|Our sweet girl!|
I'd say Elise's favorite thing this month was baby dolls. Before she mostly played with her stuffed animals but called them babies and treated them like they were babies and she still does that. When we go to the library for playtime all she wants to play with is the babies. She loves rocking and singing to her babies and then putting them to bed. She also feeds them using a bottle. My parents got her a baby doll that laughs and cries. She adores it and will play with it for hours at a time. She'll tell me, "Baby laufing," or "Baby cying." When it cries she'll tell me it's hungry and feed it or tell me it's tired and rock it while shushing or singing in it's ear. She always pats her baby's back when she rocks it. She likes to tuck her baby into bed in the crib she got for Christmas from my Uncle Mike and Aunt Judy. It has been amazing to see how innate taking care of a "baby" is for her compared to how Carter played with his baby doll which was almost never gentle. It does make my heart twinge a little at the thought that she'll never get the chance to be a big sister. But I remind myself it's all great practice for being a mom someday. Carter says he's the baby's daddy and steps in to take care of it when Elise leaves the room. It's so cute because I've noticed he's picked up some of the things Elise does with her baby. He'll hold it just like a baby in a way I've never really seen him do before, even when I was holding Elise as a baby all the time so he had me to model. I think the cutest thing I've seen with Elise is when she takes Otter out in public with us. She treats Otter as if he were a real person and holds him up so he can see things such as the exhibits at the zoo and the aquarium. She also held him up at storytime so he could pop bubbles. Bubbles at storytime is her absolute favorite and she starts hopping up and down every time. It is the cutest!
|Carrying her dolly at the playground.|
Although I saw more tantrums with Elise around 1.5 than I have since she turned 2, she has also become more stubborn and wants more independence. So she demonstrates part of the "terrible two" behavior although it really doesn't bother me. I just wait and wait and wait until she asks for help. She wants to dress and undress herself. She has also suddenly decided she doesn't like her teeth to be brushed and went from sitting so nicely while I did them to flinging herself around just in the past week. I'm hoping it goes back to normal after this week! She still likes it when I floss her teeth and even licks the floss, I think she likes the taste of it. She does a great job on hikes and walks. She has been peeling her own Cuties (easier to peel mandarin oranges) for a while now but I don't think I've ever mentioned it. During Harper's birthday hike Elise ran/walked most of the way. She amazes me with her toughness and her energy! I don't put her hair in pigtails often but she has gotten better about it when I do, leaving them in all day instead of ripping them out almost immediately! She also loves to blow her nose and does a great job really blowing when I put a Kleenex up to her nose. Something random and funny is that she really wanted to open Addison's presents at her 2nd birthday this past weekend after having no interest in opening her own presents at her 2nd birthday party. Go figure!
It still surprises me at times how Elise acts differently when Carter isn't around. When we go places while he's at school she tends to be more timid and more attached to me. When Carter is around she runs off and takes off playing even if she isn't playing with him. When I've taken her to storytime while Carter is at school she typically wants to sit in my lap the whole time until the bubbles come out. At the playground instead of playing on the equipment she often times chooses to play in her stroller or better yet the car, if I'll let her. She still goes up to other kids and initiates playing, she just wants to hang with me for a little bit first. She has figured out a lot of playground tricks during her 2 years of playing. She puts her legs out and presses them to the side of the slide to slow herself down when she feels like she's going too fast. She also takes her shoes and socks off so she can climb the slide, even at home in our backyard. She still loves to play in my purse, pulling everything out if I forget to put it up where she can't reach it. Her favorites are my keys and my wallet. She loves to pull all my credit cards and membership cards out of their slots!
|Climbing the slide, notice she's barefoot. Her shoes and socks were at the bottom of the slide!|
Elise still loves animals and is mostly sweet to them. She loves to pet Harper and lay her head on Harper. She also pulls Harper's fur sometimes which keeps Harper on edge with her, she's never really quite sure what to expect out of her. Elise adores kitties and always wants to go check on the kitties at Oma and Opa's house. She will also go into the closet in Ty and my room to peek at Skippy since that's where he spends most of the day. She has decided that cats live in closets because of Skippy. When we were at Gma and Gpa's house she opened a closet and yelled, "Kitty?!" Then she inspected the closet looking for a cat. That one had me cracking up! She's also a little bit scared of Skippy. One afternoon she was in Carter's room playing while I laid on the bed with Carter because he had just woken up and asked for some snuggle time. Elise looked out the doorway and screamed kitty in terror before quickly running over and climbing onto the bed. I couldn't stop laughing over the whole ordeal. Carter thought it was pretty funny too!
Sister is still an awesome sleeper! She goes to bed between 7-8 pm and usually sleeps until 7-7:30 am. She takes a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. It's usually 2 hours but every once in a while she goes for a longer nap. The only trouble we ever have with her is typically when she gets overtired. Then it is difficult to get her to sleep and she'll get upset that others aren't napping or sleeping when she is. Typically if she falls asleep in the car I can carry her into the house and she'll either stay asleep or go right back to sleep. She's had a few times this month where that didn't work out and then she couldn't fall asleep at her regular naptime which is 1:00. She cried and threw such a fit that I had to get Carter down and then go back into her room. Of course it worked out that it happened on a day where Carter actually napped (he's down to only napping once or twice a week for the most part). When I went back in to help Elise fall asleep I had to take her into Carter's room to show her that he was asleep before she would settle down. She was just so upset thinking no one else was napping! One day she was having a hard time at naptime and ended up climbing out of her crib and leaving her room. It was the only time she's done it since that one time she did it a long time ago and she hasn't done it since. We've talked about transitioning her to a toddler bed but see no need to do it yet, especially since she isn't prone to climbing out.
|Snuggles at naptime.|
We love Elise so much and continue to enjoy watching her grow and learn. I love that she learns from Carter and he also learns things from her. She is smart, sassy, sweet, and snuggly, just a wonderful combination of traits!
|I love her silhouette!|