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The Rundown: 23 Months

Goodness gracious.  Our little lady is officially just one month from her SECOND birthday.  I don’t know how that’s even possible.  All I know is that time is flying faster than ever and no matter how hard I try, there’s no slowing it down.  

Here’s what our little lady was up to from 22 to 23 months…

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Gracen loves:

  • Being outside
  • Stickers (this is actually becoming a semi-problematic obsession)
  • Going on bike rides
  • Cooking with Mama
  • Visiting our mail lady (mostly because she gives her stickers)
  • Bella, Grandma Charlotte and Poppop’s dog
  • Being with her cousins and Baby Tate (she talks about all of them constantly)
  • Watching music videos on Papa’s iPad
  • Listening to She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain in the car (repeatedly)
  • Eating goodies picked straight from the garden
  • Being in water (she’s a brave little thing)
  • Doing things on her own (“Grae Grae does it” is said multiple times a day)
  • Helping with household tasks (especially putting away groceries and laundry)
  • Being naked (this is new – perhaps heat driven?)
  • Books and reading (this is what you’ll find her doing during her independent play times more often than not)
  • Doing puzzles (and she’s good at them too!)
  • Beading
  • Looking at her own blog (she regularly says “See blog?” as soon as she wakes from her nap)
  • Popsicles
  • Going to the library to pick new books
  • Streaking after her bath (she does laps around the house)
  • Playing games (anything matching or colour based especially)
  • Music (listening to it, watching it, and making it)
  • Building and playing in forts
  • Trying new/sensory activities and games
  • Animals

She dislikes:

  • Anyone singing along to songs she’s listening to (you’ll be reminded once nicely with a “no sank you singing, Mama” and then it turns into a “No, no, nooooo singing, Mama”
  • When you do things for her (Miss Independent!)

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She thinks it’s hilarious when:

  • Papa sings ‘the towel song’ (You’ll have to ask Brad to show you how it goes)
  • You throw things in the air and let them drop to the floor
  • Papa does crazy dances
  • You hang her upside down

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Grae’s new foods include:

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After last month’s giant list of new words, I told myself I would no longer keep track, and thank goodness I did.  It would have been impossible.  From “breakable” to “pussy willow” to “octopus” to “library” and “rocking chair”, Gracen pretty much says everything now.  She uses little sentences all day long and she’s constantly surprising us with the new words she busts out in conversation.

One thing she really loves doing is giving play-by-plays while we’re on bike rides.  Riding on a bicycle with Grae sounds something like this: “Biking fun, Mama. Fun, fun, fun. See orange-y car! Haha – orangey car funny!  Ohhh… Biiiiiig flag. Big red white flag.  Clothes! Clean clothes hang-ing. See, Mama? See clothes hanging? People! People walking. Hiiiiiiiiii, people!  Hiiiiiii!  Ball!  Soccer ball!  Man plays ball.  Biking fun. Grae Grae – pink seat. Mama – black seat. Aqua bike. Biking fuuuuuuuun!” And it goes on and on and on. Certainly keeps me on my toes.

I can’t explain how great it is to be able to communicate with Grae and have her be able to express herself as well as she can.  We chat all day long day and I truly cherish the conversations we have {as crazy and repetitive as they sometimes are}.

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  • Now announces that she has to go to the bathroom, runs there, gets herself up onto the potty, and does her business (she even attempts to wipe if you let her)
  • Now counts up to 4 and loves having someone ask her how many objects she has (she counts them up and very proudly announces the number)
  • Names and points out all of her colours (including basic rainbow colours and more complicated ones like white, black, grey, brown, baby blue, silver, and aqua)
  • Sings Old MacDonald had a Farm
  • Can now open doors on her own
  • Is now much more comfortable around dogs and loves hugging and hanging on GC’s dog, Bella
  • Immediately gives you a hug and a kiss if she thinks you’re sad, then asks “Mama/Papa happy?”
  • Is a total fish and fearlessly bobs around in water that comes up past her chin – she even insists on us not catching her when she goes down the pool slide, which means she goes completely under water before we scoop her up
  • Can do proper, both-feet-off-the-ground jumps
  • Can answer basic questions like, “What is your name?”, “How old are you?”, “Who do you love?”, “What colour is our/Grandma’s/Uncle Brett’s car?”, “Where does Papa work?”, and “Who do you love?”
  • Now “reads” aloud simple books that focus on one or two colours/objects per page

