State of the bub report: Nava at 2 years old

Later this week Nava and I will truck down to Bangkok for her 2 year old check-ups. She will get her own seat on a plane for the first time. Because that's what 2 year olds do (i.e. require their parents to buy additional full priced seats....groan). While yes, technically she has been 2 for over a month, mommy has been a little busy with another little thing-upcoming arrival of Little Brother Monkey.

I didn't want to let the 2 year mark slide by unnoticed however, so here is my attempt of a well-rounded (I'm not claiming comprehensive) update on all things Nava at 25 months old. This is for the history books so it will likely be a little boring-forgive me!

She walks. Lots and lots. She has moved out of the hands up beginning walker stage and can now walk with her hands by her side of behind her back, asian grandma style (thank her cousins for that trick). She still needs to concentrate but its becoming easier everyday. She can't do steps or doorways without help on getting on knees first just yet. She can handle walking from tile to rug back to tile ok and usually can maneuver around obstacles well. If you play 'chase' she gets really excited and tries to go faster (aka run) but often then loses her balance. She still thinks its really really fun though. She cannot stand up by herself without something to pull up on just yet (technical term: standing from plantigrade). So she crawls over to your leg, or a cabinet etc and gets up again that way. She will take kicks at balls too.

Other fun gross motor skills:
She now likes to lay on her belly, bend her knees, and kick her feet in the air while playing blocks or watching a video (think tween doing her homework in front of the sofa and you've got it).
She likes to dance and now has moved out of only a Lao 'fawn' and onto a 70s disco finger pointing dance and now even to just a relaxed hand with arm swinging. She likes to carry her mp3 player around while walking and dancing.
She has started to not hate the idea of ride-on toys though she doesn't like not being able to touch her feet fully.
She attempts to throw a ball using the overhead technique. Timing the release is tricky though.
She has started swim lessons and is getting okay with the idea of supported floating on her belly and no longer thinks she are trying to kill her when we practice floating on her back. She deals with being dunked pretty well though I haven't done it for a while because of recent snot situation.

The not so fun gross motor 'skill'?
She now does the dreaded toddler back arch when she doesn't want potty, get back in the car, to be put down, etc.
Also, she can make it to the top of the stairs lickedy split and has given her mom, her dad, and her nanny all heart attacks. 

She plays.
So many people have mentioned this lately I realized I just took it for granted but girlfriend has developed a long attention span. She can play for a long time. She can play by herself for a long time. She will happily play blocks or in the tub or rearrange the cookware by herself for 30 minutes easy. While the tub of balls will never go out of style and gets dumped at least a couple of times a day, her favorite toy at the moment is really blocks. Old school classic wood blocks. She loves to stand them on end, stand them up right next to one another making little cityscapes. She tries to stand everything on end and doesn't like things that don't cooperate. Like butter knives.
She loves to stack. Stack blocks, plates, tubs...I've seen her stacking her boats in the tub and even her balls in a basket (again, she gets a little disappointed that they don't stack well).
She is fascinated with spacial concepts, putting things under the table, around the table leg, through rungs...its fun to watch her building her database on Gravity and How it Effects My Toys.
She loves to call people with phones, remotes, blocks etc.
She has now started to play with her doll. All stuffed animals are still on the fuzzy non grata list but her baby doll has been accepted into the fold and she will hugs her and kiss her and carry her and.... Here's hoping this is a good sign for interactions to come with her little brother.

She's independent.
She drinks from a glass water glass very well, grabbing with two hands, returning to the table and pushing it away from the edge. We've had 2 breaks-both times were when she got distracted mid-return and didn't quite make the table fully before letting go. Not bad at all.
She holds straw cups with two hands and uses the straw herself too. We're up to straw 4 in the Talktools hierarchy.
She likes to bus her plate but her walking skills need to get a little better to do it herself (now she holds it and we carry her).
She self feeds via fingers but still is very reluctant to use a spoon/fork. She consistently wants to use them once the food is gone and pretends to eat with them and also does this a lot in her playtime (she has her own set of dishware she can play with anytime) but I think the frustration factor on getting the food to stay on the utensil all the way to her mouth has turned her off.
She'll pick up a big piece of something and carefully rip it into bite size pieces and then snack on them. And she loves chicken legs and corn on the cob in addition to whole apples.
She hates bibs.
She wipes her mouth when eating, sometimes unprompted.
She knows about washing her hands and will initiate sometimes but gets a little overwhelmed with the whole running water and soap set-up.
She lets me brush her teeth and will continue and she likes to brush her own hair, especially just *after* I finally wrangled it into a ponytail.
She knows what "take your shirt off" means but can't quite pull it off yet.

She communicates.
She makes a lot of sounds, more often. Dada, mama, ma, numnumyummm, Yeah!, thissss, ja/jai, unh, ish. Her cousin Goong has been amazing at getting her talking more. She intuitively figured out that Nava gets more verbal if she get loud and animated and does just that with her. She'll now shout out from where she is when you call out "Where's Nava?". She will answer questions with yeah/ugh (Lao informal 'no') when asked. Asking which one or do you want this? will get a point and a 'issss', sometimes its clearly 'thissss'. She 'roars' when asked what a tiger says but hasn't gotten into other animal sounds. We used to get "ish" often when fish was served but its rarer now. As per the game her dad taught her, she picks up socks or diapers and sniffs them and then makes a disgusted "yuck" noise. She will say papa when prompted and has said it a multiple times to dad's arrival for example but its not routine. She started saying mama last week but not really in relation to me. Goong seems to be working her on it tho. Goong reports she said 'ma' (dog in Lao) when pointing at a picture of one and sign it too. She came into the kitchen yesterday and announced Nummyummnum while signing eat.

She signs. Tons. She signs almost every sign taught on Baby Signing Time 1-4. She asks to watch by signing. When I was trying to get the sleep out of her eyes in the morning she signed hurt near her eyes. She woke up last weekend in our bed and signed 'day' and 'diaper' and said Yeah when asked if she wanted potty. She has her own sign for all done-its palms out with thumbs tucked bent against palms. Yesterday she really got into signing car full body style unprompted. She has been taught the lao hand gesture to be made before accepting something to indicate Thank You (called "tuuu"). She knows to do it when she gets something. And if you're slow with the cracker she might tuuu then please then thank you just to cover all her bases along with pointing aggressively!

She's healthy.
Nava went 11 months without a cold. In the last 2 months however she got a cold that turned into major snots and then coughs. Finally she's kicked it to the curb without only morning eye snot remaining. She's had a few bouts of nasty tummy bug but it is kinda par for the course where we live. She started take a very small thyroid pill about 6 months ago and it seems to be doing what its supposed to. Despite what the bloodwork said though, Nava is definitely not meant for gluten. A major bummer just because I hate having to be the mom saying she can't have birthday cake or share someone's cookies but the proof is pretty undeniable. At least we live where rice is almost always on the menu.

And as a reward for getting all the way through that novel of a post...


  1. Anonymous7.5.12

    Love reading about Nava's world and enjoyed the videos. Thank you!
    Nancy Marion

  2. LOVE the videos, especially the last one. Definitely a wonderful reward, but the rest of the post was fantastic! She's such a little smarty-pants!! Beautiful, beautiful girl, full of personality! :-)

  3. Oh my goodness, she is doing SO GREAT! Nava is definitely an incredible little role model for Cora!

  4. Kelley,
    I love reading my friends' blogs about their lives/families/kids. Thank you for sharing! Much love to you and your growing family (how exciting!)!

  5. Awww, thanks everybody. We're pretty impressed with her too ;)


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