While I'm still feeling awk about sharing the monthly letters to Bella on the blog, I would like to share a few things about this stage of her life. Oh - and I should tell you that I'm excited that I FINALLY figured out how to do a baby book for Bella. I'm going to combine the photos & text from her monthly letters for her first two years, along with stats about weight & height into a Shutterfly book. It works with my need for simple and streamlined and it also groups all those monthly letters in a cohesive way. Now the trick will be actually doing it...
|"Mama! Wear costume! Funny!"|
So here are a few highlights from recent days and weeks:
Bella started singing along to songs, including her bedtime song - You are My Sunshine. The first time she did it to Husband and to I during the bedtime routine, we had to try so hard not to crack up. Her little voice goes all over the scale and it ends up being this crazy harmony. Plus, she doesn't have all the words quite right, which makes it extra entertaining. In fact - she calls that song, "Warm Sunshine", which is extra wonderful to me. We tried getting her singing that with us on tape, but she was more into Twinkle, Twinkle that day.
Bella Sings Twinkle, Twinkle from Laura on Vimeo.
No, Mama! Do it self!
Bella now wants to do EVERYTHING herself. Oy. It's great that she wants to be independent, but exhausting for me. I keep forgetting to tack on an extra 15-30 minutes before we go anywhere since she now wants to be completely in charge of putting on her diaper/clothes/shoes, climbing into the car herself, buckling herself in, etc, etc. Obviously she simply cannot do some of these things herself, which causes some drama.
|Mad that I wouldn't give her the camera. Two seconds later she was happy again.|
Luckily the tantrums are quickly extinguished (at this point, anyway -when will the first full on tantrum happen!?) and she can be convinced to let Mama or Daddy help her out.
So it turns out toddlers actually remember stuff...
I find it astounding that Bella can remember things from months ago. I don't know why this is so surprising - maybe because you hear again and again about how little ones have short attention spans and that their first memory doesn't happen until they are older? Somehow I interpreted that to mean that young toddlers remember nearly nothing. But of course they remember stuff! How else would they learn? In the past week, Bella has brought up two things that happened months ago all on her own, both of which were fairly minor in the grand scheme of things. I'm already forgetting one of them, but the first was when she asked us if we remembered Grandpa giving her a cork. ("Remember Grandpa? Remember cork?") The story with that is that my dad had dinner with us back in February and we had a bottle of N/A champagne with a cork. My dad was juggling it and playing around with it with Bella, but we threw away the cork that night and I thought that was the end of it. Apparently she's been mulling over that one for weeks now! Crazy amazing.
Do You Curl Her Hair?
You would not believe how often I get asked this question. OK, so it's only like once a week, but still! How many people are not asking that question, but assuming Bella and I are headed for Toddlers & Tiaras? Oh well, I suppose the misconception is worth it if I get to admire Bella's gorgeous head of ringlets. I think we compliment her a little too often because she will pat her own head and quietly say, "Pretty hair." Then again, she now pats my hair when it's down and says, "Pretty hair, Mama" so maybe we don't need to back off on the compliments...
I have mentioned this before, but it is just so hilarious to hear what comes out of her mouth. Yesterday she saw the blind, cleft-palated cat running down the hall and turned to me with an excited look and said, "Mama! Stevie growing a baby!"
Even as mind numbing and infuriating as this stage/age can be at times, there are so many intensely delightful and wonderful moments. Leaves me feeling a bit bi-polar, but on a whole I am really enjoying this time. I cannot believe that there is only one more month to go until she is the big TWO. And in just another short month or so after that she will officially be a big sister. Hoo boy!