Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Letter to (Nineteen Month Old) Ann Peyton

Dear Ann Peyton,

I know I say this every month, but it is unbelievable how quickly you are growing up! In less than six months, you will be a two year old. That baffles my mind and tugs at my heart.

You wear a size three diaper and mostly eighteen mo. outfits (you have a few twelve mo. dresses that still fit and some small twenty four mo. outfits that you're already sporting). We had a great visit with Dr. Denney last week and here are your stats:
Weight: 20 lbs 14 oz (5th percentile- woo who!)
Height: 30.25 in (10th percentile)
Head Circumference: 18.82 (80th percentile)
BMI: 16 (28th percentile)

You certainly think you're a big girl these days. You really aren't a fan of teeth brushing, but if you must do it, you want to do it yourself! You don't like anybody feeding you with a spoon much anymore and you're trying hard to learn to put your shoes and socks on without our assistance. You also grab your diaper and tell us immediately if you "tee tee". I know it's completely the norm for children your age, but everyone is always commenting on how independent you are, even people who have just met you. For instance, there was a lady painting Christmas ornaments with your class at Mother's Day Out recently and each child was taking a turn sitting in the teachers' laps so they could get their hand print put on the ornament. You were waiting patiently in a chair and when it got to be your turn, you just stuck out your hand. "She's very independent, isn't she?", the lady asked. And you are! I really hope that's something that stays with you a long time and, as you grow up, you don't give too much thought to what other people think of you and don't worry about following the crowd.

You have gotten feisty lately, as well! I think it's being around all the other children at Mother's Day Out, but your personality has gotten much stronger! You're one of the youngest and definitely one of the tiniest in your class and we joke that you have "little girl syndrome". That's okay, though, because Mommy had the same thing when she was a lifeguard and all the children were bigger than her!

I love your little personality, but I will say that with age, you have gotten more temperamental. I know that's also only natural and I try to keep everything in perspective. You usually have one extended fussy time during the day (right before nap time or late afternoon) and you throw a few fits each day when we have to tell you "no" or take something away. Like I said, that's normal, and I still consider you a very good-natured and easy going child.

Speaking of "no", that is one of your new words. We are trying to teach you that you don't say "NO!" when an adult asks you to do something.

You have started saying "Cookie" and "Minnie" and you can make the sounds of lots of different animals (a cow, a sheep, a cat, a mouse, a snake, and a lion). You have a book that asks "What do you say?" to each animal and at the end it asks what you say to a little fish. The answer is "Hello, little fish!". When we get to that part you exclaim "HI!" loudly. You are so smart! You also love reading one of Mommy's old books, Spot at the Fair, and making all the fair sounds- vrrrming, swooshing, and wheeing.

You also LOVE reading Nursery Rhymes ("The Incy Wincy Spider" and "This Little Piggie" are two of your favorites) and you know how to point to your ears, nose, teeth, eyes, belly button, hands, feet, and ELBOWS when we ask.

Anytime you find a play phone (you have three and there's one at school!) you pretend you're talking to your papa and say his name over and over.

We have started talking to you a lot more like a grown up at times (we still have our own little language for you, too, don't worry) and I find myself having short conversations with you throughout the day.

You are eating great and like lots of veggies and you LOVE fruit (apples, bananas, and pears). You also like turkey, cheese, and all kinds of bread. Your favorite thing, though, is "miii", or your milk.

You still sleep wonderfully, as well. You sleep twelve hours almost every night and take a good two to three (sometimes four!) hour nap almost every day. I hope you can teach your baby brother or sister a thing or two about that!

You've had some major milestones this month! You took your first airplane ride and you did fabulously! Mommy didn't ride on a plane until she was in college. You also said goodbye to your paci this month. You did a great job with that, too, and I don't think you really miss it all.

Every morning when I look in your crib, I see more of a little girl and less of a baby. Sometimes, I miss my tiny baby and I allow myself to be sad for a minute, but that never lasts long. You are too much fun and too precious right now! You are my little buddy now and you're the best companion ever.

Annie, we love you more than we could ever, ever express and we can't wait to watch you grow and learn even more! You are my sunshine!

Love,
Momma and Bapa (that's what you call Papa right now!)

P.S. Your outfit this month is an 18 mo.; Minnie did have to shorten the straps on it, though!




1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

She looks so grown, how did it happen so fast?