We took an outing to Bass Pro Shops Santa's Wonderland Wednesday night. Lily was so excited about Santa before and even after her encounter with him, but when it came to actually sitting on his lap, not so much. She walked up to him holding Cole's hand, but as soon as we tried to put her on his lap, she freaked. That Santa was amazing though. He wrangled her as she arched her back and twisted around, and he smiled the whole time. Once she was off his lap, she said, "Tank You" (more out of fear, I think), and snatched a candy cane out of his hand. Once we were a safe distance away from him, we showed her the picture and she excitedly said "Santa! Santa!" I think she was pretty proud of herself, and we even heard a "Ho Ho Ho" from the backseat on our drive home. Now she loves that picture and wants to look at it and hold it all the time. She says, "Santa...kyy (cry)" about 20x a day. I kind of felt like an awful parent letting her sit there and bawl, but I can't help but think it's hilarious. Here's hoping next year won't be so traumatizing.
In just about a week, Lily will be 21 months. I wish I could bottle her up just as she is at this age because she is so funny and sweet. Her ability to understand and communicate has been SO fun, and makes for a happier us!
Some of her words: bubbles, binky, yucky, sticky, fish, shoes, socks, kitty, tree, books, "ssiide" and "side" translated as outside and slide... notice the subtle distinction ;) , car, truck, Santa, Jesus, Nana, Grampa, Dada, Mama, Boots (from Dora the Explorer), and "uh huh" and "mhmm" in the affirmative (which cracks me up), - all of which she'll say voluntarily without hearing them first
She knows her shapes pretty well and can put all of them correctly in her ShapeSorter bucket
She loves her baby doll and takes it to bed with her every night. She "changes" Baby's diaper, tries to feed her, gives her hugs and pats her back. I'm hoping this affection for babies transfers when the baby is real, and she has to share the limelight with it.
She's started watching The Little Mermaid
She only gets her binky at nap and bedtime and puts it down in her crib before she gets out
She pretends to take pictures by holding up a cell phone and saying, "Cheese!" I wonder where she learned that?
She smiles and laughs all the time and will get this mischievous gleam in her eyes
I feel like I can talk to her and she understands a lot, if not most, of what I'm saying. It still amazes me when I stop and think of how much she's grown and changed in just 20 short months. It's hard to believe she was once an infant, and it's hard for me to grasp how I'm going to do the infant thing again. In some ways that feels so long ago, but also like it was just yesterday. Any suggestions from second-time parents out there? Anyway, I could go on about Lily, but the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. She's a crazyface, our joy, and we love her :)