Your 22nd month saw autumn in full swing. It's been a glorious fall this year, we've been playing outside a lot! We've also been very social, having play dates almost every day. And on days where we don't have a formal arrangement, you run into your pals at the park
impromptu pretend nap at the park
your awesome sitter getting mobbed by her current and past charges
We've been working really hard on sleep weaning the past few months and it's slow going, but rewarding. You have gone from only nursing to sleep to falling asleep in your own bed with Daddy sitting next to you while I work. You have little rituals as you're falling asleep, sometimes you like to count, sometimes you like to list all of the people who love you ("Mama loves Eliza. Dada loves Eliza. My boys love Eliza. Uncle Chris loves Eliza. My boys love Eliza") sometimes you like to just have one of us touch your head. You still come to our bed, but it's later and later. And you wake up in the morning singing. This morning I woke up to your rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: "Twinkle! Twinkle! How I wonder! You ARE!" And then on to the ABCs "A! B! C! E! E for Eliza! Next time sing with ME!!" I just wake up laughing.
Speaking of E for Eliza, you now point out all E's-on signs, on Daddy's t shirts, on other people. You insist on having them drawn on the bathtub while you're taking a bath. In other literary news, you've memorized some of your books and now read along. At high volume. Your enthusiasm knows no limits.
We also celebrated your second Halloween. You dressed up as Kermit the Frog. When anyone asked you what your costume was, you would jump up and down and say "ribbit ribbit" On Halloween itself, you get a lollipop. It may have been the Best Thing Ever because now whenever anyone asks about Halloween, you yell "POP!" You probably ate 1/3 of the thing, but it lasted all night and made you very happy.
Halloween! And the famous pop!
Your hair is so long now that you need a ponytail every day to keep it out of your eyes. Luckily you oblige most of the time.