I’ve started thinking about plans for Alice’s second birthday… let me rephrase that…. ALICE IS ALMOST TWO YEARS OLD!
My how time flies.
I had written out all the words Alice was saying a few months back and when I started the list of her latest words I realized there was no way to capture everything she’s saying. She just gets it. She knows what you’re saying and has a response to any question you could ask her. She’s saying four syllable words (like talking about taking the “elevatoooor” after dropping off brothers at school) and three word phrases (like the latest “shake you boootyeeee”). Her long pointy tongue has her already saying “L” sounds and she has countless hours of interaction between her two big brothers and four grandparents to sponge up new words and phrases daily.
Although the flip side is trying to understand what she’s saying because she’s adding new words to her vocabulary so quickly. I was taking her up for bed a few nights back and she was repeating “poo-pate. poo-pate.” over and over again. I thought she was saying “poopy” like she was going to poop but when I asked her if she needed to poop she said “Nope. poo-pate. poo-pate. flahsawh.”
She was telling me it was time for TOOTHPASTE and then she’d get to use a FLOSER.
Once I heard the word in context I totally knew what she meant. I asked her if she was talking about it being time for TOOTHPASTE and she threw her head back, laughed and said “yeah!”.
She’s the sunny light in my day and is up for any adventure you can take her on.
Visiting her grandparents are the highlight of her days and checking the mail daily is a must. She lives for sightings of the next door neighbor doggie “Minnie” and we just started a weekly toddler and parent class that she will talk about over and over for a full day afterwards.
She’s developing a longer attention span which is most noticeable with sitting and looking at books and listening to stories. Our bookcases are bulging with children’s books but we never seem to have enough stories to read.
She loves to get messy, play playdoh, color, grab at brother’s legos and knock over any tower you care to build (she’s even stacking blocks pretty high on her own too). She’s turning into a good little helper – she knows how to throw things in the trash can, dirty laundry hamper, where her jacket and shoes go and likes to take a washcloth and wipe the floors, table, walls, brothers’ faces, anything she can reach to help clean up.
Last weekend we had some time without Alice and while she brings so much joy to our family it was nice to hang out with only the boys. Just as we’re reminded how easy just one kid is when we’re out solo with Alice, we realized how easy life is with just two preschoolers along. We went to a swim party with our twin club and then planned to go out to dinner afterwards.
Our original venture didn’t work out so we detoured to a sit down restaurant and enjoyed a meal that we could not have done with Alice along. The boys chatted with the waitress, picked their own meal and actually ate everything on their plates. Joel and I even got to enjoy our own meals. It was a glimpse at what life will be like once our kids are all older. It was such a special outing.
We also accomplished a huge clean up project of the boys’ Lego gear. With the main part of the house gated off for Alice we’ve given up the dining room to the boys’ Lego building. It’s messy and not the most ideal set up but at least the boys have a dedicated space to play without Alice grabbing at their stuff all the time.
We had our Legoland trip and the enthusiasm for building quickly turned our dining room into a disaster area.
So we made an all hands on deck clean up afternoon while Alice was at Grandma and Campa’s house. We pulled all the Lego from the dining room, dumped them on a blanket in the living room and then sorted, sorted, sorted all the Lego into color grouped tubs and got every last brick cleaned up. It was glorious!
I’ve been working on some spring cleaning here and there. Bought a new air cleaner to help cut down on the dust and diaper pail smells. And have some big plans for the rest of spring going into summer. Hopefully the next month will bring a cleaned out garage, new sand box/digging area in the back yard and cleaned out linen closets. Then we’ll be ready to celebrate Alice turning two!