Every single day there is some sort of comment exchanged between my husband and I about how big she's getting, how verbal she is, how crazy the 1st-2nd year (and beyond) transition is--and ohmygosh HOW DID WE MAKE THIS AWESOME HUMAN? It's true. We like her, a lot.
Lately, the second we get in the car Emeline requests music. Her most favorite right now is Call Me Maybe (can you blame her?), and girlfriend shouts it from the rooftops. The dance parties going on in my car right now? Well. They are pretty much amazing and hearing her sing "so bad...so so badddddd" just makes me giggle.
When Eme requests a Book or a Song, she always uses THE LONGEST LINE ever from said book or song when she talks about it. For example, I would just call Twinkle Twinkle--um, Twinkle Twinkle. Right? Well, she calls it, "TwinkleTwinkleLittleStarHowIwonderWhatYouARE!"--as a title. Her one bible story book? She calls it, "JesusLovesMeTheBibleTellsMeSO!!!!" It cracks me up because there are SO MANY WORDS coming out of her mouth just to tell me one thing. AKA: she talks. ALL the time. And lots of words.
"Enna-mine" is how she pronounces her name now. "Enna-mine needs boo-berries", "Enna-mine needs snack, peeasss". She knows that people call her Eme as a nick name, or Em, but when you ask her what her name is, she always, always, always says her full name as Enna-mine.
Speaking of names--she knows her full name, including last name--and it's SO stinking cute. "I'm Enna-mine Baaalllla!" She also says her sisters full name, including middle name AND last name--which cracks me up. Not to mention, out of the blue she will call Declan or I by just that. Declan & Katie. And then she giggles because she KNOWS that's not what she's supposed to be calling us. I kind of secretly love it, though.
Most people comment about how expressive Emeline is. I mean, it's true. Some of her expressions (like eye-rolling, sigh) aren't the best. But she does have some hysterical, silly faces that make people (and us) laugh daily.
I have a weak and sensitive lower back, and especially when pregnant. I often have my hands perched on my back because OW. I'm sore! And super pregnant. And so it looks kind of like my hands are on my hips, you know? Emeline has picked up on this behavior and I've caught her walking around with her hands on her hips all diva-like, and SHAKING HER BUTT hardcore when she walks. I seriously think she is mocking my waddling (which I really thought wasn't that bad). But the truth comes out in your 2 year old, people.
Often when she feels in need of a dance party (which is a lot), she tells me, "Moommmmmyyyyy, MOOSIC!" and then quickly follows that up with, "Shake your booty, shake shake shake!", obviously, accompanied by--ahem, some booty shaking and dropping it low. Needless to say, she is banned from her middle school dances already.
She looks forward to when Declan gets home from work every single day. She'll watch from the window to see his car, when he gets out, she'll knock on the window. He knows to look up & waves and then she runs to the inside stairs to greet him. She yells, without fail, EVERY single day----"DADDY, I MEESED (missed) YOU TODAY!!!!!"
It is freaking heart-melt city. On most days she just falls into his arms and gives an unprompted "I 'ove you daddy". I know it's one of the best parts of Declan's day--I mean, how could it not be?
I use the phrase, "Listen & Obey" often with Emeline when I'm giving her a clear direction. Sometimes, now, when I'll tell her to do something, even as simple as, "Come on, let's go downstairs", and she does it right away, she'll say with a huge, cheesy, grin, "I listen & obey!", all proud of herself. She uses positive reinforcement on herself. Ha. I can dig it.
Overall? I think this age so far has been pretty good to us. Challenging times come, absolutely--but it's speckled with so many amazing and funny little moments, it's hard not to smile. She is a cool, smart kid--and I'm certain every parent feels that way about their own (as they should).
Keep the good times rollin' little lady. We love you.