Lily 2.5 Update

Miss Lily is just a little over 2.5 years old now. She is perhaps the smartest, most awesome little creature who I’ve ever met. It is truly a great pleasure to be in her life, let alone be her mother. I think she has been “here” before. Her eyes are full of wisdom, her thoughts are full of knowledge. She is continuing to read a lot of books, and she is enthused to do it herself.

This morning, we noticed she was reading the dedications page of one of her children’s book. We never read those pages to her, of course, so it couldn’t have been memorization. She sounded it out, word for word, and pointed to each word from left to right, up to down. She mispronounced a few words but she tried to sound them out. We were both so stunned we just stood there silently and watched her go till she was finished. I didn’t have time to get the video camera out! When she was done, she looked up at us and beamed her most proud smile. And then she said, “Daddy and Mommy, you are both so proud of me!”

Darn straight we are!

Miss Lily is all about princesses right now. She loves her fairy tales, and particularly all her Disney movies. She knows them inside and out, and sometimes she dresses up and plays “princess.” There was a brief period a few weeks ago when she demanded to be called “Princess.” Not Princess Lily, not Lily, “Juuuusstt Princess.” Daddy was her “prince” and I was the “queen.” For a little while there, I missed being “Mommy” and no matter how much we talked to her about it, we stayed “Queen” and “Prince.”

I am glad to be Mommy again. It’s the hat I wear with most pride.

Miss Lily just finished her first full dance class. She loved being in dance class, and better yet, she was one of the only two girls out of the whole class who could follow directions so well and listened to what the teacher wanted all the toddlers to do. She was twirling and tip-toeing and dancing and leaping. She is going to be a little dancer, methinks. In the beginning of April, she and I will be starting our first mommy-and-tot yoga class, and she will be in her first dedicated ballet class as well.

Miss Lily has been day time potty trained since that weekend when we trained her with her little bare bum running around the house for two days. Since then, she’s been working on being night time potty trained as well. She has insisted on not wearing her pull ups at night. Sometimes she would go for a whole week waking up dry, by waking herself up at night to go potty and then holding the rest till morning. However, there are those certain times here and there when she sleeps through and has accidents. They are getting fewer and farther in between. For about a week last week, I woke her up at about 1am or 2am so she can go potty. It promptly lasts about 2 minutes because she gets up, she goes, then proclaims drowsily, “There. Now I can go back to bed…” and trots clumsily back to her bed. For the past couple of nights, she’s requested that I don’t wake her up so she can wake herself up. I’ve agreed to do that because she is the sweetest, most self sufficient little angel ever. I told her she should try to wake up to go potty, but if she has accidents, it’s okay and we can just start again the next night.

Miss Lily talks nonstop from the time she wakes up to the time she goes to bed at night. She is affectionate and although she likes her independence and is a free spirit, she also loves her cuddles and she listens very well. I’ve taught her the 1-2-3 count a few months ago, and it only took two tries for her to understand that she does not want me to get to 3. I always tell her what happens at 3 (“If I get to 3, I’m going to come over and carry you myself.” etc.), so she always knows what to expect.

She also gets her feelings hurt very easily when she feels we’re upset with her. She bursts out into tears and says sobbily, “Sowwwyyy…” Sometimes, she’ll even add, “You will always love me even when you’re mad at me. *sniff*” Of course, it’s extremely hard to stay mad when your little girl’s heart is breaking because you’re mad. :P

On with the photos…

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