Vivi has grown so much in the past few months and this list has grown with her. I started trying to record where she was at and how she was growing about 5 months ago, and I can see her advances compared to the things I’m listing currently for her.
Vivi loved running circles on the carpet in the living room (thanks Grether!). It was part sport, part dance and part thing-she-did-when-she-wanted-to-think-clearest-on-a-subject. She LOVES to pray at mealtime and all fall there was only one prayer for her: “Ganxie Yesu”... (Thank you Jesus) in the sweet little memorized prayer that she prays at preschool. She loves fruit and sneaks oranges like a true addict. Her cute 2-year-old voice/accent shines in “sp-” words, that she says all with an “sf-” sound: sficy, sfank, sfoon, and I love when she asks me, “Mama, can I have sfarkly lips?” (Meaning “can I wear lipgloss?”)
She's showing herself to be a sweet singer and is super interested in playing piano too. She remembers tunes (like Isaiah playing Star Wars on the piano) and she can sing along to the melody doo-doo-doo.... She knows "Good Guy Star Wars" from "Bad Guy Star Wars" songs and she knows maybe two dozen worship or kids fun songs, with more lyrics than I usually remember!
And how blessed we are in this… For several months, Vivi has been in the habit of waking up many times a night. We count it a good thing that she wakes to go potty, though I will be excited for her to learn to hold it for maybe just one potty run a night? That would be nice. But she was waking several times a night to just ask us to lay down with her or to tell us it was too dark (which meant, "come lay down with me.") I thought that maybe her third birthday soon would be a good time to transition with her to not calling out for us at night. But then I thought I'd just talk with her about it…. how big girls sleep through the night and cuddle their moms and dads in the daytime. How mom and dad need to sleep on our bed at night just like she needs to sleep on her bed. Well, I should have thought of this MUCH earlier because she ran with it. She's only called out 2-3 times in 2 weeks now. So thoughtful of her :) (and dumb of me to not have talked with her about it earlier!)
Vivi's got class. Everyday recently when she comes into the house, she takes her off her shoes by the front door, and right about the place where I put on my ugly-cushy house shoes, she slips on the fanciest sfarkly shoes she's got…. dress up shoes with a tiny rhinestone bow in front and itsy-bitsy heels, for the everyday lounge around the house look.
UPDATE: A few more things I've remembered late but just can't let slide away from me long. She's a butter swiper…. slick little finger with a thick pile of yellow, she sucks it down like it's candy. Gross,I know, but she loves it.
One time when she was sitting on her little potty and I was waiting for her to be done, she looked up at me and told me, rather seriously, "God is at our house." Based on my reaction, every time since then she says that line, which has become a favorite of hers, with a happy, confident smile. Way to make her mama glad….
And again from the bathroom: While she's taking care of business, many times I'll work on laundry (our washer is in the bathroom). There was a season when I thought the washer wasn't working well and I closed up the load and started it saying "Thank you Lord that our washer is working." And now she loves to help close the door and the soap tray for each load saying that same happy line over and over again… and now she says it for every thing in the bathroom too, "Thank you Lord that the toilet is flushing." "Thank you Lord that the faucet is working." Yes…. more of that perspective please, Lord. I'm so grateful for her grateful glad heart! Oh to learn from my baby girl!