The Rundown: 22 Months

Well, our little lady is officially 22 months old…  Just 2 months from her 2nd birthday – yikes. So hard to get my head wrapped around the fact that I will soon have a 2 year old little girl. And she’s definitely becoming a little girl.  She’s communicating more than ever, expressing her preferences more than ever, and becoming more independent than ever.

Here’s what she was up to from 21 to 22 months…

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Gracen loves:

  • Being outdoors
  • Being around other kids
  • Visiting the playground
  • Going down fast slides
  • Baking and cooking with Mama
  • Watching butterflies flitter around
  • Running laps around the house (one night this month she did 15 laps in a row)
  • Jumping, dancing, and spinning
  • Splashing in puddles
  • Helping with laundry
  • Riding the bus and sky train
  • Action songs
  • Tickling people
  • Giving ‘run hugs’
  • Watching Cullen’s ABC’s Youtube channel
  • Exploring new places
  • Drawing and colouring
  • Trying new games and activities
  • Having her nails painted (much to her Papa’s dismay)

She dislikes:

  • When she wants to go somewhere and you stop her from doing so
  • Having her bellybutton being covered by her nighttime diaper
  • Mama or Papa singing along with Cullen’s ABC’s songs

She thinks it’s hilarious when:

  • You spritz her with a spray bottle
  • You make silly noises
  • You chase her

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Grae’s new foods include:

  • Bean sprouts
  • Hima melon
  • Unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • Homemade kale chips

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The new words/phrases she regularly uses include:

  • “lid”
  • “Milk please, Mama”
  • “peel”
  • “towel”
  • “Mommy” (so weird to be called that instead of ‘Mama’)
  • “new”
  • “doot” – do it
  • “good girl!”
  • “yellow”
  • “real”
  • “pop!”
  • “dump”
  • “drop”
  • “step”
  • “sleep”
  • “more muwah” (more kisses)
  • “wheel”
  • “mail”
  • “email”
  • “mirror”
  • “come”
  • “good job!”
  • “our car grey!” (our car is grey)
  • “uncle car red” (uncle’s car is red)
  • “stop”
  • “swing”
  • “sit”
  • “ice”
  • “apple sauce”
  • “apricot”
  • “feta”
  • “back”
  • “almond butter”
  • “high”
  • “higher”
  • “pick”
  • “idea”
  • “way”
  • “sock”
  • “wait”
  • “zoo”
  • “read”
  • “tail”
  • “beach”
  • “onesie”
  • “chicken”
  • “Apple store”
  • “mall”
  • “brella” (umbrella)
  • “stick”
  • “panties”
  • “hide-seek” (hide-and-seek)
  • “tickle tickle”
  • “whale”
  • “toot toot”
  • “roll”
  • “animal”
  • “come”
  • “money”
  • “red”
  • “arm”
  • “see”
  • “shoe”
  • “tea top” (tea pot)
  • “jamjams” (pajamas)
  • “black”
  • “fun”
  • “do”
  • “sweep”
  • “button”
  • “eyebrow”
  • “tock tick” (clock sound)
  • “truck”
  • “clean”
  • “school”
  • “pile”
  • “sun”
  • “train”
  • “snap”
  • “barn”
  • “egg”
  • “bead”
  • “pear”
  • “uncle” (yay! finally!)
  • “big”
  • “sock”
  • “Elmo”
  • “oopsie daiso!” (oopsie daisy!)
  • “tag”
  • “sticker”
  • “braid”

The new signs she’s using regularly include:

  • wait
  • wag
  • wheel

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  • Discovered shadows and loves making her shadow wave
  • Now points out A’s and O’s (as well as G’s)
  • Can now climb up the rock climbing wall on playgrounds
  • Now repeats almost anything you ask her to say
  • Is now pretty good at stopping and coming back when you ask her to do so (even when she’s desperately on a mission to go somewhere)
  • Automatically picks out a diaper, onesie, and pajamas on her own after bath time
  • Happily sits while her nails are cut (this hasn’t always been the case)
  • She doesn’t mind getting dirty, but likes to be cleaned as soon as she’s done with messy activites
  • Describes things by colour everywhere we go (“blue car!”, “red shoe!”, “yellow duck!”, “green tree!”)
  • Enjoyed potatoes for the first time EVER (baked on the BBQ)
  • Is still fairly easy to reason with (as long as you explain why she can’t have something / do something, she is normally pretty accepting of the situation)
  • Now does the actions to many songs (The Wheels on the Bus, Baby Bumble Bee, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, If You’re Happy and You Know It, The Hokey Pokey, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider are some of her favourites)
  • Can now point out and name almost all body parts
  • Continues to be extremely kind – she happily shares, greets little playmates with an enthusiastic “hiiii!”, and becomes incredibly concerned if someone is sad, hurt, or upset.

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Funny / Cute things she’s been up to lately:

  • If we’re headed on the door and we haven’t yet put a hat on her, she reminds us that a hat is needed to go outside
  • She now signs wait Kuwaiti style – love it
  • She begs for raw red onion while Mama cooks and takes handful after handful, announces “Purple onion!” and then shoves them into her little mouth – weirdo
  • She calls Smart cars and VW Beetles “baby cars”
  • “Happy” is the opposite of all things bad (so if food is not hot – it’s happy, if something is not dirty – it’s happy, if a body part does not hurt – it’s happy)
  • Every time you mention going outside, Grae immediately exclaims, “Haaaaat! Flap flips!”

Well, that was our month.  I can’t believe that our little lady will soon be two years old.  Must get my head wrapped around that in the next couple of months…

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