Friday, February 3, 2017

Piper Grace: Two Years Old

{My baby is two!} I have a million emotions tied to that four-word sentence. I don't even know where to begin. How about with all of her past updates?

Piper Grace has blossomed into such a brilliant little toddler. I sometimes think back to when she was a baby and wonder what we ever did before she started talking and telling me all of her ideas. We are having so much fun together; she is my little buddy. I love this age! 

It seems to me now that Piper has been talking for as long as I can remember, and she says some pretty amazing things. Piper has been able to count to ten for many months and can identify almost every letter in the alphabet. It's been such an amazing year, watching this brilliant little girl grow.

I can't tell you how many times Piper has surprised Nick and I with her vast vocabulary and definitions. So often, Piper will surprise Nick and I with something new and we'll just silently give each other wide eyes, thinking to ourselves, "how does she already know all of this stuff"? 

We often wonder if we are raising a genius {haha}. But really though, Piper is scary-smart. We might just think that way because we still expect Piper to still be a baby {for at least the next 30 years, please}. Piper is very on track with all of her milestones, and we are so thankful that she enjoys learning new things so much.

In the past few months, Piper learned to identify a few shapes, her favorites being the crescent moon, star, circle and heart. She identifies stars and hearts all the time, while we are out shopping or watching t.v. She is so proud to tell me when she sees a shape or letter she recognizes.

Piper loves food! She is a foodie just like her parents. Piper loves the traditional kid's foods {like Wendy's chicken nuggets and fries, mac n cheese, grilled cheese, etc.} but Piper eats more like an adult most of the time. Piper has been eating a lot of salads with me during lunch, which amazes me. Piper loves all fruits and vegetables, and often requests them over most things. Unless there's a spatula with cookie dough on it; the cookie dough always wins!

Piper goes through some weeks where she isn't as hungry as others, but she will never turn down her favorite meal: a burrito bowl with rice, avocados, tomatoes, black beans and shredded cheddar. Piper also loves it when I make pierogies with meatballs and green beans or when I make brussels sprout stir frys and our new favorite: spaghetti squash. This girl loves to eat! Needless to say, she is a great toddler to take out to eat, too. We love our family night's out! They are so special!

Piper knows all too well which restaurants we like to frequent, too. There was one time when Piper even tricked us into eating at Panera Bread! It was a few months ago. There is a Panera Bread attached to a grocery store we use to go to {use to, being the prime phrase here} and as we entered the grocery store one day, Piper started panic-crying. She was throwing the biggest fit! Nick and I couldn't figure out what was wrong, so we took her outside. 

Going outside seemed to make her crying stop a little bit but, she started pointing down the sidewalk begging to walk. So, we went for a walk with her. Piper stopped when we were outside of Panera Bread and she all of a sudden became very happy, saying "mmm, noms, mmmm". Nick and I just looked at each other, wondering how she knew there was food there (we had only gone to lunch there once before with her). Piper started pulling us to the door insistently and we followed. Nick and I spent the entire lunch laughing and discussing how much trouble we are in; letting our toddler dictate lunch, already.

Piper loves to be active and play outside. She loves to explore and be adventurous. She is a very independent little girl, and she loves to do new things. We put her through her first round of swim classes this past fall, and she has been talking about "swim" ever since. The next round of swim classes begin in the Spring and we can't wait to for them to start!

Piper can repeat just about anything you say to her. Most of the time she says it completely right, but other times, when trying to repeat more challenging words, she only says the easier half of the word. She is coming up with new sentences every day, and her enthusiasm makes us laugh daily.

The other night, Nick started asking her a bunch of questions before bed. He asked Piper, "do you want to go ni-night?" Piper said "no...". Nick asked, "do you want to go up and get lambie" and Piper said "no...". Nick asked, "do you want to go upstairs" and Piper said "no...". Then, Nick asked randomly, "do you want to dance?" and Piper whipped around super fast and exclaimed "YESSSSSS!" with so much excitement in her voice and on her face. Nick and I just laughed and laughed, and then before we knew it we all were dancing in the middle of the living room at 8:00 at night. Needless to say, bedtime was a little late that night.

Piper's wild and wonderful personality is ever-so-present at two years old. I wonder what we ever did before knowing exactly what she wanted each day. I know the terrible-two's are coming {and are sometimes present already} but I wouldn't trade this age for the world. I am soaking up every minute with this sweet girl. She makes me be a better person, every day.

For more on Piper turning two, I shared a post on her second birthday, which you can find here: Piper's Tea for Two.

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