My sweet Evelyn,
I am always surprised by the changes a year can make at your age. A year ago, I was waxing poetic about you toddling around your 1st birthday party. Now you are still technically a “toddler” but dang, you are your own little person now. Your ratio of staying upright vs falling is getting bigger every day. Much to the disappointment of the pharmacy department in Target, we have several boxes of band-aids we no longer dip into very often.
And personality, whoa. Let’s just say you are 2. “No” is your favorite word. It is used decisively and often. Sometimes even when the answer you really want to say is Yes. And the devilish grin that accompanies it? I know that you are saying it just to get my goat sometimes. (Did I mention you are 2?)
Potty training has it’s ups and downs. Nothing perfect and we still have some time to go before I would let you out of the house in underwear. We did discover that you don’t mind pooping on the potty as long as we leave the room (girls needs her privacy right?). Of course, you still don’t want to tell us that you need to poop so lets work on that ok?
We just started you in gymnastics again (Nana and Me Class) and you are doing so much better. We knew you were ready when you started doing somersaults around the living room. It amazes me to see your coordination at your age. You try soooo hard to do things your sister does. That brings up one of the things I love about you, your tenacity. As I mentioned in your 20 month update, you ability to stay calm and think things through is pretty darn cool at your age. Your melt downs are almost never about your inability to do something (usually it’s because I’m telling you to stop doing something). Your little “help peas” is just adorable and so wonderfully tantrum preventing.
That little brain of yours is always working. You can list the numbers up to 20 and count actual objects up to 5. You can sing entire songs, often treating us to renditions of Do Ray Me in the car. I just love to see you analyze a new object to figure out how it is put together and operates.
We love you so much Chipmunk and can’t wait to see what the next year brings.