There's no denying it now...my girl is almost TWO! Wowza! Sometimes it's hard to remember that she's not even two yet. When we're out at playgroup or the park people often guess Adeline's age at closer to three because she talks in sentences, she's tall and lean and she's physically adventurous and strong, she has all that hair and she's just a very...together...little person. But she's not even two! Adeline has been practicing for the "terrible twos" though. This month she tried out some tantruming but found it not very rewarding so hopefully we won't revisit that too often. Adeline also came up with a very realistically sad but totally fake crying that she uses to try and get a hug and a snuggle. No matter how many times I explain to her that I or her Daddy will always give her a hug if she asks, she still likes to try out the fake crying. It's cute and funny, but I'm trying hard to not reward it and have her use her words instead.
May really was a busy and fun month though. We celebrated both Mother's Day and my Birthday (cake twice in one month!) and we went on a lot of fun family adventures to places like Butterfly Gardens, the aquarium, the beach, the nursery to buy plants and lots of different parks. At home there was lots of working in the garden and cooking together. Adeline is so happy that it's finally warm enough for her to help water the garden. She gets soaking wet, but she loves it.
Adeline's pretend play has really expanded this month and she is spending lots and lots of time caring for her babies. They get bottles and go to bed over and over again, and they also eat a lot of pretend rice, change their clothes many times a day, have their diapers changed, are comforted when they fall down and are sung to when they're sad. It's so sweet to watch!
One of Adeline's new favourite toys is little cars (Hot Wheels or Matchbox ones, you know?). She drives them all over and races them across the kitchen floor, but she also feeds them with the baby bottle and gives them "hairdos" with the comb. Yep, she's pretty girly.
This was the month of questions! I know she's just trying to make conversation and it's a good developmental step, but some days it took a lot of patience to answer Adeline's questions all day long. "What's that?", "What's that noise?", "What's that bird's name?" "What's that kinda music?" "Whatcha doing, Mama?". Of course she knows the answer to almost all her questions, but I still need to answer. Adeline looooooooooves to talk.
This month Adeline really started singing and this fills me with so much joy. She sings to herself often throughout the day and her songs are all recognizable and she's thrilled when I know what she's singing. Her favourites to sing by herself are "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Wheels on the Bus", "Rolie Poly", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", "John the Rabbit", "Oh My My", "Shoo Fly" and "A Smooth Road to London Town". Adeline has also started singing along to our favourite cd's, but she won't sing with me yet and just stops to listen if I join in.
Adeline did a lot of drawing this month and her work is getting very precise and controlled. I can't wait for representational drawing, but I know not to force it and am letting her enjoy the process and work at an age appropriate level. Oh but I can hardly wait for that first wonky and wonderful drawing of her family though...
Hands down, Adeline's favourite thing about being 21 months old was that it was finally warm enough to enjoy being at the beach, although enjoy isn't really a strong enough word to describe how Adeline just glows when she's there.
Now onwards to two!