Ryan is 21 months old now and so we've been living in ToddlerLand for quite some time. We are only a few months away from entering into Terrible Two Land as well, which I'm sure is going to be full of just as many ups and downs. We'll also be joining Big Sister Land in about 4.5 months....God help us!
I've decided that kids learning to talk is just about the funniest and sometimes most frustrating thing in the world. She always knows what she wants, however I am still figuring it out most days. The struggle is real my friends.
But, Ryan is freakin HILARIOUS. Her verbal skills have really increased in the last couple of months and she absolutely cracks us up. She puts multiple words together to make little sentences. For instance, the other day, a picture frame fell off of the ledge above where she was playing. I have NO IDEA how that happened, but thankfully it just crashed next to her instead of actually falling on her. I jumped up to grab her and she said over and over "its ok, its ok, its ok." It was pretty funny. She'll also say "where'd go?" as in "Where did so and so go?" "I get it." "Here ya go Mom," which for whatever reason comes out as "Here ya go Bub."
She's learned that there is a baby in my belly although I'm pretty certain she now thinks belly buttons are called "baby." So she'll go around lifting up her shirt, my shirt, Josh's shirt and pointing to our belly buttons and saying "baby, baby, baby." I'm just waiting for her to try to do it to some stranger and have them look at me like what the hell?!?!
When it is getting close to nap time or bedtime she will regularly grab her stuffed animals and blanket and make her way to the couch where she lies down and says "nighhhh" (night) hoping that that will mean she can sleep on the couch. VERY occasionally I will let that work for nap time but it's pretty cute either way.
Speaking of movies or television shows, if she's watching one and it ends or comes to a commercial, she'll look over at me and yell "it stawp it stawp!" Hahaha the darn show stopped and she doesn't hesitate to let me know about it!
She did finally figure out that my name is not "Da" and will wander the house yelling "Ma" or "Mama" daily. Whenever the front door is being unlocked, she lights up and yells "Dada!" It's super cute except for when it's our neighbors unlocking THEIR front door and not ours and then it's kind of sad in an adorable sort of way.
She knows the words and locations of many body parts and so we go through the list all the time. Eyes, ears, nose, teeth, tongue, hands, feet, hair, and so on.
She understands SO MUCH. Kids really are little sponges soaking up everything that we as parents say and do. And while ToddlerLand has some real challenges, it really is amazing.