Well...ahem. Since I have failed miserably at monthly birthday posts to Parker, let's try random snapshots now and then shall we?
Parker Madeleine is 26 months, 2 1/2 weeks old. Two is an AMAZING age. It is mind-boggling to be holding actual (albeit mini-) conversations with our child. Sitting at Northland in the cafe a couple of weeks ago after church, Parker was singing a little ditty about fish that we didn't know and she turned to Joe and asked "Do you know that song?". Took awhile to pick our jaws back up off of the floor!! She asked me "Are you sad?" when I started getting a little weepy once. When baby Jack was crying about something on our recent trip to Colorado she said "Ooh baby crying. Y'okay?" On the same trip we were sitting around the campfire - Parker looked up and said "Oooh stars. Twinkle mama?"- and we then sang Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star together. That was AWESOME!!
Other notable news:
*Repeats words like crazy, no matter how difficult - she always gets some sembance of the orignal word. This morning she tried "financial advisor" - Joe said she got out something like "ancial visor".
*Has peed in her potty several times now! But Mommy has no idea what to do next, LOL.
*LOVES to dance, really gets her shoulders into it. Takes occasional dance breaks with no music.
*When she wants something to eat, usually what we are eating or what she's pulled out of the pantry, she says "y'want some? y'want some? y'want some?". When she's done eating in her high chair she says "are you all done? are you all done?". Also says "thank you" and hands food back if she's done with it or doesn't want it. This is what she's gleaned from teaching her to say "no thank you" if she doesn't want something rather than throw it on the floor. Now we're trying to teach her to say "thank you" and just leave it on her tray rather than insisting we take it from her (and then throwing it on the floor if we don't.)
*Loves her cousins Ian & Evan and ran after them all weekend in Jacksonville yelling "Wait for ME! "Wait for ME!". Also found her sitting on the bottom bunk, holding their video game controller and "playing" their football video game.
*Her favorite cd is "Hey Eugene" by Pink Martini - she can sing through almost all of it when we're listening in the car. Which means she is kind of, almost singing in foreign languages! ;o) Her favorite song is "Hey Eugene" followed closely by "Turn Off TV" ("Everywhere") - who knows how she came up with that title, lol. Hey Eugene even trumps her old favorite - "red caboose" - "Little Red Caboose" from our Zane the Train cd.
*Loves lattes and will steal them from us if she can, or will dip her fingers in our morning coffee.
*Has said "I love you Daddy", but not "I love you Mommy". Also cheerily says "Bye-bye Daddy" when Joe leaves for work in the morning. She also waits for him in the afternoon, hanging out on the couch looking through the porch windows and front door.
*Loves "reading" and being read to. Probably her favorite thing.
*Loves her "bike" - a radio flyer scootabout. She's quite the daredevil these days - riding it down the handicapped ramp of the law office next door and down little grass embankments.
*Newly does not like walking anymore and wants to be carried all the time.
*Favorite song (and always has been since she's figured out how to work it) on her farm fridge magnet set is "Skip To My Lou". She skips past all the other songs to get to it and then does a funny little dance.
*Tries to blow bubbles by holding the wand up against her face and blowing.
*Goes to sleep in our bed now and we move her to the pack n play once she's good and asleep. And yes, she has slept in a pack n play her entire crib life in the corner of our bedroom next to our bed because we haven't made the move to our bigger house yet. This makes me a little sad, but I try not to think about it and try to instead get excited about decorating her very own toddler room when we finally do move soon. She doesn't know the difference after all. Usually she naps the entirety in our bed and I check on her continually to make sure she hasn't scooted towards the edge.
*Seems to be re-entering a temper tantrum/whiny stage but she is an absolute joy and light in our lives. A huge, beautiful smile with an occasional impish glint in her eye and an infectious laugh. :o)