In my last update about Raelin, when she had just turned one, I talked about how she was nothing but trouble, and I can report that at two and a half, she remains trouble. She is SUCH a two year old, from the not listening, to the saying NO to everything, to refusing to eat almost everything, to the random tantrums for the dumbest reasons. I’ve taken to posting on Facebook with the reasons for her current fit of anger, and it makes me happy when it resonates with other parents. Like mine is not the only one who flies into a blind rage when you give her the wrong colored utensil at breakfast.
She is also much more independent than Rory ever was. She’s always been that way, and maybe it has something to do with being a second child. She will play on her own with toys, her current favorites being, of course, her little Disney princess dolls. She’ll play with them in the castle and give them little voices and conversations and it’s adorable. She also loves to dress up, and is full on obsessed with shoes. By the end of the day, every pair of shoes we own is scattered about the house because she’s put them on and then discarded them for another pair. She and Rory will sometimes play together, but there is so much screaming and fighting between the two of them. In the times when they get along, they will reenact scenes from Frozen because they have the thing damn near memorized.
Raelin is strong willed and difficult sometimes, but she’s also so sweet and curious and silly. She looks up to her big sister so much and wants to do all the things she does (and she calls her “Ror” which kills me). She has boundless energy and is always climbing on things and/or jumping off things. Still no broken bones but I’m not super confident that will remain true. She speeds along on her scooter, is getting faster and faster on her balance bike, and scales playground structures like they’re nothing. She has no fear in her swimming classes and is always the most enthusiastic one, leaping into the water with an ungraceful flourish and paddling away. She definitely keeps me on my toes, but I think that’s good for me.