|20 months - could't get her to look at me or the camera :)|
|Here Mr Bear - wear this sticker!|
|A quick smooch for my brother ;)|
|hi gorgeous spaghetti sauce face.|
|belly. eyelashes. love.|
|OVER IT MAMA!|
20 month stats:
Weight: I'd guess the same as last month?
Height: 32 1/4 inches - still the same!
Eating: Eating a lot!! Still drinking 2-4 cups of organic whole milk daily.
Clothes: 18 month, 18-24 month, 24 month and 2T!
Diaper: Size 4. Size 5 at night.
Shoe Size: 4 1/2 - 5
My dear girl...
I'm (once again) changing up the way I write these letters, because you are constantly changing as well. This past month has been a whirlwind. The blink of an eye. At the start of you turning 19 months, you were an only child. And now - one month later, you've been a big sister for over 3 weeks. It's hard to believe!!
We couldn't be prouder of you, my love. You have embraced Benjamin as your own - your love for him is overwhelming. The first thing you do is yell BENNY when you wake up - (or sometimes BOP because Mama sings a silly song titled "Benny Bop") - you kiss him, hug him, hold him, squeeze him. You put his pacifier back in when it falls out (not without sometimes putting it in your mouth first.. just to test it out ;) ) - you are so motherly and loving. You don't seem concerned when he cries - you just pat his back or rub his head. It's as though you know he's okay - no need to worry. When I am nursing him, you want to sit on my lap and snuggle up. I let you even if there is no room - I will always make sure there is room for you, my dear.
The Way You Look -- Tall, THIN, gorgeous. I swear, overnight, you got taller and thinned out so much -- your rolls are all but disappearing and your sweet chubby cheeks are a distant memory. Your big blue eyes stare at me with such intensity. Your hair is getting LONG and we are still in a stage where it needs to be put up in a ponytail or it's in your face. I don't want to cut it. I love it long. I am going to attempt piggytails this weekend - you'll look adorable. Your skin is so fair and soft, I often find myself wondering how in the world I created something so perfect.
The Way You Learn -- We are all about learning, nowadays. Lots of books. Lots of counting. Lots of letter, numbers, colors. You can count to 10. You are learning animal sounds, letter sounds, shapes, colors. You soak it all in and we love to watch you. At school, you are learning a lot and it is clear you are remembering. You love to read books - any books - but your current favorites are "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" - Eric Carle is your main author! You still love your Elmo books, too. You still love to play in your kitchen, with your blocks, and more. Your new trick is CLIMBING - on everything - and anything. It's scary but funny, too. You love to put on your shoes & jacket yourself. You also put on my shoes. Too cute. You are over watching TV (wahoo!) but if you are in the mood, you watch Sesame Street and old Muppets movies. Otherwise you seem to want to play rather then watch.
The Way You Sleep -- We are now officially down to ONE nap a day!! It's awesome because we can play more in the morning. I wish you'd nap a little longer, but I'll take what I can get - you have lunch around 11:15 and nap right after - anywhere from 1-2 hours. At first, you were only sleeping for 45 minutes but it's increased with time. At school, you nap over 2 hours (and they need to wake you!) so I'm wondering why you don't at home?? Maybe because you love me too much ;) You go to bed between 7 and 7:30 and wake up between 7:00 and 7:30 (rarely earlier, rarely later). You sleep right through Benny crying during the night which is a huge relief.
The Way You Eat -- Food, snacks, food, snacks. Possibly your favorite thing to do is EAT!! I love it because you were so picky for so long. You'll try mostly anything but have your favorites. Fruit (all), apple sauce, all Plum Organic Snacks, peanut butter and ice cream are your favorites. I'm going to slowly introduce more foods to you but it makes me so proud that you'll eat. I think you'd rather do 6 small meals a day then 3 bigger meals (which is healthier!)
The Way You Are A Toddler -- Testing, testing, testing - with a side of (small) tantrums. You yell "MINE" and "HEY!" when you want something. It's taking getting used to watching you become a true toddler -- I'm learning the best ways to deal with it. I don't want to yell at you or constantly say no, but I need to keep you safe. It seems you are always into something that you shouldn't be - you look at me with a face of "Is this going to make you mad??" and then proceed. My tricky, little bug. It's all a part of growing up and I will always help you make the right decisions.
... my little love, I could write for days. I never want to forget the moments, the everyday details that will be forgotten but for now, make up our days. We are so grateful for you. I cannot BELIEVE we are 4 months away from another birthday - where is time going?! I am going to officially start planning your party this month (and it's looking like a Muppets theme is in order) - I'm just in shock. Wasn't it yesterday we celebrated your 1st birthday?!!
This month, I hope to do lots of learning, lots of art projects and squeeze in as many hugs and kisses as possible. I love you, my girl. Keep growing...
Lots of love,