Wow, Elise, you are 2 years old! You have officially graduated from monthly letters and from now on I'll just do shorter, less formal updates on what you are up to. It is amazing to me how quickly 2 years pass when you are loving and watching a child grow and develop. Time never moved as quickly as it does for me now! You continue to be the perfect addition to our family. You are sweet, sometimes cuddly, loving, and opinionated! You can keep up with the best of them and were even joining in on a game of Zombies with the boys at the playground on Monday (the day before your birthday) when the other girls were too scared. You very happily hissed at the zombies when they walked by and would chase after them with your arms out while yelling zombie back at them like they were doing! Sometimes as I watch you I am just amazed at how grown up you are and how proficient you are at doing so many things. You have some amazing physical abilities and just love to jump. When you get excited you repeatedly jump up and down. You will also hop across the room at times which is stinkin cute to see! You are also a dare devil and attempt to copy so much of what you see Carter do. You climb things I never would have imagined you would even think about climbing. You also do things that blow my mind, like putting things in your mouth and coming to show me just to get my attention or rubbing eye shadow all in your hair. We discovered you with something all caked in your hair at dinner and Carter was certain you had thrown up on your head somehow. We finally figured out what it was and it did not wash out easily! Eventually I washed it out with Dawn dish soap! I started this post before your birthday but then you decided to throw my phone into the toilet, ruining it and causing me to lose the note I had on my phone where I list down new things you are doing each month. So now the rest of this post will be based off of what I can remember without the help of the notes I was taking.
You love playing with shoes and stuffed animals the most. Every day in the car you pull off your socks and shoes and sometimes you put them back on. When you put them back on, your socks are always inside out because of the way you pull them off. I'll giggle and tell you they are inside out so lately when I go to get you out, if this is what you've done, you'll tell me, "eesi out," before I can say anything. With as girly as you can be as far as "painting your nails" and playing with baby dolls, you are also super rough and tumble. You think it's hilarious when Carter growls at you so you'll do it to other kids your age but it scares them! You also like to wrestle and don't mind when Carter gets too rough. I'll tell him he's being too rough and he'll tell me, "But Elise is laughing!" Often times you'll push or hit other kids to get their attention so I have to remind you to say "hi" and wave to get your friends' attention. You are really good about doing that when I redirect you so I'm hoping you catch on to that more appropriate way to get attention. You aren't afraid of much either. You will jump off our bed with no fear and love jumping off or sliding off stuff. You're bad about just jumping straight down instead of jumping out so you often catch your hiney and slide it down what you are jumping off of, scratching it. You also like to climb on the counters. You also love to run, especially down ramps. Hopping is also a favorite as well as jumping on the trampoline. We have a bunny that plays music and you like to dance and hop along to the music.
You love using the potty and if we let you run around naked on the bottom you will use it on your own. If you are wearing undies you don't notice you need to go like you do when you're naked and you will potty in them. Sometimes when you're wearing a diaper you will tell me when you are going potty. When we are out and about if I use the restroom you usually want to go too and will sit on the potty and at least squeeze a little potty out, it's pretty impressive! I've been thinking about putting you in pull-ups because when you use the potty in public I have to then take you over and put your diaper back on. If we are at home and I ask you to sit on the potty most the time you scream and cry and it turns into a power struggle so I let it go. If I offer fruit snacks you will often times sit on the potty, but other times still tell me no. So although you are doing really well on your own, I'm not ready to attempt full-on potty training because I would need you to be willing to get on the potty when I ask you to. It's surprising to me that introducing treats into potty training actually has made you less likely to go. I guess going potty is rewarding enough for you that you don't need a treat to do it, but you want it to be on your terms!