On October 13, 2018, my angel turned two years old. Can you believe it? How we got here so fast, I will never know. It’s a wonder I didn’t bawl like I did when she turned one. My beautiful, sweet, happy, smart child.
I am so proud of her. I walk around every day with a mountain of pride, singing “Shan’s womb R us.”
It seems it was only yesterday that I was marvelling at how tiny she was. So happy to finally meet the face of the human who moved about in my tummy for months and trembling in boots but ready to be her Momma. Now she has outgrown her baby look, is fiercely independent and wants little to do with our help (at least until she is frustrated).
The resident parrot is like living with a little mirror. She acts just like me in so many ways. My heart was so full this past weekend to see her smiling, happy and laughing the entire weekend. She had so much joy and acted so grown up, I fear I will blink and hear she is going off to college next year. She brings me so much joy.
While her birthday was on the 13th, my husband celebrated his on the 12th. We celebrated with a weekend at the Grand Bahia Principe. She was so happy and gleeful the entire weekend, my heart almost popped! Bringing my child absolute joy is something I think I have fast gotten addicted to, especially now that I can tell exactly what her reactions are.
Guys, where did two years gooo??! But enough about my emotions, Sio has consistently been ahead of her milestones since she was born. In fact, she has already hit most 3-year-old milestones.
That includes motor skills, physical emotions, cognitive (she’s especially smart here) and language. This is the milestones list from CDC for 3 years olds and how Sio compares.
Social and Emotional
- Copies adults and friends (All DAY! You can’t let her see anything)
- Shows affection for friends without prompting (Same as above. She’s aggressively affectionate.)
- Takes turns in games (Sometimes, lol)
- Shows concern for crying friend (And asks “U ok?” and offers a solid “hush” if you seem to have gotten hurt.)
- Understands the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers” (Hmmm, I’m not sure she understands the words, but she definitely understands the concept.)
- Shows a wide range of emotions (My goodie been like this from before one, lol)
- Separates easily from mom and dad (Easily is relative, she may cry for a few seconds depending on her mood, but she understands the phrase “Soon come.” means you will be back shortly.)
- May get upset with major changes in routine (Not upset per say. She adjusts within a day or two, as soon as she figures out the corresponding things to what’s at home. Like where she’s to go to brush her teeth or get her bottle.)
- Dresses and undresses self (She changes her own pee filled diapers. Does that count? Haha)
- Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps (Yes)
- Can name most familiar things (Yes)
- Understands words like “in,” “on,” and “under” (Yes and up, down, out, inside,etc.)
- Says first name, age, and sex (Knows and says her full name (all 5). She says age and sex when prompted.)
- Names a friend
- Says words like “I,” “me,” “we,” and “you” and some plurals (cars, dogs, cats). (Says plurals but not I, me, we, etc.)
- Talks well enough for strangers to understand most of the time (Her one-word sentences usually get the point across.)
- Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences (She tries. Usually the middle words are a blur, but one or two words in there helps you figure it out.)
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
- Can work toys with buttons, levers, and moving parts (Not toys, everything! Just last night she turned the fan on when she got hot. If her tablet battery dies, she will plug it in!)
- Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people (Somewhat with her “baby” (doll))
- Does puzzles with 3 or 4 pieces (Nah)
- Understands what “two” means (Yes)
- Copies a circle with pencil or crayon (Yes)
- Turns book pages one at a time (And demands a “story” when she brings the book she wants you to read)
- Builds towers of more than 6 blocks (I’m not sure, she builds with them though thing she enjoys taking them apart more.)
- Screws and unscrews jar lids or turns door handle (Definitely)
- Climbs well (Done)
- Runs easily (Done)
- Pedals a tricycle (3-wheel bike) (Haven’t tried)
- Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step (Done)