Two years old

Josie is now two years old and wow how quickly she continues to change. Notably now the difference is her language abilities. Even from just a month ago now she uses full sentences most of the time, even if they aren’t always correct yet with tense or subject.

She knows what she wants most of the time and can tell you, especially when it comes to clothes she’s got her own idea of style. Although I can still call something a ‘special outfit’ and usually get her to wear it, but I try to rarely pull that one. Her decisiveness also surprised me when I asked her which piece of cake she wanted on her birthday, she immediately said ‘the head’ and happily ate the caterpillars frosting head. (yes we are still raising a vegetarian here)

She also likes to test boundaries and boss people around. For instance, if I tell her buddy Zach while I’m watching him not to do X. She will either a) go do X and see if the same rules apply to her, b) repeat exactly what I just said to Zach back to him again, or c) both in a row. Someday we’ll have to figure out how to get her to stop doing that.

Her memory is better than mine now. She now knows all her friends’ names and their moms and requests to spend time with them and is sorely disappointed when they can’t make it. She’ll remember things and tell stories from a few weeks ago with critical details. She’ll tell me where I put something earlier or where she put it. Her spanish comprehension is also better than mine, I’m definitely not understanding some of the words that Jordi uses yet she does.

Her sleep is tumultuous again, she’s trying to drop her nap some days but then takes it and gets up way too early. Thankfully she mostly stays in a good mood unless she’s really hurting for a nap. I wouldn’t mind the nap disappearing sort of, so the day is no longer so broken up into pieces. But the break is nice too, gives me time to do things like blog or sleep! She is definitely having dreams and nightmares at night. She’ll wake up some mornings and immediately tell us a story, lately it’s been about the trip to NYC and riding in the horse carriage.

Physically she’s grown a lot lately and at the 2 year doc appointed measured 36 inches long (97th percentile – up from the 80s where she usually is) and 27 lbs (50th percentile, up from where she usually is in the 20th). Standing up she’s more like 34.5 inches tall.

She has also developed more fears lately. She’s afraid of the grill and even jumped at a balloon someone stuck to her with static today. Motorcycles are cause to run to Mommy or Papi. It does help keep her in line on the sidewalk for walking down the street, which we are trying to encourage her to do more of.

She loves to sing, and here is her rendition of ABC’s, she gets started for real maybe 20 seconds into the video. Yes that is a shot glass in front of her, no it’s not full of anything naughty, it’s just a great small cup that doesn’t break.

  • Size/weight: size 2T and 3T, 27 lbs and 36″ long
  • Favorite food: cheese, pasta – fairly wide variety, willing to try most things
  • Favorite toy: “cat”, “baby”, puzzles, sand table
  • Favorite books: Elephant and Piggie books, actual stories
  • Favorite activity: Going outside and playing with other kids, acting out situations she see’s us doing or she experienced (i.e. going to doc)
  • Sleeping: bedtime ~8:00; 1pm ~1.25hr naps; gets up ~6am
  • New skill: full sentences and more spanish words, fear of things
  • Teeth: 16. 8 on the top and 8 on bottom
  • Vocalizations: Almost entirely conversational with strangers understanding her some of the time (moms better than others)

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