Dear Clara – 21 months

15 Jun

Almost 2.  I think you think you’re already there.

You’re asserting your opinion and will at every possible opportunity.  Keeping yourself awake, waking up early, making yourself throw up, telling us what you want to eat, drink, or wear, how you’d like your hair, what activity you want to be doing.

You love to color – but really, I think you love to hold as many crayons in your hands as possible.  I end up doing most of the coloring.

You have started singing a lot.  It’s really fun to see that.  I used to make up songs and sing all the time when I was little, so it’s funny to see you doing the same thing.  Sometimes you just hum. Sometimes it’s the ABC song.  When we sing about the Itsy Bitsy Spider, or Patty Cake, or Twinkle Twinkle, you want to sing it over and over and over again.

You’re getting really good at your numbers and your ABCs.  Several times now I’ve heard you count from 7-15 getting all the right numbers.  Now we just have to work on 1-7.  Usually it goes a little something like this: 2, 3 6, 2, 4, 7, 5… etc.

You’ve figured out how to turn on and unlock my phone.  Well, you’ve been doing that for a while… but you know you’re not supposed to, so now you get this look on your face when you get ahold of my phone.  It kinda looks like you don’t have any teeth, the way you go “OH” and curl your lips inside your mouth.  Its kind of hilarious.

You can identify a circle, square, star, heart, and triangle – though you call it a “tri-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl.”  Makes me laugh every time.  I think you know most of your colors, though your favorites right now are blue and purple.  Every time I ask you what color something is, blue or purple is your first answer.  But if there are crayons laying on the table and I ask you to pick up the red one or the yellow one, you always get it right.  You can draw a circle and a straight line.

You still love Sesame Street, and will sit for almost the whole hour just completely transfixed.  Sometimes you’ll sing or dance along with the songs, and you always name each character that comes on screen.

You love books – especially Blue Hat, Green Hat, Hippos go Berserk, Not the Hippopotamus, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, and The Going to Bed Book.

You’re speaking in full sentences almost all the time now, which still kinda trips me out.

We just started a gymnastics class this week.  Tuesday mornings you get to go run and jump and act crazy with about 15 other kids your age.  I thought it would get some of your energy out, but this week it just made you totally hyper.  I’m excited though, to see if it helps you learn how to follow directions a little better, and I can’t wait until you get the courage to start trying some of the activities the other kids are doing – balance beam, swinging on the bars, somersaults.  Should be fun!

We’ve been going to the gym pretty regularly again, and every time we turn the corner you get real excited because you get to see Miss Sandra.  She’s the one who hangs out with you while I work out, and she gets super excited to see you every time we go.  I am really thankful for Miss Sandra, because she just really likes you, and she makes it possible for me to go to the gym at all, since there’s not really childcare there.

We are going to plan some fun things to do together this summer.  I have one more wedding tomorrow, and then I get a bit of a break, which I’m very excited about.  We will have Saturdays to spend together as a family again!  At least for a little while.  I already know that we want to go to the Durham Farmers Market with Miss Heather and explore some of the fun places she’s found there.  Maybe we’ll do a few museums, too.  And the pool.  Hmm, the possibilities are endless!

You’re so tall now, too – you outgrow clothes faster than I can put you in them.  I went through all your clothes the other day, and everything in your drawers had to be put away in a bin to go to the attic – too small.  We really need to do some shopping, I think, or you’ll have nothing at all to wear!

Well, I’m sure there’s more, but nap time is almost over.

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