If we were in doubt before that we had entered the "terrible two's," we are reminded every single day. Holy Moly!!!!! Georgia definitely has spirit. Those NICU nurses were 100% correct about her temperament all those years ago after she was born. We go from the highest of high's with a happy, bubbly, hugging/kissing little girl to a kicking, screaming, hitting, out of control wild woman in less than 10 seconds most days. Like Forest Gump reminded us, life is like a box of chocolates and in our case, we never know which Georgia we are going to get! The following video is classic toddler behavior in our house. You would think that I did physical harm to the child. Nope, Mommy just put a band-aid on her boo-boo. She was not a fan. In fact, the band-aid apparently caused a limp that lasted for about an hour. Traumatizing. It was easily forgotten once her BFF from next door came home and she went running up to him... without a limp! As I lovingly refer to her sometimes - she is "my lunatic!"
I still remember Georgia's pediatrician saying that a lot of toddler tantrums are based on the fact that toddler can't communicate their feelings to us properly. I don't necessarily think that is Georgia's problem. This is the same child that walked up to Mimi and I last week and asked, "What are YOU talking about!??" She is very clear about why she is angry at us most of the time. Typically, she didn't get what she wanted or we didn't move fast enough for the pampered princess. It's fairly common for us to hear, "I don't want X, I want Y." This week at dinner, I heard, "I don't want a hot dog. I want a soccer ball." Ummm.... soccer ball is not on the dinner menu!?!? Obviously, I stopped counting words at this point. She routinely creates and produces 4-6 word utterances, if not longer! Her favorite question these days is "What's that?" We must hear that at least 20-30x per day. We're just waiting for the "WHY????" days to begin.
New skills in the past few months:
* Georgia is starting to peddle when sitting on a bike
* She is starting to be able to blow her nose with some help
* Singing lots of different songs
* Able to tell you her first and last name when asked
* Able to tell you how old she is when asked
* She loves to skip and jump
"Bubbles Guppies" and "Finding Nemo" are still favorites around the house, but "Cars" and "Cars 2" rule the day. Georgia loves Mater, Lightning McQueen, and the gang. She begs to watch the movies and loves all of her action figures and books with the characters. Interesting enough, Thomas the Train is still beloved around the house. Georgia is loving the trains that her big cousins gave her when they came to visit and they are constantly set up in the living room these days.
Chicken nuggets, sweet potato french fries, black beans and grilled chicken are all still consumed on a regular basis around the house. Lately, waffles and Bush's baked beans have also become quite popular items. Freezer pops and Oreos are dessert options on the menu most nights. And life is not complete without Enjoy Life's choco loco bars. Pixar is releasing a new movie called "Planes" and her new favorite snack is a bag of pretzels featuring the characters from the movie! She's been inhaling corn-on-the-cob all summer long.
Georgia loves playing outside, especially with our neighbors. She loves to help "water the garden" and helps me pick our strawberries and check on our tomatoes everyday. She is a great helper, when she wants to be. As seen in a previous post, she discovered the carnival this summer. We went to two different carnivals and she was a dare-devil both times riding on rides that I thought she would be scared to go on herself. But, she loves speed and went on anything and everything that she could for her height range (including the rides where she needed to drag Daddy with her in order for her to get on the ride!).
|Happy to wave and show off while riding the caterpillar!|
|Another day, another ride on Jalopy Junction!|
At school, she graduated to the Bumblebees early in the summer. Although she only goes to school two days a week during the summer, she transitioned easily on the first day and never returned to her previous class, the Ladybugs. Of course, she reunited with a lot of her older friends in Bumblebees, so I think she was excited for the new classroom. They focus a lot on potty training in that room, so come fall when she is full time, we expect her to be working on that skill a lot more! She loves to use the potty at home and is asking for it more and more.
|Trying to grow up too fast... quite literally wearing Mommy's shoes!|
|She gives the BEST hugs!|
A final word from our girl... just a typical nap/bedtime concert performance these days - Georgia's rendition of "Farmer in the Dell"...