She went through a pretty rough "I need Mama" for everything phase, and she came out the other side with amazing understanding of what I was trying to teach her, and I came out of the phase with some new tactics to use and add to my toolbox. The biggest change I see in her over the last couple of months, is her ability to know what she should be sorry for, to know what she's thankful for, and to be able to express ideas like this on her own with little to no prompting. It is amazing to me, that a 26th month old can say things like "Thank you, Mama, for making my dinner", or "Sorry for throwing the toy, Mama". She makes us laugh every day with the things she says. I asked her the other day how her milk was. She replied with "It's not terribly bad". We just die laughing at these responses from her. It is so amazing to be a part of her world right now!
Not much has changed with her schedule. She has a slightly earlier bedtime right now (6:50 instead of 7:15 for starting the bedtime routine). Overall she's just been a bit more cranky this month, and more sleep is helping her. She's consistently going down for her nap at 12:30 now. She reads for about 30 minutes, then sleeps, then reads again. For a more in depth look at our days right now, check out the recent post: A Day in Our House.
7:15 am wake and drink milk
8:30 am breakfast
12 pm lunch
12:30-3:30 pm nap (I no longer wake her), milk when she wakes
5:30/6 pm dinner
6:50 pm bed
Breakfast and lunch are HUGE meals right now. I swear, Caroline would eat 2 full peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if I gave them to her. She cleans her plates and asks for more. I can't give her enough food! Then comes dinner, and she pecks at it most nights. I can't blame her, though... she's eaten enough for two days during the first two meals alone! She's loving spicy food, now! She says, "this is spicy", and then asks for more. She knows to "chase it with water", or eat other foods, to help calm her mouth down. She has mastered eating cereal and milk. Once she's eaten the cereal, she picks up the bowl to finish drinking the milk (I felt this was an important skill to teach her LOL). She often avoids using her fork at the table, but she usually complies with our requests of her to use it.
Caroline's sleep has been great. She continues to go through very short phases of trying to delay bedtime (potty excuses, asking to be tucked in again, etc.). These phases are short lived and often end quickly when my husband and I get back to being consistent (I admit she sucks us in for a tiny bit).
Caroline requested to no longer wear pull ups during her naps and at night. My plan was to wait until she was waking up dry, so I was reluctant to do nap and night training quite yet. She insisted and really seemed to want this, so I went with the flow. We did nap and night training for over a week. For the most part, she was waking up wet in the middle of the night, and it was simply disrupting her sleep. I must say, however, that as soon as we stopped (because it was impacting her sleep too much and didn't seem worth it), she started waking dry from her naps 90% of the time, and is dry about 50% of the time in the mornings. I'm amazed! It is NOT high on my priority list, and she's ok with wearing pull ups again, so we've stopped the training in order to catch her up on sleep again. Seems like she'll be self training sooner than later, however, as a result of our attempts!
One of Caroline's favorite things to do right now is playing with other children. If she sees other children at a playground (not too many- one or two is good LOL), she eventually makes her way over and has a BLAST with the other kids! She does things that she is reluctant to do with just me around, and seems so happy. She interacts with other children very well, and really seems to light up. In fact, we are bumping her up to two days of school next school year partially because of this observation. She just really seems to like being around other children, and I think she'll really enjoy two half days of school!
Gymnastics is still going great, although we've run into a slight hiccup. Caroline is excelling at her the skills and loves going to gymnastics. There is a pad on one of the balance beam legs that is ripped and bothers her. As a result, the last two weeks of gymnastics, she won't do anything. She is so fixated on the pad that she refuses to do any of the activities. I am hoping this phase passes quickly. We've tried several tactics, and so far none are working. We'll see what happens this week!
Related to the above, she notices details and is very observant. She notices when a milk jug isn't sitting straight in the grocery store, and insists on fixing it. She notices every outlet in every room we are in, notices fuzz on the ground, and so much more. She doesn't miss a thing. This behavior rarely impacts her at the level that it is currently at gymnastics, however.
Her memory is also amazing. If I tell her we'll do something later, I better mean it! This girl will hold me accountable! LOL She "reads" her books on her own before and after her nap. She knows exactly what words and ideas are on each page of a book she's only heard once. She pays close attention and then loves practicing on her own.
She has a "Today is..." chart in her room now. She loves filling out the chart each day and learning about days of the week, seasons, months, the date, and the weather. If I ask her what day she goes to school, she can tell me the day of the week without hesitation!
Her favorite toys this week (haha yes it changes that quickly), are a button puzzle, and a Daniel Tiger trolley with characters.
She does excellent pretend play now. She plays out full scenarios with the characters and even says both sides of a conversation for them. "I'm scared, I can't find mommy", "It's ok, your mommy will come back. Let's go find her", "Here she is", "I love you mommy", "I love you too", and on and on! I just love listening to her play. When one of her toys falls over she says "Are you ok?", and even apologizes.
She loves helping to make meals, and enjoys helping clean up.
Her favorite activities are still reading and going outside.
If I ask her what she's sorry for, she can come up with the correct statement all on her own!
"Sorry for throwing the toy, Mama"
Caroline says thank you all the time, completely unprompted. She also makes sure to tell us what she's thankful for! "Thank you for the kisses, Daddy".
She is now very interested in words. She'll point to a word and say "What does this say?".
Her favorite color is purple.
She's tough. She'll fall and there are rarely tears. We ask if she's ok, and she says "I'm ok" and goes back to what she was doing.
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