Friday, August 26, 2016

23 months of knowing heaven on earth - MLEC

Well we are on the last leg of this flight and it feels like we've traveled at supersonic speed.  One month from now she will be landing on Twoville.  The past year has been filled with so much growth for her and I can feel the emotional rollercoaster coming on as I start to reflect on it all.
She has had one big milestone of a month too!  She began telling us 3-4 weeks ago she wanted to potty so I decided to break out the equipment since she showed interest.  The very first time she tried she found success and I guess she liked the feeling.  From there we began doing the bathroom scramble often and she started preferring to (#2) in the potty over her diaper.  (Sound the trumpets and cheer!)  This past week we had a couple days of being naked when she was home and then bought minnie mouse undies and puppy pull ups for our little princess.  So far we are on day 5 of no diapers and doing undies at home and pull ups for sleep or when we go in public (I still don't trust her yet fully)  She's doing really really well and has had a hand full of accidents that usually occur and then she screams running to the potty to finish.  It's a much earlier and different experience than her brother so I wondered if she was ready but she seems to be proving that she is.  I guess it helps to have an older sibling you want to emulate so much.

Hip Hip Hooray for undies!!!!!
This month has brought on lots of sleep problems, attitude, and screaming.  I began to wonder if she was conducting some type of social experiment to see how far she could push mommy over the edge. However I recently discovered at least part of the culprit, a two year molar popping through.  I'm going to hope this is not a preview of what her 2's will be like.  Either way I have been praying that fiery side of her will be used for good in her life.
As much as she wants to do whatever Henry does she has also discovered a way to play on her own.  All of a sudden there is an interest in nurturing everything in her sight.  She loves to play with her doll house and talk about feeding them dinner and giving them baths.  Our little paw patrol figurines have been well taken care of lately and can be found tucked in for sleep or perched on our dining room chairs just before dinner.  My favorite though is hearing her sweet little voice singing her favorite lullaby to her stuffed animals as she holds them and walks around.  What a sweet and caring little girl she is.

Her caring and concerned side can also be seen with her love for people and animals.  The moment she hears Henry crying she runs to see if he's ok.  The sight of any animal, breathing air or statue made of stone, tugs at her heart strings and sends that little voice into a high pitched "awwwww" followed by an air kiss.  She is not shy about showing affection and her unsolicited hugs, kisses, or playful smiles are a welcome and familiar sight.  I love how easily she warms up to others.  She can meet someone for the first time and still want to give them a hug upon departure;  I think it shows how comfortable she is being her.  How wonderful it would be if she could always stay that way, loving who she is and standing firm and proud on that ground.  
She has taken on a huge interest in singing and performing lately.  No longer singing back up for Henry, she is happily standing on her stage or dancing around the house with a "microphone" belting out her favorites Jesus Loves Me and Jesus I Come.  So, so, sweet.  

At 23 months it is getting hard to pin point my favorite Mallie Lynnisms.  She is speaking in full sentences and especially when repeating after Henry.  Sometimes she tries to parrot him so much she goes a full two minutes of repeating word after word, ( in her own way).   Some highlights of late:  
Mahi Mahi - "mommy mommy"
running and racing you can be sure you'll here or say "I beat you!" at the end
"Watching Watching" - when she wants us to watch her do anything
"I like yo shiurt" , "I like yo nose"  - compliments handed out by our sweet girl.
"Yaaaaa hoooo!"  Exclaimed the day we picked up Henry from his first day of school and has since been used to exclaim excitement ever since.
 Oh my little pumpkin girl.  We've come a long way sweet, sweet girl.  As much as I can't believe you're not an infant anymore I love the baby girl you've become.  The girl you're becoming.  The girl you'll be.  Don't worry though, you're still gonna be my baby, for now, for always, forever.

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