A new year

I’ve been bad about updating the girl’s blog, I admit. Things have been very busy as a lot of you know, but my little ladies have been growing and changing and I just need to start documenting it.

Rosie turned 2 in November. We had a very nice party at Grammy & Grampy K’s house. The weather was gorgeous and warm, so the kids got to spend a good chunk of the day playing outside.

A week after her birthday she had her two year check-up. Over the summer Rose shot up in height and slimmed out a lot. Her stats were:

height: 36″
weight: 27.8 lbs

Ever since then it’s like the development floodgates opened up WIDE! Her speech and vocabulary has improved in leaps and bounds. She picks things up really fast (probably because she has a big sister) and she’s talking in full sentences now for the most part. She knows her alphabet, can count on her own up to about 15 and knows her shapes. We’re working on her colors. She is a great little artist, holding her pen or crayon the “right” way and drawing very intricate faces (complete with ears and hats) and lots of circles.

Rose’s personality is very different from Lulu’s. They’re both sweet and really funny. Both have really huge personalities, but Rosie has an unbelievable temper (must be the Italian side coming through). She’s not quite as easy going as her sister, which can make outing a little hairy.

Some of my favorite things about Rose:

  • I love how she dances! She’s got great moves.
  • When she runs after her father yelling, “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!” It’s too cute.
  • When she looks at me and says “hi Mumma” waving her arm stiffly.
  • Lately she won’t go anywhere without her blanket (the black & white striped one that I made). There’s a corner on it that has a long piece of yarn hanging off and she will turn the blanket all around to find that one piece, just so she can tickle her nose with it.
  • She’s super snuggly.
  • Her big brown eyes and long eyelashes.
  • Her big belly! She’s a skinny little thing now but when you take her clothes off she has this BIG baby belly. It’s awesome.
  • Her awesome laugh.

We’ve recently stopped using her high chair. Because her sister sits on a stool in the kitchen, she decided she wanted to as well. So far, so good. She hasn’t fallen off yet. And the potty has once again taken up residence in the bathroom. She’s been sitting on it and whenever someone goes near the bathroom she announces that she’s going to go pee, but she hasn’t used it yet.

It also seems like we’ll be moving her into a bed soon. Over the past couple of weeks we can’t seem to keep her sister out of her crib and in the mornings I’ll find both of them in there. It’s cute because I will hear them giggling and tickling each other. When it’s quiet for a few moments I’ll hear Rose say, “hi Lulu.” I know that it’s typical for girls to do this when they share a room, but it’s not so cute when they are squealing at 3am.

Lulu has been going through some growing pains but I think we’re nearing the tail end of any more major problems. Since she turned 3 there has been a lot of conflict and temper tantrums as she tries to exert independence and figure things out for herself. She can be insufferably defiant at times, but mostly she is a sweet little thing. Life is all about Daddy these days as well. She cannot wait for him to come home from work every day and on the weekends if he tries to sleep in she will climb into bed and usually poke at him until he gets up.

She’s gone through a big growth spurt and all of a sudden is super tall! Actually, that’s true for both girls. I have to go through their clothes again because some of them are too small.

School has done wonders for her. She’s become more outgoing and talkative, more social. Now that she is comfortable there she looks forward to going and doesn’t hesitate to see me leave anymore.She is a sponge and loves to learn new things. Lately we’ve been learning how to write the alphabet and she’s begun writing letters on her own, easy ones like “A”, “T”, “H”, “M”. She also sounds out the first letter of words and figures out what letter that word begins with. Not bad for a 3 yr. old, I dare say.

Both girls are still taking swim lessons and doing great. Lulu went up a level and Rose will most likely go up a level in the Spring. They also both love to draw and color. We have the dining room table permanent set up with coloring books, crayons, paper and markers. It’s a frequent go-to area throughout the day.

I will try to be better about updating from now on. I think I just got out of the habit for a while.

So here’s what we’ve been up to the past few months, in picture form (not necessarily in chronological order)! We went to see Yo Gabba Gabba live with Aunties Chrissy & Sara, had a beach day in October, fun in the fall, Halloween, Rosie’s 2nd birthday and Christmas!

 

2 Responses to “A new year”

  1. Grammy K Says:

    Beautiful pictures of 2 Beautiful girls! Good job of documenting Liz!! XXOO

  2. Auntie Sara Jane Says:

    It was alot of fun being around for all of these events. I wouldn’t have it any other way<3<3 my girls!!

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