Also just like last time? My chalkboard is absent, and these pictures are doing double-duty (she was modeling some hair accessories for me). But they're cute, and captured her nicely, so I don't mind going with it.
So..... The biggest thing that happened in Ruby's 20th month? BIG GIRL BED!!! I'd like to elaborate on that in another post, but the basic jist is, Ruby didn't want to fall asleep without snuggling in our bed for hours first, which wasn't really working for us. Mr. G suggested we convert her crib to a toddler bed, so that even if we had to be in there with her, it'd be a lot easier to give her the closeness she needed without a crib rail. I was skeptical, but it turned out to work really well! She loves the idea of her big girl bed, helped me pick out "big girl sheets" (toddler sheets from Land of Nod), and loves her little toddler pillow. I never would have thought we'd have a child so young in a bed, but... Hey! It works for us, and as a bonus, she's been taking 3ish hour naps!
Christmas fell across this month, and with it, Ruby's obsession with reindeer. We also realized that the season lent itself well to Ruby recognizing the shapes "star", and "heart". First shapes, woohoo! She is also way into colors, and recognizes red, blue (though she sometimes mistakes it for purple), purple, green, white, brown, pink, yellow, and orange. Oh, and gold. She loves gold. All of this color recognition (and expression, she can label the colors as well), kind of hit us out of the blue. Suddenly she just knew them all! Whoa!
This month she also has started putting words together. Like, "more water", "Braidy get down". Again, her accumulation of new words is just too much to keep track of, but some of our favorites include "opo" (open), "sit" (which she pronounces "sh*t"), and "fox" (which sounds like another dirty word starting with f). So, I guess our favorites are the ones that sound like curse words? Ha! It also seems like most of her new words this month are verbs. Nouns are so last month.
One day this month, I was working on the dining room table with my cutting mat on it. The mat is basically a big ruler, and Ruby walked right up, pointed at the numbers, and said "numbers!". Ok... Not sure how she knew that, but she did it several other times, and at other times that she saw numbers. So I guess she recognizes them as a category? She also recognizes the quantity two. Like if she has two crackers, or two sippy cups. She doesn't know the symbol, of course, but she knows what two is.
A symbol that she does recognize? "R". Makes sense, since it's "her" letter. She points out both upper and lowercase. There's an uppercase one on the wall in her room that she will walk by and point to and say, "r"! And she also finds the "purple R" in the bathtub with her toy letters. This month we went to an event at our local Land of Nod (when we got the sheets), where we got to make yarn wrapped letters, so now she has a lowercase "r" too, which she calls her "golden r", since the yarn is spun with a gold shimmer. She picked it out herself, and is in love with it. It's so funny to see her preferences and opinions coming out!
I was surprised to realize that she also recognizes & names feelings now. This seems like such an abstract concept to me! But she shivered and said, "cold!". And then also told us, "happy!" and will ask, "Mama happy?". She consistently has used these words appropriately, so I'm pretty certain she actually recognizes that feelings have names.
At twenty months (that number is crazy, by the way!), Ruby's biggest love is her "buddies". Buddies being stuffed animals. They're probably her most played with toy. Piles of them crop up everywhere, and she just wants to love on them. At night we tuck her in with one under each arm. And finally, we can't forget her living stuffed animal - Braidy. Ruby is still completely smitten with her, and this month has been learning to feed her. Her (lack of) coordination gets in the way, but she carries the cup of food with help over to the bowl, we pour, then she returns the cup to the pantry. She absolutely LOVES this, and it will be fun to let feeding the dog be her "job" once she gets more control of her motor skills.
Oh, Ruby Jo. I feel like I see the back of your head all to often now, as you're running into grownupedness. It's a slippery slope to two now!