2 Years Old

I seriously cannot believe my tiny baby is already two years old.  It is true what they say, don't blink!  I feel like lately especially she is changing before my very eyes.  Always learning and doing new things, it is hard to keep up.  

I am so proud of my beautiful little girl.  She is so stinking smart it amazes me. I think a lot of it stems from her having a crazy long attention span. I don't know any other kids her age that will sit and play with puzzles or read books as long as she will.  She is eager to learn and picks things up super fast. After spending an hour at the lake this weekend going through UNO cards like flash cards I decided to get her some real flash cards for her birthday and I know she will love them.  She can recognize and name all of her letters and her numbers up to 10.  She can count to twenty, but when she sees it written out she just names the number individually instead of saying the teen numbers.  She has several books memorized and when it is bedtime "Ovila" has to read to us now.  Yes, she calls herself Ovila and I think it is the cutest thing ever.  Sometimes she gets it right, but most of the time it's Ovila do it.  She knows all of her basic shapes and can identify all of her Disney princesses ;).   

Girl is talking up a storm and I just love our little conversations.  She tells me "I love you Mommy" all the time now and it never gets old.  She even came up and hugged me and said "best friend" the other day and I melted into a huge hormonal mess right there.  She says so many cute things and I find myself taking little videos of her all the time because I don't want to miss this sweet little stage.  She sings all the time.  Her favorite songs are ABC's, I've been working on the rail road, Itsy bitsy spider, Old McDonald, Jake and the Neverland Pirates song, Carebears songs, You are my sunshine and lots more.  If she is not directly talking to me she is singing as she plays.  She pretty much doesn't shut up from the time she wakes up until she goes to sleep again and I love it!
On a not so proud note, she has started saying "oh crap" when she drops something.  I have tried to encourage saying Oh no, or Uh oh instead, but she just says "oh crap" five more times.  She is also one of those kids that repeats herself until you say whatever she is saying back to her so it is kinda hard not to laugh when she does it.  I am going to have to start being careful what I say around my little mocking bird.

Little miss manners is so good about saying please and thank you.  She also says bless you anytime anyone sneezes.  My favorite is probably "yessamaam" whenever I ask her something that she wants to do, it's the sweetest.  She is a sensitive little thing.  If she knows someone is really hurt she immediately runs over and gives love.  If I stub my toe or say ouch for any reason she always asks, You okay mommy??  I can pout my lips and pretend to whine and I will always get sweet kisses and love.  This is the sweetest little age.

Most of the time I am "mommy", but occasionally she calls me "mom" in the most grown-up, sassy tone and it makes me flash forward 10 years and cringe at those teenage years to come.  Chad is "daddy" or my personal favorite "babe".  That is what he calls her so she has started calling him that and it is the sweetest.  She will randomly walk up to him, get right in his face and say "hey babe" in the sweetest voice.  Needless to say, he is wrapped pretty tight around that little finger of hers.

Little fashionista has lots of input into what she wears now.  If I let her she would wear nothing but her Cinderella princess gown and purple sparkly shoes all the time.  She loves to dress up in her princes costumes and tutus.  She also loves jewelery and especially to play in mine.  She wakes up and immediately has to put on a tutu if she isn't already wearing one, shoes and a bow.  Love my little girly girl! 

Her favorite foods are pizza and waffles and I bet she would even eat them together if I gave them to her.  Every morning she tells me she is hungry and asks for pizza and I tell her no and she immediately says, no pizza silly, waffles and berries!  So most mornings that is what she eats.  Her appetite is hit or miss these days.  It is pretty much day to day on what she will or won't eat.  She loves noodles of any kind and rice.  She also loves fruit and some days that is all she will eat.  She always eats beans and peas of any kind, but is picky about meat sometimes.  I just keep offering different things to her and hopefully I get some healthy things in there too!

She is fiercely independent and I hear the words, I do it and Ovila do it at least 100 times a day.  It is definitely teaching me to be a more patient person and plan ahead for getting ready since she has to put her own clothes and shoes now.  She also wants to climb in the car by herself and buckle her top buckle on her carseat harness herself.  I let her because I know I will appreciate it in a month when I have another one to get situated in the car.  She is also testing me daily to see what she can get away with.  She purposely will not mind me and then when I take over and make her do whatever she is refusing she loses her mind and says, I do it, but she won't do it of course.  Also, if she is minding I try to praise her she immediately stops doing whatever she is doing and is defiant.  It makes me crazy.  If she wasn't so cute I might try to give her away some days.

Amidst all the terrible twoness she is really the sweetest, most loving little girl.  She loves to snuggle and gives me hugs and kisses all the time without me even having to ask for them.  She says, Hey Mommy in the sweetest little voice and comes in for the love, it's so so sweet.  We have our spot on the couch and in my bed that we go to when she wakes up for the morning or nap.  I love our sweet one on one time and I hope we still get to snuggle like that once baby bro is here.  Speaking of babies, Olivia is obsessed with them.  I know she probably won't be like this all the time with her own, but she is crazy about all babies and she is pretty gentle and sweet with them.  I am worried she might love brother a little too much.  

Potty training is on the horizon.  I honestly thing she is ready for it now, but I am waiting until we get back from the beach.  She already asks to go poo-poo on the potty and has several times.  I do not push it yet though.  Everything I have read says to wait until they are two so that is what I am doing.  She is really smart, but also really stubborn, so I am hoping for good results.  I will be sure to share :)

Sleep is pretty great right now.  She goes down around 8-8:30 and sleeps until 7:30-8:30 in the morning.  We moved her upstairs to her new room a few weeks ago and I was so nervous to mess up her routine, but she has done great.  We kept her in a crib and I definitely think that was the best move for us.  She does so well going to sleep in there I think I will just leave her until her feet are hanging out of the bars.  She sleeps with approximately 15 stuffed animals and loves it.  Naps are pretty consistent around 1-2 for about 2 hours.  She can stretch it later if we need.  She is pretty flexible these days.

Still waiting on that 4th two year molar to break through and hopefully be done with teething for a while - whoohoo!  The other three molars came in pretty close together, but this one has been dragging along and making her pretty miserable. 

We have spent lots of time outside lately and little lady can't get enough.  She is such a big girl at the park, climbing up things that scare me to death and sliding down the tallest slides.  No fear at all.  She loves playing with other kids too, especially older ones.  She thinks the world of her cousins.  She does great at church now too.  I tell her it's time to go to church and she says she going to see her friends and never cries at all.  

I am really excited for summer fun at the pool and beach.  She has loved the lake, but she hasn't gotten all the way in yet.  Mostly we have just played on the floats and rode the boat since the water hasn't warmed up yet.  Kid is a pro swimmer with her puddle jumper on in the pool.  She swims from one end to the other saying "paddle, paddle" the whole time.   I just know she is going to go bonkers at the beach!

To my sweet Olivia Jane

You are mommy's little firecracker and I would not change one single thing about you.  I love your fiery little spirit and your sweet cuddles.  I know things are about to change a lot, but you will always be my first baby.  You have taught me so much about myself and life and I cannot imagine loving anyone like I love you.  You are such a special little girl and I thank God every day that I get to be your Mommy.  Thank you for being the best little friend I could ever ask for.  I love you to the moon and back my sweet angel!  Happy Birthday Beautiful!

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