Life with an almost two-year-old (Emma is 19 months now) is quite the adventure! It’s a constant learning experience – I had no idea it would be like this. By the time I think I’ve mastered one stage, another is upon me and we have to adapt to that! I guess I’d better get used to it. ;-)
Napping and Bedtime: We’re down to one nap a day now, at around 3 p.m. Not long ago she was taking two naps a day… oh how I miss that quiet time, lol. Bedtime is still fairly easy, around 7:30-8:00 p.m. she goes to sleep. She is wanting verrrry long hugs at night now. I can’t resist because I love the fact that she wants to hug me, even if it’s a ploy to delay sleep time. :-)
Mealtime: Thankfully, there isn’t so much throwing food “overboard” off her high chair anymore! That used to be her way of telling me she was done, but now if I keep an eye on her I can tell when she’s done. First, she starts playing with her food. Throwing it overboard is a last resort, then comes crying if I don’t let her down. Maybe someday she’ll learn to ask to be put down… oh what a lovely day that will be!
Playtime: Why oh why is the kitchen the place she loves to spread her toys? Must be because I let her have her toy kitchen in there. Now she thinks the whole house is her realm and she can litter where she may – her royal subject will clean up after her. *sigh*
Cleanup time: She will put her toys away if I help her and encourage her. At least that’s something. ;-) What’s really funny is how much she enjoys helping me clean up the kitchen. She wants to be in on everything and will hand me the dishes from the dishwasher so I can put them in the cupboards or drawer. And she has such a delighted expression on her face and does it with such energyI don’t mind that it takes three times as long as usual to get it done.
Potty time: We are still in diapers (correction: she is still in diapers, lol) and probably will be for awhile. January was supposed to be my month to start introducing her to the potty and, unfortunately, I began the month with a bad cold that has lasted two weeks. So that was put on the backburner. But today I brought the potty out and put it in our dining area (we don’t eat there). I have chocolates ready to bribe reward her with and we’ll see how it goes!
Talking: Emma is jabbering all the time in a foreign tongue… ;-) Okay, she knows a little English as well. Her favorite phrases are “Oh Mo!” (oh no), “Pees, Pees, Pees!” (Please, not peas – or pees, unfortunately), and she has a decent regular vocabulary as well (daddy, mommy, diaper, eat, thirsty, etc). I started her out signing when she was a baby and she still signs as well. Sometimes I’m pretty sure she would rather sign than talk, something we need to remedy. I haven’t taught her anymore signs, mainly because I’m too lazy to learn them myself. Or defeated. lol
And that pretty much sums up my life right now. It revolves around this funny, personable little firecracker (I never know when she’s going to go off!) whom I love more than anything else in the world (besides my God and my husband). I love to go get her cheery little self every morning and I can’t wait for her to go to sleep at night. Motherhood really makes you crazy sometimes I think. ;-)
But as long as there are other crazy people (moms) to remonstrate with, I suppose I can survive.