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Funny / Cute things she’s been up to lately:

  • She loves eating raw onions and herbs while Mama is cooking and begs for more
  • We now wake up to a little sing-songy “Mama, Mamaaaa! Morning! No more sleeping!”
  • Sings herself to sleep at night… Turn the monitor on and you’ll hear pieces of Twinkle Twinkle, Old MacDonald, Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes, and other favourites
  • Sometimes she giggles so hard that she snorts, which makes her giggle more

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Well, that’s been our month…  I can’t believe how in love I am with this little lady.  She is truly such a smart, kind, and special little girl.  I know I say this every month, but this stage is so much fun and our days together just seem to be getting better and better.  Now to wrap my head around the fact that I’ll soon be a mama of a two year old little girl….  Ugh.

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The Rundown: 22 Months

Well, our little lady is officially 22 months old…  Just 2 months from her 2nd birthday – yikes. So hard to get my head wrapped around the fact that I will soon have a 2 year old little girl. And she’s definitely becoming a little girl.  She’s communicating more than ever, expressing her preferences more than ever, and becoming more independent than ever.

Here’s what she was up to from 21 to 22 months…

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Gracen loves:

  • Being outdoors
  • Being around other kids
  • Visiting the playground
  • Going down fast slides
  • Baking and cooking with Mama
  • Watching butterflies flitter around
  • Running laps around the house (one night this month she did 15 laps in a row)
  • Jumping, dancing, and spinning
  • Splashing in puddles
  • Helping with laundry
  • Riding the bus and sky train
  • Action songs
  • Tickling people
  • Giving ‘run hugs’
  • Watching Cullen’s ABC’s Youtube channel
  • Exploring new places
  • Drawing and colouring
  • Trying new games and activities
  • Having her nails painted (much to her Papa’s dismay)

She dislikes:

  • When she wants to go somewhere and you stop her from doing so
  • Having her bellybutton being covered by her nighttime diaper
  • Mama or Papa singing along with Cullen’s ABC’s songs

She thinks it’s hilarious when:

  • You spritz her with a spray bottle
  • You make silly noises
  • You chase her

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Grae’s new foods include:

  • Bean sprouts
  • Hima melon
  • Unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • Homemade kale chips

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The new words/phrases she regularly uses include:

  • “lid”
  • “Milk please, Mama”
  • “peel”
  • “towel”
  • “Mommy” (so weird to be called that instead of ‘Mama’)
  • “new”
  • “doot” – do it
  • “good girl!”
  • “yellow”
  • “real”
  • “pop!”
  • “dump”
  • “drop”
  • “step”
  • “sleep”
  • “more muwah” (more kisses)
  • “wheel”
  • “mail”
  • “email”
  • “mirror”
  • “come”
  • “good job!”
  • “our car grey!” (our car is grey)
  • “uncle car red” (uncle’s car is red)
  • “stop”
  • “swing”
  • “sit”
  • “ice”
  • “apple sauce”
  • “apricot”
  • “feta”
  • “back”
  • “almond butter”
  • “high”
  • “higher”
  • “pick”
  • “idea”
  • “way”
  • “sock”
  • “wait”
  • “zoo”
  • “read”
  • “tail”
  • “beach”
  • “onesie”
  • “chicken”
  • “Apple store”
  • “mall”
  • “brella” (umbrella)
  • “stick”
  • “panties”
  • “hide-seek” (hide-and-seek)
  • “tickle tickle”
  • “whale”
  • “toot toot”
  • “roll”
  • “animal”
  • “come”
  • “money”
  • “red”
  • “arm”
  • “see”
  • “shoe”
  • “tea top” (tea pot)
  • “jamjams” (pajamas)
  • “black”
  • “fun”
  • “do”
  • “sweep”
  • “button”
  • “eyebrow”
  • “tock tick” (clock sound)
  • “truck”
  • “clean”
  • “school”
  • “pile”
  • “sun”
  • “train”
  • “snap”
  • “barn”
  • “egg”
  • “bead”
  • “pear”
  • “uncle” (yay! finally!)
  • “big”
  • “sock”
  • “Elmo”
  • “oopsie daiso!” (oopsie daisy!)
  • “tag”
  • “sticker”
  • “braid”

