June was checked off today as a healthy little two year old. Here is her update on the start of year 2
UPDATE: JUNE AT AGE 2
WEIGHT: 21lb 3oz (below the 3rd percentile)
HEIGHT: 33.3 in (35th percentile)
HEAD CIRC. 48.9 in (84th percentile)
We have an itty bitty little thing on our hands still, with a pretty good sized head. She has always been our small little thing, and who knows if that will change.
She wears 12mo pants, which are still a little big on her and depending on the brand between 12-18mo shirts. Any 24mo clothes drown her. But being a girl and small was never a bad thing!
June is a meek and mild, and well mannered little girl. No really though, she is. I'm not trying to be smug, and I honestly do not give myself all the credit. Her little personality is just so dainty and happiness. She loves to be close to her mommy and daddy, but she is starting to venture out a little more and more on her own.
She obviously has her moments. Trust me. Terrible Twos is not a term that should be taken lightly, and it is a difficult age, I know we are pretty lucky to not have to bad of an attitude... not yet anyways, KNOCK ON WOOD!
THINGS ABOUT JUNE AT 2:
- June love's to be outside. We usually have our afternoon snack outside, and we are loving this cooler weather! It's nice to be able to stay outside much longer than we could before, without hopping into the pool.
- June potty trained at 23 months. She was ready and was not rushed into it at all. She has taken to it very well and still is going strong. Our pediatrician told us that with baby #2 coming, that June could experience some regression and to not worry to much if she has more frequent accidents.
- June is sleeping in her big girl bed and didn't miss a beat switching over. We thought we would have some issues, but she has continued to sleep through the night, and take naps just fine. She did get out of bed one time and locked the door.. (HEART ATTACK) but thankfully our doors are really easy to break into, so it wasn't too big of a deal after all. She hasn't done it since, so we don't really know where it came from. We ran into a little trouble with June wanting Daddy to lay by her and read non-stop stories at night, so that was a little tough to break, even harder for Dan. He loves laying by her.
- She asks for water a hundred times at night before she will lay down and go to sleep. We learned very quickly to have a glass of water sitting by her bed, so she doesn't have an excuse to get out and go to the kitchen. She is pretty clever when it comes to finding ways to stay up just a little bit later.
- Her mobility struggles a bit at times. She isn't so quick on her feet. She isn't running like crazy all over the place, and she falls down all the time. We have a goose egg probably once a week. She is still just figuring out how fast her little legs can go, and sometimes she wants them to go faster than they will. They will catch up eventually, but in the mean time we just keep kissing lots of scrapes and bumps.
- Her fine motor skills are fantastic. She is very dainty when it comes to art projects and handles small little objects and toys very well. She plays very well with small toys like her La La Loopsie Dolls and all the small accessories that come with them.
- June is a bit of a picky eater. She does pretty well with fruits, but vegi's are a different story. We have to be a little more sneaky when it comes to the green stuff! She feeds herself 100%. She does really well with it, except for oatmeal. For some reason we have oatmeal everywhere when she eats it. She really loves it and loves it mixed with fruit, but it drives me a little crazy to let her get it all in her hair and in her lap. She does great though, and I just clean extra good on the days we have oatmeal. She has a bit of a crazy mother.
- Bath time is getting much more enjoyable for everyone! She used to hate baths and now she is enjoying them more and more. She is getting past the whole screaming phase when we wash her hair and she actually spends time in there playing and teasing Ranger with her toys.
- June and Ranger really are becoming better friends. June love's chasing him around with his toys, and laughs hysterically when Ranger chases her. It's becoming both their favorite game.
- June brushes her own teeth, and then mom and dad get to do a "Sugar bug" check after she is finished. Just to get all that extra bad out.
- She loves to comb her hair and other's hair. Combing Sally's hair is a very frequent thing we do. Sally usually ends up with a tangled ball of hair, but June loves it and I found a great recipe on Pinterest that helps detangle doll hair.
