I've come to the realization over the past few months that living with a two year old is nothing less than adventure. We have our good days, our bad days, our very bad days, and our awesome days. Unless she's teething or has a cold, we vary between good and awesome. Then, well its the other way around. Thankfully we have one out of four of her two-year molars, so teething should be a thing of the past soon.
Since she has turned two, she has become a fan of movies. We watched a lot more tv than I'm proud of over the long, awful winter. Her favorite movies are Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Despicable Me 1 and 2. I know I seem to have been eating my words when it comes to Disney Princesses. Well, you do that a lot as a parent. That said, we're still not raising Ladybug to be a princess, nor are they allowed to be her soul focus in life.
She is a picky eater. That said, she does eat. Our biggest problem is that she doesn't like to eat when she's nervous. When she goes to her grandparents' house she's been known to go on full hunger-strike. That in itself, is one of the main reasons we have decided put off our week-long vacation alone to Canada until she is older. We're okay with this too. Sometimes you have to do what is best for you and your kids rather than do the more selfish thing. No one would have fun then, so we're waiting.
She still loves music. She loves to sing and has started making up her own songs. They often go something along the line of "My baby! My baby!" She especially loves power ballads and songs from her movies. When she's singing "Let It Go" or "A Part of Your World," she has to act out the songs just like Elsa and Ariel. Actually, she likes to act out the entire movies while she watches them. It's fun to watch with her, because she can do this word for word and action for action.
She can be a very handy, helpful little person. She loves to help. Just yesterday I needed to find my keys. I looked all over the house and couldn't find them. I asked Ladybug to find them. It took her fifteen seconds. I'm not kidding. She's very helpful in brining phones and remotes.
Yeah, she has the best memory imaginable. She gets it from me. No, seriously. All my childhood, my parents would ask me when important things happened for taxed and other things like that. I had once dubbed myself "The Remember Girl." Ladybug has usurped my title. Okay, maybe she inherited it. It's not like she killed me to get it. As to her memory, if you go to Sonic, you better be prepared to give her a peppermint. She won't forget.
She can be a very handy, helpful little person. She loves to help. Just yesterday I needed to find my keys. I looked all over the house and couldn't find them. I asked Ladybug to find them. It took her fifteen seconds. I'm not kidding. She's very helpful in bringing phones and remotes. She recognizes words, and sometimes I'm fairly certain she can read some words.
She has recently started the "Why" phase. Actually. it's the "What's that?" phase also. She's always asking one or the other. If she doesn't like my answer to "what's that?" she'll correct me. I'm trying not to discourage this, because I always want her to ask me questions, and I always want to answer to the best of my abilities as honestly as possible.
The best part of this age has to be the funny things that she says. First of all, she has a habit of transposing consonants in words. Like cupcakes are "puccakes." Crayons are "cayrons." She says her name, but leaves off the "L." One of my favorite things that she says is "Lookie that!" It's not "lookie there" or "look at that!" She still says fork without much of an "r" in it, but most of the time she calls them "dinglehoppers" after watching The Little Mermaid. I'll take "dinglehopper" over the alternative.
There are some days I want to pull out my hair. Most of them, I'm just impressed with the awesome little girl God has blessed us with.