Sunday, August 26, 2007

She's two!

I can't believe Catherine is two. What I really can't believe is that when Ella turned two I had a four month old. Ella seemed so old in comparison. At two Catherine is still my baby even though she is growing up in leaps and bounds. She is definitely developing her talking. She talks alot. I still can't understand all of it, but it's becoming clearer and clearer. Sometimes she speaks in whole sentences that we understand completely. For example, at the mall last week Ella sat in the umbrella stroller that Catherine had been using. Catherine yelled indignately "That MY seat. Ella outa my seat!" Within the deMontaigne household Catherine communicates pretty clearly. For those not around her 24/7 it's just not so clear.

In general Catherine is a happy little girl (I had to refrain from writing baby.). She does tend to get a bit whiny and clingy with mommy which I'm trying to work on. She loves other kids and having people to run around with. She is a social butterfly just like her big sister.

She gets frightened easily. She loves dogs and cats and birds, but doesn't like other animals up close. A big crab washed up on the shore while we were there and she was not happy. A deer in our backyard had her so upset she laid on me and wimpered for a good 15 minutes. Of course most of you know that Ella doesn't like characters in costumes....well neither does Catherine. We recently had a run-in with the Chic Fil A cow and it was not pretty.

Catherine is a picky eater. Pickier than Ella was at this age which I thought would be impossible. Her favorite foods are cheese, yogurt, applesauce, peanut butter, chicken nuggets, pizza, mac n cheese, grilled cheese, any type of fruit, any type of sweet or goodie. She has such a sweet tooth. We were at Friendly's last night and the kids got their free sundaes. I had to match Catherine bite for bite because she really would have eaten the whole thing - it was pretty big, but she would have kept going as long as there was ice cream to eat. Below is a shot of her taking the cake eating process very seriously.

Catherine loves to dance. The picture below is her gettin' down. Lately the second she hears some music she starts doing a funny little bouncy-spin around the room-wiggle the butt dance.

I would say I don't know who she got her movies from but the other day Matt broke out into a dance that looked remarkably similar (minus the spin around the room part). She got a little "boom box" (for lack of a better word because it doesn't play tapes and it's not really a cd player either) that has a microphone as well. Definitely a favorite for her.

She also loves books, and coloring and play dough. She loves serving food from her play kitchen. She'll usually let you know that it's "hot" or "hot, hot, hot". She loves her baby dolls and animals and likes playing games with Ella which involved putting the babies to bed or carrying them around.

She loves loves loves her special blankie that she sleeps with. Sometimes she'll carry it around with her all day. It comforts her when she's sad or sleepy and I definitely have to sneak it away to wash it. Of course it's white so it needs washed pretty frequently. Last night she had it in the car with her and felt very strongly that it needed to come in to the restaurant with her. It was shaping up to be a potential tantrum until Matt bribed her with ice cream. Such is life around here.

Catherine is definitely in her terrible two's. She is very opinionated and does not hold back those opinions. She's started getting a bit aggressive with Ella when they are fighting over a toy. Her "weapon" of choice is biting but it's pretty rare and she has only ever bitten Ella.

One of my favorite aspects of Catherine is that she is a snuggler. She loves to cuddle and snuggle.

There is nothing wrong with her in this picture. She's just enjoying some relaxing snuggle time with mom. She is very sweet - quick to hug and kiss and show her love.

She loves to play dress-up with Ella. Catherine got two dress up kits for her birthday and they were open 30 seconds after the last people left. I think my kids are more comfortable in heels than I am....

The girls are gradually becoming good play mates. Catherine often will follow along with Ella's ideas and games and they tend to have more fun together than apart. Recently I took Ella away for a day and night to visit a friend and Catherine stayed home. I was worried Catherine would be lonely and be upset that Ella was gone and not know what to do with herself. Nope, Matt said she ran around the house and happily played with all the toys. As much as she loves her sister she didn't mind having a taste of being an only child.

One final thing I have to mention about Catherine is her love of sleep. I am so spoiled by her. She goes to bed around 8:15 and typically gets up around 9am. Now I don't know if she goes to sleep at 8:15 - many times she's up there talking, but completely content in her crib. Again, in the morning we go into to get her at 9, because it just seems like she should get up. She may have already been awake, just laying there, chillin' out. She takes one 2-3 hour nap a day. I usually put her down around 2pm, but if I need to get her down earlier, no problem. In the same way, if we're out, she has no problem going down late. She loves her sleep, but is completely flexible with it. It's a wonderful thing!

Her birthday party this year was a joint party with her buddy Nolan. It worked so well and it was so nice to share the planning and preparing with Renee - hopefully we'll do it again next year!

For more pictures from the party you can head to Renee's blog (hangin' with your naybor) or just click here.

So that's my Catherine. I am so blessed to have her in my life and I am so thankful that God gave me a second girl. It's amazing how He truly knows what is best for each of us and His plan is often so different from the one we think up. I'm so glad Catherine was a part of God's plan for our family.


Erin said...

She is just so stinkin' cute!! She looks similiar to ella, but something's different. i can't put my finger on it. both so cute!

renee marie kovalik said...

awwww, we love catherine!!! i love reading about all the things she's into right now, and so thankful that i know her well enough to have already known most of those things! :) .... i'm totally going to steal that idea for when Nolan turns 2.
happy birthday again catherine!!!

Jodie said...

Great post celebrating your baby, I mean, little girl, Megan! Just think, she's only 2 and you know all of those wonderful aspects about her. Keep up the Catherine celebrations throughout her life - she's going to feel so loved to know that you guys find her so special.

And are they technically babies until 2?? Just asking... I guess I still have 2 months then until Liesl moves up to the little girl category... Phew!

Nancy said...

I've checked your blog from a comment link on Chrissie's as well! Your girls are so adorable! Thanks so much for letting me know you stopped by and for your encouraging words. Please feel free to check back anytime.

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