Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My 2.5 Year-Old Morgan

My Sweet, Spunky Morgan,
This post is a little overdue, but I'm finally sitting down to write this little letter to you.  You're two and a half right now (a little more actually), and I can't keep up with all the new things you're doing and saying on a daily basis.  So here's a little taste of who you are at this age:

Your Personality:  You have a very strong personality.  You have for a very long time, and I don't think it's going away (and I don't mind).  You're very passionate, very independent, and you like to be right.  You are also very loving, which completely melts my heart.

Physically:  You're still pretty tall for your age (and slim).  You wear a 3T in clothes because of your height, and most of those are loose in the waist.  We could get away with smaller sizes in the summer since you mostly wore dresses, but it is already proving to be a challenge when buying pants for the fall.

Now for the fun tidbits:
  • You love dressing up.  You love to find little outfits in your drawers (or in the clean laundry!) and create your own styles (that usually don't match).  Your favorite clothing item these days are skirts.

Also a great way to recycle too-little clothes.

  • Favorite TV Shows:  You love Team Umizoomi, Dora, and Olivia.  You still watch YoGabbaGabba sometimes.  You've almost completely ditched Fresh Beat Band and your love for drums.  Kinda glad I never got a chance to buy you a set.
In my classroom one day watching Mickey Mouse, I think.  Didn't last long.  You're not a big fan.
  • Favorite Books:  The Little Engine that Could, I'll Always Love You, and any Clifford book.  You also loving rhyming books, and hearing you "read" them is hilarious.
  • You're obsessed with Princess Tiana.  I finally bought you your first Disney movie, and I thought it'd be fun to start with The Princess and the Frog since I'd never seen it.  LOVE IT!  We quickly learned all the songs and even act out some of the scenes.  You always want to grab my hand when Tiana grabs her mommy's hand in one of the songs.  Aww.  Anyway, you've only had the movie maybe a month or two, and you already have three Princess Tiana dolls.
  • You're "A Big Kid Now."  You've been doing #1 in the potty for months, but only recently have you decided that #2 is worth putting in the potty, too.  I told myself I'd never stress about potty training, and I'm proud to say I didn't.  Even after my mom and grandma told me how I was being a lazy mom (out of love, of course).  I just figured you'd do it when you were ready.  So after some encouragement at home and plenty of help from your teachers, you're all good and potty trained.

  • You have good manners for the most part.  You say please and thank you regularly, but we're still working on "yes ma'ams" and "no sirs."  I actually heard you say it this morning to Dora (yes, Dora) when, during the episode, she was asking if you wanted to help her with her adventure for the day.  We've just gotta continue to work on you saying it to real people and not just cartoons. :-/

  • You like to talk.  A LOT.  Nonstop.  You're nothing like your daddy or me in that way.
  • You like to sleep with books.  After we've read our story for the night, you insist that the book goes to bed with you. And then you'll sit up in your bed in the dark and read the story about five more times before talking yourself to sleep.  (We've got to stop that soon because apparently you talk yourself to sleep at school, too.  Not really okay at naptime when you have other classmates trying to get some shut eye.)
Got a few books in bed with you here.
  • You still sleep in a crib.  Several months ago I planned to convert your bed to the toddler bed, but when I went out to the garage to get the piece, I realized (after two years of having the piece) that it was the wrong piece.  We actually brought home the full-size bed pieces (at least we have them for when we need them).  When I went to order the toddler piece for your bed, it was out of stock.  So we never ordered it.  So what I did was take out the springs on your crib and sat your mattress on the floor.  Otherwise, you'd climb out every time.  It's worked perfectly for months.
  • You eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning.  Still.  And the same kind -- the kind that you give babies at six months old.  It's basically whole grain oats with some banana and apple flakes.  Pretty much no taste at all, but you love it and ask for it every morning.

  • You still love singing and dancing.
  • Though you can be a girly girl, you're actually pretty rough.  You nearly give me heart attacks with the stunts you pull.
  • You love school and look forward to going all the time.  You even ask on Saturday and Sunday mornings if you can go to school.  After all that asking all the time, you still get a little clingy in the mornings when I drop you off.  But I think it's more of an act and/or routine.
  • You're really good with my phone.  You know how to open your games and music to access your favorites.  You also know how to take pictures with my phone and go through the albums and videos.  
You took this pic of me early one Saturday morning.  Though I'm not crazy about the way I look, I love this picture because you took it.  
  • You're probably going to be a terrible liar - much like your daddy and me.  You never actually lie (not sure if you're old enough to know how to lie), but you sure give yourself away all the time.  Every day when I ask you how your day was at school, the first thing you'll tell me is whether or not you'd been in timeout.  And why.  And at home, I get super nervous when I hear you say, "She broke it" or "What happened?" while you're playing independently.  That always means something is spilled, broken, ruined, etc.  Never good.  And whenever you've just done something wrong, I can ALWAYS tell from your facial expressions.  ALWAYS.
  • You recently went through a little period where you'd say "my brother" or "my sister" during imaginary play.  Um, you DON'T HAVE a brother or sister, little girl, and you made mommy nervous that month with all that crazy talk.   

  • You pretend to be me all the time.  Goodness gracious, people don't lie when they say your child hears and watches EVERYTHING you do.  Just listening to you play, I realize just how much you're watching.  For example, the other day while you were pretending you were on the phone, you said, "Hi, Amberly (not sure who that is), this is Gerri Kimble.  Yes, K-I-M-B-L-E. (I always spell our last name when giving it over the phone.)   Good, how are you?" I. COULD. HAVE. DIED.  
  • You have no secrets.  Last weekend we were guests at a friend of the family's house to watch football and eat dinner, and you ran into the kitchen in front of everyone and said, "I poo pooed in the potty!"  Lovely.
  • You love nature (rainbows, sunsets, clouds that look like "turtles" or "dinosaurs," as you say).  That makes me happy because maybe that means you'll be like me and will have a soft spot in your heart for the simple things in life.
A rainbow we saw one day.
  • You love wearing high heels and/or shoes that make sounds on the floor.  
At your TeeTee Ash's house one day in her red pumps.

A video from that day.

And there's so much more that I could add but can't think of right now.  I guess I should start doing these as mini posts so I can remember all the funny and memorable things you do and say.  All I can say, Babe, is that you are hilarious, fun, spunky, strong-willed, loving, kind, and super silly!  My kind of girl!

We love you and think the world of you!


Note:  These are all random phone pictures taken in the past few months.  Good times.

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