2.5 Years Old

2.5 Years Old

On April 8, Remi officially turned 2.5 years old. I cannot believe how quickly this year is passing. I know it’s cliche, but time is really flying.

Sure, some days feel LONG. Days when she’s ALL of 2 and every minute feels like a struggle. But there are also days I don’t want to end. Days when I wish I could rock her to sleep and hold her again.

She’s SO independent. “I do myself” is often said at our house. She can climb into her carseat (in daddy’s car, she’s still rear facing in my car), wants to get her own snacks, help feed the dogs, dress herself (she still needs some help, but MAN does she try!).

She LOVES to play outside.  Balls, swings, slides, her trampoline, going on walks….she loves it. She doesn’t love bugs at the moment. “BUG IN THE HOUSE” when she sees one. We’re working on good bugs vs. bad bugs.

She loves music. She is singing Twinkle Twinkle and 5 Little Ducks and Monkeys Jumping on the Bed a lot. But she likes listening to lots of different kinds of music.  My favorite is when she sings Awesome God!


She’s wearing 24m/2T clothing and anywhere from a 4-6 shoe. She’s still pretty small- 27 lbs. and around 32 inches. She has ALL of her teeth.

She does pretty well with sleep. She’s now in a toddler bed, so some nights are a struggle to get her to stay in bed, but she will fall alseep.  She’s currently waking up about once a night, but we’re working on that.  She sleeps from around 8 pm to 6pm with a two hour nap.

She does well brushing her teeth and even lets me floss now, too!

Her favorite foods haven’t changed much: guacamole, tomatoes, oranges, gummies, hot dogs, soup.  She isn’t picky AT ALL (Thank you, Lord!).  She still doesn’t love zucchini or squash, but otherwise eats most things. She drinks mostly water and some whole milk. She doesn’t like tea or soda that she’s tried (not mad about it!).

She is finally into cold things- Popsicles, ice cream, shaved ice.


She LOVES her dogs. “Hey bubbies!” she will say. They regularly jump into her bed in the mornings to wake her up. She doesn’t always love sharing her space with them “Get DOWNNNN PIPPPPY” but she likes playing with them.

She loves to play with her babies- covering them up, play feeding them. She loves her magnet blocks and play doh. She’s into dress-up play: princess and doctor and superhero.

She is still very artistic, too. She loves her bath paint and coloring.

She knows all her colors, most letters by sight, her full ABCs, and she can count to 20.


She uses words and makes sentences well. I’ve stopped trying to keep a log of words. She is constantly surprising us with what she can say and use correctly.

She’s easily excitable and does this cute “Gasp” face.


She loves to be tickled and play. We often play “Don’t laugh” where I tell her not to laugh and then tickle her. She just giggles.

She likes accessories, but we only wear bows and necklaces occasionally on the weekends.  She’s been somewhat into picking her clothing on some days, and she will tell me “It doesn’t match” sometimes. She needs things to match. ha!


She makes friends everywhere she goes.  Some of her favorite friends are Connor and Luca at school, Harper and James at church.  She loves our friend’s kids- Sadie, Kenzie, Emberlynn. When we have people over, she’s great about sharing her toys and her space with friends.


She loves her family, too. She enjoys her weekly time with Mimi and Gigi. She talks about Luke, Gavvy and KK a TON. She loves when we see Tyler’s family- Kelsey and Brad and Heather and White. She will occasionally ask for Grandpa or Papa.

She knows what grandmas are now, even though we don’t call our moms that.  She will say “Mimi is my grandma.”


Daniel Tiger is her FAVORITE show.  She asks for it daily.  We don’t watch it every day, and we try to limit to just 2 episodes a day on the weekends.  She also likes Barney, but Tyler hates it, so she just watches at Mimi’s and at school. Movies she likes: Bolt, Zootopia (Hops), Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, An American Tale, Sweet Pea Beauty and Frozen.

She also gets to occasionally watch videos on my phone, including some Blippi and some Paw Patrol toy videos.


Yes, she’s strong-willed and we have moments where I feel like I’m just fighting her to obey. But she can also be so sweet and fun. She’s empathetic.  She saw me crying one day and tried to make me feel better. Sweet girl.

I am so thankful for her and proud to be her momma.  She may drive me and daddy crazy some days when she’s trying to be independent and in control, but we’re so glad she’s ours!

2 Years Old

2 Years Old

It seems impossible to sum up this little girl. She’s so fun and funny and smart and wonderful.

I’m using some of my favorite pictures from the last year along with some of my favorite current things she’s doing.


