Two years have whizzed by in The Daveye household. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Alice was starting solid foods and learning to walk. Now she is running everywhere and sometimes is the best eater at the dinner table!
At two years old Alice has more vocabulary words than we can count and will have complete conversations with you talking in choppy but very long sentences. Alice has a budding sense of humor whether intentional or not. There was the time she was wiping her tray clean after dinner and when I asked her if she wanted strawberries she scowled at me and exclaimed “I’m cleaned my tray!” and when Auntie Jeanie asked Alice if she knew what the big bag of pirate booty (for her her birthday party) was for Alice responded “It’s for my mouth!” There’s something new she says every week that makes me laugh but they come and go so quickly that I can’t capture them all.
She loves to sing and has a large library of songs she’ll start singing while she plays or swings in her bucket swing at Grandma and Campa’s house.
She’s always the first to wake up in the house although that will change when the boys go back to school in September. Soon we’ll have three days a week when brothers are in school until 3pm and we’ll be off on our own adventures for some great one on one time. Perhaps I’ll get Alice registered for a toddler dance class or some other regular outing to do something different.
There isn’t one specific activity Alice enjoys more than the rest – she likes to do most anything. Painting, playdoh, coloring (with markers like her brothers of course), stickers, playing kitchen, building with duplo, playing with dollies or pretending to go to Costco. She loves running outside, climbing on the climbers at the park that are meant for five year olds, swinging in bucket swings, sliding down tall slides and digging in the sandbox (I’ll be glad when she finally learns to not throw sand). She’ll get into the toys meant for her brothers and has a hay day dumping all the board games out on the playroom floor. The only thing that really stands out that Alice doesn’t care much about that Graham and Miles did at this age is playing with puzzles. She’ll do puzzles here and there when I encourage her to play with them but she doesn’t gravitate to them like the boys did. She looks forward to visits from her four grandparents and has little games and inside jokes she plays with each.
Alice is an overall happy girl but is beginning to throw full tantrums when she doesn’t want to stop an activity for nap time or when she’s really stuck on wanting something she can’t have. Hopefully we’ll navigate the terrible twos easier the second time around – one girl has to be easier than two boys right?
Her hair is finally growing enough for piggy tails and a very short pony tail and although she sometimes puts up a fuss eventually she lets you put in a piggy and then she’ll run around the house stopping to look in the mirror at her bouncing tails. She LOVES her bedtime routine and can’t wait to get her hands on a flosser after her nightly milk, pjs and brushing teeth. She’ll read stories with Daddy and brothers in the reading nook but always ends her day in the quiet darkness of her room rocking in the rocking chair and singing songs and telling stores before getting tucked into her crib with her variety of stuffed animals.
Alice is the joy in our days and the quiet in our nights. She completes our family and time seems to be going by faster now than when Graham and Miles were this age.
Happy Birthday Alice Ann!
We love you so much and we’ve been happy to celebrate you this week.