*We went to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City on her 20 month birthday, so that's where these pictures came from...*
Doesn't she look so big?!?
She is doing a lot of new things this month...and although my blog has fallen by the wayside with the busy-ness of life - I can't skip a month of documenting her and her precious changes.
Her vocabulary is growing and growing. She has taken to calling me "Mommy" instead of "Mama", which is music to my ears. She makes us laugh with the other expressions that she's been using lately....instead of "yes", she says "yeah". So when we ask her a question, she will reply "Yeah, Mommy" or "Yeah, Daddy". So funny.
She is putting other words together to say phrases, like "More, please", "Love you" (luh-you), and "No way". She is saying her name (Na-na-ee) and can also repeat the names of all family members. This month I was sitting and watching Sesame Street with her and they were saying each letter of the alphabet and flashing a picture of it on the screen. Without prompting, after they said each letter, she repeated it. The whole alphabet. All 26 letters. While I sat there in shock. Since then, we've been pointing to the alphabet cards hanging on the wall in her room and saying the names of the letters and looking at the pictures on each one. She loves it! She also still adores books and being read too, and can sit still through a whole story. She likes to watch movies like Finding Nemo and Toy Story.
Speaking of Sesame Street, she has a
She is developing a sweet tooth! With Halloween coming up, I've given her little tastes of M&Ms and she loves them of course. At the end of dinner she will yell "Coooooo-kieeee" until we give her a graham cracker. She loves vanilla pudding just like her Daddy. She still doesn't like ice cream - too cold, I think?
This month brought some sickness and two teeth coming in - which meant a very, very, fussy and cranky little girl. We had about two weeks straight of dinner meltdowns, bedtime battles, constant whining, and tantrum-throwing. Luckily, in the past week, she is back to her happy self, which is a huge relief. I missed that!
Natalie is still loving to be a helper. She has been trying to put her own clothes on....and can usually get her legs into her pants, but that's about it. :) She likes to sweep with the broom, put things in the trash, carry things for me, and do anything in the kitchen that involves dumping, stirring, pounding, etc. She helps load up her diaper bag in the morning. If I tell her to take something to her room, the kitchen, the bathroom - she can follow through on that.
She LOVES to be outside! She would play outdoors from morning til night if she could. She will often wander around the backyard and explore while Mark mows or does other yard work. She likes to pick up sticks, throw the ball for Harley, or put various things in her mouth. :-\
These days she's mostly playing with her Little People Barn set, stacking blocks, her baby dolls, and anything and everything that she's not supposed to have (my keys, Daddy's phone, a box of Kleenex, pens & markers). She does really like to color in her coloring book. I haven't been brave enough to try any finger painting or anything.
Thanks for reading!