Yesterday you turned 20 months...this means you are almost two! I cannot believe how fast life is speeding by. I know that if read some of these as a child you will think Mommy is crazy for talking about how fast time flies, but I assure you it is going by too fast. I think of you as my baby sometimes, but you are really turning into a little kid and there are so many ways you show that and prove that to us each and every day.
Your eating habits are still good and just like Mommy as a child you aren't super crazy about sweets. You will eat a little bit here and there, but a lot of times you refuse ice cream or cake if we offer it to you. One thing you do like a lot is the cookies that are given out at Kroger when you, Keegan, and I go grocery shopping. As soon as you get in the cart you start saying Cookie Cookie and making the sign for cookies. I get you to say thank you to the ladies in the bakery, but they always think you are blowing kisses at them. Basically you will eat when you are hungry and pick at your food if you aren't. We try not to push the issue too much at this age because we really like that you are regulating how much you eat based on fullness. You don't ask for anything else or fuss when you do not eat much at a meal so I am venturing a guess that you really aren't that hungry. You still love Mac and Cheese, Sausage and Green Beans the best (so much so that we will probably make that your meal for your second birthday). Lately you have also started to eat more salad type items like tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. You like when Mommy makes smoothies to share, but I have to remember to be careful with your cup or you will get smoothie EVERYWHERE! You really enjoy juice and will enthusiastically tell anyone who will listen.
We have news on the sleeping front...you are in a real bed!!! We took the big side off your crib this week and put the toddler railing on so it looks like a day bed. We wanted you to get used to sleeping in a real bed because in a few months we will probably be putting Keegan in the same room as you and we wanted you in a bed and her in your crib when that happens. We have another crib, but we don't really want to take it apart (no announcements, just lazy) and since you are two girls so close in age we thought it would be fun if you shared rooms when you are little. You have been a champion in your real bed! You go right down to sleep in it (two nights and two naps so far) and don't get out of it when you wake up. I realize you might start getting up at some point, but you really like your sleep and tell us when you are sleepy so maybe you won't. We are glad that so far this transition has been easy. Before we changed your bed you had your first real bout of nightmares which was heartbreaking to deal with. We let you cry for a few minutes several times and each time we would get up you would stop. After the third or fourth time we knew it was time to get you up. You snuggled with Mommy in bed for a bit then fell asleep. We haven't had any problems so far so I hope this is infrequent in occurence. You have been sleeping for at least 12 hours at night and have been taking a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon along with sometimes falling asleep in the car if we are going somewhere in the morning...I think this is a sign of an impending growth spurt. You are already wearing 3T and some 4T clothes (although 2T still sort of fits) so I am wondering how much you are going to grow in the next few months.
You really like to do some things by yourself and will say No and push away our hand if you think we are babying you too much. Yesterday Mommy was helping you down the stairs and you decided you wanted to try holding onto the rail and do it yourself. You still needed a little help from Mommy, but you felt proud that you were working on it more independently. Today you refused help going up the stairs, then decided you did want to hold Mommy's hand which made me feel good! You are very good about holding my hand when I tell you it is dangerous or crowded which makes errands and walking around a lot easier. You are using your fork and spoon more often (left handed) and have started telling us when you are thirsty, hungry, or tired. If only we could get you to work on the potty training communication!
You love to play outside and to swim in your plastic pool. You will lay on your tummy in the pool and move your arms and kick already. You like to dunk your head under water and to lap it up too! I think I am going to start some basic swim lessons with you soon to get a good foundation for next summer. Regardless, you will enjoy the time in the water. You are starting to identify more and more people, especially some of your friends. It is so cute to hear you say your version of their names. You are also starting to do more cooperative play and imaginative play (you made a stuffed puppy eat something off the picture in a book yesterday). You are doing very good on your colors and mostly can tell us yellow (weh-woah), blue (boooo), green (een), red (reh), orange (woh-renge), and purple (puhrple). We think your favorite color is purple as you picked it out when we got you a little backpack to carry your things into church. You are also doing good on your uppercase letters still and have started using the names of O, M, S, F and W. I got a little workbook for us so we can go back and learn the lowercase letters too.
We had some fun activities this month, Dee, Doc, and McKay came to visit for Memorial Day weekend. We also took you and Keegan to the drive in movies and you both did amazing! You played in the back of the truck where we were all sitting during the first movie and passed out in your car seat for the second movie. We had play dates at the splash pad, Chick Fil A (of course), and did a tour of Texas Roadhouse (which you hate the feel of anything dough-y by the way). We have also had fun just hanging out with you and our friends and family as different things come up.
Thank you for a wonderful month MacKenzie. You are an amazing little girl and I hope you know how proud and grateful you make Mommy and Daddy everyday.
All of our love,
Mommy and Daddy
P.S. A few iphone pics for now...