When Hailey turned two in September, I braced myself. Here it comes, I thought. I kept waiting for Hailey to have consistent epic meltdown, to despise all food, to rebel against everything I say. Well, it seems she may be saving most of that for when she turns 14, because I’ve really, really enjoyed her being two so far!
Communication. She speaks in short sentences now (Hailey eat eggs cheese! or Mickey time TV please? More hug kiss please! Baby eyes closed night night. Mama food hot- cool off!). I love that she can communicate so well, yet I still love that words and sentences aren’t pronounced perfectly. I keep trying to get as much of the cuteness on video as possible.
Attitude. Hailey is proving to have a sweet nature. She has her occasional tantrums, for example, I let her completely melt down in the cart at Target one time because I refused to give into her demand for my phone while she was screaming. That was a fun battle of wills for us, as well as for all the other customers. I’m sorry.
However, most of the time she’s incredibly sweet. She gives unsolicited hugs, kisses and Eskimo kisses when she is having a fun time. She’ll just run up to hug and kiss me. It’s my favorite.
Sleep. She is still sleeping beautifully from 7pm-8am. Sometimes it will take her a while to fall asleep, but I only know this because of the video in her room. She is quite as can be and just plays with her dolls and blankets until she’s ready to lay down and pass out.
Naps, though, are becoming more elusive. I put her down at 1:00, but she rarely falls asleep before 2:00 or 3:00. Again, I only know this because I can watch her. She is quiet and plays with her dolls until she eventually falls asleep. I’ve been waking her at 4:00 at the latest. So far, she’s still ready for bed at 7:00, but sometimes she’s grumpy if she didn’t fall asleep until later and I have to wake her. Some may see this as a sign that she is giving up naps, and maybe on some days she is, but I plan on maintaining a quiet time in the house between 1-3. If she wants to sleep, wonderful, but otherwise she may play quietly. I’ve noticed that having some down time works well for her, and for me.
Meals. I’m thrilled that she’s still a good eater. She certainly has her preferences towards toddler food. For example, if I put sourdough with melted cheese on her plate, along with tomatoes and avocado, she’ll down the cheese first and ask for more. However, a simple ‘you can have more if you still want it after you’re done’ nips it in the bud and she’ll move onto the other options. I’m maintaining the food philosophy of me deciding when she eats (3 meals and 1 snack) and what is on her plate and she is allowed to decide whether she wants to eat and how much. This means I don’t push the clean plate club, however tempting it may be at times. There are times when she is distracted that I do sit with her and help her eat, but otherwise, it’s all her. I’m very satisfied with her eating habits at this point. She even tried a beet yesterday! She only ate one and was done, but being that I’m still not a huge beet fan, I couldn’t blame her. I was just excited she tried it!
Favorite foods currently: Peach yogurt, goat cheese, avocado, clementines, red peppers in her eggs, soup (usually it’s my lentil soup mixed with a grain to be thick), dried mango and water WITH ICE. Gosh, she loves ice in her water.
Other tidbits I want to remember:
She’s taken to showers over baths. She hates to stop playing for bath time now, but if we give her a shower option, she excitedly goes and throws all her clothes in the hamper (the I’m ready sign). We get in together and she’ll soap down the walls and spray them off over and over, grinning the whole time.
She likes to ask for two of everything. If I ask if she wants a banana, she’ll say TWO nanas. So far breaking things in half when she isn’t looking is working.
She is usually pretty good with manners. She uses please and thank you regularly.
She likes to clean up any mess, no matter how small and always throws trash away. She’s into cleanliness and will cry OH NO if she spills. It makes me feel bad, so I keep telling her messes are ok; we just clean them up. She’ll holds things up and ask me ‘trash?’ then run over to throw it away. She brings me her plate when she is finished eating and loves helping me empty the dishwasher, naming each item as she unloads it. Ailay’s plate!
She has now experienced Mickey Mouse and is in LOVE. Watching her sing and mimic the dances to the hot dog song makes me giggle. She knows her colors, and uses them correctly 90% of the time. She is doing better with numbers everyday and made it to 11 yesterday on her own. She’s VERY into books right now. We read at least 3 every night. Her favorite right now is Where the Wild Things Are. She asks for Max by name.
She often switches out mama and dada for mommy and daddy now.
If she gets worked up we have a time out. She’ll go sit (usually I go with her) on the stairs and is allowed to get up when she can calmly count to 5 (soon to be 10). When she gets up she has to give hugs and say sorry for ____. Surprisingly this is working pretty well right now.
She’s very good (in her mom’s opinion) with imaginary play. She loves carting her doll around and rocking her, putting her to sleep and feeding her. I can’t wait to see her be a big sis! She loves her play kitchen and grocery cart and will play with them solo for extended periods of time. However, she loves being my helper in the real kitchen most of all.
Things on our To Do Soon list:
Potty training. Putting together and moving her to a big girl room & bed. Getting rid of the paci for car and bedtime. Probably in that order.
I love her more than words can express! Two is such a fun, fun age.
I’d really love to tackle potty training soon.
If you have experience, what is your #1 tip?!