Abigail at 20 months

I haven't done an 'Abigail update' since she was 17 months old. At this point, that feels like a lifetime ago!
These posts are really more for Billy, my family & myself to look back on (and Abigail as well when the time comes) but I hope you all like reading them along with me :)

20-21 months is where we are at right now. And this might be weird to say, but I feel like I know Abigail better now than I ever have before. We totally jive, are in a great groove and she is communicating so well. I know what she needs even when her words don't make a whole lot of sense and for the most part, she listens really well when I ask her to use her words instead of just pointing and whining.

I like to do these updates when she hits a new 'milestone' or does something 'new', and this time is no exception. There are so many things to share!

Dear Abigail; 

- You sing! The first song you ever sang out loud was Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'. The first time it happened, your daddy and I weren't sure if it is was just a coincidence, so one night while we were making you dinner, we turned the song on and we all sat on the kitchen floor and shimmied while you sang the words! Your favorite is putting a lot of emphasis on the last words of each sentence and your favorite lyrics are 'this sick beat', which you nail. Every. Single. Time. Now, you sing the words to Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Shake it Off, Blank Space, Stay with Me by Sam Smith, Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Take me to Church by Hoozier. Quite the selection, don't ya think?

- Your manners are on POINT! Without reminding you, you say 'Please!' and 'Thank You!' at all the appropriate times. If daddy or I hand you something (usually applesauce) you say 'thank you'. If you want me to help you take off your shoes when we get in the car, you say 'off please mama'. It melts me every time. Whenever someone around you sneezes or coughs you immediately respond with 'bless you!' and when someone burps (daddy) you say 'sowwy', which we aren't entirely sure why... ha! We are really proud of you and how polite you are. You even thanked the kind gentlemen that held the door open for us at daycare tonight. I know he appreciated it too.

- You know your ABC's & you sing it in the car on the way to daycare every morning. And sometimes I think you are singing it in French, but I wouldn't really know ;) You can also count to 'firteen' which I'm not sure if its 13 or 14, but I do know it's adorable! 

- Speaking of daycare, you moved to the next room a couple of weeks ago. It was tough on both of us. Mommy didn't like seeing you cry everyday and I know you missed your old friends. But I'm confident you have found your place in your new room and you are having a blast! We are still working on letting mama leave in the morning and you are adamant that 'mama sits!' for a few minutes each morning while you eat breakfast. You also won't let me carry you into school anymore. The second we get out of the car it's all 'mama walk!'. You walk like a big girl all the way in, down the hall to your classroom.

- You throw epic temper tantrums. Whoa mama! Throwing yourself on the ground, kicking and screaming and usually we can't figure out why. You are a tad dramatic and it's confusing because I don't have any idea where you would get the trait from. #me

- You let us take away your paci about a month ago & it didn't even phase you. You were only using it to sleep at night and one night we decided to see what would happen if we didn't give it to you. And you went right to sleep! You only got it back once more (when we had to move you from nanna and grampy's house to our house one night) and haven't asked for it again. You make this whole parenting thing look easy, kid! 

- You're a picky eater. And it drives me crazy. But it shouldn't. Because mama is a picky eater too. Chicken nuggets, applesauce and yogurt are staples right now. Rice too. And smoothies. Which we pack full of fruits, spinach and peanut butter to make sure you are getting lots of all the things your little body needs.

- When we ask you if you know how much mommy and daddy love you, you throw your hands out to the sides and say 'THIS MUCH!' and vice-versa. 'How much does Abigail love mommy and daddy??' 'THIS MUCH!'

- One of your biggest milestones happened yesterday. Before we got you dressed for school, mama and daddy asked you if you wanted to sit on the potty (the regular, big person toilet as we don't have a kids one yet) and you said 'yes!'. So for the very first time you sat on it. We sat with you on the bathroom floor, giving you some pep talks and you seemed to really be enjoying yourself. And then I offered you FIVE whole jellybeans (dadellydeens, as you like to call them) if you went poo on the potty. And do you know what you did? You said 'OK' and then almost immediately delivered! We were so proud of you! You earned those jellybeans (& the major teeth brushing you got afterwards ;)..) And tonight, before bath time, I sat you on the potty again and you went pee. And then you got PISSED that I took you off the potty. You were having SUCH a good time!

You're pretty rad, girl. I think we'll keep ya!


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  2. She is so rad! And we will all keep her! She is so amazing! She reminds me of you more every day! 💗💗💗💗