Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Abigail: The Two Year Old!

So I realize with much weeping that I neglected to post anything on or about Abigail's second birthday 3 months ago. She turned 2 on August 11! To say I was a little distracted would be an understatement; afterall, Lucie was born 2 weeks later. But without further ado, I give you Abi: The Two Year Old! She was 27 lbs 9 oz (59th percentile) and 35 inches (75th percentile and nearly 3 feet!) at her birthday.We celebrated her birthday barbecue at Lake Ann in Chanhassen :) We went swimming down at the lake to begin with, but we don't have any pictures of that. Mostly because I was 38 weeks pregnant and wearing a swim suit.
Abi had a delicious ice cream cake (which I had the pleasure of polishing off during the following week. I'm still paying for it...)

Nana & Papa Gill, Grandpa & Grandma Westerbur, Uncle Brian, and Great-Grandpa (Papapa) and Great-Grandma Miller were all there, as well as Mom & Dad.

Abi was so blessed by her family who gave her so many clothes and toys! She LOVED opening her presents. When the evening was over, she hugged each family member and told them "Thank you." (I don't know what we're doing in this picture, but boy, I was GREAT with child!)

Abi is so bright! She can name all her colors, count to 12 (after that she names 15, 16, 17, 19, 12), recognizes and names all her letters A - Z, and knows a few shapes (including the octagon. Thanks Sesame Street!)
Some of her favorite activities include having tea parties (with real tea - she's kind of a tea snob!), doing puzzles, coloring, going for walks in her stroller, jumping in leaf piles and puddles, going to the library and reading books (she probably "reads" at least 10 books a day), watching Veggietales and Sesame Street, cutting shapes out of Play-Doh, playing dress-up, putting mommy and daddy "to bed," and treating her stuffed animals and doll like babies.
She isn't very good at cleaning up her toys, but we're working on that. It's hard to properly teach something that the parents aren't very good at either! But she can open and close doors for us, put on her own shoes and socks (usually on the correct feet even!), turn the lights on and off, wash her own hands, climb & descend 3 flights of stairs by herself daily without ever complaining, put groceries in the cart, put her milk in the fridge after a meal, place her dirty dishes in the sink, and properly work her CD/cassette player (including flipping the cassette tape over when it's finished with a side).
She loves to sing songs! She can sing the Winnie the Pooh song from start to finish without any prompts. We sing lots of other songs together. She can retell many of her books almost word for word. She's kind of an introvert; when she's in a big group of people, she tends to find a quiet corner and plays by herself. Of course this could also just be her getting through her stranger anxiety and only child syndrome. She still sucks her thumb and carries around her favorite lovey, the billy goat. And she's generally pretty calm, polite, and pleasant!
I could just go on and on about my dear Abigail! She is just the sunny part of my day. She is learning so many new things so quickly, I can't believe it. She's even starting to make some jokes! It's so amazing to see her personality beginning to take shape! She is so administrative and also a perfectionist. I love her dearly and can't wait to see what God has in store for her!