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Annabelle Lyn: 3.25 Years

24 Jun

Annabelle was 3 years old on March 27, so instead of being horribly behind on a 3-year post, I’m choosing to be a little ahead of the game on a 3.25-year post. 😉IMG_8376IMG_7827IMG_7634IMG_7519Size

At Annabelle’s 3-year well-child checkup, she weighed 31 lbs (55%) and was 3′ 1″ tall (39%). She is wearing 3T clothes and size 7 shoes. She is also fully potty trained (more details below), so no more diapers!

Eating

Annabelle’s favorite foods recently have been yogurt, bagels, cheese, bacon, sandwich meat, veggie straws, pretzels, applesauce, and mandarin oranges. Her favorite treats are chocolate, Starburst, and gum.

Whenever she eats something that she is really enjoying, she goes “nom nom nom nom” in rhythm with her chewing.IMG_7805IMG_7819Annabelle typically front-loads her calories each day, in that she eats 27 snacks before lunch, then forces us to fight her for 5 bites of dinner. As long as I make sure her snacks are healthy, and as long as she continues to eat a variety of foods, I don’t really care. She’s growing, she’s healthy. That’s all that matters. I am, however, working with her on not screaming, “Mommmmm!!! I want a snack and a drink!!” every time she wants a snack. Because hearing that for 27 snacks, times 5 requests every 5 seconds for each snack, equals a LOT of screaming and Mommy losing her patience. I tell her that she needs to ask once, in a non-whiny, non-screamy voice, and then wait for Mommy to respond.

There have been a couple of times when Annabelle has asked Travis for a snack and he has asked her to try again (say please) but she doesn’t understand what he’s asking so she just keeps repeating her request in a different way.

“Daddy, I want some cherries!”

“Try again.”

“I want cherries.”

“Try again.”

“Give me some cherries.”

“Try again.”

“Can I have some cherries?”

“Try again.”

She got so frustrated after one of these encounters that she came crying to me. I told her “Annabelle, just say ‘Can I please have some cherries?'” She immediately stopped crying, laughed, and ran back to Travis to ask him again.IMG_7385IMG_7384IMG_7381Sleeping

I mentioned in my last update about Annabelle back in December, we had moved Annabelle back into her own room. She had been sharing a room with Emma, sleeping on a twin mattress on the floor, and we had been lying there with her until she fell asleep. Being in her own room helped Annabelle make progress with falling asleep on her own because we could leave while she was still awake, and she could flip flop around in her bed making as much noise as she wanted, and we didn’t have to worry about her keeping Emma up.

Then two things happened: We got Emma a twin bed for Christmas (freeing up her toddler bed for Annabelle) and we did 10 days of respite care for a little boy at the end of January. We had been planning to leave Annabelle in her own room until Corbin needed his room but instead, we moved Annabelle back into Emma’s room at the end of January.

We quickly discovered that we couldn’t leave the room if both girls were still awake, because even if one was almost asleep, the other would keep talking and get them wound back up. Then they’d both stay awake for another couple of hours tearing their room apart, playing with toys, hiding under the bed, etc.

Travis likes to Divide & Conquer by putting one girl to bed in our room, but I don’t like doing that because momma wants her bed for watching a show before going to sleep. So when I put the girls to bed, I “tick” Emma (run her back, legs, arms, face) first, then while I rock and tick Annabelle, Emma usually falls asleep.

For the past couple of months, we’ve been having Annabelle skip her nap. The problem wasn’t that she was fighting her naps, but that she wouldn’t be sleepy until 9 at night. The first couple weeks with no nap, Annabelle would fall asleep at 5 PM (or earlier if we didn’t keep her moving) so we had to make dinner and get her pajamas on starting at 4:15. But now she’s good until 6 or 7. She usually sleeps through the night and gets up around 6:30 AM.IMG_8616IMG_7803IMG_7693Development

Annabelle is officially potty-trained! Like with Emma, daycare did most of the work. She had been wearing pull-ups to daycare for several months when they suggested she could start wearing underwear because she was doing really well staying dry. So after they suggested it a second time, we started sending her in undies.

