Louise James: 2 Years

Holy moly, how did we get here? The days can be long, but man, the years are flying by! You have quickly turned into a little person instead of a baby. I love it and hate it at the same time.

Height // 32"
Weight // 26 lb
Clothes // 24 months/2T
Diapers // size 5
Shoes // size 5 wide
Teeth // All plus a couple (?) two-year molars

Eating //
You are a very good eater, lady! You want to try everything we have and luckily, you like most of it! You devour chicken pot pie on a weekly basis, everything bagels and cream cheese are on regular rotation, and you really love everything hummus with crackers! Your favorites for dinner are meatballs, chicken tenders, hot dogs and cheeseburgers. We made a chili casserole the other night, and you liked it OK. I have never tried too many foods with you, since your brother is so picky, but I am making it a point to be more adventurous. If you can dip it in ranch or ketchup, you'll eat it, no questions asked. We also have a love/hate relationship with cheese; you love it, but we hate what it does to you (see below). Yogurt, pb crackers, chewies, applesauce, and bars are always in the pantry.

Sleeping //
Thankfully, you are a MUCH better sleeper than you ever have been. You go down right at 7:00 and rarely make a peep before 6:30. Sometimes, you wake up, but a quick rock and you go back down. We dropped the bottle in February (We kept giving you one, to be sure you got your laxative...more on that later), but when I told you they went bye-bye, you didn't even blink an eye, and you actually sleep better than you did when you were taking one. Before bed, you ask to "woc, woc, woc" until I sit down and rock you, while singing Rockabye Baby, You are my Sunshine and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in that order. I put you down, close the door, and that's that. You still need your lovie and binkie and are sleeping on a pillow with a little blanket.

Playing //
You are kind of into baby dolls but you don't have one that you carry around. You love to "cook", read books and play with cars. At school, the light table always gets your attention. Being outside is your favorite - the playground, chalk, pushing toys, anything really. You ALWAYS try to keep up with your brother, and you're not half bad! ;)

We started swim lessons, and you HATED them because you hate the water, but after the first class, you loved it! We are taking the summer off and will start again in the fall. We will probably throw in a gymnastics or dance class, too!

Talking //
I should say "singing" and "mimicking" because those two things are pretty much all that comes out of your mouth! If we say something, you repeat it. If a song comes on, you sing it. Your favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that sounds something like "TWINKle, TWINKle, STAHHH"It's amazing. You also sing Wheels on the Bus with your arms going round and round, You are my Sunshine and Old McDonald. You know quite a few songs on the radio, although there are no words with your sounds...Cam thinks it's pretty amusing to listen to you while we drive.

You are talking a lot though. Some of your favorite words are: bruthah, sock, mah (more), wah wah, djeez (cheese), peedza (pizza), boat, airplane - you have a very unique way of talking, and I love it. I hope you keep your raspy voice forever! You know when you have "two" of something - lovies, pacies, socks, etc....and you always ask where something is by saying "________ go?" It's usually "bruthah go?"

You are starting to form some 3-4 word sentences, which is amazing to hear. You can ask questions that we usually understand, so the frustration level is going down...except that you're quite impatient, so as soon as you ask for something, you repeat it until you get it.

Personality //
When they say boys and girls are totally different, "they" are so right! You know what you want, and you've developed some interesting ways to tell us! You scream, you pout, you stomp...you are sassy!

You love pockets.

You want to wear what you want to wear, and there's no changing your mind.

You draw on anything, including yourself.

School //
You  moved into the Toddler Room in January, and you are napping like a champ! You go down on your nap mat, go to sleep then stay quiet, if you wake up before everyone else. In the morning, you walk right in, wash your hands and see who's there. You love Hadley and her flashy clothes, Nora, of course, and all of your teachers! You rarely have a tough time when I leave but never a big issue.

Health //
You are pretty healthy, girl. A little cold here, a stuffy nose and cough there, but (fingers crossed), you are doing great! Your left foot is still slightly crooked...the foot doctor says that some light stretching will correct it, but I'm not convinced. I had to have surgery when I was your age, so I am guessing you inherited it from me. Sorry 'bout that. We go back to the foot doctor in July.

You stopped laxatives in February, but we still watch what you eat because we can tell when you have eaten too much cheese and not enough fiber.

Adventures //
We celebrated Christmas and Peyton and Mica came for two weeks!

We watched the Patriots win the Super Bowl!!

We flew to Florida for February vacation, too! You were great on the airplane and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star the whole way down...I loved it, but I am not sure the other people on the plane did. You loved the beach and ate more sand than I could have imagined. We got stuck in the last row, on the way home, but you ended up loving the noise and sleeping the entire time!

We celebrated Easter with the whole fam!

You've been fairly easy-going, following Cam to martial arts and t-ball. I can't wait to get you into something for you - dance, martial arts (basically dancing with arms), gymnastics...you're eager to move!

You and Jada will forever be following your brothers to their events! At least you have each other. ;) 

You and Cam are BEST FRIENDS. You do everything he does: you sit like him, you walk like him, you play with whatever he's playing. And he loves every second of it! You are finally big enough to be wrestled with a little, and he takes full advantage. :)

I love you to PIECES, little girl. You are wild, shy, sweet, funny (SO FUNNY), sassy, smart, observant and my favorite girl in the whole world. You have completed our family, and I am forever thankful for you! I can't wait to spend the summer with you and watch you grow into an independent girl - you will break hearts and changes lives someday.