Monday, June 29, 2015

21 Month Update

This month, Tay's inner diva has really begun to show. She loves wearing jewelry and sunglasses, carrying her purse around the house filled with rocks and plastic silverware, and trying on every shoe she comes across. Her favorites include my mom's house shoes, my loafers that have tassels on the top, and all of Jake's sweaty tennis shoes. In her mind, the bigger the shoes the more fun to scoot around in. She still enjoys dragging all of her clothes out of her dresser, especially the skirts and swimsuits, and once they're out she has to try on every. single. one. I've learned that telling her no only makes her want to do it more, which means it isn't uncommon for her to eat dinner in a tutu and rain boots. Who am I to rain on her parade? Pun intended.

Her love for Curious George and Mickey Mouse remain as strong as ever. The iPad has become a lifesaver on road trips, even though she watches the same three episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on repeat every time. She spends the majority of each episode pointing and yelling at the screen as if Mickey himself is going to jump out and talk back to her. And, of course, she goes completely bonkers whenever the Hot Dog song comes on. One night, we were in the shower when it randomly came on Toddler Pandora and she lost her marbles. She looked at me like HOW is this song playing right now? And then she immediately broke into her signature move which consists of booty drops with her arms bent back like a chicken while twirling in circles. It is the most ridiculous combination of moves but definitely resembles her personality so well. This kid is hilarious.

With the arrival of summer, we have been eating a variety of different foods. So far, the tot loves watermelon, BBQ, and popsicles, mostly because they make a huge mess. She refuses to eat any vegetable except green beans or corn on the cobb which means she eats green beans pretty much every day. As someone who can eat them straight of the can (room temp and all), that's fine by me, but even she gets sick of them after a while. Since moving into this picky eating phase, we have resorted to giving her pouches when we're on the go so that we know she's getting a good amount of fruits and veggies. If it were up to her, she'd live off goldfish, fruit snacks, and applesauce, which is obviously a well-balanced diet.

The tot plays so hard each day that by nap time she is ready for some rest. It isn't always easy to get her to stop and lay down, especially if she is playing with her friends, but she is more than eager to go to bed by 8:00 each night, picking up Penny and her blanket and walking to her room like such a big girl. Some nights, she even attempts to climb into her crib on her own, so I know it won't be much longer before she's attempting to climb out of it as well. Speaking of that transition, our babysitter has moved Taylor from a pack 'n play to a cot at daycare during nap time which I can't fully wrap my head around yet. I cannot believe that my tiny 7 lb baby is big enough to be napping with the 4 year olds, but apparently she is. We have discussed transitioning her to a big girl bed at home as well, but I'm hoping that's something that can wait until the end of summer.

On the potty training front, Tay is eager to use the big girl potty before bath time each night but shows little interest in it any other time. She has successfully used both her portable potty and the full-size toilet on multiple occasions, but we have come to the conclusion that she's still too young to realize when she needs to go nor is she able to fully vocalize the need. So for now, we're taking it one day at a time and encouraging her to go between diaper changes and before bath time. Slow and steady wins the race.

As a side note, my cousin and his wife brought their new baby over this weekend for a visit, and poor Taylor just couldn't hold back the tears when she saw her daddy holding a baby that was not her. Talk about dramatic. But somehow, whenever I held the baby she was fine, giving baby Owen kisses and smothering him with hugs. And then in true toddler fashion, she started jumping on the couch, running around like a crazy person, and stepping on the dog. Never a dull moment in our house!