And some random phone pics from the last few weeks:
Ivy is exactly 23 months today, so in honor of her 23rd month of life, a few things about her. Ivy would probably be best described in one word right now, and that word would be "No." It is currently her favorite and most used word to say, her favorite thing to eat, her favorite place to go, and her favorite time to go to bed. I thought we had somehow avoided this stage, but am reminded very quickly that we have not every time I ask her a yes or no question. That girl has no idea how many cookies and ice-cream dates she has missed out on because of her need to refuse everything! She really sticks to her guns, that lady. Right now Ivy is obsessed with playing in the "SUUUN!" (sand), and conveniently, just as obsessed with playing in the bath afterward. She still loves wearing princess dresses and swimsuits more than anything, so her Grandma Joni killed two birds with one stone and got her a swimsuit that kind of looks like a princess dress. Needless to say, it took Ivys breath away. She wore it proudly most of yesterday and received many compliments at the grocery store and park from strangers, I think it's safe to assume that that's her idea of a day well spent. Ivy has two volume levels; borderline yelling, and a whisper so soft even a beagle couldn't hear it. We should probably work on a happy medium. She loves to play with my hair and is still very, very attached to all her blankets and "Mr. T" the teddy bear. She requires a fresh coat of nail polish every 3-4 days and is just now starting to really appreciate her toys. She loves to do puzzles and build blocks and legos, and wants to color every second of every day (on every surface). She already thinks the word "poop" is funny (thank you Geoff and Despicable Me!) and her favorite new prank to pull is to come up and try to lick the side of your face when you're least expecting it. I swear I have no idea where she learned it, but it's like a wet-willy on steroids. I can't imagine it's great on her end either. Regardless, she thinks it's the funniest thing that has ever happened. Anyway, aside from all her typical two year old drama; she still manages to melt my heart, force a laugh, and make me feel like the luckiest Mom in the world on a daily basis. Thanks for being you, Ivy girl.