Once Annabelle was staying dry in undies, we started trying to be more diligent at home about having her go potty every couple hours. She was all about the potty for a few weeks and then started fighting me on it, so I let it go. A month or so later, she started telling us she had to go potty and she even started pooping on the potty (with very little prompting on our part). So we had her start wearing undies at home too. Now she only wears diapers/pull-ups at night.

She still has occasional accidents (usually because she doesn’t make it to the toilet in time). Her reaction is the cutest — she looks down and covers her eyes in shame. It’s seriously adorable.IMG_7902IMG_8680IMG_7548IMG_7334Annabelle has started to recognize letters (especially letter A since her name starts with it). She has a longer attention span for coloring and actually does pretty well with staying in the lines.

She got a bike with training wheels and has learned how to pedal. She loves riding that around! She also loves swinging on a big-girl swing.

Annabelle is a curious mix of liking to get dirty and play in the mud, and not liking her hands being sticky after eating something messy. She and Emma waded in the river just a month or so after the ice went out, and she walked through the nasty muck to find an abandoned flipflop, but she hates it when Emma splashes her and accidentally sprays her with the garden hose.IMG_8007IMG_8612IMG_8614Annabelle loves to sing and knows the lyrics to several songs, including Rain Rain Go Away, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, ABC, Bingo, Old McDonald, and Jesus Loves Me.

She still loves playing with Emma, and their favorite activities these days almost always involve Barbies and their imaginations. Annabelle also loves her “pink blanket with flowers” and “big purple baby.”

When Annabelle wakes up in the morning, she will often open her bedroom door but then wait for me to come get her. If Travis tries to get her, she hides in the corner and whines for mommy. 🙄

Annabelle loves her baby brother but is often rough with him, and weirdly likes to play with his earlobes.IMG_8620img_8637DBF2132F-911C-4933-932A-112F5F29DCE5img_8323Things Annabelle often says:

  • “I want a snack and a drink.”
  • “I have a runny nose!”
  • “Emma’s not sharing with me!”
  • “Ticky ticky ticky” (complete with butt swagger)
  • “Bye bye poopy butt.”
  • “No, I’m the mom!”
  • “I have to go tee tee.” (potty)

Other things Annabelle likes:

  • Playing hockey
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sleeping on her stomach, with no blankets
  • Pretending to be the mom of her Barbies or babies
  • Holding my hand, sitting on my lap, being carried around, and cuddling

IMG_6325IMG_6494IMG_7222IMG_6227IMG_0875IMG_6133And that’s Annabelle at 3.25 years!

Emma Grace: 3.25 Years

2 Aug

Emma was 3 ¼ years (39 months) back on July 7.IMG_20160728_172253 (Large)20160526_130356The most notable update for this post is that Emma is about 70% potty trained!

After half-heartedly and unsuccessfully trying several times, we scheduled a weekend to focus on potty training, and built it up to Emma (Big girl undies!). We also bought candy as rewards for going on the potty (Starburst and suckers have been the most motivating). She was really excited at first, and since she’s had practice going on the potty at daycare, she totally knew when she had to go (she only had one accident the first couple of days).

But then the excitement wore off, and she started refusing to sit on the potty. We changed our rewards a few times, with some success. But if she threw a fit about going on the potty, we just put a Pull-Up on her and continued suggesting she sit on the potty. She finally did come back around on the whole thing, and has been wearing undies for almost all awake time for the past couple of months.

