… I just didn’t think life with Everly could get any better, but I was wrong! Now, Everly says ‘love you!’ regularly. There is nothing better (I say that phrase too often, huh?) than your kiddo telling you that they love you. They are the three sweetest words when strung together. Also, now she can say Emma correctly! And will do so if we ask her who that is (while pointing at Emma or a picture of Emma). However, she still mostly refers to her in everyday conversation as ‘Nah-mi’. Now if only she would start saying Everly ;).
… is starting to do imaginative play back and forth with Emma on a daily basis. I just love to watch their relationship grow and develop- my favorite things I have witnessed are the use of pretend money (Emma is always telling Everly that the items in her shop cost five dollars and Ev’s reaches into her pretend pocket to grab the money and places it in her hands), riding pretend horses side by side on the couch, listening to Emma read Everly a fake (or sometimes real) story book, playing princess in their new house (Ev’s is always the baby and Emma is always the mommy).
… on the other hand, Ev’s also rocks independent play. She can read a book to herself or her baby doll, she doesn’t mind going outside and playing with the water table or ‘princess castle’ by herself, she is content in the playroom by herself for about 30 minutes at a time. This is so the opposite of her sister who needs to be around someone at all times, we are really soaking this in.
… carries around a tube of toothpaste/diaper cream that she refers to as her baby. No lie, this is the most random toddler thing ever. She will carry around until it bursts and she will smear it all over herself. We learned our lesson after the second ‘baby’ exploded so now we try to leave all tubes out of Ev’s reach.
… has seven teeth and four one year old molars. Maybe, just maybe by the time she turns three she will have all her teeth ;). Seriously though, I think she would win the award for slowest-teeth-getter ever.
… likes to ask why over and over and over again. This is a normal (one-sided) conversation with Everly. “Berries. Red. Why?” or ‘Juice. Blue. Why?’. Sometimes it is a little moer interactive: the other day I told her the graham crackers were all gone. She asked why? I responded that her and Emma ate them all. She asked why? I said I don’t know why do you eat all of our food? And she responded with why? Ahhhh, I gave up on that conversation!
… likes to drink from regular cups- prefers the cups to be full of ice water (do not forget the ice!). The only problem with this- she spills her water every.single.time. Followed by the sweetest ‘sorry’.
… stands at the top of the stairs and yells ‘guys’ or ‘you guys’ after she wakes up from a nap or in the morning if we have pulled her into our bed in order to catch a few more ‘zzzzzz’s.
… still likes to eat as soon as she wakes up and is quite grumpy until she gets some food in her belly. She is obsessed with waffles for breakfast. My favorite part about the breakfast routine is that she loves to say ‘ah ready. ready’ while dancing all over the kitchen once she hears the toaster pop signaling the waffle is done . I have also found her saying ‘good. good. good.’ after taking her first bite.
… went number one in the potty the night before she turned two. A couple of days later went number 2. She was so proud of herself and we were so proud of her rewarding her with lots of clapping and M and M’s. However, this does not seem to be a trend that will continue no matter how many rewards we try to offer her. We waffle back and forth between pushing her to start potty training since she clearly knows how to use the potty or waiting until she is clearly ready.
… is really into friends (two of anything similar are friends in her book); since my post the other day, she found two blue forks, held them up and declared them friends, two cards from a deck of cards and two bows- she does not discriminate when it comes to friends.
… started preschool this month and she did great! She follows the rules, eats her lunch and most importantly takes her nap. I think she was so excited to finally get to go to what she had been dropping Emma off for since she was born! We were elated that she got to have our beloved Ms. Debbi and we were sad to see the program end after four short weeks. We are so excited to see all that she learns this coming school year.
… is talking up a storm. She has really come into her own lately. Here are a few of my favorite phrases she says ‘love you’, ‘here you go’, ‘you guys’, ‘what those mommy?’, ‘share momma?’.
… can recognize McDonald’s and shouts French fries as soon as she sees it. To say this girl loves her some French fries would be an understatement ;).
… says her prayers every night and they are the cutest thing. She will make the sign of the cross and say Amen. I follow up with the prayer that her school says ‘God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for our food.’ She typically chimes in on food and then says ‘lettuce’ which I finally realized that she got from the part of the prayer that says ‘let us’. Then I ask her who else she wants to pray for and she will say Emma followed by Mama and Daddy and then my favorite part- she says me! (meaning herself). Then she will pray for baby sheep, daddy sheep, horsie, lollie, baby de-o-dore, Nonni and Papa George.
… is a whopping 33.75 inches tall and 24.5 pounds and seems to be growing more and more each day! We just love this girl and can’t wait to see how she continues to grow and develop in year 3. We just hope she stays her sweet sweet self.
And with that, all of my monthly posts are complete!!