Zoe and the 2’s

June 26, 2009

We are all about the number 2 in our house right now: 2 boys, 2 girls, 2 dogs, and Zoe is now 2-years-old!  It’s hard to believe that 2 years ago, Kirk and I became a family of 3 with the addition of Zoe into our lives.  Since then, life has been one big blur of sleepless nights (in the beginning), lots of giggling and tickling, watching Zoe grow up into an adorable (I know, I’m biased!) 2-year-old toddler, and the addition of our 4th family member, Cole!!

Zoes bday  partyTo celebrate her birthday, we invited a few friends and their families out to dinner at Luisa’s Pizzeria, one of our favorite places to eat.  It was actually the first place that Zoe had true “solid” food in the form of pizza crust!  <Zoe and her friends: Kate, Aston, Mia, and Maisie.  Photo courtesy of Anne.>

Here’s a clip of Zoe blowing out the candles on her birthday cake.  Thanks to all the families that joined us!  We had a blast!

Here are the 2-year milestones:

On the Move: Like most 2-year-olds, Zoe is constantly one the move.  She continues to enjoy running and has become very proficient at jumping (including jumping off of the sofa. well, attempting…).  Her favorite mode of locomotion at the moment is galloping.  Also, she has become a little monkey; climbing up, over, and through anything that looks of interest as well as hanging off anything that looks like it can be hung on (i.e. towel racks). 

IMG_2356  Our little monkey hangs from the “high” bar at gymnastics.

Talk, talk, talk: I really think that’s all she does these days, and not just little one word phrases.  She loves to tell me about everything she hears and sees (she’s a bit of a tattletale on Cole, especially with the spit up).  She’s also beginning to remember which way to go when we get near the house – I hear this little voice from the back seat saying, “This way…” or “That way…” and pointing in the correct direction to get home.  Like some of her other friends, she’s beginning to tell stories as well.  The other night, she saw a picture of an owl in a book, and she promptly began telling me about the big owl that she saw in our dogwood tree in the backyard.  Sooo cool…   

Eating: Finally… the girl is eating protein and the occasional veggie!!!  Hooray!  Zoe LOOOVES hot dogs and is now eating the occasional chicken nugget, fish stick, bologna, and turkey.  She also has discovered corn, black olives, pickles, and spinach (cooked, on pizza).  I am sooo glad her plates are beginning to look a little more balanced…

IMG_2622 Zoe and her corn on the cob.

Smarts: Zoe can now “sing” several songs; her current favorites are: Rock-a-bye Baby (Rock Baby Tree), Jesus Loves Me, and Happy Birthday.  She knows the difference between one and two of something.  She’s beginning to learn about big versus little (big bite versus little bite and big doggie versus little doggie) as well as prepositions (up, down, over, under).  She knows when someone is being silly and will tell you that you’re silly, and she’s beginning to make up little games of silliness, such as taking a little bite of something and saying big bite when she knows it’s a little bite.  Her imagination is really soaring these days as well.  She was given a Kai-lan (cartoon character) doll recently, and she promptly began “talking” to it and then going over to her mini kitchen and cooking up some sort of meal that she gave to the doll.

IMG_2256A “game” that she thought was funny.  Not really sure what it entailed, but it made me laugh.

I Do It: Not only does she say this about just about everything; she really does help out quite a bit.  She loves to scoop the dog food into Ollie’s and Zeke’s bowls at mealtime to the point she has mini tantrum that she doesn’t get to help.  She loves to help put her clothes on, take them off, and put them in the laundry.  And, apparently, she helped put back all of the books on the shelves at the YMCA ChildWatch the other day.  Now, if this helpfullness lasts through her teenage years with more involved chores, it’ll be great!!!

Princess Traits: This category is not meant to be a compliment.  Zoe is beginning to act like all other toddlers – she has recently been heard saying, “Hit mommy, Zeke, Ollie, etc” and then promptly hits the designated target.  She also likes to throw herself backwards and attempt to run when picked up against her will (usually at nap time or bed time).  She’s beginning to become prissy – she doesn’t like sand in her shoes or to walk barefoot on sand, and when she falls she’ll go running to the nearest adult for them to wipe her hands off.  Also, she is now a whining pro.  Luckily, we don’t really get the full tantrum melt-downs where the kid will throw themselves on the floor and kick and hit the floor.  Well, not yet anyways…

So, there you have it.  Our love for Zoe and all things related to the number 2!  Zoe, I really can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year… Happy 2nd Birthday, big girl!!

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This past weekend was spent in St. Augustine, FL with the Bradley family.  We had a great time visiting with everyone, and Zoe had a blast meeting all of her cousins.  Pretty much, we played games, went swimming, and celebrated my nephew, Reese’s, 5th birthday!

 

Zoe, Amy, and Aunt Katie (matriarch of the family)

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe and her cousin, Abbey

 

 

 

 

(L to R): Amy, Zoe, Kirk, Melanie, Davis, Jimmy, Nancy, Reese, Kyle

Other things going on around here:

Zoe has decided to become a full-fledged toddler and loves the 3 main things toddlers do: eat, climb, and push things around.  The eating was already solved, but to help combat the climbing onto things that aren’t so safe (like the stone hearth in the family room) and to keep her from pushing the chairs and bar stools around, we bought her a couple of new toys.  One is a grocery cart, which she loves.  Not only can she push it around, but she can also take things in and out (another toddler fascination).  The other toy is her 1st chair. 

Zoe chilling with bunny. (And yes, she drags her “animal of the day” into the chair with her!)

Zoe’s 1st birthday coincided with Father’s Day this year.  Everything was kept pretty low-key: cards for the daddies in the group, cake and a few presents for Zoe.  It took awhile for Zoe to figure out that she could get down and dirty with the cake, but once she did, she had a ton of fun!

 

Zoe and Kirk watching the Bellagio fountains show. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Watch out cake; here I come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmm…I’m not so sure about this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy, that cake is really yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

BTW. that is a bruise you see under Zoe’s left eye.  She decided to “walk” (really lunge) into the coffee table and misjudged the distance.  So, instead of grabbing the edge with her hands, her cheek decided to try and grab instead.