I haven’t written decent update on Addy etc in a little while so I figured now is time.
On our SBL we have advancement in potty training on the list and I am happy to say she has gone pee in the potty 3 times! Since the last time she’s been refusing to sit, but we are still pleased that we have had SOME interested and progress. We’re back to using cloth diapers some at home, and hoping that will allow her to feel wet more often. They are also having her sit on the potty at school when she asks and anytime she is dry. So far just attempts at school, but I know it will come!
We also have a goal of hitting up the neighborhood pool A LOT and we are definitely doing that! We have been going several times a week. It’s been too HOT to go this week though, the water feels like bath water and is not refreshing at all.
We hit up one of the splash pads yesterday for a more refreshing attempt. She had a great time and will definitely be going back and trying some of the other ones soon. We still got in the pool some while we were there, but the splash pad was the big hit. It was a small one, but perfectly adequate for her!
Some quick Addy updates since we have a large gap between 18mo and 24 mo appts:
I swear this kid is 20 months going on 20 years old. She frequently tells me she wants “five more minutes” hand up and everything. Also “no mama, I do it” is happening a lot now and “no help you.” She is little miss independent!
She LOVES to sing. She sings frequently and is often heard marching around to one of her favorite tunes. Current faves are 5 Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle, ABC’s (sort of!), and I’m a little Teapot.
She talks up a STORM. She’s always been a talker, but I continue to be amazed when I hear thins come out of her mouth. She speaks in 3-4 word sentences typically and has no problem saying exactly what’s on her mind or what she needs. This morning I awoke to her yelling “mama? Mommy? Ashlweeee? Where are you?!” Are you kidding me? I was cracking up.
She involves her babies, Bailey and any other toy in all her activities and conversations. If something cool is happening, or she has something to eat, or even has a boo boo, baby or bear (whoever she has) must watch, look at it, or pretend to eat it too. It’s so endearing to watch her hold her her bear and say “see bear, see the book?” I know they’re inanimate objects, but this just seems like such a sweet, kind hearted gesture and I’m hoping a glimpse in to the big sister she is going to be! She also has conversations with them and asks them “how you doin?” This goes for toys, bugs, people, animals, even non-toy items! This morning she said bye to the shower and told it she would see it later!
She has some serious attitude lately too. The 2’s are in full force even though we’re still a few months away. The tantrums are actually laughable and we have to try to not let her see us giggle when she runs in a circle, arms flailing and screaming! Luckily they don’t happen much in public so we can just let them play out without disturbing anyone! She doesn’t handle no very well at all, but we’re working on it. She still responds well to “show me you’re listening” and then she will typically say “listening” and then begrudgingly do whatever she is being told to do or not do! We do timeouts very rarely, only when the behavior is harming someone (herself or us). We also have been working on setting time limits etc. She has no real concept of time, but still saying “1 more time, 1 more piece, 5 more minutes” etc seem to at least give her a forewarning that something is going to change and she handles it better, except when she says it to me after the 5 minutes is up!
On the flip side she is incredibly sweet. She tells us she “lubs” us all of the time. Bailey too. She also tells us that she misses us and offers up hugs and kisses all the time. She wants to sit in our laps and snuggle more now. She often shares her “ba ba’s” and blankets with us assuming that was comforts her would be nice for us too. If you are hurt she offers a hug and a kiss and asks if you are ok.
She loves art. She is constantly asking to paint, color, draw, etc. She also enjoys playing outside, going to the pool, and serving/preparing pretend food. She is getting into playing with duplo blocks too. She has been talking about a bike for a while, so my mom and I got her a balance bike last week. They are at 1.5 years and older. She has a love/hate relationship with it, but I think eventually she is going to LOVE it. She just has to trust herself and the bike a little more. It’s hot pink and adorable how little it is! She has a new obsession with socks too, but not on her feet, on her hands! Socks of all sizes are snatched up and she puts them on her hands and runs around as “Addy fock hands!” Sometimes she is a monster, other times it’s just for fun. She takes socks in the car, steals them off our feet, doesn’t matter, any sock is game!
She has impeccable manners which we are incredibly proud of. Nothing bothers me more than a rude child. She says please, no thank you, thank you, and yes please constantly, even when we change her diaper or wipe her nose! She says excuse me which is absolutely adorable. She also doesn’t have a shy bone in her body, so she always says Hi to everyone she meets and greets them with a smile. She gets lots of attention and compliments wherever we go on her sweetness and good behavior. She takes after me as a kid according to my mom. Willing to THROW DOWN at home, but an angel in public. I will take it.
Lastly, the school update. She was beginning to adjust to her new classroom and had started to ask to go to school again. Running to the door, leaving my side without any problems etc. Then her favorite teacher left and she never really seemed to care for the other one. Now we are back to her saying she doesn’t want to go, screaming NO when we get to the parking lot, and this morning, absolute hysteria when we arrive. It doesn’t help that our friend/director is out of town this week and that is her one regular comfort there, but it started last week when Jen was still around. I hate leaving her there knowing she isn’t comfortable. I know they take good care of her, and her friends are still there, but I think she doesn’t have attachment to any of these teachers and for a kid her age, the adults in your life are the most important things. If she isn’t comfortable with them, who does she trust to comfort her when she is hurt or sad? It breaks my heart. I’m hoping she will warm up to the new teacher just like she did with the other, but in the mean time, its rough! Luckily with the new iPad program, we can see pictures of her day when they have time to send them, and seeing her playing usually makes me feel better!
All her teeth except 2 year molars are finally in. She is wearing 18-24 months clothing and size 5.5-6 shoe depending on brand. Her hair is halfway down her back so she is usually sporting a pony tail or 2 half pony tails. ( My signature look as a tot!).
Here’s some pictures of our summer fun so far!
Wagon rides are a summer favorite
Playing outside at school
This girl is always getting creative with the sopping cart.
Shaving cream, a slide and a pool=FUN!
Added the tarp for even more slipper fun!
Playing with cloud dough!
Splash pad fun
Getting ready for water day at school!
Queen of the cart!
Pretzel break at the mall
Exploring on one of our daily walks around the block.
Painting with squid!
Being silly in the cart
She wanted to have a “picnic”
Children’s museum fun!
Cousins came to visit for a couple days!
Addy sock hands!