Sep 15, 2014

Addison Sophia: 23 Months


Dear Addie::

You are keeping me on my toes. You definitely keep me busy. You are a very smart cookie. Too smart for your own good sometimes. You are very observant. You pay attention to everything and you mock or try to do it yourself.

The best part of you being so observant is that you are learning sign language. You are learning that we can communicate that way. You are learning really quickly. You know "all done," "eat," and "more" right now. We are working on a few more still, but you are picking up on them quickly. You still aren't doing a lot of talking right now otherwise. One of the only things I can always get you to say is Mickey. You love Mickey Mouse. You are trying to make animal sounds, but usually only if I make the sound first. You can quack really well. You do that all by yourself every time you get into the bathtub because you love your rubber ducks. Otherwise you are pretty mum on the words, but you babble a lot. You do a lot of babbling.

On the unfortunate side, you seem to have entered the terrible twos. I know it's a little early but you have been a bear these last few weeks. It's unclear why. You are stubborn. You whine about everything. We spend a lot of time butting heads during the day because you want to do what you want and I don't always agree. It's been a little rough around here.

But you are hilarious still. Just watching you do things and figure things out is amazing and sometime just plain funny. A few weeks ago you walked up to me, looked at me, patted my head and walked away. That was it. It was definitely strange but was hilarious. I laughed for a long time about that. Speaking of laughing, you are a master are fake laughing. We have been watching Ellen during this last week and when you hear people on there laughing you break out this crazy, loud fake laugh then look at me like you want me to confirm that you did it right.

You are finally up and moving all the time. You are all over the place. You do a fair amount of walking on your knees still and some crawling, but you are mostly walking. You love to walk. You have learned that it's the easiest way to get around and take with you whatever you want. The ankle braces have definitely helped. I can already see an improvement in your feet and you definitely walk faster with them on. It took some time but you are finally okay with them on your feet. At first you would scream and cry when I would put them on and now it's just apart of our day. It's a fun game when we finally get to take them off and we can wiggle our toes. Unfortunately because you have to wear shoes with your ankle braces, you are always in tennis shoes. And even more unfortunately you are always stepping on my toes. At least four times a day. You are really good at grinding into my feet.

Despite our horrible "terrible twos" stage we seem to be in, you are definitely fun. You love to color. You love to chase Stella (she's not always so fond of that though). You play in your kitchen. You spend time figuring things out. You gather up and organize your stuffed animals. You play with your dollhouse. You spend all day talking and laughing. Every day is a new adventure with you. It may be impossible to go to stores with you by myself. It may be impossible to cook dinner some days. It may be impossible to get anything done. But you are so full of life. You have so much energy. You know how to melt my heart on a daily basis (yes, saving "I love you" to me a few days ago almost made me cry). You are the sweetest little girl. And I wouldn't trade a moment of time with you. I love you so much.

Love, Mama

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