On Isabelle's actual 2 year birthday, we started out first thing with her doctor's appointment. She is so cooperative at the doctor, we feel very proud of her every time we go. We were amazed by how she's grown as she's now over 97% for height and weight. She was 36 1/2 inches!! And over 37 pounds. Wow! We caught some cute pictures of her in the exam room before the doctor came in. Bringing a friend (aka a monkey) always makes a doctor's appointment more fun!
Luckily we were able to get her vaccinated with both flu shots, with minimal crying. We took her to Kelsey Creek farm to play and visit the animals, as it's one of her favorite places and the weather was lovely. Yes that's a pumpkin the pig was eating- it took her about 2 seconds to eat the whole thing. Isabelle's always a little scared of the huge pig, but each time bravely faces the pig and watches while holding mommy's hand.
After lunch, her friend Ella surprised her for a visit, making her even happier. We had a quiet evening home with her favorite "green noodles" chinese take-out and some birthday cake. This time she actually blew out the candle!
She opened more presents, including some fun books from Grandma Madonna, and loved her new kitchen from Mimi & Papa so much, she didn't want to leave the house again. (Luckily she's gotten past that now).
We are constantly amazed by how fast she's grown and how much she has learned. There is almost nothing we can't communicate about with her, and she routinely strings together 6-7 word sentences, has words for many of her emotions, and continues to be very empathic towards others' feelings. She's just starting to work on dressing or undressing herself (mostly practicing on her shoes), and has started to love dress-up (especially mommy's high heels). We feel lucky every single day that we have Isabelle in our lives, as she's a bright star on even the hardest days.
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