Oh, Kitty Cat Doll. I got her for M when M was just a few months old, and she started sleeping with Kitty Cat Doll around five or six months. It’s been true love ever since. But it’s been especially intense lately! For a long time, KCD stayed in M’s bed all day long. When M woke up, I’d tell her to leave Kitty Cat Doll so we could let the dogs out or go get lunch, and she’d quite gleefully toss KCD down onto her bed. Now, if I suggest that, she gets upset. KCD sticks with her through most of the day. I can usually convince M to leave her inside when we go out, and if she comes with us in the car, she has to stay in the car while we’re in the store/restaurant/wherever. But they’re glued together at home!
Other cute M things, since she’ll be 21mos this week:
– I asked if I could give KCD a kiss on the nose, and once I had, KCD had to give ME a kiss on the nose.
– There’s a book we read before bed when we’re at my parents — it has a little horse finger puppet attached, and one page says, ‘I graze on grass and crispy apples.’ The last few times we’ve read it, M has pretended to pick one of the illustrated apples and feed it to the horse. Then, since I make ‘yum yum’ noises as the horse ‘eats’ it, she picks another imaginary apple and tries eating it herself.
– M really loves the chickens. We always head straight to the coop when we go outside now. I let the chickens out, and M tries to give them hugs and kisses. She hasn’t figured out that the chickens are interested in the same things as Nova, so she tries to give them balls and sticks. They’ll usually give them an exploratory peck or two, which delights her.
– She likes to talk on her toy phone. I can always tell when that’s what she’s doing because her ‘phone’ voice is different than her usual babble. She leaves pauses for the ‘other person’ and everything. And she’s figured out how to hold the phone between her chin and shoulder as she talks. She wouldn’t have seen me do that, as I only ever talk on my iPhone, but a girl has figure out how to keep playing even while she’s on the phone! Clearly, imaginary play is a big component of our days now.
– M loves, loves, loves swimming! I bought a pack of tickets to the ‘local’ outdoor pool this year instead of doing parent-tot swim class, and it’s been far more educational for M. My mom bought her a floaty ring things, and M just started kicking away with her feet as soon as I put her in it. She’s becoming really comfortable in the water and is starting to figure out that you can’t just walk in until it’s up past your head.
– M is also very social with other kids. Reserved around adults, but totally excited when she sees another kid. She’ll usually run up to them and squat, with her hands on her knees — her ‘Hi! Let’s play!’ posture. And if she gets really excited, she has to lie down on the floor. I have no idea why, but it makes sense to her.
– She’s still a little behind with her speech, but she knows a lot of signs from her signing videos. There are some I didn’t realize she knew until she started doing them without any prompting! She tries to repeat more words now as I talk to her, and her confidence is building. I feel like she’s gaining momentum now and will really burst into speech soon.