Happy 2nd Birthday Nicole!
Today my little Nicole turns 2. She has blossomed into a funny quirky little girl. She loves to be the center of attention, stealing glances at visitors and then beaming from ear to ear with her head cocked or galloping around the room in her own unique dance.
She has recently entered a new stage of language development. Her vocabulary is exploding and she has started regularly using two word combinations and small phrases. Where she would have said â€œshoe,â€ I hear her carefully articulate â€œone shoeâ€ or â€œCharlotteâ€™s Shoe.â€ One of my recent favorites is hearing her say the whole phrase â€œMom, where are you?â€ Iâ€™ve started working on encouraging words instead of crying or yelling for something. Sheâ€™s doing quite well with that. She says things like â€œhelp, pleaseâ€ and â€œorange, pleaseâ€ or â€œOh, no ball!â€ Every time we drive somewhere, she likes to say goodbye to everything â€œgoodbye houseâ€, â€œgoodbye treeâ€, and so on.
She loves hats and shoes and she smiles and dances when I put either one on her. This evening, I watched her try to fit her brown sandals onto her big sisterâ€™s foot. She regularly emerges from her siblings bedroom and clomps down the hall in a pair of oversized shoes. Then sheâ€™ll climb into her seat at the table and say â€œoh no, shoe!â€ as one of the shoes slips off and falls to the floor.
Six months ago, it was a rare treat to have her sit still in your lap for a hug, now she seeks out and sustains hugs regularly. She has started hugging both of her sisters spontaneously and occasionally crying for a hug. The 2nd hour Nursery leader at church says that every week at about 10:30 she just stops playing and comes to get a hug then goes back to play happily. She went through a short phase of saying â€œawwwâ€ every time she hugged someone. Charlotte and Nicole loved to hug and say â€œawwwâ€ over and over again.
She goes to bed easily most days both for her nap and at night. At times sheâ€™ll be up for an hour or two after being put to bed, but she never leaves her room or climbs off her bed. She usually doesnâ€™t even cry. Sheâ€™ll be in there for hours, just singing and talking and looking at books. I think itâ€™s only been in the last month that sheâ€™s started insisting that she sleep on top of items. She gathers at least three toys and often a book or two along with her water bottle in her arms and sleeps on top of them. A stuffed Curious George toy is always under one of her arms. I still donâ€™t understand why she prefers to sleep this way, but she gets mad if I try to move something sheâ€™s laying on. It reminds me of a silly sleeping phase Isaac went through. Itâ€™s funny how these strange little things they do pull at your heart strings.
She still doesnâ€™t like to be forced to sit still. If I try to get a picture of the kids lined up or sitting next to each other, sheâ€™ll be the one who refuses to sit still long enough for me to take the picture. Church meetings can be challenging, I was counting down the days until she turned old enough for nursery!
Her favorite show is Curious George. Sheâ€™ll carry a remote over to me and say â€œGeorgeâ€ periodically during the day. She also loves to be outside. Everyday when we get home from picking up Isaac she climbs out of the car and runs directly outside to play. If you mention leaving sheâ€™ll to to the door to the garage and say â€œoutsideâ€ over and over.
I also love her big brown eyes and her silly smiles. She has started smiling and saying â€œcheeseâ€ when she sees my camera. Sometimes she gives me a goofy smile where she protrudes her lower teeth and it looks like she has an under bite (I think thatâ€™s the right term).