Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ella Grace {2 years}

Dear Ella,

You're TWO today, sweet girl!! I can't believe 2 years have already flown by just like that!

We don't go to the doctor until next month (we got a little behind at your 18 month visit), but I tried measuring you myself and you are around 29/29.5 pounds and about 35 inches tall. You are solidly in 2T clothes and can even fit in some 3T stuff! You just moved up to size 5 diapers because I haven't been brave enough to try potty training just yet. Maybe in a few months?

Your biggest changes in the past few months were moving to a new house and new bedroom, and then getting a big girl bed! The bed transition has been a little bit difficult for you. At first, you thought Mommy and Daddy abandoned you, and you would scream for us all hours of the night. You are doing much better now, though, since we have 3 nightlights and a picture of us in there for you! You know we would never leave you, sweet girl! You do wake up in the middle of the night sometimes looking for us, and then you get up around 6AM wanting to "snuggle Mommy Daddy." We are trying to get you to sleep in till 7 or 7:30, like you used to! You are still a rockstar napper, and will nap about 2 hours every afternoon, sometimes even longer!

Your favorite "toy" (besides books) is the iPad and iPhone. During the move, we let you watch a lot on the PBS Kids app and now you are obsessed with it. I let you watch a show while I shower, and sometimes when I am making dinner if you've had a good day. You love to watch Seseme Street and Daniel Tiger...but through this app (which you know how to navigate better than Daddy or I do) you love to watch Curious George, Super Why, "Thomas Choo Choo" (Thomas the Train), Sid the Science Kid (you call him "Anakin"?!!?), and Chuck Vanderchuck. So random! But you love these guys. You also love to watch videos of yourself and your friends on the photo stream. 

From watching all of these shows (and having a mother who doesn't shut up), you have developed quite a vocabulary! Your verbal skills really do impress me, and anyone who talks with you. You speak in sentences now, and repeat back pretty much anything anyone says to you. My favorite things you say are: "I'm making a _____ (rainbow, tower, giraffe, mess...)," "I want a _____ (phone, book, toy, whatever you see in the store)," "Mommy right here (when you're in your big girl bed)," and "Where are yoouuuu?! (to anything that goes away faster than you'd like)." 

You also have SUCH a good memory. Back in December, you went with Shep and his mommy to Target. Every time we go to Target now, you say "Shep mommy," and ask for Cheddar Bunnies, because that is what she gave you that day! Also, when we go to our neighborhood playground, you point to the swing and say "Auntie swing," because that is where Auntie Kaffy was swinging one day when we were trying to induce her labor! 

You still love singing. Your favorite songs are Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Itsy Bitsy Spider, the Jump Up and Down song from the Y, and the Daniel Tiger theme song. Oh! And Wheels on the Bus. You know what all of the people/things on the bus do/say. You also LOVE Taylor Swift and whenever her music comes on, you recognize it immediately and go "TAYYYY-WER!" 
We are working on ABCs, counting, colors and shapes. You know most of your ABCs, but still skip a few letters. I've heard you count as high as 12, but when it comes to counting actual objects, you get up to about 3 before losing track. But you can always tell me if there's more than one of'll say "Oh! TWO doggies (or whatever it is)!" You do the funniest thing with colors: you associate them with Sesame Street characters! For example, you call red "Elmo," blue is "Cookie Monster." 

Our spunky little girl, we love you so much! Each day gets better and better with you...and more fun!! You never cease to amaze us with what you've are one smart cookie! Happy Second Birthday Shim!


  1. Happy Birthday to Ella! I can't believe that she is already TWO!!

  2. I know I'm a few days late, but Happy Birthday ELLA!! We can't wait to celebrate with you tomorrow!

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