06 February 2014

Two Year Update

So much has changed since I wrote my last Natalie update seven months ago in July.

For starters, I am in disbelief that I ever thought having a toddler was harder than having a baby. I said Natalie would get upset if she didn't get her way, and would start to throw fits about things, but I can't even remember that phase.

Not to sound annoying and brag like, but Natalie is growing into such a mellow, understanding, compliant and mature little girl. I attribute her demeanor partially to her personality, but of course credit goes to those raising her: myself, my husband and my in laws.

I feel she is so well behaved because she lives a very happy, comfortable life. She is given so much love, security, stability and attention. She thrives in the environment she's in.

(That doesn't mean I think kid's who misbehave are lacking those things, some kid's, most kid's, go through a rough/rebellious stage in life, be it in their toddler years, or teen years and it has nothing to do with the parents.)

Not saying she never acts up, but she rarely does, and it's not the shit show I thought the toddler years would be. If she doesn't like or want to do something I tell her to, I can usually explain to her why it's important to (like brushing her teeth) and she complies without arguing. There are of course tantrum moments, mostly when she's super tired, and she did go through a phase where she would hit me or pull my hair, but that's a story for another day.

Usually she's so sweet and polite. She's still a little bit shy around new people, but she is expanding the inner circle of people she likes and warming up to unfamiliar faces quicker than before. She still doesn't play much with kids she doesn't know, but she's not antisocial. She just likes to observe and watch other children at play.

She is so independent. She spilled some juice today while I was cooking dinner and asked me for a paper towel so she could clean it up, and told me she didn't need help because she's a bigger girl now and can do it by herself. She won't even drink from a sippy cup (hence then spilled juice) because she thinks she's big stuff. (Though I'd be alright if she gave up the bottle any day now!)

She also really loves to help others. No matter what I'm doing she wants to be included and always asks to help. If someone drops something she says, "I'll pick it up!".

She's so funny and creative and such a pleasure to be with all day. Like most parent's, Matt and I are so proud of our child and couldn't be happier with the girl she is growing into.

Whether or not she actually knows what "favorite" means, or if she's just answering my questions with the first thing that comes to mind, I have no idea, but it's fun to think that she does have preferences. Here's a list of what she said her favorite things are:

Favorite color: orange

Favorite animal: Giraffe

Favorite song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Favorite shape: Circle

Favorite number: 2

Favorite game to play: Hide and Seek

What she wants to be when she grows up: Firefighter

4 Thoughts :

Shannon February 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM  

She sounds like a total sweetheart. I love the survey. I recently did a Valentine's Day survey with Taylor and was shocked she "got" the questions, so I went out and bought a 365 question a day book for toddlers and I can't wait to start having her fill them in.

Also, I hope Natalie really thinks the song is Twinkle Twinkle Little Start and not just a typo, because that is adorable. Taylor thinks Cinnamon Toast Crunch is Cinnamon Bowl Crunch and I will never correct her.

Sean Marie February 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM  

Ha, oops, that was a typo! But that would be adorable if she thought it were "start" instead of star. That's so cute that Taylor thinks it's "bowl"! I wouldn't correct it either. :)

Venassa February 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM  

This is why we would be bffs if we lived closer! Natalie sounds so much like Chloe. I keep waiting for these terrible twos but she just keeps getting sweeter by the day. She helps clean things up, is pretty consistent with her 'please' and 'thank yous'. She's just all around such a great kid. And her favorite color is orange too, I think. It was the first color she ever learned and would always point it out. Now she knows a few more though.

Fiona February 20, 2014 at 8:10 PM  

Wow, she sounds like the sweetest little thing... like actually the sweetest toddler I have ever met / heard of!! :) You are one lucky mama, but like you said, she is one lucky girl to have such a great family bringing her up. Now can you come pass some of that on to my girl?!? ;) Half joking.. she is actually a sweetheart most of the time but we definitely have rough moments and days! Love how much Natalie likes to help out and do on her own. What a big girl! She sounds just lovely!