May 3, 2017
Amelia 23 Months

Twenty-three months is clearly the gateway to the terrible twos, or at least the tantrum portion. There have been some epic ones, mostly due to frustration that she can't quite do something the way she pictured herself doing it.


Amelia is very independent and likes to do things "by self" as Elizabeth used to say. She wants to put on her own clothes and her own shoes and climb into her own car seat. She does not appreciate unsolicited help "No sank oo". If she wants something she chants it over and over and over until someone notices.


As the weather has improved she's gotten quite obsessed with biking and scootering. She isn't super comfortable on the balance bike yet, so prefers her tricycle. But her legs are not long enough to actually pedal it. She's also not capable of using her siblings' scooters, to her GREAT frustration. So she's developed her own way of scootering on her tricycle.


Even inside she pretends to scooter on her little ride-on toy around and around the basement.


Lego is a favourite toy, I think mostly because that's what her older siblings are playing with at the moment. Amelia's idea of Lego is dumping it all over and then picking up each tiny piece to examine one by one. She loves reading stories over and over and over again. I think Daddy encourages this by varying the story details slightly in an effort to entertain himself.


Amelia's been a bit clingy around Mommy, often wanting to be held and otherwise getting in the way of doing things. She's quite happy to go on adventures with other people, especially if they offer to take her to the park. She loves the park, especially twirly slides, which I let her go down by herself as long as she slides on her stomach (since I can't guide her from the top and she still tends to tip over sideways if she sits). Turning on a vaccum cleaner is like activating an Amelia magnet that will draw her from anywhere in the house demanding to help. She likes to help Daddy shave in the morning. 


She's clearly getting teeth - drooling, complaining about a sore mouth, and still wanting to nurse. Night weaning is still not a thing here; I got serious about it and she started sleeping better. So I haven't actually cut her off but that and a move to her own room are both on the list of overdue items we haven't had the energy to make happen yet.


Amelia still isn't potty trained, although we've told her some things are only for big girls and she's thinking about it. She does like being like her siblings - she imitates what they are doing, demands "my kern (turn)" for piano practice and can expertly catch a pokemon creature on the way to karate where she too shows off her skills in the waiting area.

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