You can’t put anything past my daughter.
You really can’t.
Just when you think she’s in some Sesame Street-induced haze where nothing else matters to her besides her crayons, her accessories, and her alphabet, she’ll do something surprising just to prove that she sees it all. My favorite example from this month is when she grabbed my Coach wristlet (which she considers a Kate-sized handbag), flung it up onto her shoulder, marched toward me asking for “kisses!,” kissed me on the cheek, found G and gave him a kiss, and then headed for the doorway, cheerfully saying, “Bye-bye!”
Give that kid a pair of high heels and she would have perfectly mimicked how I leave for work in the mornings.
Nothing gets past her! She has an incredible attention to detail that rivals that of most adults. One morning at daycare we were removing her coat to put on her hook and she started pointing to other children’s coats and telling me who they belonged to. Each hook is labeled, and sure enough, she was right every time–and most of the kids weren’t even in her class!
Kate knows many shapes now, including triangles, diamonds, squares, circles, stars, and hearts. She can identify them when playing with her shape puzzles or her shape toys, but she also notices them in everyday objects. One night as I was reading her a book before bedtime, she jolted up from my lap and shouted, “Diamond! Diamond!” She was pointing at this geometric panel hanging on the wall by her rocking chair. She was so excited about her discovery that she scooted out of my lap, climbed up onto the storage cube below the panel, and traced out the diamonds she had spotted in the pattern with her fingers.
Nothing gets past her!
I mentioned that Kate loves her accessories, and I think Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street is to blame for that, because she certainly doesn’t get it from me! I’m not much of a jewelry person, but Kate is absolutely nuts about bracelets and necklaces. In her mind there is no such thing as too many bracelets. She will pile every single bracelet she can find onto her arm, along with anything else circle-shaped that she comes across. Here’s a picture of her arm adorned in bracelets, a circle baby rattle, a yellow link, and she’s clutching a teething ring (because it kept falling off her arm) and a clip-on cow toy that she tried to wear as a bracelet but the circle clip was too small:
|Kate: 22 Months|
Other loves of Kate’s life this month include jumping (she loves jumping!), stickers (whoamigawd, she loves stickers!), trying to put diapers on her stuffed animals, and dancing. When a song comes on that she likes she’ll say, “I like this song! Dance?” Of course I always say yes, and we happily dance around the living room–but don’t you dare try to sing along with the song! Oh no. That’s no allowed. Kate has decided that she doesn’t like our singing and she will not hesitate to stop her dancing to say, “No singing, Mommy. No singing.”
Kate has become really interested in what’s on her clothing this month. I feel like she’s way too young to have this kind of awareness about what she’s wearing, but I suppose it goes hand-in-hand with her love of accessories and her desire to express herself. She’s beginning to have an opinion about what she wants to wear and sometimes she’ll declare her shirt of choice as soon as she wakes up:
“Polka pot shirt?” she’ll ask.
(That’s how she says “polka dot.” We think it’s cute so we don’t have the heart to correct her.)
Her favorites right now are her Elmo shirt, and her butterfly pajamas. She also has a giraffe shirt that says, “Grandma Loves Me” that she asks to wear every morning on the days that Grandma Pam watches her. (“Giraffe shirt? Polka pot pants?”) I think it’s sweet how she remembers that’s Grandma Pam’s favorite outfit.
We did have one really rough patch this month when Kate got super sick right after Thanksgiving. She came down with a nasty stomach bug that had us up all night cleaning her up and changing crib bedding. Her vomiting finally passed after a couple of days, but then she came down with an awful week-long fever that hovered around 104 degrees, and even hit 106 degrees at one point. It’s the first time I ever called the pediatrician’s office and the receptionist dropped the phone and immediately got a nurse. It was some really scary stuff. And absolutely heartbreaking. Every night she was so miserable she couldn’t sleep and we were up all night trying to give her any kind of relief that we could. At one point as we rocked and I tried to help her get comfortable, she whimpered and cried out, “Help me.”
I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve cried out of fear, frustration, or desperation for my child.
That was one of them.
It was a horrible, awful, time that brought me right back to the horrible awful time following Kate’s cleft palate repair. We were so grateful when it was finally over and she was back to covering her arms in bracelets, diapering Froggy, and telling us we’d never make it on The Voice.
Now you know I can’t end this post on a sad note, so I have to share my favorite picture of Kate from this month. It’s a photo of her “washing her hands” (really she’s just playing with the water–another one of her favorite things to do) in the powder room. I love so many things about this picture..her unbuttoned onesie covering her bare tush (she had just finished sitting on the potty), how she’s up on her tip-toes trying hard to reach the water, her beloved “monkey socks” on her feet…
If that doesn’t make you smile, nothing will!
|Kate: 22 Months|
Edited to add: Now that YouTube is cooperating with me, I have to add my favorite video of Kate from this month. It’s a clip of her watching her favorite butterfly colors song. She gets so excited to see all the colorful butterflies! Now if this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will–and I mean it this time!