Cameron is 21 months!

21 months old! Just 3 more months until she turns 2! So hard to believe.

The changes we see in Cameron are daily now. Every single day she is talking more, learning more and doing more. She’s so much fun to be around. She has a personality that is hard not to love and a smile that brightens my every day. She is truly the light of our life.

It’s hard to even keep track of all of her words now. She can repeat just about anything and is starting to put simple 3 word phrases together like, “I did it.” There is still a lot that she says that we cannot understand and these are usually more like conversations than just words.

Counting consists of : “one, two, five, eight, nine, ten” for this month.

Colors she knows and recognizes: yellow, red, green

Shapes she knows and recognizes: star, heart

Her animal vocabulary is branching out too and including more than just everyday domestic and farm animals.

Cameron’s appetite this month has been minimal. She’s still super picky and hardly eats unless it’s fruit or tomatos and occasionally something like applesauce or yogurt.

A new thing for her is loving everything turned on. She wants all the fans in the house on, along with lights in whatever room we go to, in the car and all the vents in bathrooms etc. “Fan on” and “light on” are words we hear several times a day now.

Here’s a cute video of Brian & Cameron on a walk together.

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A question I get every day. Does Cameron have any idea that she’s about to have a baby sister? The answer plain and simple, no. We do talk about it, she does see that I have a rather large belly and she knows that her room is right next to the baby’s room and full of fun baby things. But does she actually have a clue? No way. She loves babies and everywhere we go that she sees one she wants to get close. Our next door neighbors have a 3 month old that she likes to look at but she gets a little shy when she hears him cry. I’m not sure there’s any way to really explain to a child her age that a baby is going to be coming and living with us and be a part of our family. We pray for the baby every night with her and refer to the baby by her name. I do, however, feel that Cameron will adjust with minimal difficulty to the baby’s arrival. I think she’s going to love helping and is going to be very affectionate with her little sister. And my prayer is that one day our two girls will be very close and a comfort and security to each other.

Cameron’s school. We are in our 3rd week of class now. And Cameron just finished her 2nd upper respiratory infection. Icky nasty snotty runny nose, congestion, and sneezing every 2 minutes. Something she’s never had before but we know comes with the territory of being around lots of other children. I’m sure there are plenty more colds and viruses to come. Brian and I are really hoping we can be diligent enough with keeping the germs away from the baby. Here’s hoping breastfeeding actually works in providing protection and immunity.

On a positive note, however, Cameron is doing really well in school. We haven’t had even one day where she cried or clung to me at drop off. She happily enters her classroom and begins playing. Her teachers have nothing but wonderful things to say about her.

She is even napping on most days. Probably thanks to her comfort items, blankie and baby EE.

She’s always very happy to see me at pickup and I can tell you the feeling is mutual! Several times I’ve stayed to observe her and have seen another little girl take a toy away from her and tell Cameron “No!” My heart races just thinking about the possibility of my little angel’s feelings getting hurt. I don’t want her to pick up on mean habits either. She’s so sweet and innocent! I know exposure this is a normal part of life, however, and the teacher did appropriately intervene and help resolve the situation. Cameron is getting lots of stimulation and exercise at school. She’s downright exhausted every day when she comes home. This is so good for her, especially since she gets to have fun doing it. The only thing she does NOT like about school is music class apparently. I’m not sure why because she loves to sing and listen to songs. I don’t know if it’s the teacher or the room or maybe the volume but Cameron’s teachers say she hides in their lap the whole time. The music teacher sends out weekly emails saying what they did in class and it seems like it would be something she would love. They sing songs like “Jesus Loves Me” and “The Wheels on the Bus” which are two of Cam’s favorites. When I ask Cameron about music class she gives me a horrified look so not sure what’s going on. Brian says he hated music class (and still hates public music like concerts) when he was a kid and thinks maybe she’s just the same way.

So we made a decision to get Cameron a toddler climber/slide as her “big sister” gift. It arrived last week and is a HUGE hit with her. The one we chose is really neat because it has an area underneath where she can hide out and read books. The cat likes to hang out with her there too.

Here’s a video of the new slide.

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Poor Cam was still recovering from her cold in this video.

 

So I guess that’s about it for this month. In next month’s update Cameron will be a big sister!

Thanks for reading!

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