Saturday, May 28, 2016

Caroline is TWO!

Dear Sweet Caroline,

It seems like you have always been part of our family, yet I can't believe the time has passed so fast and you are two years old already!

18 months

Let's see...when we are out and about, the thing that people comment most on is your verbal skills. You are quite the talker! You've been speaking in complete sentences since you were 17 or 18 months, and obviously as you get older your speech gets more complex. You sing many songs, including the ABCs and can chatter to yourself for long periods of time while you play with little figures or in your crib. You make me laugh all the time. The other day Nate was playing outside with the house and accidentally sprayed you through the window. You were very disturbed, saying, "My Nate just watered me! And I'm not a plant!"

19 months

You seek adventure and are quite capable. At the park, I try to say, "go ahead, I'll spot you" instead of "that's for older kids." I want to protect you, but I know that giving you freedom to explore and make mistakes is the best thing I can do. You surprised me by easily scaling a new ladder the other day at the playground. In retrospect, I have no idea why I was surprised.

20 months

You seem to make friends easily when we're at the park or one of your brother's ball games. You happily introduce yourself - "I'm Caroline Jane!" - when prompted.

21 months

As far as milestones are concerned, you know all of your colors and shapes and can count to 15, I think. You know a lot of numbers and letters by sight, but that is definitely still a work in progress.

While you are very sweet by nature, you're also very strong willed. (Ahem, no idea where that comes from.)  I try to pick my battles and give you choices as much as possible. But sometimes we have to deal with the fallout of your very intense reactions when things don't go your way.

22 months

You're very particular about who and how you are to be touched. All hygiene matters are best handled by dad, and only recently have I been getting the green light to put your hair up in a pony or use a clip to keep it out of your face. The doctor's office was downright traumatizing, since you didn't want strangers measuring you or touching you in anyway. I think it will be quite some time before we attempt a trip to the hair salon or dentist office.

You definitely like routines, and often take some time to warm up to new things. That said, you also love going to new places and seeing new things. You would definitely prefer to be out, then at home, which is fine by me!

We've been doing mommy and me classes at a local kids gym for awhile and I love seeing your skills and strength progress. You really enjoy the balance beam and are getting quite good at swinging on the bars. You were brave enough to play on the parachute for the first time a couple of weeks ago and had an absolute blast.

23 months

One of your favorite things in the world is dancing. Diaper clad or in a princess skirt is always the outfit of choice. "Music" is actually one of the few words you say a bit funny. It sounds like "Mukis" when you say it. You especially love "Classic Mukis" and pop. Kashup = washcloth and keepup equaled pickup for a long time, but I think you have just started saying that last one correctly.

Speaking of your loves, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much you adore your brother and father. When they are at work or school you miss them and talk about how "cute and sweet and beautiful" they are. They make you laugh and you love showering them with affection.

2 years!

You're very in tune with emotions. When someone is mad or happy, you definitely notice. And if someone is sad (particularly your brother), you want to make them feel better. You're a caring soul.

I love your joy, your sense of humor and the fact that you are a tough cookie. I really enjoy knowing that if someone tries to take advantage of you, you will let them know that you are displeased. Sometimes that means saying, "don't push me," other times that means holding onto something tighter so it isn't stolen away, and of course sometimes there are tears. You certainly aren't a pushover, kiddo.


Watching my baby grow is so bittersweet. I'm not in any hurry to push you to "the next thing" but nothing is more exciting than watching you conquer something new.

I love you more than tongue can tell, my sweet girl. 

~ Mama

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015

We had a lovely Christmas Eve at home this year. Following tradition, Nate helped me make sugar cookies for Santa, though he was a little less enthusiastic this year. We had a pretty awesome turkey dinner (if I do say so myself!), and I harassed my family for pictures. 

My real camera is broken (sad face) and the kids were not interested in making Kodak moments anyway. In the picture above, you'll notice Nate hiding behind his sister. This was moments before her star related meltdown. (I decided that she shouldn't play with it because it was getting glitter everywhere and she strongly disagreed with this decision.) But I think Nate's note to Santa made up for the lack of awesome family portraits.

