Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Terrific Two's

I always love going back and reading the girls' milestone posts and I figured a 2 year old birthday (ish) warrants one!

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Maddie is so firmly a 2 year old right now, it makes us laugh. Happy, smiley, snuggly one minute - tantrum the next! At her pediatrician checkup, she measured 34.3 inches tall, and weighed in at 26 lb, 4 oz. And declared to be the perfect picture of a healthy happy little girl!

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Maddie is a total chatterbox and it thrills my heart to hear my girls carrying on conversations with each other. I love being able to communicate with her and being amazed with each new sentence. She always wants to pick out her outfits for the day, and asks for me to pick her up so she can properly view her clothing options in the closet. It is charming to watch her hold her finger up to her mouth while she contemplates - apparently sartorial choices are a big decision! Her favorite outfits right now are dresses (she is particularly partial to a green smocked flamingo dress and to an ice-cream fabric dress), and her favorite shoes are these silly little Frozen play shoes. It's a battle sometimes to convince her to wear her real sandals out in public - all we ever hear is "Fwozen shoes"!! She also frequently demands a hair bow from her bow display board, although they never seem to stay in her hair for very long. Oh! And her tutus, of course!

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Those purple shoes are the "Fwozen" shoes.

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Opening a birthday box from Poppy and SuSu.

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I have moved her into Anna's old 2T wardrobe and they fit perfectly. There is something about making the switch into toddler sizes that makes me feel like I am losing a part of their babyhood, and I am so comforted when Maddie buries her head into my neck in a big hug or when she's upset, or when she takes my hand all on her own. Sometimes I even still catch whiffs of sweet baby smell and I can never resist scooping her up for a quick snuggle.

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Maddie totally adores her big sister. She wants to do everything that Anna is doing, she imitates her pouts and sulks, and she will tag along to whatever new game or mischief Anna has concocted. She is a tough cookie though - she will for sure stand up for herself and squawk if Anna tries to take her toy or Mommy's lap when it's Maddie's turn!!

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Maddie's favorite toys right now are anything baby-related. You might remember that SuSu and Poppy surprised the girls with doll high chairs and cradles for Christmas, and those have been in constant use recently. Maddie has two or three baby dolls she carries around the house, and the girls have run their little toy stroller right into the ground (although the fact that Anna has been riding in it too might have contributed to its demise!!). She loves to be a little mommy, and she and Anna both will beeline for my closet to pick out some high heels to clomp around in so they can pretend to go shopping with their babies.

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Check out those little curls!

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A pretty girl with Popsicle on her face!


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