The new signs she’s using regularly include:

  • wait
  • wag
  • wheel

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  • Discovered shadows and loves making her shadow wave
  • Now points out A’s and O’s (as well as G’s)
  • Can now climb up the rock climbing wall on playgrounds
  • Now repeats almost anything you ask her to say
  • Is now pretty good at stopping and coming back when you ask her to do so (even when she’s desperately on a mission to go somewhere)
  • Automatically picks out a diaper, onesie, and pajamas on her own after bath time
  • Happily sits while her nails are cut (this hasn’t always been the case)
  • She doesn’t mind getting dirty, but likes to be cleaned as soon as she’s done with messy activites
  • Describes things by colour everywhere we go (“blue car!”, “red shoe!”, “yellow duck!”, “green tree!”)
  • Enjoyed potatoes for the first time EVER (baked on the BBQ)
  • Is still fairly easy to reason with (as long as you explain why she can’t have something / do something, she is normally pretty accepting of the situation)
  • Now does the actions to many songs (The Wheels on the Bus, Baby Bumble Bee, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, If You’re Happy and You Know It, The Hokey Pokey, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider are some of her favourites)
  • Can now point out and name almost all body parts
  • Continues to be extremely kind – she happily shares, greets little playmates with an enthusiastic “hiiii!”, and becomes incredibly concerned if someone is sad, hurt, or upset.

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Funny / Cute things she’s been up to lately:

  • If we’re headed on the door and we haven’t yet put a hat on her, she reminds us that a hat is needed to go outside
  • She now signs wait Kuwaiti style – love it
  • She begs for raw red onion while Mama cooks and takes handful after handful, announces “Purple onion!” and then shoves them into her little mouth – weirdo
  • She calls Smart cars and VW Beetles “baby cars”
  • “Happy” is the opposite of all things bad (so if food is not hot – it’s happy, if something is not dirty – it’s happy, if a body part does not hurt – it’s happy)
  • Every time you mention going outside, Grae immediately exclaims, “Haaaaat! Flap flips!”

Well, that was our month.  I can’t believe that our little lady will soon be two years old.  Must get my head wrapped around that in the next couple of months…

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The Rundown: 20 Months

Welp, our little lady turned 21 months old today, and apparently that’s just the motivation I needed to get my tush in gear and get her 20 month post done.  Darn time.  It’s not always my friend.  My goal is to have her 21 month one done sometime this week, and my even bigger goal is to have her first year photo book completed by her second birthday. Wish me luck.

Anyways, that’s enough about me.  Here’s what our darling little girl was up to between 19 and 20 months…

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Gracen loves:

  • Digging in the dirt and finding worms
  • Being dragged around the house while laying on a blanket (still)
  • Stickers and stamps
  • Balloons
  • Reading while on the toilet
  • Her hoola hoop
  • Jumping on beds
  • Discussing the day’s highlights before bedtime
  • Visiting her blog and having you tell her about the photos
  • Snuggling
  • Helping others
  • Sharing her things
  • Going on adventures
  • Reading
  • Having someone ask her questions so that she can show what she knows
  • Helping with jobs around the house
  • Putting her laundry away

She dislikes:

  • When you don’t let her try something on her own first before helping

She thinks it’s hilarious when:

  • You throw grapes up in the air and catch them in your mouth

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Grae’s new foods include:

  • No-sugar-added vacuum-fried banana chips
  • All-natural blueberry bran muffins
  • Arugula
  • Turkey bacon (not a regular food, but she did get to try it during a special celebratory dinner)
  • Wholewheat tortilla chip (not a regular food, but she did get to try one during Papa’s 30th birthday dinner)

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The new words she regularly uses include:

