I suppose it's official, though it's been happening gradually for a while now, Leila is a baby no more. There are all sorts of physical signs; she's jumping now, acutally getting both feet off the ground, she's wearing 2T clothes and walking up and down the stairs all by herself. She's also completely without diapers. (I can't tell you how nice it has been to not have to worry about that any more!) And we can't avoid noticing the emotional and verbal growth that has been happening. She's cut way, way back on nursing and isn't nursing at night any more, at all. In fact, last night she slept in her own bed for the whole night! She didn't come in to visit us in the middle of the night like she's been doing since we took her out of the crib several months ago. She talks non-stop, usually the same one or two words repeatedly until we correctly interpret for her and then she emphatically says "yeah, yeah!" I am sure that she is learning new words everyday and I think she talks more everyday too.
It is so fun to see her grow. I love talking to her, she is very perceptive and wants to tell you everything she sees. She often surprises us with what she remembers and knows. She has some favorite narratives; when we talk about snow she tells us all "tummy! led! led! (sled) tummy! down! yeah, yeah!". She has discovered her love of reading and is constantly imploring us to "wead, wead, book, book." She has her favorites and will tell you the characters of the book she hands to you. Of course, you have to be able to translate her still developing language skills (she tends to add "eee" sounds to the end of everything and can't say "r") but once you can do that, it is adorable to listen to her talk about the books. We got some books at the library about a mouse named "Maisy" that the Bigs had all enjoyed; Leila has moved past enjoyment and straight to obsession. Anytime we talk about books, we have to talk about Maisy. We currently have four books from the library and she has them all memorized. She can tell you plot points and story details from each of them. And she knows all the characters. I think we may have to procure some, she loves them so much.
"Nah-neeee. Nah-neeee." - Leila (This is her word for breasts/nursing and she says it when she wants to nurse.)
"What do you do when you nah-nee, Leila?" - I ask her
"Ummmm, Ummm, Nuwse!" - Leila (her way of saying nurse)
"And what comes out when you nurse?" - Me again
"Ummmm, Ummmm, Miwk!" - Leila
Of course, now we are starting to enter the live-free-or-throw-a-temper tantrum stage. She has this hilarious way of dramatically putting her head down, chin to chest and screaming at the top of her lungs. Well, it's sort of funny and really loud and hard to deal with. She knows when the Bigs are playing without her and she really doesn't like it. If they can't find a way to include her, she will let us ALL know.
I can't believe she's going to be two in a month and a half. Two years old! It's official, she's a toddler and getting bigger everyday.