She’s still 31 inches and 25 lbs. 6 ounces, wearing size 2T in most things (though we can still wear some 12-18 and 18-24 things), size 4  shoes.  NO MORE DIAPERS!  Size 2 underwear.  She’s falling on the growth chart because she’s staying tiny, but it’s ok.  My family is on the small side, so we will give her time to grow. 🙂


She LOVES: music (Baby Shark and Wheels on the Bus are faves), berries, tomatoes, guacamole, balls, playing outside, knowing people’s names, coloring.


Still a fabulous sleeper.  She sleeps from 7:30/8ish to 6ish most nights. Goes to bed after a fun bedtime routine: books, songs (ALWAYS asks for “Dishes”- Be Our Guest), potty break and prayer. Sleeps with lovey and blankie.


Has gotten so much better at brushing her teeth.  We now use a tooth brushing song and she lets me brush without a fuss at all.  Doesn’t love hair washing, but LOVES bath time.


She wants to be such a big helper- helps me clean, takes her trash to the trashcan, helps with laundry, gives the dogs their treats…she’s a great kid.img_5652

She’s so very social (wonder where she gets that?!). She loves to interact with others and other kids- waving hi, telling them her name, wanting to play together. She freely gives hugs to strangers (we will work on stranger danger later, for now I’m glad she loves people). She also loves names- I regularly hear about other kids and teachers at school by name.


She’s a little engineer- figuring out how things work.  She likes watching us do it, then wants to tinker until she understands something. I love her persistence.


She’s so funny.  She loves playing games with you and loves doing things to make you laugh. She is REALLY into funny faces and even though hers are not that funny yet, she thinks its hilarious to make funny faces.


She’s a great eater, still.  Not picky at all.  Great with veggies and fruits, but sometimes doesn’t like the texture of some meats.  BIG on dips and sauces. Some of her favorite foods are soup, tomatoes, pouches have made a comeback lately, dipping goldfish in peanut butter, tacos. She eats two good meals (breakfast isn’t really her jam) and a couple snacks.


She’s fantastic with silverware- spoons and forks. She can use open cups well, but uses her straw cups most often. She likes “icy water” to drink best.img_1606

She is an active participant in her dressing.  She will help me pick out her clothes and she will put on pants, socks, shoes and help with shirts.  She likes jackets and bows and hats.


Stickers used to be her most important currency, but it’s moved to suckers (since she gets those for going #2 at school).


Her hair is SO LONG and she likes it when I braid it.  I usually offer her options for doing her up and she likes it best up and to the side. 🙂


She often talks about our clothing “I like shoes, momma.”  “Oooh dada pants.”  It’s precious.


She is SO ACTIVE. She loves to jump and kick and run. She’s getting a trampoline at home soon and LOVES jumping on the one at school.


She loves her family something fierce.  She is a momma’s girl, but also a dada’s girl.  She loves playing with me, but Dada gets lots of claps and happies from her.  She also lights up for her Mimi and Gigi- and she loves her Papa, and cousins.


She loves her dogs, too.  She asks for them all the time, gives them hugs and kisses, treats.  When they are outside and only one comes in at a time, she is VERY concerned about the other dog.


She’s a constant adventure- learning new things, finding joy in everything, feeling big feelings, playing hard, loving harder.

Remington, the best thing about me is you. You light up our world, bring us constant joy, stretch us to be better people, make me understand God so much more clearly, and give me hope for the future.  The weight of teaching you and guiding you is not taken lightly for us.  We love you to the moon and back, and we can’t wait to see more of who God created you to be!

23 Months Old

23 Months Old

What the WHAT?  23 Months? Next time I blink, we will have a 2 year old! I’m only a twinge sad, I’m mostly excited about all the fun ahead of us. The bigger she gets, the more she learns, and the more exciting things we have in store for us.

This month, she’s still around 26 lbs. and 32 inches. She is still wearing her size 4-4.5 shoes and size 5 diapers.


She’s done SO MANY things this month. Her little brain is blooming! Some of my favorites are word-related: counting (she can make it to three without help), saying “thank you” umprompted (“tank um”), saying her memory verse (she’s learned God Made Me and is working on Love the Lord).  She’s singing along with LOTS of songs: Twinkle Twinkle, ABCs, Ring Around the Rosie, You Are My Sunshine, Jesus Loves Me….so much singing.  She will also say “I did it!” when attempting something. Lots of 3 word sentences and putting thoughts together. Leaps and bounds with the language.

She will “tickle tickle” us with the cutest little tickle hands and a high pitched voice. It’s adorable.


She loves to play putting her toys “night night”- wrapping them up in blankets and patting them.

