Terrifically Two

December 31, 2010 mommytobeaver
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It’s been awhile since I’ve written about Charla and the new accomplishments she’s having. It seems like the last month her vocabulary and understanding has exploded. She comes up with phrases where I didn’t even know she knew some of the words she says!

Along with this explosion in vocabulary comes a new found desire for control and doing things her own way. One of her favorite phrases at the moment is “don’t talk about it”. She will also tell me, very loudly, when she doesn’t want me to do something or how to do something. I know this is all part of her growing up so I try to not get angry, but after awhile I end up telling her that if she wants me to play with her, she needs to stop telling me what to do.

She has started singing songs too. I love listening to her sing. Jingle Bells was her favorite song during the holiday season. She also really likes Twinkle Twinkle, ABC’s and a Dora birthday song she heard on one of her Dora DVD’s. While she’s singing, she also enjoys dancing. She puts on her dress up clothes and tap shoes and dances on the hardwood in her bedroom. When she does this, she tells me she’s a princess.

When she wakes up in the morning, she picks a few books off her bookshelf and will lay in bed reading to herself. A few times I’ve listened in and she’ll tell herself the story according to the pictures. I know this is the first step towards reading and I’m so excited to watch her knowledge grow! I’ve tried to get her to “read” me a story but she says she can’t read.

She’s also maturing more with coloring and painting. She is starting to try to stay in the lines when she is coloring or painting a picture. Her favorite colors to use are black and brown. I have no idea what that says about her personality but I find it very amusing. Especially since her favorite items to color in are eyes and mouths. There’s nothing I like better than hanging a picture of Dora on the fridge with both her eyes and her mouth completely blacked out!

I love watching her grow and learn new things. How I wish I could freeze time and stay here for a little while. The saying “terrible twos” just is not accurate. I LOVE this age! Sure we have misbehavior and back talk, but we also have playing pretend, goofy smiles and lots of squishy hugs and kisses. If this is “terrible”, I’ll take it any day.

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