This is so darn late. Sorry pictures aren’t in here. I’m just so behind I need to get it done. Pictures will hopefully be added at a later point. Greta is 2 whole years old, 24 months! (I’m so behind, that I’m going to combine month 25 in here as well). Wow! At the doctor’s visit, Greta weighed 28 lbs and were 34.5 inches tall (both 75th percentile). She gained 4 pounds since 18 months, which seems like a lot since she lost weight from 12-18 months. Who knows. This last particular month has been quite a big month for Greta. Greta is learning so much and continues to amaze us with each new word she learns (which seems to happen at least daily). She has learned quite a few new phrases which she uses often. Greta now says bless you when someone sneezes and even says it to herself when she sneezes. She also says excuse me if someone is in her way. She definitely learned that from me, because she is always right in front of where I want to walk, so I’m saying “excuse me, Greta” all day long. Greta also says “bye, you” rather than bye or bye-bye. We all think it is totally adorable. I’m not sure where she picked it up from but we love it! In month 25 she really started combining words a lot more. Another favorite thing for her to tell us is “self”, which she uses whenever she wants to do something by herself, such as sleeping in her new bedroom (which she has yet to accomplish), or putting on her clothes, or going upstairs, etc. Greta also says that everything is sleeping if it isn’t currently available. Where are the dogs when they aren’t outside walking, sleeping. When we cross the street and don’t see any cars coming, where are they, sleeping. When the bunnies hop away, they are going to sleep. Another cute thing Greta does is call everything mama and baby. If there is a small rock it is a baby rock, a big rock is a mama rock, etc, etc.
Greta has been practicing jumping by jumping on the bed. She is getting quite good and LOVES to jump, especially with daddy.
On your actual birthday we headed up to Matt’s family picnic and Greta got to swim. She loved it. She was big into kicking and playing with the noodle. Now everytime we talk about swimming she tells us that she is going to swim like a fish, and teach Eloise how to kick in the pool. Greta continues to add to the list of things she is going to teach Eloise. So far she is going to teach her to crawl, swim, ride the goose on the front porch, run, read.
This month Greta has been much nicer to Albert, finally. She still isn’t nice all the time, but it is definitely an improvement from a month or two ago. When we brought Albert over to the new house, Greta walked around with him telling him what each room was.
Greta is really getting into singing. We have a tape (yes, I know, a tape) in the car that we have been listening to for months. Greta has now started singing just about all of the songs. She is really enjoying it! We have several books that are songs and she enjoys singing along to those as well.
This month Greta decided she was done with napping. By the time she turned two, she was napping maybe once or twice a week. The only way she will nap is if she falls asleep in the car or the stroller. Usually it takes quite a while in the car (45ish minutes or so). If she falls asleep in the stroller it is usually on a walk in the late afternoon, which again is not ideal. The giving up the nap thing has been rather tiring for me. For the past two years I have enjoyed an afternoon myself, so I wasn’t ready for no nap anymore. Most days she isn’t that cranky and she definitely falls asleep MUCH quicker at night and much earlier. By the end of month 25, there was only a very rare nap, maybe once every two weeks.
Greta is getting quite good at counting. She can count to 5 pretty much unassisted. Greta is pretty good at identifying her colors. She knows them all, but sometimes just won’t say them right, even though I know she knows them.
We traveled to DC to visit some friends this month. Greta enjoyed hanging out with Adam and running wild in the field. We also made a couple of trips up to Matt’s parents’ house for different things.
We thought everything was going along swimmingly and Greta was totally adjusted to Eloise being here. But apparently after about 3 months, Greta must have realized she was really sticking around and started to get a bit jealous. She mainly wanted to be held A LOT more and would tell me to put Eloise down, or give her to Daddy or whatever. It definitely isn’t as bad as it could be, but I thought we were out of the woods.
Greta also began throwing tons and tons of tantrums right around the time she turned 2. Everything from where I wet the diaper wipes to which diaper to where I changed her diaper was reason enough to throw a huge fit. Basically she wanted to control every little thing! The tantrums have calmed down a bit, but definitely still there, especially when she is tired.
Even though Greta’s behavior was worse at home, she somehow became quieter and better in church! We had about 2 or 3 months of pretty awful church behavior, and we didn’t make it through a mass without leaving. Now she is much improved and leaving doesn’t always happen and usually only once if it does. Towards the end of month 25 we started sitting on the far right side, kind of close to the front. She can see much better, plus is actually finally interested in what the priest is doing. Often, when she thinks church should be over she starts saying all done, bye bye priest. Adorable, yes, but not quite as much when we are just standing for the gospel or something.
I’m sure there are oodles of things I’m forgetting. Some might get added when I add pictures, they tend to remind me of things I’m forgetting. We are nearly at the end of month 26, so hopefully once I get Eloise’s 4 month post done, I’ll be on to the 5, and 26 month posts.