kaye is almost two...except she's still four months away. this is nearly half of a year. so really she's not almost two...but she is. ya get me?

the really crazy bit about her turning two in four months is that i'll also be having a baby...nearly down to the day. maybe her birthday will be in a hospital? maybe i'll be as big as a house? maybe we'll have twins two years apart?

no matter how you shake it...i can't help but be excited that my two turtles are going to be exactly two years apart.

this 100% gives me license to get cray-cray for their birthdays.

i have pictures of me surrounded with balloons, wrapping paper, and ribbons telling party vendors to make it rain...real housewives of idaho style. (whatever that means?)

but honestly...let's get to the important stuff.
KAYE BELL | 20 month stats

my very best gal is 20 months today; beautiful does not even begin to touch how lovely a person she is.

she's sassy. she's crabby. she's funny. she's gorgeous. she's energetic. she's shy. she's curious. she's outgoing. she's lazy.

no seriously...she's totally lazy.

our gal...ask her if she's ready to lay down and she's got her binkie in one had, pink blankie in the other marching herself to her crib.

if you've caught her for her afternoon nap you can count on her being down from 12:30 - 4 ish pm. no joke.

if you've stopped by around 7:30 pm you would be correct in assuming you won't see our turtle again for nothing short of 13 hours.

this probably explains why she's so darn beautiful - so so much beauty sleep.

girlfriend continues to excel in gymnastics...and she always gets compliments from the teacher and other moms. seriously...she's physically advanced. this makes up for her lack in the verbiage department.

i was concerned for several months with her lack of vocab. i mean...fit throwing and banging your head on the floor certainly isn't an appropriate way to express oneself.

however, lately, you've been nailing it, girl!

when you said grandpa and tractor this morning...your farmer and i looked at you in amazement because they were both clear as day. maybe you were just waiting until you could really impress us with your pronunciation?

well don't stop now. give us more! we are absolutely addicted to your sweet little voice. even when you tell us "no" and shake your finger...exactly like i do to you.
STATS | girlfriend is tall and clocks in at 89% for height and 72% for weight. that was at her 18 month check up. girlfriend has since grown over two inches. our farmer must be feeding her something behind my back, because the way she's growing out of clothes is ridiculous. she's firmly in all two year old clothing and basically skipped over the 18 - 24 month stage.

LIKES | riding with dad in the pup and fun bus, blueberries for days, running, dumbo, mom's cooking, bows in her hair and my hair (sometimes), moisturizing her face with mom, showers, coloring with markers, and brushing your teeth.

DISLIKES | taking pictures, getting dressed, and leftovers.

the list of dislikes is short because you've literally been an absolute treat to be around. except for when your two-year molars came in a few weeks ago and last week. crabby-pants.

NOTABLE | remember your crabby-pants phase last week? well...during one of your fits i was holding your hand walking you into the living room and you decided to collapse to the ground. you guessed it. i heard a pop and a snappy-snap and you were screaming. tears tears tears. the saddest face i had ever seen.
i picked you up. cuddled you. you absolutely wouldn't move. you just laid your head on my shoulder and tucked your little arm close to your body. i called our farmer and told him to "get home, now. something is wrong with kaye."

he was home in what seemed like seconds.

he laid you down, looked at your little arm and it was so so obvious something was terribly wrong. we called your pediatrician and they got us right in. as in...we had to drive an hour with your broken wing to get you there.

regardless, upon arrival, and through your sweet whimpers, your doctor took one look at you and said, "she has nursemaid's elbow." basically, a dislocated elbow.

the nurse gave you some ibuprofen and the doctor came in 10 minutes later. he took you from your farmer's arms, sat you in my lap, grabbed your little arm...and just like that...you were totally fixed. you still didn't want to use your arm for about 30 seconds, but your farmer tricked you with a toy and that's when we both exhaled. you were fine. back to normal. i thought i was going to cry with relief.

it really is terribly terrible to see your child in pain. the worst.
please note - we were informed that since kaye is more prone to have nursemaid's elbow again we should watch a you tube video on how to fix it. that's a pediatrician who "gets" us. i mean...we're farmers, right? we fix bumps and scrapes with mud and super glue. farm tough...or something like that.

overall, 20 months was wonderfully wonderful. our gal is growing up. she's going to be a fantastic big sister. i absolutely cannot wait to see what the coming months hold for us.