23 months...twenty-three months...holy crap how are we already talking about twenty.three.months.
I can't believe I haven't written a monthly post in four months. I wasn't planning on doing them monthly, but I really wasn't planning on going that long in between either! The past few months have been so much fun! I know I say this every time, but this is such a fun age!!! We have so much fun together during the day and the amount of words and things she can put together literally amazes me. I was laughing last weekend to Davy, because most days, my goal is to do something that is fun for Charli. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of days that are the same old same old, of running errands and cleaning house, but I do try to make life fun for her. She LOVES the park, playing at the mall, going swimming, playing outside, seeing friends, and absolutely LOVES the aquarium. So we try and do those fun things through the week.
Her talking has just exploded over the past couple of months. She is now putting together two and three word sentences, which makes life so much easier! Her favorites, are "that's so funny" "Daddy working" "Ivey (more like IB) sleeping" Well almost everyone is always sleeping. I am guilty of telling her people are sleeping when they aren't around, because she understands that concept. Now I pay for it by her going through her list of friends telling me they are sleeping. When we are in the car I hear a lot of "he running" "car, vroom vroom" "water! (anytime we see a lake or pool)." Robby and Joanna kept her for the evening a few weeks ago, when we got there we woke her up to take her home, all the way home she was telling us what they did that night. I was very happy that Joanna had given me a heads up on their activities because I'm not sure I would have interpreted it correctly. This is what we heard all the way home "There's water down there, mason got the ball, it's funny, hahaha!" Davy and I were cracking up all the way home. Basically they had gone out to the lake behind their house and the neighbors had brought their dog Mason out to swim in the lake and get the ball, and she thought it was the funniest thing ever!
She always gets really mad if anyone gets upset or passionate about anything. If davy and I are even somewhat having a disagreement and our voices change she starts scream "STOP HONEY MOMMA." And its not just limited to us, I had a friend over one afternoon and she was passionate about what she was saying and Charli started screaming that at her. At first we thought it was really funny, but now it can get quite annoying.
She loves to swim, every morning I hear "I wanna go swimming right now," for the past week I've been putting her off. The water is still a little cold here!
Animals still make her the happiest little girl alive. She can spot any animal from a mile away and loves to hug and pet anything. The bigger the better in her option.
We took the plunge and potty trained her about a month ago. She had a little potty that a friend had given her and she had started peeing on it about once a day, then one day after peeing she decided she didn't want to wear a diaper anymore. So I decided now seemed like as good a time as ever. Boy did I not know what I was getting myself into. The next morning we started the "3 day potty training boot camp." Wow the first day was terrible. I think there was pee all over my house. We were so exhausted she took a 4 hour nap that afternoon! Days two and three were better, but still so so tiring! So a month into being potty trained and we still have a few accidents if we have friends over, and pooping is still quite an ordeal, but I am so proud of her for how well she has been doing! Today we went out and got some ice cream after pooping on the potty. She had been holding it for a couple days, so you can imagine how traumatizing that can be! Hopefully it will continue to get easier!
I know I say this a lot, but the time is just going so fast, and we are trying to savor every minute. Don't get me wrong, there are hard days, but I am scared I'm going to blink my eyes and she is going to be all grown up. We feel so incredibility blessed to be able to raise our sweet baby girl.