Little Evelyn is growing. She’s nearly out of her 18 month clothes and we left most of them at Grandma’s when we came back to Budapest. She’s still in the left over 18 month clothes we have here for another few weeks until the weather gets warm enough to pull out the Spring and Summer 2T clothes, but her little belly sure is bulging in her just barely big enough onesies.
Speaking of bellies, Evelyn’s has had an eventful month. I swear around a month ago she lost her little belly to a growth spurt. I looked at her one day and thought to myself, “Where did her pot belly go?” She all of a sudden slimmed down and grew up I guess. But never fear, she went through a week or so of nonstop eating a little bit ago and the belly is definitely back. Along with some chubby cheeks. Even my Hungarian friend here mentioned she looked chubbier.
Our biggest struggle with this girl is still food. She ate a couple pieces of cauliflower today and I nearly fell off my chair I was so surprised. And the only reason she ate them was because she saw Avery open her mouth big and wide and stick a piece in and then we clapped for her. She’ll do anything Avery does. Pretty much.
She is definitely getting more strong willed, though, and our days of cute, obedient and entertaining toddler are quickly morphing into “Here is how my world works, deal or I tantrum” two year old. Today we had a full on fit over water. I’m not exactly sure what her problem was, but she didn’t want the sippy cup and when I poured water into a regular cup she said “Mommy drink it.” Then she would be mad again. I think maybe she wanted my cup? But I never did figure it out for sure.
Evelyn is getting really good with language. She can usually communicate to me what she wants and if she can’t I just take her hand and let her show me what she wants. She put four words together today, which might be a record. I think she did it once last week as well. Today she said “Avy egg hut too.” Which I think meant “Avery’s leg hurts too.” She had just told me that her leg hurt and I guess she wanted Avery to share her experience. It’s a little sad to see her baby words go as she learns to say things properly. One word I was particularly sad to see leave was “yayo” for “water”. She now says “wa – oh.” I thought “yayo” was so cute. She also said “applesauce” right the other day, but I told her she had to keep saying “asso soss” and she corrected herself so it was okay.
Evelyn has three three-syllable words that she uses and I think they’re hilarious because they’re the same word but with different consonants thrown in. They are “applesauce, racquetball, and pinecone.” Oh, and she said “Africa” once too, but only once. “Applesauce” is “assuh soss.” Racquetball is “abbuh ba.” And “pinecone” is “accuh cone.” “Africa was… you guessed it “accuh cuh.” He favorite was “abbuh ball.” She would find my brother’s racquetball racket and run around with it saying “abbuh ba. hit!”