Goodness, where did the baby girl go? Just one year ago, she had that chubby, squishy baby face and chubby baby arm rolls and whispy, barely-there baby hair. Now she is a tall, skinny, chatty, curly-haired kid, with heaps of opinions and preferences and quirks. And a healthy helping of stubborn.
When she decides that she is sleeping at my mom's house, she holds my face in her little hands and says, "Ohhh, you sad, mama... It okay. I'll be back tomorrow morning and then you'll be happy."
"I don't like that!" is the most oft-heard phrase these days. Followed closely by, "Let's have some ice cream."
After a few months of moderate success, we are currently experiencing a potty-training rebellion. Whenever I suggest sitting on the potty, she sighs and says, "Just change my diaper, ma."
She likes to point out all the things that Owen can't eat because "He have no teeth." In fact, he has six.
Like all toddlers, she's an eerily astute observer and mimic of adult behavior. Never before has it been so important to set a good example. Or more difficult. It is humbling to have all your bad behavior mirrored back to you on a daily basis.
For example, how do I teach love and respect and awe for all animals when she witnesses me on the back deck yelling and cursing and flapping my arms like a madwoman at the very indifferent deer who is trying to suck tomatoes through the "deer-proof" netting on my vegetable garden?
She gets so excited when I start making something for her. She asks over and over, "Is it ready? You're making it FOR me?" This dress is the Kyoko pattern from Modkid. My plan was to make it out of a light, summery floral fabric. But when the pattern showed up in the mail, Juni fell in love with the example on the front of the envelope. She insisted that I make her a dress just like that one. With the birdies.
The power of choice - it is an incredible thing for a two-year-old. Lime green wouldn't have been my first choice, but the fabric is pretty and she's thrilled that she got to pick what she wanted. "You made this FOR me? This nice, nice dress? I love it! I looking like a movie star!"
(Fabric is from the Flora and Fauna line by Patty Young for Michael Miller)