That's right people, only 2 more months until she's TWO!! And just so I don't forget, here's what she's doing at 22 months:
She doesn't have a "lovey"; however, she carries around figurines from MMCH (usually Mickey & Minnie.) Always one in each hand. She's knows all of the character's names (even Pete) and we don't go anywhere without at least two of them.
Words: she definitely repeats more and more and has even said a couple of full sentences ("Where did she go?" when I leave the room.) She likes to press the answering machine button and says, "No messages!" Other words are please, up, uh-oh, oh no, yeah, ok, no, stuck, 'Abba' = Yo Gabba, Hi, Bye (she stretches this out to 2-syllables 'Bye-eeee'), car, momma, dadda, eddie, dog, pig, cat, snack, milk, moon, book, baby and basically anything you ask her to say she will (if she feels like it.) Mostly she just babbles as if she's talking in complete sentences and it is SO funny to hear. Sometimes it sounds like she's singing and people in the grocery store always tell her she's a great singer, lol. Speaking of singing, she definitely tries to sing songs and you can identify them by her tone and a few real words. Her two favorites are 'Tick-tock, tick-tock it's time to fix the cuckoo clock!' and 'All aboard the choo choo train.'
She loves her dance class. She's by far the worst listener though, lol. She wants to be up all the time, moving, dancing, and singing. While we're all on the floor stretching and making "sunshines" with our hands, she loves the dance around in the middle and just grin at all of us. Oh well, she's the youngest one in class and every week she seems to get better and better. She's having fun which is all that matters to me! I'm taking her to get her pictures taken in her ballet outfit...she's so adorable!
She definitely asserts herself and will cry and kick her little feet if we take her away from something she's doing (jumping on the couch) or if we take away something she's not supposed to have. But this is pretty rare because we are very lenient about bringing toys in the car or into her crib (she falls asleep right away, no sleeping problems what so ever) and our house is very open and kid-friendly. She plays so nicely with her friends and cousins and she loves playing with the dogs. She's just so happy and content, it makes me happy just watching her.
No back teeth yet but I'm sure they're right around the corner. Her hair is growing in beautifully (the blonde curls are to die for!) and even though her diet hasn't changed at all, she's healthy (and pudgy in all the right places!) She eats toast, pancakes, oatmeal w/fruit, apples, bananas, yogurt, pizza (esp the crust), PBJ, and grilled cheese. We still offer her some of our dinner every night, but she always refuses.
She's still a stickler for routine...in bed by 7:30 and a 2-3 hour nap every day. She loves our family kiss and family hug. When you ask her to "be nice", she softly caresses your face with her hand and she gets the most thrilled look on her face. She gives high-fives and fist bumps (complete with an exploding sound effect!) She loves to read and we have so much fun pointing at and naming pictures. She's crazy fast at puzzles and loves to dump them over when she finishes. She is so good at playing by herself, she can sit and play with her toys for the longest time. Then she finds something else and plays some more.
She's just generally awesome, as all kids are at this age. It just amazes me to see how they are each developing and growing. She's very lucky to have so many friends and cousins around her age.
Time to start planning a birthday party! I'd love to hear what toys your toddler enjoys playing with or what you plan on buying for Christmas.