Woo! Man, our lives have been a whirlwind lately! We’ve been traveling and celebrating and moving at full speed.
And, you, have been a pure joy and delight. Although you’re not changing physically that much from month to month now, you are developing so rapidly in other ways. You’re learning words and phrases. You’re testing the limits and exploring. You’re figuring things out–how to open and close them, how to take them a part and put them back together again, how to move them or use them as a step stool. Your feelings are raw, both the good and the bad, and we are riding the waves.
10 perfect things about you lately:
- You make kissy noises now. While I was traveling for work. I started making kissy noises and then kissing the phone during FaceTime, and you starting mimicking that back. It’s the cutest.
- You’re slowly figuring this potty thing out. You don’t always want to go, but you do go every now and again. We’re trying to keep potty talk and potty time fun, and I’m so proud every time you go. You especially love the flushing.
- I was having a hormonal moment recently and crying really hard for no reason, and you climbed right up in my lap and hugged me tight while I cried. It made me cry a little harder. You’re such a sweet and loving girl.
- I’m afraid you’ve gotten a bit of my repeater gene. When you want something and aren’t getting it fast enough, you just repeat whatever you want over and over again. Water! Water! Water! Hat! Hat! Hat! Jacket! Jacket! Jacket!
- You love the beach–the sand, the ocean, the sun, the dogs!. You love it all, and it makes me so happy that you love it so much. While we were in Hawaii, my heart would almost burst with happiness while I watched you run as fast as you could towards the waves with sheer joy, laughing at the top of your lungs.
- You are still a baby hoarder. When you’re going from one room to another, you pick of every single one of your treasures (could be your drink, crayons, papa’s phone, a jacket, a hat, etc) into your arms and move it with you. If you drop even one of those treasures, you must pick it up before moving forward. It can be quite debilitating at times. 🙂
- You love your hats (currently a green sun hat and a purple batman baseball cap) and your flip flops.
- Two scary but perfect things: A. You like to throw things. We don’t like that you like to throw things. B. You can climb out of your crib. You are very proud of yourself when you do it. We are very proud/terrified.
- You love to choose your own clothes, shoes, etc. This can make for some amazing outfit combos.
- “Cow!” is how you say Avocado. 🙂 Sometimes you’ll say Ah-vuh-Cow! but mostly just Cow! Cow!
You’re hilarious and amazing. You’re a sparkly, sparkly person.
The daycare sent home an update on your experience, development, and strengths:
Experience at school: “Beatrice is very happy at school! She has great drop offs. She gets excited to see her friends and teachers, and she likes to play with them. She loves to give hugs to her friends when she plays with them. She sits attentively at circle time and loves it when we sing songs. She loves drawing with markers and crayons and painting with her hands. She has a voracious appetite for books and loves to be read to. She also enjoys listening and dancing to music.
Plans for development: “We noticed that Beatrice loves to give hugs to her friends but sometimes is a little bit rough and she actually ends up pulling friends down or knocking them over. When this happens, we sit her down and tell her ‘it is nice to hug your friends, but you need to be gentle and not knock your friends down because that would make them upset and it hurts their body.’ . . . Most of the time, when we see that Beatrice is about to hug a friend, we always remind her to ‘show gentle hugs.’
Child’s strengths: “Beatrice is confident and curious. When she sees her friends crying, she offers hugs and is very empathetic. She can also follow the rhythm and different movements of songs. Beatrice’s language skills have been improving by observing the way we pronounce words and repeating it after us. Overall, Beatrice is excited to give warm hugs to everyone in the room. She is very socially engaging and friendly and likes to play with anyone.”
None of this is surprising. The hugging is equal parts amazing and hilarious. You do love your hugs. 🙂
It’s a good lesson to learn now: “it is nice to hug your friends, but you need to be gentle and not knock your friends down because that would make them upset and it hurts their body.”
You are so loved, my Beanshine, always,