Monday, April 28, 2014


I can't believe I have a two year old, where has time gone?  I know, it's totally cliche, but while it seems like she's been around forever, two years just sounds so long ago (also means I've been out of the workforce just as long which I think makes seem even stranger.  it doesn't seem like it's been that long.

This post is pretty Baby Book in depth.  I'm sure more details and things mentioned than most people care to read, but it's really for my own archival purposes.  She's just so much fun, so communicative, and I love watching her imagination flourish.

Height:  32" (11%)
Weight:  24lb 5oz (18%)
Teeth: 16... just waiting on those two year old molars!
Clothes:  Mostly 2T
Shoes: depends on the shoe, fits in 5 or 5.5 perfectly.  Buying up.
Nickname:  Ashie (what she calls herself)


We've long moved past tallying her vocabulary, here are some of our favorite phrases, phonetical words, and language skills.

- "shum" : Mainly when Daddy is eating something, she asks "shum?"
- "geen" : green
- "nast-tics" : gymnastics
- "pat pat" : Little Einsteins
- "Dough-we" : Dori (Finding Nemo)
- "Memo" : Nemo
- "dee-ya" : quesadilla
- "nana" : banana
- "dip" : hummus
- "boo-bear-wees" :  blueberries
- "chalk-et" : chocolate
- "cawfee" :  Any liquid of mommy's
- "hoop" : basketball hoop, the basketball, or people playing basketball
- "mail" : cards, paper, boxes

Since her birthday (over a week now) she wakes saying, "Happy Birthday!" and then equates her birthday to requesting "donuts?"

If I ask someone a question or get stopped while out, she'll declare "lady" or "man" as soon as they walk away.

"Cheers!" for everything.  Before each meal we "cheers" our forks (usually twice).  She also will ask repeatedly through meals to "see?" to see what's in my bowl, cup, and even mouth.  She declare "DONE!" whenever anyone is finished eating.

She can count to ten, but if I ask her "how many?" she'll say "1, 6, 7"

Identifying everything by color.  Purple shoes, gold shoes, purple coat, blue binky, pink bink, blue spoon.  Anytime we go some where, like Red Store (Target), she points out the colors of everything.

Two.  She let's me know when there are two of something.  Two cups.  Two doggies.  Two school buses.  Or even better when driving the other day we saw a school bus which she yelled out "yellow school bus" and when the one behind it passed she said "'nother school bus".


Movies - Frozen and Finding Nemo

TV - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Sheriff Callie (cow-wie), Sophia the First, and "Hook" (Jake and Neverland Pirates)

Books - If You Give a Mouse books, Flora and the Flamingo, Green Eggs and Ham, and Teddy Bears Picnic

Toys - Cami (little mommy doll), Tea Pot and Treat Tower,

Food - Breakfast foods, all of them.  Eggs, french toast, cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, donuts, fruit.  Mac and cheese (with peas), pasta of any kind usually with veggies mixed in, casserole dishes, enchildadas, quesadillas, hummus, greek yogurt, egg salad, cheese, goldfish, animal crackers, blueberries,strawberries, raisins, bananas, kiwi, avocado.

Places - Playground, loves it. Asks to go every day.  Also enjoys story time where we can sing and get stamps and stickers at the end.  Music class where she gets to use egg shakers and drum sticks.  She even gets them and returns them on her own with no protest.  And starting to love gymnastics class, even though she's the youngest, I think (I would) that she listens to and follows the instructor better than the other children.  Also loves getting stamps at the end of this class.

People - Naturally mommy and daa-DEEEE are her favs.  Fiona (fona) and Hazel are her besties and she's learning to play and share with them.  And of course she loves all her grandparents (she's got six!)

Songs - Hello Song is requested daily.  Itsy Bitsy, Twinkle Twinkle, and Wheels on the Bus she'll sing along (as best she can with the majority of the words) and do all the movements.  See also "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

Activities:  Dancing, playing with her shadow, bubbles, baking (helping mix ingredients), running (gets excited when she's running), and slides at the playground.


If I ask if she wants to use the potty.
Getting her hair washed and dried
Brushing her teeth (will only do it if I do it too)
Diaper changes
Coming in from outside
Hunger (tantrumville, only throw tantrums when hungry... hangry like her mama)
Anyone who enters her bubble of personal space.


Bed between 7-7:30pm and generally sleeping through until 6-6:30am.  She'll stay in bed until her light turns yellow at 6:45am.   Naps around 12-2, sometimes earlier, and not always two hours, but generally stays up there until her clock turns yellow which is two and half hours after she is put down.  She normally hangs out with her crew - Bunny, Blank, Bink (which is not allowed out of the crib), Cat, Bear, Mira, Mickey, and Minnie.... oh and bathtime Sophie was added at some point last week.

Still in the crib and finally got a pillow a few weeks ago.  I gave her one from the guest bedroom and she was ridiculously excited.  I got an email from babycenter a week later saying that toddlers should only have tiny firm pillows or none at all, got freaked out, and now she has a time firm lumber pillow.  My pediatrician said it was fine for her to get one, so when we convert the crib to toddler bed and get her some new bedding I'll grab a pillow then.  We won't be getting a real bed until she is potty trained.


While she definitely grew more physically during her first year of life, her personality took off in the second.  She is so genuinely kind and loving.  She's never hit, bit, or had an act of true malicious or mean behavior, just the occasional playing too rough or doing something because she thinks it's funny and doesn't realize it's hurtful.  She's learning to share as best a two year old can, but we haven't experienced any crazy "mine" moments yet.  However, I know they are coming with Kenley's mobility!  She might not be a child prodigy (that we are aware), but she is so smart, putting things together I wouldn't expect her to and knowing a lot of basic toddler concepts (colors, shapes, numbers, big vs little, fast vs slow, etc).  I'm continually amazed how much she changes, how fun she is, and how fast time flies.  Most of all, how wonderful of a sister she is.  She is so infatuated with her little sister and is so sweet and gentle with her.  I can't wait to watch them both grow.  Here's to 2!


  1. Love all the detail... I like doing the same for Noah since it's so easy to forget. It's amazing how much their personalities grow this year. I find each day is different! Those monthly pictures are so cute and really show a transformation... I love having those to look back on too!

  2. Happy two! I'm in love with this age... They're just funny and amazing and sweet (until you try to wash their hair. What IS THAT?!). And I agree- lex is constantly saying things that blow. My. Mind. I love it!

  3. She is just the sweetest! Happy birthday! I love that she says "caw fee" for any liquid of yours haha. We run on coffee here, too. You have two beautiful girls!

  4. Adorable!! Love the monthly chair pictures. Wish I didn't slack in our second year.. :(

  5. Happy Happy 2nd Birthday Ashlynn! I love the pictures... it is truly crazy how fast they change in such a short time! She is absolutely adorable:)

  6. Happy birthday!! She is adorable as always!!

  7. Love the monthly pictures! It really shows how much she's grown. That's something I regret. I stopped the monthly photos at 12 months since Mason refused to sit still but now I super regret it.

  8. She's so big. I love seeing the updates. Happy Birthday Ashlynn!

  9. Happy 2!!! Love the pics in the chair and seeing how much she has grown. She is a doll!

  10. I can't believe she is two!! I am having a really hard time with two fast approaching. Looking at Ashlynn at 13 months to now at 2 is just amazing! They change sooo much in that short period of time!! I just love seeing her personality in the pics! Happy birthday Ashlynn!! (belated!)

  11. Happy 2nd Birthday to your cutie!!!


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