Molly turned two over the weekend. She did not ask me if she could, she just did it. RUDE. I am realizing more and more how precious these moments are while my kids are still little. And because I know they won't be little forever, birthdays make me a little sad. Yes, happy also, but a little sad.
My post about Molly last year when she turned one actually made me laugh out loud as I reread it. My how things can change. To make sure that there is no mistaking her for that child, I thought I would update that with facts about Molly at two years old. The party post will come (hopefully) tomorrow.
1. She has all her teeth except her two year molars. Molly is the child that has a terrible time with teething. She is cranky, runny nose, diarrhea, up at night, all of it. I am sad that I just learned about amber teething necklaces, as they might have helped.
2. While a month ago I would have described Molly as a human garbage disposal, that is not true anymore. It is crazy how dramatically her eating has changed these past couple of weeks. She has gone from my eat everything and eat as much as I can fit in my mouth child to my picky, non-eating child. She does love one food in particular right now, stroganoff.
3. While I once described Molly as laid back that is clearly not her disposition anymore. She has developed quite the active personality. I won't go so far as to use the word hyper....but I do believe that Molly might present me with the greatest challenges when it comes to parenting. Both my girls seem to have pretty strong wills. Wonder where they get it??? Must be their dad....HA.
4. Molly sleeping is mostly good. We do still have to lay her down before Isabelle as she has a hard time going to sleep if there are any distractions. We have to also make sure that none of the toys that play music or make noise are in the room at bedtime because if they are she will lay in there and play with them and never fall asleep. Her three favorites are the dog, the pig and a yo gabba toy. She does take a nice afternoon nap and will almost always sleep 3 hours.
5. Molly wears size 2T in clothes and size 8 in shoes.
6. Molly could be potty trained if we had the time to do it. Hopefully we will be able to take some time and get it done after Easter weekend.
7. Molly's favorite activity is still playing with her sister. Most of the time they get along great and play very well together. Occasionally we have a fight, or Molly hits (or bites) Isabelle and then Molly has to play by herself for awhile, but for the most part they do great together.
8. While Molly still isn't a huge fan of TV, she does like Gabba and Diego. Of course her sister now likes Dora and Sesame Street so we have to switch up what we watch from day to day.
9. Molly really isn't a mama's girl anymore. She isn't a daddy's girl either. She is pretty independent overall.
10. Disciplining Molly is our greatest challenge right now. While she used to be a child who immediately responded to just a look or the word no, she now pushes the limits and tests boundaries every day. She will look right at us while she does something she knows she should not be doing and then gives us a face like, "what are you going to do about it?" We have tried multiple forms of discipline and nothing seems to totally work. We thought the hitting issue was solved...and I guess it is, just now she bites. And while it is a challenge, we are lucky that the majority of the time she minds us.
11. So despite the fact that she is more independent and despite the fact that she has some discipline issues, she is still a sweet, sweet girl. She is constantly giving hugs and kisses and is way more of a cuddle bug than Isabelle.
12. I said it last time and I'll say it now.....at two years old Molly is still a constant reminder of God's faithfulness. Her first few days were kind of rough, but they have proved to be one of the greatest faith building experiences in my life. I am so thankful for a God who hears my prayers and is a healing God. Molly is a testament to His love.
Happy Birthday, Molly. I love you so very much and am so thankful to have you as my daughter.