Today Violet is 21 months old, 3/4 of the way through her second year of life. She is just a few months shy of becoming a 2-year-old. A 2-year-old! I can hardly believe it. One of the most obvious changes in her lately is her language blossoming at an ever increasing rate, which is super-fun and such a joy to see. She calls her sister "DRACE" and her dad sometimes "WOBBER" and herself "BABY!" I'm not sure what she thinks the word Violet means yet; maybe she thinks it is a call to attention or what I say when she is supposed to stop what she's doing. She still says "AT-CHOO" for thank you and if you thank her, she says, "YOO WELCOME." If she is looking for you, she will warble, "WE-AW-YOO?" and if you tell her you love her, she will respond, "I-UVOO." One of her latest words is elephant, which she pronounces something like "APPLE-FANT". She puts together little two-word sentences, such as "other eye" and "Daddy shoe".
She is obsessed with shoes and socks, and she has a deep fondness for keys. She declares things to be "MINE!" with said item clasped to her chest with both little hands. She sings warbly approximations of songs from our favorite CDs or the alphabet song. She is such a climber, deeply motivated to scale the heights of the fireplace mantel or the dining table or the basement stairs or whatever else presents itself. She gets so upset about being thwarted (an unfortunately common occurrence, given her predilections) and sometimes throws herself face-down on the floor upon being foiled. Strangely, this is not the prelude to a tantrum; she lays quietly face-down on the floor for a few moments, then gets up and wanders off to do something else.
The past few months have been a time of great transition for our family, moving from Texas to Utah, and now from this rental to a house of our own. One transition for Violet has been moving from a crib to a toddler bed. Our crib was damaged in the move and rather than buy another one with the money our moving company reimbursed us with, we bought this toddler bed (so cute! I really like it). Moving to a toddler bed has been so nice; it's so much easier to get her to go to sleep when I can cuddle with her, nurse her a little, and be physically close to her as she is dozing off. Maybe I am coming around to the realization that we are not a crib family, and perhaps for baby #3 we can get away with moving straight from the bedside cosleeper to this toddler bed. No crib-- I'm a total hippie, aren't I? Anyway, we also put Violet in her new little toddler bed in the same room with Grace, which has gone smoothly so far. It is awfully adorable to see both of them sleeping away just a few feet away from each other.
Of course, there's not much about Violet -- sweet, funny, adventurous, driven Violet -- that isn't adorable.