What a wonderful update to be able to provide. DJ is now two! This is a very old post but I wanted to remember how we celebrated this past year.
We threw a surprise party for J at the park with all our family and friends. Drinks, snacks, lawn chairs, and popcorn for the movie!
DJ Turns 2
An update at age 2:
Walking and running everywhere!
Yes , DJ still had a pacifier (or a bye-bice as she called it). She didn’t use it all the time, but as you will see from pictures, it still was around. Luckily, shortly after the birthday, the pacifiers all got “lost” and within one night we pretty much were done with them.
In addition to the birthday party we threw for J at the park, we also stayed home and opened presents on her actual birthday. I made a pink pound cake with two candles. DJ loved all the birthday banners in the house!
It’s been a while but I wanted to do a brief update for this milestone. Tomorrow DJ is officially two and a half. Tonight she recited her ABCs perfectly (including l,m,n,o,p) and could identify most letters when asked!
It is officially fall! With that has come football season and DJ has learned how to cheer on our favorite teams. She gets very excited every weekend when we watch the games. Today driving home from daycare DJ said, look footballs !!!! Since we were just driving down the road we were a bit confused until we realized she was talking about the shape of the lamp at the top of all the light posts!!
The past couple weeks we have finally gotten back to working on some house projects. We finally pulled out all the monkey grass (loriape) that was lining the sidewalk. It seemed to always be full of bugs and dirt so it just made sense to pull it all out. In its place we decided to invest in white river rock to help keep the area clean. I love the way it has opened up the front walk. The area seems more modern and brighter! More updates to come!
Finally set up this set of 50 year old doll beds for DJ this weekend. They were my moms that have been saved. DJ loves playing with all her babies and putting them to sleep. We don’t have any hand towels or blankets that are safe in the house. She loves them and has been so careful with this special gift.
This week, DJ has started really combing three or more words into sentences. It is so cute.
Today the conversations went like this:
Momma big girl,
Deedee (DJ) big girl,
Daddy is Josh.
My back has been hurting and I have been telling her I can’t pick her up. Now she says “My neck hurts”. When J corrected her to say, isn’t it mommy’s neck that hurts? She quickly said “momma neck better, deedee neck hurts”.
Yes, DJ is almost two! I can’t believe it. I jotted down a few sweet notes about her now that she’s 23 months old.
DJ is obsessed with skin to skin contact. Lately she’s been taking it to the next level and ever so carefully and softly will lay her cheek down on our stomach (after pulling up our shirt). She’s even started to take it one step further and pulls up her shirt and lays down on us belly to belly.
When reading books she will shout "I read, I read". She will try to "read" to us. I know she can say words and describe things on the pictures but all she says is baby talk like "blah blah blah, goo goo goo".
We are practicing holding up two figures to show how old she is. She has finally started getting it on her own and will shout "I did it!" with her two little sweet fingers up in the air.
She’s also been getting into dress up and accessories. The other morning she let me put on her clothes, but then she ran off to her dress up bin to gather these accessories. I tried to just put the scarf around her neck, but she insisted that it be tied on her head!
For the past couple weeks DJ has been getting excited when we drive over the railroad tracks by our house and go “bump”. Now any big bump we go over when driving she asks “Choo Choo tracks?”
Tonight we finally caught a train at the tracks and were the first car. We rolled down the windows and the train blew its horn! Her eyes got so wide and a big smile came over her face. As the train cars went by her little eyes darted back and forth trying to get a good look at each car.
Such a simple memory but she enjoyed it so much.
At least this time she was awake in the car! This picture is from last weekend after playing at Grandmas house.
We started a few months ago tossing around ideas for DJ’s big girl room. We have always agreed that the front (smaller) room was a great nursery, but she would be transitioned to the back bedroom once she got older. The back bedroom is larger and quieter being down a hallway instead of right off the living room. The closet is slightly smaller but with more floor space for playing, its a good trade off.
So, we started on the room, just wanting to work on it slowly over time with the thought that we would transition her when she was closer to age 2. You can see here what we got accomplished and called Phase 1 complete.
What we didn’t expect was that she would be so excited about her “pink” room and her big girl beds that she would want to sleep in there immediately. It started last week with a Saturday afternoon nap. We laid down to read books and when I told her it was nap time, she just turned her head to the side and fell asleep! I laid there for a minute and sure enough she was asleep and I crawled out of bed without her noticing.
What made me so excited about that nap was that she slept in that bed for over 2 hours. We had been struggling with nap times on the weekends in her cribs, and her naps had only been about 45 minutes, even though she was obviously still tired. She normally sleeps 2.5-3 hours at daycare, so these 45 minute naps at home weren’t cutting it. I was amazed that she slept SO well in her big girl bed.
So, the next weekend, we got another great Saturday nap from her, so we figured we should try for overnight that weekend. Saturday night we did the same thing with a few books and then she feel right asleep. We made sure to bring the monitor into the new room and turned the volume up really high so we could hear if she got out of bed. She stirred once around midnight but went right back down and slept until 5:30am (her normal wake up time). We were very pleased! Sunday night was the same and its been getting better and better since!
I guess we really need to get on Phase 2 of her room and will update with the finishing touches soon!