I realized that with all of Oliver's monthly updates, I haven't updated about Penelope in a long time.
She is learning so many things everyday. She can say just about anything you ask her to. She even said "competition" on her first try. It's amazing how fast she picks up on things. I'll say, "go push your baby stroller." And she will run around saying, "Push stroller! Push stroller!" There was a commercial on TV for Doodle Bear and she said doodle bear for about two minutes straight. Her brain goes a mile a minute. We were outside and one of the cats walked under my dad's truck. She said, "Mom, kitty! Kitty! Car. Pop Pop car. Bye kitty! Dada? Bye Dada! Bye!" Because Josh had left for class about 20 minutes before.
She is very good at saying please and thank you and bless you. When she hands you something, she also says thank you.
I talk to her like an adult sometimes, thinking she doesn't understand me. But she does. Just today I was working on her party plans and went in the hallway to look at a table and said, "I don't think there's going to be enough room on this table for all the food." She grabs the front of the table which folds down and pulled it up to make the take bigger. She's so smart! Problem solved, Mommy!
She is such a great big sister! With her being so young, I was sure she would be jealous, especially since I hold Oliver so much to nurse him. When he cries she says, "Oli sad!" and will run over and kiss him. Sometimes I catch her trying to shove a pacifier in his mouth. Earlier I was walking Oliver and trying to get him to sleep and she ran up next to me with a doll in her arms and started rocking it saying, "Shhh!" She's adorable! When she sees me without him, she always asks where he is.
We are entering the terrible two stage where she's always saying no and mine. Her tantrums don't last long and usually she just throws herself on the floor and covers her face.
She is still in her crib and still in diapers. I have no problem keeping her in her crib as long as possible. Her toddler bed is right next to her crib though. She isn't easy to get to bed without a pacifier, so I know at this point, if we move her to a toddler bed, she would be running around her room until midnight. I haven't tried to really potty train her yet. I was waiting for Oliver to get a little older and more independent. Sometimes she asks for her diapers to be changed and when she had a dirty diaper I always tell her it goes in the potty and not in her diaper and she understand but doesn't tell us first.
She is small for her age. A few months ago, she was in the 6th percentile for height. She weighs 25 pounds, which is a little on the skinny side, but fitting for her height. She still wears 18 month clothes for now, but is slowly moving to 2T. Some fit her well, and some she is swimming in. But I haven't bought her any 18 month clothes in a while, so she mostly is stuck in summer clothes. I'm just going to have to cuff all of her 2T pants.
Her second birthday is in less than three weeks! We have already started practicing saying, "I'm two!" and holding up her fingers.
I can't believe how big and smart she is and she is so funny and such a joy to be around! :)