Friday, April 28, 2017

Olive June at 21 Months

Olive is 21 months now, and I feel like all the sudden she is so old and grown up! She is just a little girl now and is so smart. She can recognize and say all of the letters, can count to 10, and knows all of the colors and most shapes.

She recognizes most animals in a book including bear, dog, sheep, monkey, mouse, bee, spider, bird, chicken, horse, cow, elephant, snake, zebra, cat, dog, fish, ladybug. And lots more I'm sure I'm forgetting.

She sleeps with her dog and elephant that she calls 'One', has added in her fox that was supposed to be baby brother's, and now has added in a bunny. She asks for all four every night. And when I say 'Let's get a baba and go ninight with your dogdoo.' And she goes 'and amials.' She just calls them all her 'animals'. : )

She loves Zootopia. And will frequently ask for the 'bu bu bunny'. She likes Moana and will ask for it too. She likes Trolls except for the part with the spiders, but she doesn't ask for that one. She just started asking for the 'dog dog' which is Secret Life of Pets. When the dogs go away she asks 'where go?' and when she can't see the dog she goes 'Max?'. She will really watch most movies but those four are her favorites. She also likes to watch preschool prep which is how she's learned her letters and colors.

She is scared of bugs and trucks. She will put her hands on her head and look at me and say
"I skared!?" in a high voice almost like a question. I don't know where she learned it but it's pretty cute and I'm trying to teach her she doesn't need to be scared of those things. So I will say they are nice. And she goes "and cute and funny." So bugs and trucks are nice, cute, and funny.

She sings songs with me, finishing the last word of the phrases in You Are My Sunshine, Rain Rain Go Away, I Am A Child of God, and How Far I'll Go from Moana.

When I'm putting her down now if we haven't said prayers before I'm giving her a bottle she will stop drinking and say 'a paier?' And I'll ask if she wants to say a prayer. And she'll go "Yeah."

Each night when I'm putting her to bed I make her repeat 'I am kind. I am brave. I am smart. I am special. I am talented. I can do hard things. I am a child of God.' She is starting to remember it and after I tell her to repeat I am kind she wlll go 'I bave'. And she knows just when to say 'God'.

She likes to color but she LOVES stickers. I figured that out and it occupies her for a little bit at church.

She loved dying Easter eggs. She sat there dipping them from color to color for a half hour and hardly gave Taylor and I a glance. I need to have her do it again she was so still and quiet!

Taylor taught her the line from the predator where he goes 'Olive, get to the' and she goes 'Chopper!' But it sounds more like 'a choppa!'

When you say Olive, guess what? She will say 'I wuh you!' (I love you). And you ask how much? And she'll go 'A much.' with her arms stretched out.

Taylor commented that he loves taking her to the grocery store. I wanted to do a giant eye roll because although she is good, its not super fun for me. But then he said it's because she smiles and says 'HI' to everyone she sees and everyone comments on how cute she is. And he is right. I need to be better about enjoying each moment with her and seeing things for how cool they really are, and not get so wrapped up in getting the job done. (Also whenever we go to smiths she immediately says 'nana!' because they have free fruit for kids there and she always chooses a banana. And she likes to ride in the cars)

She has started wanting to walk places when we go to the stores. And I have been letting her because she is really quite good when I let her. She doesn't run away, and stays around me or comes back when I ask her to. She's just such a good girl.

She still sleeps 12+ hours at night. Her naps are a little more hit and miss... Most days she goes down but she is resisting a little more and it takes me longer to get her down.

She loves to give baby brother cuddles and kisses, but has to be on my bare belly. She will sit and pat him and lay her head on my belly going 'ooh brudder'. When I ask where baby brother is she usually pats her own belly. She loves babies so I hope it'll be a good transition when brother gets here.

She is such a sweet little girl. When she sees something she thinks is cute, like the mickey on her diapers, she will go 'a cuddle?' and bring it over to me and climb onto my shoulder so we can cuddle whatever she has together. It is one of my most favorite things that I hope she never stops doing.

She loves chapstick. She will find it and go 'dips?' and usually I pretend it's broken and I can't open it, but when I let her she puts it on over and over again. She likes putting on pink lips and calls herself a princess.

She found a binkie a few weeks ago and is obsessed with it. She knows it's called a binkie and whenever she has it in her mouth she goes 'Toot toot!' from Zootopia. Pretty clever but I also have to hid the binkies now because she will just keep it in her mouth.

She loves baby dolls and pushing them in her stroller. She will also hold them and pat their back and whisper 'shhhh'. So sweet.

She loves to help me while I'm cooking. It's honestly harder having her on the counter but I want her to be involved and watch what's going on. Plus whenever I'm cutting veggies she will just grab them and eat them. Especially tomatoes. She loves gobbling up the tomatoes.

She likes playing with her kitchen downstairs and has gotten good at pretending to to eat the food. She will really play anything, but likes when someone is over, even if she's not playing completely with them, she's more entertained. I hope she and her brother will be able to play together soon.

She is seriously such a joy. The week after Easter was a little rough where she was a little more whiney and threw more fits. I was worried she was entering terrible twos and was thinking if that was what it was going to be like I was going to struggle. But she has snapped out of it and is back to her happy, easy going self. I love her so much. She is just my best little buddy. I'm excited to have another baby, but I'd be lying if I wasn't stressed at how it is going to affect Olive. I hope she always knows how much I love her and am so grateful for her.