it a day where you make and give heart shaped cookies. So, in order to make that happen for her, dada and I spent last night making the cookies. Today, we were going to decorate them with the special blue sprinkles E picked out.

But, instead, E caught the stomach bug that has been going around. We skipped swimming lessons, but since their had been no incidents in a few hours, we headed to the library to get out of the house. Big mistake. After she played with a computer, the plastic food, and the slide, she "spit" (her word) in the library. Both of us were embarrassed.

We spent the rest of the afternoon cuddling and watching Sesame Street.  I could tell she really wasn't feeling well when she wanted to lay on the couch together. As the day went on she perked up, and we even got a walk outside. I'm guessing she'll be back to herself tomorrow.

We finally got out to play in the snow. She's stopped putting up a fuss about getting her boots and snowsuit on. In fact, her boots have become one of her favorite items of footwear. This is the "mountain" in our neighbor's yard. She loves to climb it, while holding my hand, and then jump down. It takes three jumps to get to the bottom.

Whenever we go shopping now, E needs to take this purse and wallet. She's very concerned about her money when we get to the cash register. But, everything still costs three dollars.

Superbowl party! E got to pick the cupcakes for dessert. Turns out its not a cupcake without green frosting. She only likes to lick the frosting, she never eats the cake part.

Since we spent time with baby E, big E has been very interested in babies. She's been taking very good care of her baby lately, here she is putting on the baby's diaper. Her daycare teacher is having a baby, and she keeps talking about how the baby will come when the snow melts.

Having a snack in her "tent." E is still a girl who loves to snack, and her special spot has been in this tunnel.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What's your name?

Dada: What's your name
E: Eeeeee!
Dada: What's your full name? [a question she usually answers correctly]
E: E Bean!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Three dollars

We took E shopping tonight to get Grandpa a birthday gift. She loves shopping, and insisted on bringing her purse and wallet. Her wallet is filled with "money" which is really coupon cards from various stores. At our last stop of the night, she walked around the store picking up items and saying "three dollars" and then putting them back on the shelf. According to E, every item in the store cost three dollars. Then, on our way out, she grabbed her "money" and said to the cashier "pay money."

I'm not really sure why E understands commerce so well, although she grocery shops with dada over the summer, she doesn't really shop with us that often. I guess she's ready for an allowance.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Angels kiss you

A few funny ways E interprets things she hears.

E has a very small hematoma on her shoulder blade. Its been there since  a few weeks after she was born. She only noticed it recently, and she thought it was a cut. She was very concerned and kept saying "uh oh, uh oh." So, we told her it was were the "angel kissed you." So, now she calls it her "angel kiss you."

E is starting to understand singing and songs. She likes to sing and be sung to. Her favorite is Jingle Bells. The other song she asks for constantly is "sunny days, sweeping the cars away" which is the Sesame Street theme song. She also thinks its the theme for Elmo's World.