Height: 34 inches
Weight: 24lbs 4oz
And away we go with our last monthly Emma update (late as usual, we wouldn’t want to change anything for our last monthly update ;))
Skills: Emma is really starting to piece her words together! Her best phrase yet (with no prompting) was probably “break it- help you mommy”. She also likes to say fix it, hold it (which she grunts out- we are working on this one), baby crying, clean it up, warm it up (in reference to food), Eberleah crawling, etc. She also uses slang- which I kind of find hilarious (her favorites: sure, yep, yeah).
Emma is able to answer questions now which just baffles me. We asked Emma the other day who her best friend at school was and she looked at me and said “Pey-ton”. Emma’s teachers had been writing us notes that Emma and Peyton had really been getting along lately, so I was first shocked that she actually knew the names of her classmates and second, shocked that it was the person that her teachers had told us about. We have seen a couple of her classmates lately outside of school and she actually recognizes them and knows their names- I guess they really are not babies anymore!
Likes: In no particular order Emma likes: bossing mommy and daddy around, eating most things (blueberries and ice cream at Nonni’s house are particular favorites), the “prize” (surprise) I bring her home every day (a little piece of chocolate or fruit hidden in my purse), her pink pajamas (yes, she actually insists on wearing them!), coloring, playing outside, face timing Austin, bugs, when mommy comes home from work, the zoo, going to school, juice from a pouch, moccs, being the center of attention J
Dislikes: Sharing almost anything and everything. I say almost, because if she does not want something then she says “Eberleah turn”- isn’t she a sweetheart ;). Otherwise- everything is “my turn, my turn”. She likes to tell Everly when to sit and when mommy can hold her (i.e. when she wants to go upstairs- she knows I will only go if I take Everly). I am hoping this sharing thing works itself out, but I have a feeling this will be a constant struggle. Emma still does not consistently sleep through the night. Her pediatrician did not seem concerned at all! She said she was on the verge of a big developmental breakthrough. In my head, I was thinking- oh, is that what it has been for the last two years? One, huge, big developmental breakthrough??!!?? However, I am concerned. Sleep, sweet girl, sleep- we all like to sleep. Emma dislikes sitting still at the dining room table or any table for that matter. We are working with her that she has to stay seated until everyone is done. Everyone includes Everly too J.
Miscellaneous: She has grown 6 inches between this year and last year! In my eyes she is just getting so big. Definitely more of a toddler than a baby (which is obvious, but still so hard for me to wrap my head around!). Emma has weaned herself completely of bottles, but is still hanging on tightly to pap-pap (her affectionate name for her pacifier). She has moved into 2T clothing (except for the 18-24 month stuff I am still trying to squeeze her into) and still wearing size 3 diapers. She has 11 teeth + 4 molars. The last tooth is finally on its way- then we will get to deal with the 2 year molars L. Emma still has wispy blonde hair and has somehow been the recipient of side bangs even though she has never had her haircut.
I want to remember everything about Emma at two. I want to remember how much her vocabulary is growing, developing and changing on a daily basis. I want to remember that she copies all words that we say (the two I am most ashamed of is “oh gosh” and “dang it”), the rest of it is pretty cute ;). I want to remember that she has an intense love for animals. She can recognize almost all animals and is especially fond of snakes and rhinos. She loves going to the zoo. She says bye bye to every animal that we see (“bye bye rhino”, “bye bye monkey” etc.). I want to remember the joy that she has when she gets to “play” or “slide” which is how she refers to every playground. I want to remember that she loves going outside especially in the front yard and by the pool. The way her eyes light up is priceless. I want to remember the way she gets so excited if we are going to have pizza. Wes just brought a pizza home the other day and you would have thought she won a million dollars. She was covering up her mouth and shrieking “pizza, pizza, oh gosh!”. I want to remember the way she tells me to give daddy a kiss before I leave in the morning. I want to remember the way she cuddles up with Wes every evening before bed. I want to remember that she is slow and cautious to warm up to people/things. I want to remember the first time she jumped in the swimming pool by herself. I want to remember her fierce love and at the same time her jealousy towards Everly. We rocked her world this year by adding Everly to our family. I love watching them when Emma first wakes up, she loves saying “hi Eberleah, hi” and patting her back over and over again. At the same time, I love watching them in the bathtub together at the end of the day genuinely laughing and playing with each other. I can’t wait to watch this sweet (and oftentimes dramatic) girl of mine grow up.