At twenty two months, Ruby is all grown up. She prefers to walk over being carried, or riding in the stroller, and has the stamina to go a long way. At this point, we don't even bring our stroller into the hospital anymore, when we go to volunteering. She just doesn't need it!
She also talks like a big kid. Ruby is speaking mostly in sentences now. One of her favorites is, "Ruby Jo ready to eat dinner?". And she still often speaks in questions. Hilariously, if you repeat her question back to her, like, "Oh, you're ready to eat?" she says, "Ok!!!". Like it was your idea in the first place! She's pretty smart, it makes us laugh every time.
|Cheeseball! And I kind of love that sun artifact, because it means there was sun!|
Also hilariously, she is becoming interested in the alphabet. But she doesn't call the letters ABCs like we would. Nope, she calls them "RBYs". I mean, of course she does, right? Hilarious. She also has a small obsession with number 9. I'm not sure what that is about, but she often takes the tv remote (which she calls "telephone" - actual phones, she only calls "phone"), and says, "Ruby Jo finding number nine?" then pushes the button.
Yes, she still calls herself Ruby Jo. Which we love. But she also started calling herself "Rubes"! As in, "Oh, Rubes!". She'll drop something on the floor, "Oh, Rubes!" or do something funny, "Silly Rubes!". It cracks us up so much!
One of the biggest thing that happened in Ruby's 22nd month, is that she got her first stomach flu. Let me just say, I am so glad that it took this long before it happened. Let me also say that I definitely would like for that to not happen again anytime soon. I never thought about it, but toddlers can't really aim for a barf bucket. And said toddler happened to be in my bed. And had happened to have a huge bowl of raspberries and blueberries that night, too. Talk about a mess. But my poor girl was so scared, and so upset to have to have a bath at midnight! Thankfully, it only lasted about 24 hours, but to this day she will randomly say, "No barf!". Also, the bad news is that I got it a few days later. Ugh!
Also this month, Ruby got a new baby cousin! Whom we didn't get to see for a couple of weeks, because of course, he was born the same day the flupocalypse hit our house. But Ruby was quite excited to see baby Donovan (aka Van). She was very curious about him, didn't mind me holding him, and thought it was funny that he had to get his diaper changed. Ruby is also very interested in the babies at the hospital when we go to volunteer. Once she heard a mama shushing her baby, so now whenever she hears a baby cry, she says, "Sh! Sh! Sh!". Too cute.
At 22 months, one of Ruby's favorite activities (much to her daddy's dismay), is to go "shop shop". She had cabin fever when we were stuck in the house with the flu, and asked us to go shop shop often. This means that she's quite pleasant to take along to the grocery store, or Target, or wherever we need to go. And a big bonus is that she usually remembers the things we need (when I can't!).
Ruby's favorite toys are still her "buddies" (stuffed animals), and her play kitchen. She is becoming more interested in puzzles, and anything with shapes (she recognizes triangle, circle, and moon). She wants to "color color" all the time, though usually that means she dictates to us what she wants us to draw. And usually it's cats. Ha! Another big favorite of hers right now, is climbing. She is finally able to climb up on the couch, the chair in her room, and ottomans. She thinks it's very funny and likes to climb the same thing over and over. Thankfully, she is still her cautious self, and if I tell her she may not climb something because it isn't safe, she obliges. She now tells me every time the dishwasher is open, that the dishwasher is not for climbing. Atta girl!
The downside to this month, has been sleep. Ruby had a cold right before she got the flu. With the cold, she couldn't sleep and was miserable - unless she was in our bed. Then she got the flu, and I needed to keep an eye on her (she actually had been sleeping and almost choked on her vomit the first time she threw up, which scared the heck out of me). And then, of course, she got used to sleeping with us, and wasn't going back. We also discovered that she developed a fear of the dark. I guess this is the age that toddlers start developing fears like these? And one night, I turned the light out before she was asleep and she freaked out. I honestly don't really mind cosleeping with her, but Mr. G probably feels otherwise. Our bed is just not big enough for three, so he usually ends up bailing out and sleeping on the couch! He is ok with it, because he can see how scared she is, but obviously we need to come up with a better solution so that everyone can be happy and comfortable.
Oh, and before I end this post, I have to include this pic. Ruby is doing what she calls "creepin'". As in, "I'm creepin' on you!" She'll creep on us all the time when we're relaxing or making dinner or whatever. It is freaking hilarious, and I don't want to forget it! I have no idea how she comes up with this stuff!
Love this kid more and more every day!