Here is what Maisie has been up in her 21st month of life.
We had family pictures taken a few weeks ago. She was in a HORRIBLE mood and cried almost the entire time. I brought gummy bears to bribe her with but she wasn’t happy unless she had one after another of them, so between her and Ryan the bag was gone in no time. The photographer was very patient and ended up getting some pictures of her smiling (or of her when she was chewing so that it looked like a smile)! Ryan was the same way with pictures when he was her age, so I know I have good days ahead of me at least!
Here’s a picture of her trying on clothes before the pictures .. we ended up changing the shoes she wore:
And here she is throwing a tantrum (happens quite frequently lately) because she was mad about having to try on the clothes:
Maisie and Ryan spent the night with Granny Joy two times this past month. Both times Maisie woke up around 1:30am and was up from 3-4 hours in the middle of the night. Mom said she wasn’t fussy, but just didn’t want to go back to sleep. I feel horrible for Maisie keeping her up that long on two different occasions.
Maisie is a little obsessed with washing her hands. She uses the little step stool to reach the sink and could stand up there forever and wash her hands/play in the water, if I would let her. I posted this on Facebook and her preschool teacher said she is the exact same way at preschool – always the first to want to wash her hands when it’s time to eat. She also mentioned that she loves to sing when she washes her hands at preschool.
She loves being ticked under her arms. Ryan calls it her ‘tickle spot’. She giggles and giggles and always comes back for more.
Maisie is finally getting better about getting her teeth brushed, but she always says ‘my turn’ and has to do it first, which usually consists of sucking all the toothpaste off.
Maisie has a very specific bedtime routine – she turns on her sound machine, turns on her heater, and turns off her light. If she doesn’t get to do all three of those things, she gets very upset. Micah then rocks here and lays her to bed. When I try to do the bedtime routine with her, it never works well and she ends up crying when I lay her down.
In the morning, I get her out of bed and she immediately wants down to turn off her sound machine and heater. Then she wants to turn on the light. After that she has to open the drawer of the changing table, get out a diaper of her choice (and if I try to help her in any way, she will put the diaper that I touched back in the drawer and get another one), and close the drawer. She has to hold her diaper when I’m changing her and she tries to get the tabs open. Sometimes it is near impossible to get her to hand me the diaper in a timely matter, but if I threaten her by saying I’m going to get another diaper, she will hand hers to me. She is so silly!
Maisie is so very independent. She almost always wants to put her own clothes on and, again, if I try to help she will take the pants/shirt all the way off and start all over. She also wants to put her own shoes on. All of this makes for a very interesting morning when we’re trying to hurry around and get out the door in the mornings!
She wants to pick out her shoes. One day she chose sandals and I refused. She then picked shoes that were too small and insisted on wearing them. Since we were in a hurry, I let her keep them on and had to take another pair to daycare for her to change into. When we got to daycare, she sat down in Mrs. CeCe’s lap, and had them changed without any issues!
And to top it all off, Maisie has to get in the carseat by herself, buckle the top strap by herself, and get out of the carseat by herself!
Maisie has all of her teeth except her four 2-year molars.
She chews on the corner of her blanket when she sleeps at night. It is always hard and crusty from where she chews it. Ewwww!
Maisie loves playing with my iPhone. Occasionally I will find self portraits or pictures of other things she has taken. I thought this one was pretty cute:
And I also find cute little notes sometimes. I translated this one to read, “Hashtag, hashtag I can’t wait for my birthday and for Santa to visit me. Go Hogs, Baaaaa, Go Hogs, Go Hogs, Go Hogs. I can’t wait for Easter, either!! What are all these numbers for? Hashtag My dad works at a hospital that is open 24 hours and I can’t believe my mom is only 30 years old! Remember to love me! I can’t wait to travel, go to castles, go to church, have 33 horses, and get married in a church. The 8, up, up, 7 has me puzzled but I will soon figure it out!”
Maisie loves wearing my shoes around the house.
She has a basket full of little toys in her bedroom. It’s her favorite thing to play with. She is always grabbing stuff out of it and toting it around the house. I loved how she had chosen the butterfly headband for a necklace and the diamond ring teether for a bracelet in this picture:
Maisie prefers to have no clothes on at home. She almost always wants her pants off after a diaper change and usually wants her shirt off, too.
She loves to sing. One day I could tell she was singing the Baby Bumblebee song by the hand motions she was doing. So cute! She also loves turning around and around in circles till she can no longer stand up!
Kaylynn and Ethan spent the night one Friday night. Maisie loved having Kaylynn here to tote her around. Kaylynn was able to brush Maisie’s teeth and get her ready for bed without a fight, which was a relief! The next morning, they were playing in this box outside. As you can tell, Maisie wasn’t too happy about being put in it!
Maisie had a blast at the Fall Festival at the church where she goes to daycare. I think her favorite part was the sucker she got. We went on a hayride and she was so relaxed sitting on Mrs. CeCe’s lap with her sucker and her friend Noah.
Cute pictures of Maisie and Ryan actually entertaining themselves. Maisie had so much fun putting the stickers on the paper.
Silly kids riding the deer together!
Maisie’s 21 month pictures weren’t too successful this month. She was in a bad mood because I took her unopened tootsie roll from her and told her she couldn’t have it unless she took her picture. Needless to say, she wasn’t happy about it. Here’s what the first few pictures looked like:
She finally got in a little bit of a better mood and I was able to get some with an almost smile. I have no idea what is on her shirt … I assume it’s her tears. And the bottom of her shoes also had something disgusting on them! Better luck next month!