21 months

Alison is more affectionate, and we are cherishing every moment! She offers hugs and kisses, she likes to cuddle with daddy, she likes to sit on mommy’s lap during story time, and she likes to have both mommy and daddy hold her hand while walking on the street.

Alison is aware she is growing up. She wants to mimic us. Here’s her daddy impression:

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And here’s her mommy impression:

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She is more playful with her stuffed animals. She likes to give her doggie lots of hugs, put her bunny to bed, and offer her milk/water to all her stuffed animals (Eeyore, doggie, horse, alligator, etc.)

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We are noticing that Alison is becoming a little hoarder. She likes to collect many items and stash them in her bag, her bed, her toy bee hamper, or her tent.

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Alison wants to be helpful – she likes putting utensils away, doesn’t mind scrubbing the floor, and also likes to clean up her room when we ask her to. Hopefully this trend will continue as she gets older!

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She is speaking in 2-3 word sentences:

  • “Daddy’s home” – her first full sentence!
  • “Play here”
  • “Sit down”
  • “More please”
  • “Help mommy” (or daddy)
  • “Thank you daddy”
  • “I wuw weew” (which means I love you)

FAVORITE MOMENTS

  • Alison singing her song “aah… ooh… mey… eee”
  • Counting trees during car rides “2…3…4.. 3…4…”
  • Playing “hide” and peek-a-boo
  • Puts on her red sunglasses and says “cool”

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OTHER MOMENTS

  • Says “baby”, which means she is asking for us to cradle her like a baby
  • Asks us to read a book with her – the same book, 5 times in a row
  • Prefers white colored shoes
  • Can count to 4, but omits 1
  • Likes to sit in daddy’s chair and bang on the keyboard
  • Says “yucky” and “ewwie”
  • Asks us to draw things shapes or animals with soap on the washcloth at bathtime (something that mommy started)

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DIFFICULTIES we are facing

  • Meals are very messy – food ends up on her clothes, on her hair, and on the floor
  • Teaching her to say “sorry” when she does something wrong
  • Keeps taking off her shoes – so often that she lost her shoes at school

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Our Family is Growing!

We have a new member of our family—say “hello” to baby Katelyn!

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Katelyn arrived as planned over the weekend, and we’ve been busy adjusting to life with two kids ever since. Her older sister is fascinated to have “baby” at home and keeps wanting to share her toys with Katelyn.

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She’s still young, so Katelyn spends most of her time sleeping (or feeding). She’s starting to have some awake periods in the late afternoon though. We can’t wait to see what her personality is like!

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I am looking forward to:

  • Cuddling you in my arms
  • Hearing you laugh
  • Showing you how to dance in the rain

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I hope you:

  • Live life with curiosity, respect, and integrity
  • Become best of friends with your older sister
  • Experience much love, happiness, and laughter from your family

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