Twenty months young and four months shy of the big T W O, which I am so not ready for! Speaking of two, I'm fairly certain we can all just agree this "terrible twos" period starts well before two years of age. We have been experiencing our fair share of toddler tantrums and meltdowns for months now. Who knew pajama bottoms were so important and that taking them off to change your soaking wet, 20 lb. dipe would be so devastating? Or that having mom remove the wrapper from your cheese stick would be the end of the world. Yet despite those more challenging moments of parenting, this really is such a fun, exciting age.
Lena is quite the girl on the go lately and we usually prefer to venture outdoors on our weekends, yet needed a safer area for her to play inside when the weather doesn't cooperate. So, we recently rearranged our living space to better suit her active nature (read: more open space to prevent trips/falls while she runs, dances, and climbs everywhere).
For the most part, we try to keep the indoor toys to a minimum. Since Lena was born and in these past twenty months I've turned to decluttering our home and simplifying our life. I am more intentional about our buying habits and I choose to invest in more classic, gender neutral and/or sustainable toys. This cow Wheely Bug - I purchased from Amazon but also found online at Kohls here - has become her latest obsession but also promotes those gross motor skills needed for running, dancing, and climbing everywhere. Some of her other favorite toys include dolls from Hazel Village, wooden stack toy from Little Sapling Toys, along with this Slice & Bake Cookie Set and Cutting Fruit Set from Melissa & Doug.
In addition to running around, climbing and play time, Lena has a strong appreciation of music and more specifically - dancing to it. Some of her current favorites include Shake It Off (probably because I listened to Taylor Swift all. the. time when I was pregnant with her) and Something Just Like This by the Chainsmokers.
We are soaking up this stage, embracing all the tantrums (ok maybe not all) because this time is truly fleeting and we will soon have a TWO year old running around.