23 Months!

Sweet Pea is 23 months old!!

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And here we are, one month away from Sweet Pea’s 2nd birthday!

Sweet Pea is just a complete joy. Since she started smiling (at 3ish weeks I think it was) her smile has lit up the room. She exuberates joyfulness. She toddles around the house all day long with her sweet spirit and beautiful smile.

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There are things that ruffle her feathers! As she has gotten older, she has started expressing herself and her opinions on things (which is good!), but most of the time she does it in the sweetest ways! Even when she says “no”, her voice is polite. The only person she really gets upset with is her big sis but that is because Little Bug knows how to aggravate her. Sweet Pea stands her ground though to her big sister. She runs after her demanding that she give back a toy or do what she wanted her to do! I am glad to see her stand her ground because a year ago I was thinking Sweet Pea was going to just let the world run over her with her passive personality. That doesn’t describe Sweet Pea anymore. While her personality is more reserved and she needs her time to warm up to new situations, she is a friendly little thing who knows how to stand up for herself.

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While the girls do have their not so pretty moments (what siblings don’t?), Sweet Pea loves her big sister and Little Bug loves her baby sister. One morning recently the girls were about to do their Room Time and Little Bug asked if they could have a Sister Room Time instead of playing separate in their own rooms. I let them play together in Sweet Pea’s bedroom and they had a ball. I’d say, for the most part, they really do play well together. I truly desire for them to be best friends one day and I think we are headed in the right direction for that! It is so fun to see them interacting and playing together (their squabbles are pretty entertaining, too!).

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Sweet Pea’s imagination is developing! At lunch she took an apple she was eating and put it to her ear to be a phone. She looked over to me with a silly grin on her face because she knew she was being funny. She has a sense of humor too and likes to make us laugh.

Feeding this baby is still an absolute nightmare! Meal times are so frustrating! She is still eating something one day and not the next. Things I used to could count on her eating, she now won’t touch (rice). She LOVES cheese. She would eat JUST cheese every meal, every day, if I’d let her. Cheese and yogurt. She will eat just about any fruit but won’t touch vegetables. I think once she turns two it is going to be time for some….food training(?). I know we’ve fallen into the trap of fixing something and if it is refused fixing another food. That has got to stop because that is ridiculous and one of those things I said I’d never do as a parent. But with her texture/pickiness issues, I just could not make myself “let her go hungry” if she refused the first thing I made her! At age 2, I think she will be old enough to realize (once it happens a few times) that what she is served is what she eats and if she chooses not to eat, she can eat again next meal. It would be one thing if she had 5-8 foods that she would eat and that is IT. But when you have a toddler who eats 5-8 foods SOMETIMES and not at other times and there is no way to predict what she will and won’t eat at each meal, it is just S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L. Ugh- I hate this! I feel like part of this is texture issues (and whether it is drug exposure related or not doesn’t really matter to me at this point) and part of this is my fault. Feeding this baby since birth has been one adventure after another!!! This too shall pass….this too shall pass…..

It is crazy how literally everything else about this baby is smooth sailing. She is go with the flow and happy all the time. Ha! She is even happy most every meal while Mama is about to pull her hair out!

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At 23 months Sweet Pea loves: bubbles, walks outside, playing with her sister, reading books, doing anything sis does, riding her toy car all over the house, dancing.

Dancing! Her happy heart shows in her dancing – even when there is no music playing! If there IS music, like in a restaurant, you can be sure Sweet Pea will be bobbing her head. She was eating breakfast at home (which, by the way, is typically the most peaceful of meals) and I looked over at her and she was bobbing her head away but there was no music playing! I asked her if she wanted me to turn on some music and she said yes. I turned on the radio and she continued to dance while she ate!

It is hard to believe this baby girl has been a part of our family for almost two years! Two years ago I can remember the apprehension I felt in adding another child to our family so soon. (Sooner than was my plan anyway.) But I cannot imagine our family without this precious little girl. She brings so much joy to us all on a daily basis. God knew she would be the perfect fit in our family!

Sweet Pea’s Schedule (22 months old):

8am wake up

9:30-10:30am Room Time

12pm Lunch

12:45-4/4:30pm Nap

6pm Dinner

7pm Bath

7:30/7:45pm Bedtime

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Happy 23 Months, Sweet Pea!!!

One thought on “23 Months!

  1. Try green smoothies! You can hide spinach in there with all of the fruit and you can not taste the spinach at all. Works for my 6 year old! Also, try avacado hidden in things. Lots of great ways to sneak them in even for the pickiest ones. My 4 years old only eats 5 things and will go hungry. He just doesnt care. We give him lots of vitamins at night to he doesn’t become deficient (sp.) Just know you are doing your best and hair does grow back when you pull it out.. Trust me! I have pulled out lots of it!

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