Now that Ellie is officially a big two-year-old, it seems weird to keep marking her development in months. So I'll just have to do a few posts for this year, I guess.
Ellie is all sorts of adorable lately. She is growing and learning so quickly. I can barely keep up with all her changes. These are a few of the ones that have been particularly breathtaking recently:
1. I love that she is so bossy. I may not love this forever, but right now I just love that she has figured out that she has a say in the way her world works and she is determined to have that say.
2. I love that she is repeating all the ridiculous things that Steve and I say. For instance, last weekend we were in the drive-thru at Papa Murphy's, waiting for our pizza. From the backseat I hear Ellie say, "Hi, Pizza. We love you, Pizza." (That's one she picks up from her dad.)
3. I love her happy little chit-chattering on the wii remote as if it were a phone. Just today she picked it up and said, "Hello. Hi. Si-is-mashel. (This is Michelle.) Ok. Ok. Bye." She likes to try and pretend to call grandma.
4. Speaking of which, I love how much she loves her grandparents. Often when we pull out of the driveway she gets excited and says "Nana! Papa!", only to be disappointed when we end up just going to the grocery store.
5. I love how she goes around determining that things are "Goot." (Cute.) When Olivia gets dressed in the morning she says, "Ohhh, goot!" And when we go shopping she touches all the clothes and looks at the price tags and then says, "goot."
6. I love that whenever anyone comes to the door she stops what she is doing and says, "Assisor!" (Allison - don't know how she got that one.) Or how she still can't pronounce elephant or octopus, even though we break it down for her. We'll say, "Oct. To. Pus." and she says, "Oct. To. Pus." and then we say, "Octopus" and it comes out "Opsterster." It reminds me of when Phoebe tries to teach Joey to speak French in the last season of Friends.'
7. I love how she sings the ABCs. Just "A-B-C-D-E" over and over again.
8. I love how she has claimed the laundry basket as her "boat." She likes to push Olivia around in it. Or just scoot it around the house collecting shoes and toys and what not.
9. I love how she's figured out how to stall bedtime. After teeth-brushing she thinks of everything she can to try and delay the inevitable. First she pretends she needs to go potty. So we take her potty. Then she asks for her cupcake jammies, even though they are in the wash. Then she requests her blankie, Elmo, Minnie, bear, book, lion, koala, water, and just about anything else she can think of. Steve usually puts her to bed so when he told me she was doing this I didn't realize he was complying with her demands until I got her out of bed the next morning and her crib was jam-packed full of stuffed animals and books and blankets.
10. I love that when she hears the oven timer go off she immediately yells, "Cake!" as if it's the only thing that ever comes out of the oven (it's not).
I see more and more of me in her everyday. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not so good. But watching her grow up is just as much fun as I had hoped it would be.