Also per Field/LoRe tradition, we each opened one present on Christmas "Eve" which was more like 3:00 p.m. Nate passed out the sweet gifts he purchased at his school holiday shop and I received a lovely "#1 Mom" bracelet. Nate choose to open the package from Bubba that he correctly deduced was Legos. Scooby Dooby Doo!!

I'm not normally this crazy, but tonight we'll be ending with a cliffhanger. You'll have to stay tuned to find out if Santa did indeed sign on the provided line...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Letter to 1 1/2 year old Caroline

Dear Sweet Girl,

I have been writing letters to you in my head each month and I have so much I want to tell you. But then each month flies by and I've put nothing down on paper. So let me try to piece together what has been happening since you turned one.

16 months

When I think of you, the first thing that comes to mind is how well you speak and how fast the progress has been. I believe that by 15 months you could say between 50-100 individual words. And by 16 months you were putting them together two at a time. By 17 months you were saying three words together. And then that pretty quickly just turned into speaking in complete sentences! And paragraphs...and full songs. And not only can you say a lot, but you choose to say a lot quite often. You are quite the chatter box.

You have much of the alphabet and numbers 1-16 memorized. You understand what counting is, but don't fully grasp what the numbers or letters mean. I think you just watch too much Sesame. We're working on our colors and you're quick to spot pink and usually guess that everything else is green.

You are also very physically strong (and tall for your age), agile and super duper fast! You love dancing, getting airplane rides from mom and dad (but especially dad), and running with brother.

15 months - 17 months

You are self sufficient and when you want something, like a cracker or my iced coffee, you just help yourself to it. And when you don't want being manhandled at the doctor's office for instance, then you make your feelings quite known. You will scream and cry and shake with rage when faced with a perceived injustice. You are strong willed and determined and I love that about you.

We have been working on sharing and recently made a breakthrough. For months, the idea of sharing and taking turns has literally made you scrunch up your nose and grimace. You've been hyper aware of potential "grabbers" and are quick to call out said grabbers - whether a member of the family or a stranger at the library. Recently, when we were hanging out while Nate was in karate, you discovered how good it felt to hand a playmate a toy and actually let go. So you've been experimenting with this sort of giving behavior more and more lately. You seem quite proud of yourself when you successfully share.

You're quite friendly with little kids we meet at the park, the library or outside of karate. You like to get very close and wave repeatedly, say hi or show them an item you're holding. This has been received with mixed results.

But of course, Nate is your best friend and playmate. You love to hug him and tell him you love him. He usually pats your back and kisses your head. It's quite possibly the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

As far as activities go, you love dancing and singing, as I mentioned. You're fond of drawing "shapes" and coloring with markers. That usually means scribbling for a minute and then tossing half of them on the ground around the room while you stick the tops on your fingers and walk around. Luckily they are the Color Wonder ones that only work on special paper.

17 months
You love playing with the doll house and putting the various family members in their beds or on the potty. We'll thank your brother for that last one. You also enjoy "cooking" food in the kitchen and stirring empty cups and bowls.

You love taking any small bits from one container and transferring them to another. And back and forth, and back and forth. Uncooked pasta is great for this, but you also do this with the food I give you to eat which always means that snacks are a messy event and food is always on the floor. But the upside is that you are usually able to find an old goldfish or cheerio to nibble on when you want one. Yum!

Baths are also a favorite. More transferring of matter from one cup to another. Playing with the foamy soap is super fun for you, especially when you're washing a "pirate guy" of Nate's.

You are still very affectionate and loving, though you are not always so free with your hugs and kisses now. But you're particularly clingy when an unknown man is around. If I choose the wrong line at the grocery store and the clerk is a man, you've been known to turn into an actual koala.

17-18 months
You're funny and love to tickle your family, particularly your brother and crash into your bean bag while yelling "Watch out!" Basically if it gets a laugh once, you will continue to do it again and again. And that's fine, because it makes you laugh too and very little makes me happier than hearing your raspy little chuckle.

I love you so much and can't believe how fast you're growing. I mistakenly told a woman the other day that you were 18 months, when in fact you had just turned 19.  I'm in denial that those chubby hands and soft round little belly won't stay this way forever....or at least just a bit longer.

I love you more than tongue can tell.

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