- She knows the color yellow VERY well, and is starting to catch on to purple, green, red and blue. She has a hard time with orange.
- Her speech has been progressing very rapidly these past couple months. She makes 3 to 4 word sentences and comprehends most things that she is being asked. She says Thank you a lot, and even sometimes without being prompted. She is really good at her ABC's and sings along great, singing letters all by herself. It melts my heart. I make her sing songs all the time, because she sings specific parts by herself and it makes me laugh so hard at listening to her little voice, trying to carry a tune. Ah she is my favorite.
- June knows her shapes and animal sounds like a pro, and likes to share what each animal has to say, each time she sees them. We mostly see ducks around our neighborhood, so we are really good at quacking!
- June is a very big help around the house. She has her little chores that she does every morning. She feeds Ranger (all by herself) She helps mom unload the dishwasher, and makes her bed in the morning. We attempt to make it fun, so it isn't so much "Chores" as it is activities. I just like her learning the responsibility part of it. YES, I know she is only two, but you have to start somewhere right?!
HER FAVORITE ACTIVITIES:
- June loves stringing beads onto string. Any kind of bead she finds, anywhere, she has to find a string to put it on, or she will hold it in her hand all day. One time, she even ate lunch and took a nap, still holding on to the bead we had found. It's a fun thing she just loves to do. Our poor vacuum sucks up more beads than I think is good for it. It always smells like burning....
- Any time daddy is around is a favorite activity, but throwing rocks into water is the icing on the cake. She LOVE'S rocks, and then finding some sort of water to throw them into. Thank goodness for our pool gate, because all our little landscaping pebbles would probably be at the bottom of our pool. The pond by our house gets daily visits to throw rocks into.
- She can never have enough I-pad time. I try my hardest to be strict on how much I-pad time she has each day. She plays puzzle games on there and matching, so thankfully it's not just all TV shows. I asked Dr. Tomecko about it today, and she said as long as it doesn't exceed 2 hours or more a day, than her brain will not rot. We haven't reached that limit yet, so hopefully that's a path we won't fall into. HEAVENS NO, am I against I-pads, or I-pods, or any electronic. I do think they are very powerful learning tools, and am so grateful June know's how to work them! I just think too much of something is never a good thing.... Really though, we have plenty of TV or I-pad time. I'm not crazy people!!
- June loves to color and play with stickers. We draw pictures all day. Our fridge covered in her art work is proof of that. I'm addicted to buying her stickers whenever I can find them cheap! We have a dollar store right down the road from us, so we usually hit them up about once a week. We find stickers all over the house, and in places that we never thought stickers could go. But we just can't help but laugh. Ranger doesn't find it too funny when they are stuck all over his back, and hates it even more when we have to peel them off! Poor puppy.
- June didn't take to the park at first. In fact it took all I had just to get her to move from my side to go play, but as she has gotten older these past few months, she has gotten braver and will go and play by herself, and very cautiously with other kids. She really doesn't like other kids invading her space, and will always back off if they try to do something she is doing.... I sometimes just want to teach her to push back, and say "Hey I was doing this first".... But I don't, and I keep my meanness to myself. I know the other kids are just playing. So we are slowly learning to play better with others.
- She goes straight to the slides when we go to the park. She goes up and down the slide pretty much the whole time. She will even go down the big swirly slide, and the longer slides, that a few months ago I couldn't even get her to go near. She still hates the swings. I don't know where her fear of them came from, but she wants nothing to do with them. She likes to go and push the big kid swings, but does not want to get on them. Not even with me or her daddy. She prefers to stick to the slides.
June never seizes to amaze me with all the different things she learns everyday. Everyday it's a new word, a new focus on a toy, or learning what a new object can do. It's too hard to write down all the little things that make her... her. She really is such a good little girl. We are excited to see what this next year will bring, and what she will bring into our life. I am nervous, excited and anxious to see how she handles a baby brother.... Only time will tell.
2 year old June.