Thursday, January 31, 2013

20 months

stats: 36 inches, 29 pounds, size 3t clothes, size 6 1/2 shoes.  We expected a tall girl :)

sleep schedule: wakes between 7:45 and 8am, naps from noon-2, bed at 7pm, sleeps through the night.
teeth: four top front, first molar on each side on top, four front bottom, first molar on each side on bottom.

food: cheese, yogurt, mini marshmallows, smoothies, blueberries, pears, zucchini, peanut butter
book: The Little Engine that Could, BabyLit Alice in Wonderland, her big book of Fairy Tales
toy: her Mickey Mouse figurines, her Little People princess castle
TV show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Curious George
movie: Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, Tangled
activities: playing outside (even in the snow), 'playing' the piano, stacking, organizing, and sorting.

excels at:
eating most of her food
feeding herself with fingers or a spoon
helping to pick up her toys and put them away
doing most things she is asked
going down for naps and bedtime
communicating non-verbally
organizing her toys and grouping them by type
counting to three
sharing toys and snack with mom and dad and other kids
closing a door when she leaves a room
being soft with others and Tucker, not hitting or being violent
stacking or standing things up and balancing them

needs to work on:
verbal communication
remembering one and three in her counting (two...two...two......two!!)
not climbing on the counter
not getting mad when we take a phone away (this is the only thing she gets mad about losing)
being good while her diaper is changed

Olivia is such a sweet, smart little girl.  We are still working on learning more words, but she can communicate extremely well non-verbally and always understands what we say to her and when we ask her to do something.  The other day she wanted a smoothie so she took me over to the fridge, took out the tub of yogurt, walked over and pushed it up onto the counter by the Bledtec, pointed up at the Blendtec, then reached up to be set on the counter to watch.  She loves to put the lid on the blender and push the button to make it go.

She can work my iphone almost as well as me and knows which apps to go to and how do do them.  She helps to put away her toys, holds the cord for daddy when he vacuums, and helps me sweep with her own broom.  If she sees trash on the ground she will pick it up and find me to hand it to me.  She is pretty left-brained in that she loves to be clean and loves to stack and organized.  I, on the other hand, am more right-brained so I'm always trying to color pictures or do art projects with her.  She is not interested, which leaves me at a loss for what to do to occupy her time most days.

A couple of weeks ago Jack bought Liv the Little People princess castle and most of the princesses.  The only ones not sold in the store were Jasmine and Aladdin, and the Beast, so he ordered them online.  Olivia likes to sort out her toys and keep the different sets separate from each other.  She also has a set of Mickey figurines and a Little People barn with a farmer and farm animals.  The farm folk and Mickey characters are rarely seen fraternizing with the princesses.  Anyways, the other day Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Beast arrived in the mail and Jack gave them to Olivia while she was playing with her castle.  He showed her who they go with and put them in the rooms for her, then went into the kitchen to get a drink.  When he came back, he observed that Aladdin and Jasmine had been welcomed into the castle to rub shoulders with the other royalty, but the new Beast was not there.  Upon further inspection, Jack came to discover that Olivia had put the Beast in the barn.  With the goat and the cow. On his front like he was on all fours.  Apparently she thought he would be more comfortable among his own species.

She is still extremely active and loves to run, jump, dance, climb, and play.  I'm surprised at how coordinated she is, she can scale the bar stools and get up onto almost any surface as long as there are foot and hand holds.  This means she requires constant supervision, though in her expeditions she rarely falls or gets hurt.

Most people develop a special handshake with people they are close to, my affectionate girl has a special kiss that she does with me.  I taught her to do eskimo kisses a while ago and now when she is feeling playful, she will give me a kiss on the lips, followed by and eskimo kiss, and then stick her tongue out.  She is not satisfied until I have fulfilled my duty of kiss, eskimo kiss, and touch tongues.  I know, not very sanitary.  I have no idea where she got the tongue thing from, but most of the time I will do it just so I can see her beaming, gap-toothed smile afterward.

Since Olivia is an only child and has very gentle and sweet cousins, she doesn't know what it means to be pushed, hit, or treated rudely (she DID play a game with her cousin a couple of weeks ago that involved bopping yourself on the head, and now she will sometimes try to bop people on the head.  I'm trying to teach her that it isn't funny.)  I saw a child push her down at a playplace once and she wasn't sure what to make of it.  So she just got back up and went on her way.  The other day we went to Ikea and she went up to a little boy, said "hi!" and tried to put her arm around him.  He gave her a dirty look and then went and told his mom that she had tried to push him down (the kid was twice her size), she then went up to his little sister and tried to greet her, only to be given the same dirty look.  I wanted to ask the mother if her kids had been raised by wolves or if they were just completely socially inept, but I managed to refrain.  Olivia just loves other kids and wants to be near them.  I worry so much about her little heart.  I just want her to be the same pure little soul that she is now and not be tarnished or hurt by mean kids or hard things.  I know this is impossible, but the thought of sending her to school when the time comes gives me anxiety nonetheless.  Until then, I remind myself that having her home all day is a blessing, even when it is hard.  When it comes down to it, I am probably more vulnerable to her hurts than she is :)
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