Month in Review: January 2010

Well, here we are nearly 3 weeks since Carolyn turned 20 months old. But since it's only been nearly 2 weeks since the end of January, I'll call this the January Month in Review instead of Carolyn's 20th month. Whatever.
  • Grandma Moyer paid us two visits in the span of a few weeks. Carolyn has really warmed up to her, so much so that when she arrived for the second time, Carolyn went right to her and sat on her lap. They played tea party, built with blocks and read books (pretty much Carolyn's favorite things).
  • We're getting quite a bit of whining and backsass lately, and this can only mean one thing: The terrible twos are starting early. Watch out.
  • She's learning colors, numbers, shapes, and letters, and making excellent progress. There's the occasional mix-up between a K and an X or an A and an H, but I'd say she's got 80% of the alphabet down pat. As for colors, she knows all the major ones, and surprised us the other day by saying "amarillo" when we held up a yellow crayon. Muy bien.
  • Speaking of crayons, Carolyn likes to draw. A lot. She'll also frequently ask us to draw the following, nearly always in this order: An octopus, a turtle, and a fish. The other day, she took a yellow crayon, colored a little bit on a bagel chip, then ate it. As the commercial goes: I can't believe it's not butter!
  • We read lots of books, and Carolyn is really picking up on the key words in her favorite books. In some instances, she's able to recite nearly the entire book all by herself. See: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, That's Not My Fairy.
  • Her vocabulary is vast, and she speaks in full sentences. This doesn't always necessarily guarantee that what she's saying can be interpreted. However, most things she says are unmistakable. My personal favorites are: "No daddy, go away" and, as she said when she came into our bed in the middle of the night last night and crawled into Kristen's arms, "Mommy, you're the best."
  • This little girl is a dancing machine, and insists that "everybody dance" every night after dinner.

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