Time is fuggin' flying.
Baby girl has been changing and growing so much. This age has been so fun and I can't wait to see what else is to come with our little sassy pants.
M i l e s t o n e s : Baby girl has a full mouth of teeth now.. just waiting for those 2 year old molars to pop through and I think she'll be all set! Rubbing those suckers down is still terrifying but she's getting better at resisting the urge to bite down. EEEEEEK!
She still loves going to My Gym classes each week to play with other kids. Since we don't have any family members on this side of the country her age or that many friends with kids, I'm on the hunt for more activities we can do with little friends in DC. If you know any good ones, definitely let us know!
Her communication skills are continuing to grow. She understands just about everything we ask her and uses a lot of non-verbal communication. Lots of head shakes "no", pointing, showing us things and so on. She says a handful of words, babbles and loves to sing but mostly seems like she just doesn't want to talk yet. We've been trying to boost her confidence and I think playing more with other kids her age will help bring those words out! Everyone keeps telling me that I won't be able to get her to shut up once she starts talking and I honestly can't wait for that!!!! I just want to hear her sweet voice all the time!!!! Plus, life will just be that much easier when she can tell me exactly what she wants.
There is a milestone that I think she's hitting earlier than normal.. and it's called the terrible twos. Holy hell, batman. This girl can throw a tantrum like no other. Luckily, so far they are few and far between. But when they happen (like on this horrific plane ride) they are terrifying. And a little funny. Just a little.
Today, for example, I let Hadley play in the sink while I put her hair up. Distractions are always a must now when trying to do something with her wild mane. She loves playing in the water so she never wants to stop. When I told her we we're all done she did the typical "screw you mom" move and threw her arms up and went limp so I couldn't easily carry her away. Then she threw the remote and a coaster at me. She's so cute, isn't she?!!!!
After that, I told her she needed to go take a little break in her room so I took her up there, locked the door and sat with her for a bit. She proceeded in trying to break out of the room by hanging from the door handle. At one point, she had both her feet up on the wall above her head and was hanging there like a monkey. My first thought was DAYUM she is strong, quickly followed by, my god how far does this determination go?!!!! When she figured out that wasn't working, she started banging her head on the wall, then fell to the floor, rolled around and pulled her hair as hard as she could.
After this went on for a while and she had successfully hit her head on every surface in the room, I gave her a bunch of hugs, tried to get her to take deep breaths and then cuddled her on the couch with her paci. She almost fell asleep and laid there for a long time. I don't know what I'm gonna do when we finally ditch that paci! I think I need it more than she does!!!!! Shiiiiit.
F a v o r i t e F o o d s : So far, Hadley is still a really great eater! We feed her everything we eat and luckily she has no allergies. She loves chicken, yogurt, cheese, all fruits, rice, Chipotle chips & guac (smart girl) and chocolate.
S l e e p : The transition to the big girl bed has been going more smoothly these days. She's been sleeping through the night more and more and goes down easily for her naps. We tuck her in with all her babies and stuffed animals, turn on some music and her night light and she zonkers right out :)
This weekend we're getting her room and the nursery painted (and our island!) so we'll be able to start decorating next week! I am so excited!!!!!!
F a v o r i t e A c t i v i t i e s : Playing with Hadley has been so fun these days! She is obsessed with building forts and playing in there like it's her house. She is getting better at coloring with me but still likes to color the walls more than in her coloring book. She has also found a new love for stickers, which she likes to cover us with. Her babies are still her numba one favorites. The other night we gave her a bath with one of her plastic baby dolls and she loved it! I think it's still swaddled in the towel somewhere around here.
Each night she helps me get dinner ready before daddy comes home. She pulls up a chair to the island and helps me put stuff in the bowls and stir. She also loves to play taste tester.. apparently olive oil is great by itself with just salt and pepper.
No surface is safe with this girl, which has been fun keeping things kid friendly around here. Hadley loves to climb and scale everything. We find her on top of the counters, tables and back of the couch all the time. It used to be enough for us to pull the chairs away but now she knows how to push the chairs over to where she wants them and climb. She also has figured out how to open the fridge which is nice when she gets her own drinks and stuff but not so nice when she gets her little paws on the eggs.
We busted out her Radio Flyer wagon the other day for the first time in a hot minute and she was obsessed! I can't wait to use it more when the weather warms up :)
She also still enjoys an epic dance party. Her current favorite song is Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. I don't care who you are.. that song rocks. Actually, come to think of it, I'm going to try playing it next time she's mid-meltdown because I think it may be a cure-all.
And of course, she loves playing with her doggie! She throws her the ball and giggles like mad when Cali goes running for it! They play tug of war and Cali even lets Hadley give her hugs every once in a while :)
Things are always crazy with a toddler in the house but we wouldn't have it any other way!
We love you so much Hadley girl! You give the sweetest hugs and kisses and make the goofiest little faces that we can't resist :) Even when you try to head butt us... we still love you!!!! :-P
Happy 20 months girlfriend!