Last month Aviana turned two. Wow.
At two years old she surprises me every day. She is going through a language explosion right now. She says new words completely out of the blue so we have to be careful now about swearing! One day she just randomly started counting to 20. She knows her abcs and can read some of the letters. Again, randomly she started pointing out letters. Suddenly I felt underprepared for her learning to read. She speaks in 4 or 5 word sentences and has memorized many nursery rhymes – her favourite being twinkle twinkle little star and incey wincey spider. She also knows all her colours – she impressed the doctor at around 21 mths with all her colour knowledge!
One of Aviana’s favourite hobbies is reading. Some nights we can end up reading her 5 or 6 books before bed or even more if she is allowed to. She is not picky over her books and will read them over and over so that she can memorise the story and join in the reading. One day she started recanting the Christmas story! Some of her favourite books are all her Julia Donaldson books, including the Gruffalo, and some recent favourites are ‘The Pout Pout Fish’ and Sparkle the Unicorn.
Aviana’s favourite toy is her kitchen (she calls it her kitchen disco – another good book BTW!) followed probably by duplo, play doh and stickers. She is insanely good with stickers and is quite a perfectionist with them, they have to be just right.
Aviana likes to help us out in the kitchen – she has some steps so she can reach the surface, although she is still a little too short. She rather enjoys making a cake and helping daddy with daddy pancakes. She will also help load the dishwasher!
Aviana LOVES going to the Little gym, swinging around, roly polys, dancing around on the mats, just learning new gymnastic skills in general.
She also loves going to the zoo, playing in the park (particular the swings, she could swing easily for half an hour without stopping if she was allowed to).
Her favourite TV shows are pocoyo (narrated by Steven Fry and he is brilliant!) and baby bum….she can also be distracted with pretty much anything on the TV if she were allowed to be, which we discovered on our family trip back to the UK recently! (THANK YOU NETFLIX!!!!)
Things Aviana doesn’t like to do….in typical two year old fashion – get dressed, get undressed, have her hair dried with the hair dryer, going out in the cold, eat too many types of vegetables (she currently eats frozen peas, corn on the cob/sweetcorn/cucumber and raw carrots-kind of). She is also quite shy and reserved until she knows a place and person.
Aviana sleeps from around 7.30 PM to around 6-7AM with the odd occasion beyond 7 (of course that’s the day we have to go to work), she naps for around 2 hours but can survive without a nap – bedtime is just ugly. I would say overall she is a good sleeper and we are very lucky that she is easy going to get to sleep (thus far!)
She still has her last 4 molars to come through although I suspect she has been teething these for well over a month now, perhaps even longer than that. She is not so great at brushing her teeth…it is the one thing that she has complete and utter control over. Having said that, the dentist said her teeth are very good (particularly as she is thumb sucker). I wish there was some easy way to get her teeth clean!!!!
Hmmmm what else can I say about this girl? Her sense of humour is wicked, something definitely taught/inherited by Chris. Sometimes it’s hard to not laugh when she does something she probably shouldn’t be doing because she does it in such a hilarious way! This age is so much fun (minus the tantrums).
Photo credits to Max Turner