Thursday, March 14, 2013

21 Months of Spunk

The first part of this doesn't have to do with a toddler, but I need to get it off my chest.

I truly don't understand the hype about Beyonce. I'm sorry if I'm alone in this.

I get that she's cute enough and can both act and sing vaguely well, but where you lose me is why she's given such elevated status  and why Anderson Cooper even said "This is Beyonce's world and we are all just living in it...."

Seriously?

The only way this is her world is if she speaks six languages, of which one is Korean, AND her singing voice doesn't put me to sleep, which it does. And about a million other things.

It's not a jealously thing, trust me; I just don't get it.

That said, how about this cute 21 month-old?

Zanna is shockingly close to two years old and seems to be getting cuter and funnier every day. She is talking nonstop and has developed a very noticeable intonation to her phrases, which may or may not contain actual words. It's pretty interesting to see how early kids pick up on intonation, even before the words are there. She's certainly saying a lot of words and shorter phrases, and as she puts it all together it'll only be a matter of time before the longer sentences start coming.


Lately she says "I'm sorry!" and "O bear?" [Where's bear?] and then a semblance of "There he is!" 

The Spanish is definitely developing, too. The other day Micah told her they were going to count to three in Spanish. It went something like this: Unison: "Uno! Dos! Tres!",  followed by Zanna alone: "Quatro!" She knows more than we realize. 

She also says Hola, Gracias, Amigo, Aqui, Uno Mas, Que, Adios and follows direction like "Besito!" for "Give me a little kiss." 

While she's getting really good at pronouncing actual words, she also has a small collection of her words for things: she sometimes calls herself "Lala," any and all blankets are "Kiki," and her favorite sippy cup is "Bucky." First, Lala was Gus; now apparently it's herself.


Zanna is also incredibly active and does the most amusing little jog through the house. She looks like she's about to topple over or crash sideways into something, but miraculously stays on her feet. 

Her other amusing habit lately is gathering all of her diapering supplies when she needs her diaper changed and bringing them to us and lying down. She also does make-believe diaper changing on her stuffed animals. 


Z continues to be very into helping with Gus's daily routine. Here she is, waiting to give him his morning green bone that's supposed to help his breath. (It doesn't.) Sometimes she crowds him a little too much while he's eating and he is not a fan of that. 

This picture is also a great example of child-led styling. Tights under shorts = awesome.


Another very important sector of consideration at the moment is Animal A Squad. 

Z is always concerned with the whereabouts of "Money," (her bunny), Baby Bear / Bear / Big Bear, Ducky, Horsey, and her various Kikis. Thankfully it seems any Kiki will do at any time. When she wakes up in the morning, usually the first thing out of her mouth (approximately 0.5 seconds after waking up) is "O Ducky?"

In this picture, she's accompanied by of a number of her animals while watching Wonderpets. Wonderpets is the one show she watches right now, and she's getting a little too good at singing the theme song. But it's seriously helping her learn English, and the three little animal characters in it are so dang cute. 

As we get more toward spring, we've been employing rain boots instead of snow boots, and I've decided they are in my Top 10 of Cuteness. One of many items we inherited from Z's 4-year-old cousin. In the past week, Z has discovered puddles. So far she's gingerly treaded through them, then run through them at full speed, and ultimately sat down in them. So now, coming back from a walk not only involves a filthy dog but a soaked child. But it's so full of youthful innocence, I don't even care. 


Zanna continues to love her swimming lessons and she's getting really comfortable in the water. She also enjoys the occasional Storytime at the library. We're moving up from Baby to Toddler, though she just likes to shout "BYE BYE!!!" halfway through the toddler one.

Well, we're halfway through March now, and the consensus is that everyone is so over the snow. We got some this morning which of course sent traffic into a tiff. Just a little snow and everything gets messed up. At work, there's a pile of snow that is at least fifteen feet high. More forty degree days and melting, please.


2 comments:

Dad said...

Yes Abbe,
Beautiful, touching, miraculous, loving, and FUN! Our hopping zoomer, ZANNA!
Luv, Dad

Mom/Mary Jo said...

Or is it "Hopper Zoomer"? Let's not forget her word for stickers-ickers. Sometimes it sounds like gookers, though.