Sunday, July 23, 2017

Life With a 2 1/2 Year Old

Scarlett is now two and a half years old.  Time is really flying by.  I know it's a cliche to say that, but it's true.

In the last five or six months, I've really seen a change in her development and growth.  Her personality is shining through and I love to spend time with her.  Everyday Scarlett surprises me with new words and really has a grasp and understanding of the world around her. You have to watch what you say around her because her little brain soaks everything in like a sponge and she repeats everything she hears!

Scarlett recognizes herself and her family in pictures and gets very excited.  She has a very animated personality and loves to be silly and make you laugh.  I think Scarlett will do anything for a laugh! Her big loves in life are animals, food, her family, and Elmo.  We're very grateful for her progress with her speech because at the beginning of the year she wasn't speaking at all.  Now she probably has close to 100 words.  Her speech is constantly improving, but we still have a ways to go.  I give credit to not only her speech therapist, but her growth and maturity as she ages has something to do with it too.

It sometimes surprises me how much she can grasp and remember.  We had cupcakes the other day and she told me she enjoyed having cupcakes with her friend at her house.  That was well over a month ago and I was shocked that she recalled that fact! 

Not only does she know her colors, shapes, animals, numbers, and letters, but she loves to tell you what she sees when we drive in the car.  She will point out a red house, a blue car, or even a sign on the road.  Life is never dull with a toddler!

Scarlett's love of the outdoors knows no bounds.  I'm not as much of a fan of being outside as she is.  She'd spend the entire day out there if she could.  Her explorer mindset is interesting to watch and she really enjoys nature.  Seeing everything through the eyes of a child is magical and she lights up whenever she sees a bird, squirrel, or bunny. 

For as much fun as Scarlett is, she has a ton of energy and doesn't always listen.  We're working on discipline and time-out seems to work most of the time.  She gets frustrated easily and will have a tantrum and fall on the floor if she doesn't get her way.  This behavior is not ok and we work on a daily basis to correct it.  We put her in timeout and we tell her why she's in there when she goes in.  When the time is up, I go back in and ask her why she is in time out.  She can tell me so I know she understands then she gives me a hug and says sorry.  Parenting is never easy!

Manners is something that is important to me, and I constantly remind her to say please and thank you when necessary.  It's a wonderful feeling when she says it on her own.

Scarlett is one affectionate girl and loves to give hugs and kisses.  She has started telling my husband and I recently that she loves us.  It's about time since I've told her 100 times a day since the day she was born.  She also loves to tell Elmo and our dog Lynnie that she loves them too.  Her sweet personality is precious and I love her tiny hugs!

Parenthood is a wonderful journey that has highs and lows, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! 

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