Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two and a Half

Emmy just celebrated 2 1/2 yrs. on Feb. 8. Hard to believe that she's now closer to 3 than 2 (sob!) Time to reflect and write down a few of her latest and greatest!

Biggest accomplishment? I feel reasonably confident saying that Emily is potty trained! She has been doing great the last few weeks (as you know if you've read recent blog posts.) Today, I finally was brave enough to send her to Parent's Day Out for 4 hrs. without a pull-up. I packed lots of extra clothes, but I was oh so happy when I picked her up at 1pm and she was still wearing the same outfit! Her teachers said that she communicated with them several times about needing to go to potty. She even pooped on the big girl potty!

Pure Sweetness

  • Sings Jesus Loves Me like a little angel
  • When praying at the dinner table, we ask her what she is thankful for, and she always says, "Jesus!"( very happy about this, but it would be nice if she gave us a shout-out every now and then!)
  • When Jeremy and I are both home at the end of the day, she often looks around and smiles at us and says, "Mommy and Daddy! And Emmy!" It is like she is saying, "we're all here and I'm happy!"
  • She knows about 10 or more nursery rhymes by heart and loves to show off and say them for you.
  • Sang "Happy Birthday" to Poppy in front of a crowd of about 16 people! It was darling.
Pure Mischievousness

  • She still likes to run away from us when we call her. Drives me crazy. If we are very firm, she will come to us when she knows we really mean business, but she still runs away sometimes. She LOVES to play "Chase" and I think that is part of the reason she so loves to run from us. That and the fact that she can be a rebel. She's doing much better at waiting for me at the top of the outdoor side stairs while I lock up the door.
  • No matter how many books we read at night, it is almost never enough and she gets upset. Sometimes she will calm down and let me hold her and rock a little to quiet down before bedtime, but other times, she just gets squirmy and whiny. I have found that if I put her in her crib and tell her good-night, she will immediately stop the waterworks about the last book and very humbly ask to be rocked.
  • Doesn't like to try new foods. This makes me sad. She used to try everything. Now she is so hesitant that even a promise of a favorite treat won't get so much as a taste out of her if it is something she doesn't want.
  • She has ants in her pants at meal time. We really learned this one over the weekend when Jen and Ed were in town and cousin EB got the highchair. Our child NEEDS a booster with a seat belt. This is what we use at home to keep her in place long enough to eat meals. Left unrestrained, she climbs in/out of chairs constantly and refuses to sit to eat.
Favorite Toys/Shows

  • Calico Critters
  • Dollhouses (we don't have one yet, but she loves the one at her friend, Kendra's, and at Pottery Barn Kids.)
  • Fairy House (small figures that she carries and plays with)
  • Thomas Trains
  • "Reading" her books
  • Drawing with pens, crayons, or whatever she can get her hands on!
  • Ariel the mermaid
  • Loves stickers!
  • Mickey Mouse Club House, Thomas and Friends, and Sesame Street are still her favorite shows. Recently she watched her first movie with Mommy one day when I was feeling too sick to play--it was Beauty and the Beast. She's been asking for a yellow dress like Belle's.
  • Loves to play dress up in her princess dresses. She wears a tutu pretty much daily.
Other Random Bits

  • Recently she did the "wheelbarrow" all the way down the upstairs hallway while Dad held her legs.
  • Still scared to swing very high, but she will climb up high and go down the tallest slides.
  • Climbs in and out of her crib. No big deal at all. We have thought about changing the crib to a toddler bed, but she honestly gets in/out of the crib so easy, that we're no longer worried that she will hurt herself. Amazingly, she doesn't really get out of the crib once she knows it is nap time or bedtime which is why I haven't changed. Why mess with a good thing, right?
  • Pretend Play is in high gear now. It is really funny to hear what she says. I overheard her potty training her baby doll one day and I promise she said, "Good job, Baby! I so proud of you!" Hmm. Where has she heard that? :)
We are going to have to do better at taking photos. We almost never take any of every day life. I will try to get some photos of her playing dress-up soon.

A friend at work asked me how Emily was doing, and I told her "having a two year old, is not for the faint of heart." It is exhausting in a different way than the newborn stage is. They are so full of energy and love. It is hard to keep up with her some days. But, I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't imagine a lazy two year old. That just makes me laugh!

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