Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Happy two years to Little Dorrit!

This past weekend, we celebrated Little Dorrit's second birthday. Over the past year, Little Dorrit's fun and sweet personality has really started to shine through. In fact, I really can't recall the time when she first started showing her personality. Here are a few things about her:
  • She loves books. We have a few shelves full of baby and board books and every day, she pulls out every single one of them and either looks through them by herself or brings one (or more) to us saying "Read a book!" or "Book. Lap" Rarely, can I resist such sweetness.
  • Trotwood is one of her favorite people in the entire world. Honestly, I love to watch those two together. They both just love to play and they love each other. Little Dorrit will dissolve into peals of laughter from just about anything Trotwood does.
  • Little D. is not one of those people who "lives to eat." Thankfully, she is eating more now but sometimes, she still shakes her head and says "No!" when we try to offer her food. If it's not her idea, she doesn't want to have anything to do with it. Honestly, I think she just wants to be in control of what she eats. Currently, her favorite things to eat usually involve cheese: cheese sticks, macaroni and cheese, cheesy puffed corn or cheesy chips. Lately, she has been starting to expand her pallet to include things like fruit snacks, grapes and strawberries. Oh, and for some reason, she calls all fruit "oranges." Don't mind the chewed up piece of beef jerky next to her drawing pad in the picture below. She will often chew up food and instead of swallowing, she'll spit it back out again and say "All done!". And she still drinks from a bottle. She can drink from straw sippy cups and regular cups (this one is still a bit messy), she just asks for a bottle and we still give it to her. I feel like it's more of a familiar and comfortable object for her than anything else. For the longest time, pretty much all her nourishment came through a bottle in the form of Boost formula.   
  • Coloring is one of Little Dorrit's favorite activities. I was so glad when we finally figured out what exactly she meant when she said "Color!" All she wants is a pen or pencil and paper. That's it. No crayons or coloring books. We can just give her pencil and paper and she will be happy as a clam just sitting in her chair at the table "coloring."

  • She loves to go places and see other people. This girl definitely is not shy and loves to talk and to be around other people. If she puts on a shy act, she does it because she knows it will get her even more attention. 
  • Little Dorrit is a very tiny person. Her doctor doesn't seem to be worried about how small she is because she is growing and very slowly gaining weight. But at 2 years old, Little D. is barely 30 inches tall and she only weighs 22 lbs. The other day, her home health nurse told us something about when a person is two, you can double their height and supposedly that is how tall they will be when they are fully grown. I'd never heard that before and I'm not sure if it's a medical thing or an old wives tale, but if it is the case then sweet Little Dorrit may reach the great heights of just five feet tall. Mr. Rochester and I both have some very petite women in our extended family so this wouldn't be too unusual. It is just so different for us than how Trotwood was! Just to be on the save side, we are going to take her to see an endocrinologist to make sure everything is okay with her growth hormone levels.  
To celebrate Little Dorrit's birthday, we carried on the tradition of getting donuts for breakfast. Here's Little Dorrit taking the tiniest bite in the world out of a donut hole. 
And of course, she decided that she wanted something savory instead of sweet and opted for bites of my ham, egg, and cheese crossaint instead. 

When it was time to open her presents, she knew exactly what to do!
All of her presents consisted of some sort of baby doll. All this girl stuff is new for us so we just barely discovered that she loves baby dolls. After opening her babies, she just kept saying, "Hi baby!" over and over again. One of her babies came with a little plastic bottle and pacifier and she loved "feeding" the baby with the bottle. And, funny story, after having the babies for a few days, we noticed that sometimes, she will pick up the baby by its bottom, sniff its bottom, and then say "Poopy."I wonder where she got that from... 

Little Dorrit's birthday ended with a birthday dinner that we knew she would enjoy and eat. Now, I do love to cook but she is so difficult when it comes to food that we just decided to get her a Happy Meal and ice cream for dessert. And see how happy she was? 
It was a great day and I cannot believe it's been two years now. I'm so glad that she is doing so well and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with this little person who brings so much laughter and joy into our lives. 

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