Can you believe it?!?! My little baby is 22 months old!! With each passing day, there is always so many new adventures to experience with her and wonders to discover. Just an afternoon in the back yard is amazing when spending it with Lauren.
We play “I see” (our version of I spy) and some of Lauren’s old standbys are “I see…big trees”, “I see…pink chair”, “I see…green leaves” and of course, “I see…Hailey” and “I see…Mommy”. At the beginning of the summer my Parents as Teachers educator wanted me to encourage Lauren to start saying multiple words together – I haven’t had to do much encouragement. Won’t Ms. Carol be so surprised once our home visits start back in August? In addition to her vocabulary growing by leaps and bounds, (just today she identified a flag – where in heavens did she pick up that word?) but so is she! It’s hard sometimes when you see her everyday, but I can tell by how her clothes are fitting that she’s definitely growing taller. I’m anxious to find out just how tall but we’ll have to wait a couple more months for that. I believe that she’s gained some weight too, but still probably just topping out around 22 pounds. Her hair is definitely longer and she now has two tiny moles (one on her left elbow and one of her left temple).
One new experience from this month was eating “white balls” (as Lauren so endearingly calls them) for breakfast. Yes, Lauren honed in on some powdered donut holes at the bakery so we gave them a try. I’m sure that it was the novelty of eating something round that made them so alluring initially, however, she quickly realized the powdered sugar was yummy and resorted to licking them in the end. It’s so much fun getting to see her try new things for the first time! To see for yourself, click here.
We also treated Lauren to her first popsicle of the season this past month which resulted in several funny faces…at first it was “too hot” but you could tell that wasn’t the word she was searching for as she shook her head. I responded with “too cold” but she nodded no again with a pucker on her face. Then I asked, “Too sour?” That was it and for the rest of the popsicle Lauren ran around the yard making funny faces and proclaiming, “Too sour!” but would not put it down. Check out a few pictures of LP enjoying that popsicle, click here.
Now that Lauren is pretty agile and I really don’t worry about her face planting as much, it was finally time to pull out the sprinkler. LP thought it was awfully neat to take a bite of a popsicle, put it down, rub her hands on it so they were nice and sticky and then be able to wash her hands off in the sprinkler as she ran through it. She thought it was so cool that she followed this same little routine through two entire popsicles. Well, in reality, Hailey probably got more than Lauren. As you can imagine, this whole process allowed for a lot of melting time and most landed on the ground for the dog to devour – which Hailey was happy to oblige for an easy cleanup. To see some photos of Lauren scampering through the sprinkler for the first time, click here.
Even though Lauren has been communicating with sentences for some time now, I’m still so amazed. Just today she came up to me with one of her plastic plates from her tea party set and said, “This one fall down. Broke. Lauren fix it.” as she pretended to smooth out the edges of the plate. I couldn’t help but to wonder if this was something that she’d heard me or Ryan say? I couldn’t remember a similar incident. Perhaps it’s something that she heard from her Grandma & Grandpa while staying with them and is just repeating it. If not, I have to say – WOW! I’m just so awestruck at how the human mind functions and grows and expands exponentially – seemingly overnight! WOW!!!
One other phrase that I’m amazed Lauren’s picked up on and quite certain that it’s going to do some major damage in the future is “Buy some.” That’s right – Lauren sees something she likes at the store or in a book and she routinely requests for us to “Buy some.” She’s become rather fascinated with “babies” and when I informed her that we were headed to Wal-Mart she replied with, “Wal-Mart, a lot of babies.” I thought this was strange but she was adamant through the entire ride that there were a lot of babies at Wal-Mart. So, I made sure to point out the first baby I saw to Lauren but she seemed relatively unimpressed. We saw a couple more but still no real reaction from LP. Suddenly, as we turned down the toilet paper isle Lauren exclaimed “Babies!” It wasn’t actual babies that she wanted to see, but pictures of them…and next time you’re down the toilet paper isle make note – there are quite a few pictures of babies there. Lauren’s affection towards babies also extends to baby dolls. While waiting on a prescription at Wal-Mart recently, Lauren & I visited the toy section. LP scurried through each isle briefly pausing at a toy here and there, until we got to the section with all of the baby dolls. It stopped her in her tracks. She carefully patted each one that she could reach on the tummy and fondly said “Baby.” Then she would hold their hand for a little while before moving on to the next. The ones that talked when you walked by kind of freaked her out but as long as Mommy was holding her, she wanted to take a closer look…just look though. She had no desire to touch them. 🙂 (I should have known that she’d like baby dolls because, quite frankly, most of them just creep me out!) Luckily, she’s still content with just looking at the toys in the store. As long as she can touch them and have a chance to say, “Bye-bye” before we move on, she’s good. Let’s hope it stays that way for a long, long time!!
There really are so many new things that Lauren has accomplished over the past month. Far too many to ever hit on them all, but these are a few that always make me smile. I know I’ve said it a million times already but I’m just completely amazed by her. Such a simple thing like her going from saying “Mama. Mama. Mama.” one day to “Mommy, help.” the next is so slight but a wonderful example of what little sponges kids are. I am in awe of Lauren every day and know that I’m a better person because of her. To see how big Lauren is getting, check out her 22 month photo shoot which started in the window, headed to the floor and ended in the back yard…click here.