Naomi turned 33 months on the 19th. 2 and 3/4. How did that happen? She is our chatterbox. When she's awake, our house is not quiet. Her mouth literally runs all day. Unless of course she's around new people, then the chatterbox is suddenly quiet. At least she's slowly getting over her "shy mean" phase. We've been working on what it means to be nice and how she should greet people when we run into them. She used to just yell "NO" and bury her head into Austin or I. Now she's slowly learning to say "Hi", granted you have to have to strain to hear since she whispers it.
She is completely embracing her role as a big sister. She loves to help soothe Mikaela when Mikaela is crying. If she hears her crying, she'll quickly yell out, "Uh Oh!! I have to check on Mei Mei" and run over to Mikaela and stroke her cheek or hand to try and soothe her. She'll kiss her and lovingly say, "oooh it's ok baby, I'm right here". I've even seen her give Mikaela her Mimi (lambie) and Izzy doll...her two comfort items which she usually won't share with anyone else. She'll sing Mikaela lullabies, or sometimes Justin Bieber's "Baby", all in an effort to get Mikaela to smile. It's too cute.
Naomi is fully showing us what it means to have a toddler going through her terrible twos though. She is so opinionated and quick to get frustrated. Austin and I are finding our selves having to discipline her more and more, but it seems to be working as she definitely is better at listening to us, and her tantrums seem to be shorter in nature. We've used a combo of discipline and a reward system, which seem to work well with.
We do have to be extremely careful with everything we say and do now. She is quite the sponge. She'll copy everything we say, echoing us throughout the day and mimicking our actions as well. She'll even come home telling us things that her teachers at daycare have said throughout the day. (some of which I'm sure they don't want me to know).
She loves all things Dora, Ni Hao Kai Lan and Yo Gabba Gabba. She's incredibly good at the computer, and plays games on her Mac (Austin's old computer) all by herself, and could probably play all day long if we let her. She is getting better at recognizing letters, particularly ones that have an N, A, O, M or I in it, since she loves spelling her name. She can type her name out on the keyboard and iphone as well. Be careful if you leave your iPhone's lying around our house cause she might send out random text messages with her name in it. I've learned that lesson the hard way. She still loves arts and crafts and is getting really good at drawing. She started drawing actual objects, or attempting to at least, as opposed to simple scribbles. She says she's a good drawer, just like her daddy.
I'm still in denial that she's growing up so fast. The other day at dinner we were talking about how when we get back from our trip to Florida, she'd be graduating from Toddlers to Preschool at her daycare center. I sadly mentioned to her that going to Pre-School meant she was growing up, and that I didn't want her to grow up. To which she responded, "Like what Taylor Swift says? Never grow up? Just keep it simple?" Too cute.
Never Grow Up (Taylor Swift)