  • “snap”
  • “wow”
  • “ya”
  • “dirt”
  • “baaaaa” (sheep sound)
  • “sssssss” (snake sound)
  • “ohhhh”
  • “quack”
  • “car”
  • “meow”
  • “treat”
  • “play”
  • “bird”
  • “Tate”
  • “poop”
  • “deer”
  • “meow”
  • “meh” (goat sound)
  • “cheep cheep”
  • “train”
  • “out”
  • “step”
  • “peepee”
  • “apple” – happy (strangest thing ever)
  • “rararararah” – read
  • “knee”
  • “dot”
  • “yay!”
  • “tape”
  • “ring”
  • “carrot”
  • “pocket”
  • “all-mo” – almond
  • “edmama” – edamame
  • “poop”
  • “milp” – milk
  • “cut”
  • “glue”
  • “flap flip” – flip flop
  • “hat”
  • “papta” – pasta
  • “melon”
  • “watermelon”
  • “Ornia” – California
  • “plap” – splash
  • “hole”
  • “flap”
  • “touch”
  • “oh dear!”
  • “cloth”
  • “babe”
  • “home”
  • “clothes”
  • “bra” (don’t ask)
  • “pay”
  • “hand”
  • “top”
  • “two”
  • “Lulu” (her nickname)
  • “draw”
  • “arm”
  • “dab”
  • “tight”
  • “down”
  • “door”
  • “tights”
  • “oh, Grae Grae!”
  • “oh, baby!”
  • “pull”
  • “please”
  • “chair”
  • “auntie”
  • “Quatchi”
  • “me”
  • “rawr!!!” (when asked what dinosaurs, lions, and tigers say)

IMG 1371The new signs she’s using regularly include:

  • Snake
  • Cereal
  • Want
  • Basketball
  • Family
  • Come here
  • Alligator

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Right now, she:

  • Makes a chomping noise whenever she sees alligators and crocodiles
  • Points out dots whenever she sees them
  • Talks about her little friend, Tate, all the time
  • Lays all of her animals and dolls on their bellies for story times
  • Puts animals on the toilet and pretends they’re peeing
  • Does a crazy mad face where she holds her fists up in the air and shakes (but not when she’s mad – just randomly)
  • Announces she has to use the potty, runs to grab a book, and then heads to the bathroom
  • Helps EVERYTHING (almonds, books, babies, shoes, etc.) pee, drink, and sleep – weird girl
  • Leads you by the finger to wherever she needs help or wants to show you something
  • Walks up and down stairs without a railing or hand to hold on to
  • Is putting words together in simple phrases more and more (for example, I told her that we weren’t going to be seeing her friend Tate because his mom wasn’t feeling well, and for days she’d say, “Tate Mama Owah?”)
  • Is very into the emotions of story book characters
  • Puts away her own laundry {in the proper places}
  • Believes that everything can be fixed with tape (because that’s how I fix her ripped books)
  • Wants to do everything herself (Miss Independent!)

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Funny / Cute things she’s been up to lately:

  • While shopping in the States this month, I announced that our blender was crap.  Well guess what my little parrot took from that?  “CRAP!”
  • If you ask her what her cousin Kinslee says, she’ll reply “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!” in her loudest, screechiest voice
  • She constantly points to my {naturally dark} joints and says, “Owah.  Mama owah.”
  • When she comes across a group of items, whether it be food on a plate, rocks in the garden, or poop in the toilet, she points to them and calls them “mamas”, “papas”, and “bubbas”, based on their size
  • Pretends she’s a baby and crawls around the house
  • When you ask her where her Apple onesie came from, she’ll respond with “Ornia” (it was bought at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California)

Well, that was our month.  This little lady’s language is exploding and it’s becoming nearly impossible to keep up with her new words.  She’s developing such a great little sense of humour and seriously keeps me laughing all day long.  But more than anything, she’s got the BIGGEST heart.  She wants nothing more than to make others happy.  She’s kind to kids on the playground who aren’t so kind to her, she’s happy to share even the most special of treats, she shows genuine concern for others’  feelings, and she doles out hugs generously when they’re needed.  I’m so proud of her that it’s sometimes a little overwhelming.  She’s certainly a special little girl.

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