Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fiona - 2.5 Years

Fiona is two-and-a-half years as of January 21. She has developed a lot the last six months and has really grown into her role as big sister. We see her tender heart everyday when she brings Eloise toys or insists that Eloise be brought into our bed in the morning for cuddles. She will tell us, "I really, really love my baby sister, Eloise."

Fiona talks a ton now, often in full sentences. She can sing the ABC song and can identify many letters individually in her ABC puzzle. She can also pull out the letters in her name, although she doesn't always put them in the correct order (sometimes she also adds a "Y" to "F-I-O-N-A"). She knows many of her colors. Fiona can confidently count to 12 but then gets a little mixed up in the teens. She loves to sing and will often start a song and then will stop and ask us, "Know that song?" We say this is her first joke that she sings the song, "Doctor, Doctor, tell me the news. I've got a bad case of loving you" except she changes it to, "Doctor, doctor, tell me the news. I've got a bad quesadilla!" Then she laughs hysterically. (We think it's pretty funny which eggs her on.)

Speaking of which, Fiona has a quirky sense of humor. We drive by a snowman that some neighbor kids built, and she will tell me, "I want to knock that down." Or we were at the museum the other day on the 3rd floor and could look down through an opening to the 1st floor, and she reaches down for her shoe and says, "I want to throw my shoe down there." Or today we were at a tacqueria for lunch, and Fiona reached over and smeared bean on Chris' hand and asked dryly, "Do you like that, Dada?"

Her favorite toys right now are puzzles, a Melissa and Doug school bus she got for Christmas (it has a little wooden bus stop, which she calls a "bus-stopper"), magna-tiles and books. She loves to read books and will sit on the floor and flip through stacks of them. Chris has been taking her to the library once a week to get new books so we don't continue to drop a fortune on new ones. Fiona also loves to look at pictures and point out everyone. Her favorite TV show by far is Dora the Explorer, although she will begrudgingly watch Super Why or Thomas the Train for short stints.

Fiona is very loving and will give us hugs and kisses frequently. Her favorite person is probably Eloise, though. She's also doing better with sharing when her cousins or friends are at our house.

One last tidbit: Today she told me on the way to school that tonight she both Chris and me to pick her up from school. Then she wanted to go to the library and then to the pool. When we get back home, she would eat Mac 'n Cheese and strawberries at the table, and then we would go downstairs in the basement where she would eat cake and watch The Three Little Pigs. I love that little girl and her idea of the perfect day.

A few pictures, including the first in which Fiona is doing something she loves: taking Chris' deodorant out of his gym bag and smearing it on herself.

Good times with Fiona
A little song by Fiona right as we were heading out the door (she insists on putting her hat on backwards).


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