Your Wonderful Two’s – A letter.

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Letters to Lexi, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, PHOTO, TODDLER

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Baby girl!

I stopped my monthly letters because you’re growing so fast that it would impossible to keep track of everything, and you’re increasingly (I would never think it’d be possible) taking more of my time playing and having fun that it’s not something I can keep up with. However, there is also so much cuteness that I want to make sure I never forget.

So I will write these to you occasionally when inspiration strikes and your sleep schedule allows :) This letter encompasses the best age so far: 22-25 months (pics are from 22 months, all outfits are from Lourdes). I wanted to include a video, but that is A LOT OF work, so I will have to create it later and put it into a different post.

Happy Birthday Lexi! (+a few video snippets of the 2nd year)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, TODDLER, VIDEO

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As a little treat for me and those of you who have grown to love Alexis, I’ve put together a compilation of my favorite short 6-15 second Instagram videos that span a whole year! Thank you for being a part of our lives and for all the support!

If you’ve seen the earlier clips, skip closer towards the end for the latest shots, including her cute phrases and gymnastic moves.

Cognitive development (13-18 months)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

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I started writing this post a few months ago and now coming back to it, the truth is she is changing soooo fast cognitively that it’s absolutely useless to be writing a post about it. Things that impressed me yesterday are old news and now she’s doing something even better. So I’ll put down age next to each item as I write them down for reference.

Obviously by this time she understands about 80% of everything we say (daily stuff) and 99% of everything we say to her.

She hears things we think she wouldn’t understand and reacts to them. Many times daily I think to myself: “I can’t believe she did/said/understood that. I need to write it down.”

But then by the end of the day I can’t even remember all the things that happened.

Speech development (13-16 months)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, TODDLER, VIDEO

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Other posts in this series:

Physical Development: 13-16 months

So by now it is pretty clear that Lexi IS NOT A TALKER.

A runner- yes! An energizer bunny- definitely! A singer- hell yeah! Maybe even a dancer, or a musician. Haha. Not a talker.

She says the right amount of words for her age for us and our pedi to not be concerned, BUT for the last months she has been more interested in everything else BUT talking.

Don’t get me wrong she says real words. She makes up her own words she uses. She babbles using a ton of sounds. She talks to herself. She sings.

She signs when she needs to get the point across. But speech has been on the “need to use” basis and clearly she has not needed to use it.

Lexi’s 1st Birthday {the “after party”}

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FUN TIMES, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, PHOTO, TODDLER

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Last part of the Birthday Photos.

{All photography (except for the after party ones) is by Stacey Downey Photography, editing by The Art of Making a Baby}.

Some of the photos got over-sharpened in the process, but I was out of time to redo the collages. Boo.

Once most of the guests left, we let the babies play at the Svan Table and Chairs ( which by the way is the best freaking thing ever). Some roses and sweet snacks entertained them for a very long time.

Then we had a mini photoshoot of the (technically two) birthday girls, Alexis and Alexa and finally just hung out with the family and opened gifts.

I won’t be giving you a play-by-play- the photos are pretty self-explanatory.

Physical Development (13-16 months)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

How much fun are toddlers?

The answer is A LOT OF FUN!

It’s a pretty recurring theme here on the The Art of Making a Baby.

But it’s true. We’ve known that Alexis has been focusing on her physical development for a while now. It has been constant since about 9 months when she first started walking supported.

What’s interesting is that it has not changed until maybe now (16 months) when she started to work on her speech development in parallel (another post coming). But the physical aspect is and has been front and center.

I know every baby focuses on its own thing, works on one thing at a time, or two things at a time, with one always being the primary focus. It’s usually pretty obvious in babies. If you’ve been to the playground, you’ve seen a kid who’s in non-stop motion, climbing a top of everything, demanding swing rides, slides, rushed from one side to another, runs around with his mouth open, screams. Then there are talkers, builders, collectors, swing babies, slide babies….

Busy busy baby, busy busy days!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

Before I had Lexi, I remember talking to a friend of mine who has a particularly active baby as well, about how she HAS to take her places because staying home is a nightmare.

We are experiencing a similar thing.

While Lexi doesn’t cry or whine or throw tantrums at home, I can still see that she gets bored easier when we are not out and about.

Baby Rockstar – this is our new favorite activity

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, TODDLER, VIDEO

We’ve been having a ton of fun dusting off my long forgotten SingStar disks, Rockband game and our keyboard and drums.

Alexis instantly took to all of it and asks to go sing and play several times a day. It’s really cute, too, the way she asks for it. She will point in the direction of our movie room and sing “Dadabada” while dancing :)

I can’t help but notice her taste in rockstar clothing is pretty awesome, too. Nununu star romper couldn’t be used for a better occasion.

 

Sign Language: Update

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, Monthly Updates, New Mom Experience, TODDLER

For more on Signs please read “Baby Signs” post

I know I only recently wrote a post on sign and using sign languages for babies, but it has been getting better and better.

Lexi’s verbal development has taken back seat to her physical development ever since she started walking, so while she keeps adding words to her vocabulary little by little, her  use of signs has exploded.