Gwendolyn At 21 Months

Gwendolyn is 21 months old now, and I thought it was time for a quick update.

I feel like Gwen's speech has just exploded since I last wrote an update.  She says so many words, I have lost count, and she'll even combine two-word sentences now.  My favorite words from her are "more" (sounds like "mar"), "ice water" ("ICE! wah-er"), "pop-tart" ("pah-tert"), "Bible story" ("bie-bull sto-wee"), Wyatt (sounds about right, except super-cute - I can't explain it), and "Baby Clyde" ("bebe" *pause* "Ckg-lyde" - think German accent).  I also love how she answers questions with "yep".  I'm not sure where she learned that, but it's adorable.

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Gwen is in mostly 24 month/2T clothes now, though most of the pants are big around the waist - story of our lives.  I've been looking for the pants with the elastic and the buttons because then I can tighten them up for her.  She is really getting interested in her clothes, and she is particularly fond of leggings and shoes.  She desperately needs new shoes, so I think a shopping trip is in our future.  She also loves her hair bows, and sometimes she asks for one if I forget to put one in her hair.  I think she feels extra-pretty when she has a bow in her hair, because she always parades around the room after I put one in.

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She still plays with cars (the other day she had a car, and I picked her up to take her to her room, and she "drove" the car up and down my arm and head - complete with car sound effects), but she also likes playing with her baby dolls.  I can also tell she is gravitating toward pink things, so while I think she could be described as a tom boy in a lot of ways, she definitely has a girly side too.

She is such a little ham - she loves attention, and she hams it up whenever she knows people are watching her!  She knows how to steal the show.  I think this is a really good thing, since she is a middle child.  The other day, Derek was "wrestling" with Wyatt in the living room, and Wyatt was giggling and having fun - so Gwen goes over and tries to nudge Wyatt aside and says "my turn".  It was so cute, and I was glad she let us know when she needed a little more attention!  I try to make sure the kids each get equal time, but Wyatt and Clyde generally need more from me right now, so I think it's good that she can start to speak up for herself too.

She does so many cute things that I don't think I am going to remember them all, but favorites lately:
Spinning.  She'll just randomly spin in place, and it's so girly and cute.

Her blanket.  It must go with us everywhere, and she gets upset when I have to take it away to wash it.  She also gets upset if I try to spread her blanket over her in her crib - she likes it bunched up in a ball.

Her praying face.  When I say it's time to pray she slaps her hands together, gives this huge grin, tilts her chin up, and squints her eyes so they are not quite closed.  It is the cutest thing!  She also reminds us to pray when we forget, which I love.

Her singing.  She has started "singing" Jesus Loves Me with us.  Her word still sound a little gibberish-y, so the most noticeable parts are the  "me-e-e-e" and "so-o-o-o".  She looks so proud of herself when she sings with us, and it just makes me smile every time!

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Her "happy dance".  When she gets really excited or happy, she'll stomp her feet really fast and giggle, and it makes me laugh every time!

She is such a sweet girl, and I am so glad she is mine!


My Precious Gwendolyn,

You are growing so much, Baby Girl!  I am just loving this stage with you.  You are such an active toddler, but you have a little baby left in you. You have an independent side and you like to do things yourself, but sometimes when you are tired you just collapse into my lap and sit with me a while, and it reminds me that you still need me too.  You have so many special qualities, and I just love watching you grow and develop into the person that God made you to be.  I can't wait to see what He has planned for you!  You are amazing to me, Gwen-Girl, and I am so blessed to be your mama.

Love You Always, Baby Doll.



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HIS daughter said...

So so sweet!! I need a little girl just for the simple joy of hair pretties and pink lol :) So adorable hard to believe she is almost 2! :)

Michelle said...

So cute! This makes me want a little girl! : )

Hannah said...

Oh, so sweet! I love this. She sounds like the perfect little pal!

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