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Annabelle Lyn: 26 Months

13 Jun

My last update on Annabelle was at 22 months. How has it been that long already? I had such good intentions of blogging about Annabelle at 2 years (24 months)!

Annabelle was 26 months on May 27 (so I’m even horribly late with this post).IMG_3408Size

Annabelle is still wearing 2T clothes and size 4 diapers, but is now wearing size 6 shoes. At her 2-year well child checkup, she was 25 lb 11 oz (35%), 33.75 inches tall (53%), and her head circumference is still in the 99th percentile, at 20 inches.IMG_3509Eating

Since my last post, we have discovered that Annabelle is also mildly allergic to soy, in addition to being lactose intolerant. She can handle eating Silk soy yogurt, but not drinking soy milk straight up. We also discovered at her 2-year doctor appointment that the rash we thought was caused by an allergic reaction is really just eczema.

So we’ve figured out a general range of food that doesn’t upset her stomach. She drinks lactose free whole milk, eats soy yogurt, and can have regular sharp or hard cheese in moderation. We let her have a little chocolate or ice cream now and again, but too much causes her to have diarrhea so we have to monitor that (which we should be doing anyway…). I’m very thankful that she’s not completely allergic to either dairy or soy!

Annabelle is still a pretty picky eater, but she really enjoys bacon, fruit of all kinds, cheese, yogurt, sausage, cereal, and applesauce. For treats, she loves chocolate, suckers, and gum.IMG_3522IMG_3622IMG_3633IMG_3819Sleeping

The big news here is that Annabelle and Emma are now sharing a bedroom! Right after Travis and I got back from Europe, we tried having Emma sleep in Annabelle’s room and for the first couple of nights, it was AWESOME. Both girls fell asleep on their own after chattering a bit. We thought we had found a miracle!

But then we moved Annabelle’s crib into Emma’s room, and it wasn’t quite the miracle we thought it would be. Getting the girls to bed at night at the same time is usually a disaster because they feed off each other and take forever to settle down, but putting them to bed at separate times also takes forever. I love cuddling with my girls at bedtime, but I really hate everything else about that time of day. My favorite night of the week is Thursday, because I have Bible study and get to skip out on bedtime. 😉

So overall, the girls sharing a room has had mixed success. I like that they’re together, and I think it will be good in the long run (and it frees up Annabelle’s room for a foster child, whenever that happens–waiting on the bureaucracy, ugh).IMG_3424Little by little, though, Annabelle is getting better at sleeping through the night. We had been rocking Annabelle to sleep and putting her down in her crib, but just this past week, we threw in the towel and did away with the crib. She is now on a twin mattress on the floor, which is mostly barricaded off from the rest of the room by a nightstand and a mattress railing. (She fell out of the toddler bed when we tried it one night.) We still lay in her room until she falls asleep (which sometimes takes a full hour!) but she sleeps through the night! WOOHOO!

We’re also trying to keep the big picture in mind. This is a phase. Annabelle will get through this. She will learn to fall asleep on her own, and sleep through the night. Emma was like this at the same age, and she is a champ now. So we do what we can to encourage good sleep habits, but we don’t go insane for it. It will happen. She will grow up.

Annabelle also still naps once a day, but we’re trying to shorten her naps because on her own, she’ll sleep 2-3 hours but then is a crazy night owl who won’t go to bed until 10.

Development

The biggest change in Annabelle’s development these past 4 months is her speech. She is talking up a storm. She is really good at repeating new words correctly after hearing them from us only once or twice, remembers a lot, and often uses several words together like “Hold the key” or “Put right there.” One of her favorite words is, of course, NOOOOOOOO. And she can count to 10! I’m not sure if it’s because Emma was so delayed in speech, but it is so awesome hearing Annabelle talk and know so much. I love it!IMG_3524Annabelle is still a bundle of energy and a cuddle bug. She is much more cautious about sensory things than her sister–when we went to the beach last weekend, Annabelle didn’t even want to put a toe in the water, while Emma went swimming almost immediately–but she is also independent (she says “Self” often, because she wants to do it by herself). She loves climbing on playgrounds, but won’t go down a steep slide by herself (“Lap. Mommy.”). When we were doing some landscaping a couple weeks ago, Emma got in the planter barefoot with me to remove sod clumps; Annabelle stayed in the grass. This past weekend, Emma took off her shoes to play in a puddle. Annabelle thought that was a good idea, but once her shoes were off, she wanted them right back on. Annabelle didn’t like the feeling of grass or sand as a baby either.IMG_3541IMG_3693IMG_3442I was determined to avoid bangs with Annabelle and for a long time, she let me put her long bangs up in a side ponytail to get them out of her face. But then she started pulling the ponytail out all the time. *sigh* So she got bangs.IMG_3450IMG_3811She’s still pretty stinkin’ adorable, but they require more upkeep. (Thankfully, I can bribe the girls with Starbursts and cut them myself.)

Annabelle is not yet potty trained, but she has peed and pooped on the potty several times. Just like with Emma, Annabelle is ready for it before I am. (But I need to get my butt in gear during the summer here.)IMG_3596IMG_3406IMG_2770IMG_2749IMG_2638And that’s Annabelle at 26…almost 27…months!

(I apologize to any of you who follow me on Instagram, as pretty much all of these photos are repeats. What can I say?)