Has it really been 3 months since I’ve done a Hailey update? Well, you knew I had to sneak one more in before I had to start counting her age is years instead of months. She’ll be TWO in September. How did that happen?
Oh yeah, with lots of giggles, bumps and fun. Would you mind humoring me as I share 23 sweet, longwinded tidbits that I don’t want to forget about 23 months?
1. She knows family and friends by name. Though she may not see them often, she can identify all family members in pictures and I’ll be darned if she doesn’t ask about Nora and Grace on a daily basis.
2. She is forming small sentences and it blows my mind. I know, every child does this, but when I hear my baby girl say things like ‘up please’ and ‘more grapes please’ and ‘Nora Grace pool’ it just amazes me. If you take the time to really listen to her, you’ll realize she is saying so much.
3. Hailey loves stickers and coloring. She is also really into her magnadoodle, where she insists I write ABC, then she ‘writes the letters’ too (looks like scribble, but it’s cute). She also sings her ABCs, but her version is a bit more like this- A B E D C A A B C. Oh, and Legos? Loves ‘em. But she’d rather spread them all out evenly than build towers. In fact, she throws a hissy if I try to stack them.
4. She doesn’t have many tantrums anymore (Thank You Communication!) but when she does gets frustrated, she spits. Isn’t that the oddest thing? She’ll stomp her feet, then lean over and spit water onto the floor. It’s ridiculously annoying, yet funny.
5. She’s very organized. She likes to put things back where they belong and throw trash away immediately. She also helps with feeding Koda, doing laundry and emptying the dishwasher. She’s a great little helper.
6. She recently, a couple days ago, got really brave in the pool. Now she loves jumping off the side into my arms and will do it over and over and overrrr again.
7. She prefers animal sounds over their names. She’ll see and owl and say hoo-hoo. She’ll see a cat and say meow. She’ll see a fire truck and say wee-O wee-O (like a siren).
8. I’m really proud of her manners. She uses please and thank you correctly all day long.
9. She is still eating well, though has picked up the odd habit of not eating peels. She’ll gnaw down to them, then put them back on her plate. I’m THAT mom who then picks them up and eats them. Sorry, I’m gross.
10. She isn’t drinking milk anymore. A month or so ago she stopped drinking it on her own. She eats so well and so much cheese and yogurt, I’m not worried about it. I’ll offer it to her and she’ll have a couple sips, but she drinks 99% water. It’s a waste for me to buy milk when no one drinks it.
11. The kid loves avocado. Like she’ll see one and scream Ah-Cado!
12. She has become quite attached to my Cabbage Patch doll I had when I was little and certain fuzzy blanket. They are names baby and blanket respectively. Creative, huh?
13. I’ve noticed it is her nature to be cautious with new things. She’ll take her time warming up to a new person, place or activity, but after she checks it out, she’s all about it. Like the beach, when she went from having to be held to running through the tide pools barefoot.
14. We STILL use the baby bathtub. Isn’t that hilarious? She takes a bath in our bathroom and we have an oversized Jacuzzi tub that takes forever to fill up. So instead she sits in the baby tub and plays in the ‘waterfall’ that comes out of the waterfall faucet.
15. She still has her pacifiers (pass-pass). They are for sleep and car only, but I need to start getting real. I am going to try and break it for car rides soon. Blah. No fun.
Quite possibly one of my favorite pictures.
16. For now, she still goes to bed at 7pm and gets up at 8am. I’m putting her down for nap between 12:30 and 1. She sleeps 2-3 hours usually, but I wake her up at 3:30 for fear she won’t be ready for bed at 7. Debating letting her sleep, then extending her bedtime, but changing routine gives me anxiety
17. I love our nighttime routine. After bath and jammies, she slides off our bed and runs to kiss Koda on the nose. She says nigh-nigh, then runs up the stairs. When I’m putting her to bed, we’ll read several Shel Silverstein poems, then she’ll flop on top of me in a giant monkey hug. I’ll rock and sing ‘You are my Sunshine’ to her several times. Then I’ll stand up, she’ll squeeze me so hard, give me a kiss and tell me night night. My heart melts on a consistent basis.
18. Hailey starts “preschool” in 3 weeks. She’ll go 2 half-days a week. I’m really excited for her to get to interact with other kids of a consistent basis without me there.
19. Randomly through the day she’ll run over and give me a hug or a kiss. She has me wrapped around her finger. Nobody tell her that.
20. Hailey loves helping me in our deck-garden. She is the first to pull off any strawberries and pop them in her mouth. Yesterday I was cooking and she ran in, proudly displaying her latest find.
21. David and I laugh daily about the funny things she does or says. We are also fully aware that we are those parents that think their kid is just the bees knees. No apologies over here.
22. She definitely knows the word ‘outside’ and prefers to eat all her meals there.
23. I couldn’t be more proud or love a child more than I do her. She’s my little buddy and has a such a loving nature. Looking forward to seeing what the future brings, but it can take its sweet time getting here!
Anything your curious about that I didn’t touch on?