She’s learning colors- knows black and yellow. Learning shapes- knows circle, heart and triangle (even if she struggles to say it). She is LOVING to color (prefers markers) and prefers white paper to coloring sheets.

Stickers are valuable currency for her. She LOVES a sticker.

She is loving trucks, cars and tractors. She is loving her truck noisy book, Little Excavator and her big fire truck toy.

She loves to “cheese” in the mornings- walking down the sidewalk to the front steps and taking a picture.

Her favorite foods are cookies and soup. That girl LOVES soup.

Once this last month she didn’t want to take a bath and took her first big girl shower instead.

She struggles with listening and doing, so we’ve had some time outs about that. We are working on quickly obeying, but it’s so hard with a headstrong toddler.  Working on a “yes mom” or “yes dad” attitude when we ask her to do something. img_5719

She gives LOTS of hugs and kisses and totally understands that we do them when we say goodbye or to people we love.

She loves to help dress herself- she can get her pants down and up mostly by herself and with enough time, she can put a shirt on herself. Great putting her shoes on by herself.

She loves to play in water- the water fountain at school, bowls of water at Mimis, the water table, the pool. Splashing is her favorite.

She has been SUPER loving- lots of hugs, kisses, saying “hello.”  Not just us- she’s hugs all her teachers and friends leaving school, hugs strangers at the store, hugs people at church….she’s got a sweet heart.


She loves to play- puzzles, play doh, physical play, running, jumping (“big jump”), baby dolls…she will ask to go play.

I got my first day recap this month.  She took yogurt for breakfast and I asked her if she ate her yogurt.  She told me, “Mess face.  Mess mouth.  D wipe” (Miss D is her teacher).  She showed me her face and hands and then showed me how she wiped….a very detailed story about her day.  I loved it.


Remington, you are a ball of fun. You wake up smiling and playing with us, you love and hug us, you sing songs, you giggle, you are just plain fun. We are so proud of the way you take on challenges, try new things, love on people, and the way you’re already making good choices. We are loving the extra family time now (with Daddy’s new schedule). It’s allowing us to have more adventures together and enjoy more time just being together. You just bring us joy. We love you THIS big.



22 Months Old

22 Months Old

Oh Remi girl, this month has been mostly pure fun.  Like, we just find joy in your joy. And you have SO MUCH of it.  We laugh so much at how social, friendly, playful and happy you are.


How big is our girl?  Home measurements (because, thank goodness,  she’s been healthy all summer!):  26 lbs and 32 inches.  Still wearing 18-24m, some 2T and size 4 shoes. Still wearing size 5 diapers.

She’s being a bit more agreeable brushing her teeth (some nights).  One 2-year molar has broken through, so a total of 17 teeth.

New words everyday- and stringing them together.  Two and three word sentences this month.  Lots of “my ___”   “My book.”  “My beans.” She also likes to boss us- “Momma sit”  Her first three word sentence was “I like beans” while we played with her beans!  Then she started on a TON more the next day. It’s amazing to watch lightbulbs going off.  She is saying a ton of “I got ___”  “I got boots.”  “I got flowers.”  It’s precious.


Puzzles have been a new love. I can tell she’s getting new connections because she’s loving sitting and figuring out puzzles. She has also really enjoyed her baby dolls this month- lots of putting babies (and other toys) to “night night.”  She will cover them with a blanket, pat them and say “night night.”

She also LOVES playing outside- water table, kicking the soccer ball, just roaming the grass, she loves it all.

She moved to the 2 year old class at school and instantly seemed so much bigger! She does more independently in that class- using the water fountain, sitting for breakfast at the table, putting toys away. Such a big girl!


Favorite movie is still Zootopia, and she enjoys Sesame Street as well. She did sit still for Rio and Bolt- so obviously, animals are her favorite thing.

She is starting pretend play- more pretend cooking (where before she played with the kitchen and food, not she’s “beeping” the buttons on the microwave, pretend washing dishes and more), “feeding” her toys the play food.


She’s always loved playing with momma, but has been sort of equal opportunity daddy and momma girl.  This month, she’s been a momma’s girl. Prefers me for everything (I don’t hate it!).

She’s obsessed with family. Asks about them often.  Faves are obviously the grandmas, but also “Wuke” (Luke), Pawpaw, KK and Kelsey.


Remington, we love you so much it hurts. You’re the best parts of our every day. Watching you have fun, learn and grow is just the best. You also give us the gift of being more present, taking time to notice things. You want to stop and smell flowers, run in the grass instead of rushing inside, wave at the cows….and we try to say “yes” as much as possible. Why not? The world will rush you enough- we always have time for your little heart and mind. We love you, sweet girl!