IMG_20160729_083832 (Large)Sleeping time is a different story. She has stayed dry for some naps (she still naps from about 2-5 every day), but some naps she wets the bed, so we generally still put a Pull-Up on her for naps and a diaper for bedtime. Up until a few days ago, she was also pooping in a diaper. She’d grab a diaper, bring it to me, and say, “Mommy, I want to poop in a diaper.” HA! So she totally knew when she needed to go, but just didn’t want to go in the toilet. But a few days ago, we were shopping at Herberger’s when she had to go, and Travis convinced her to go on the toilet! She earned a freezy pop for that milestone, and has pooped on the toilet once since then. Hopefully she can keep that going, so we can keep moving away from diapers.

My experience with potty training has been both easier and harder than I expected it to be. I thought Emma would be all about it once we got going, but she wasn’t. I thought dealing with shopping and road trips would be really hard, but it hasn’t been. Sure, it’s slightly inconvenient, but I was psyching myself out on that. (And when they’re so young, even girls don’t mind popping a squat in a grass field on road trips—or at least, our girl doesn’t. J) One trick I’ve learned that has helped a ton is to cover up automatic sensors on toilets with Post-It notes so that they don’t flush unexpectedly.

IMG_20160506_105250 (Large)Matching mommy/daughter pedicures (colors chosen by Emma)

Anyway, moving on… here are some of Emma’s favorite things right now:

  • iPad—Emma still loves watching shows, mostly on her iPad (sometimes on the TV). Her latest obsessions have been the Floating Palace episodes of Sofia the First (which are about mermaids) and the mermaid scenes in Penguins of Madagascar. She has also been watching Alvin & the Chipmunks, LEGO friends, Strawberry Shortcake, Penguins of Madagascar, Minions, Brother Bear, and a few other random shows that she found by herself on Netflix.IMG_20160613_184644 (Large)

She fell asleep while watching Netflix… and pooping.

  • Books at night—After we say goodnight to Emma, she sometimes asks to read books while she “watches moons” (a toy that projects a rotating image on the ceiling and plays music) for 10 minutes. Every once in a while, she enjoys reading books during the day (which I savor when it happens!), but overall, she has too much energy for books. When we do read books together, she insists on holding them but can’t sit still enough for me to read the words.IMG_20160505_075159 (Large)
  • Helping—You name it, Emma likes helping with it. She asks to help with cooking (and won’t take no for an answer), putting dishes away, yardwork, doing things for baby, doing laundry, cleaning, putting things in the shopping cart, etc. I try to let her help as much as possible, but some things are just off-limits (like cutting up raw chicken and cooking on the stove).emma garage crop
  • Running—We’ve taken Emma on a few “family runs” around our neighborhood. She does so well! One night she ran almost a whole mile (with a few walking breaks). I think next summer we might see if there are any kid runs nearby. We’re talking about doing a local 5k as a family in September. I think Emma would have a blast! We got a bike trailer from my parents as a Christmas/birthday gift, thinking we could take Emma and Annabelle out in it. We haven’t tried biking with it yet, but a few short jogs have been a no-go—mostly because Emma’s excitement to ride in it wears off right about the time we reach the end of our driveway. She hasn’t ridden in or on something for longer than a few minutes since she was about 18 months old. She just has too much energy. Speaking of which…20160505_092501 (Large)
  • Bouncing—Emma jumps up and down in place a lot. When she’s excited, when she’s watching a movie on TV, when she’s waiting for me to go outside with her… She just has so much extra energy. She also still does this thing with her hands/arms (she has since she was about a year) when she gets really excited—it’s hard to describe but just imagine a little girl moving her hands like you do in the first part of the Chicken Dance song and waving her arms around in an excited frenzy. It’s hilarious, and so uniquely Emma. She also still does her “leg exercises” in her carseat (moving them in circles), presumably when she’s feeling antsy.IMG_20160716_001550 (Large)IMG_20160602_165216 (Large)
  • Jetskiing, fourwheeling and canoeing—This summer was the first real experience Emma had with any of these things, and she loved them! She hasn’t been a fan of riding loud things in the past, so this is a new development. And we thought she’d move around too much for being in a canoe, but she actually has done great both times she’s been out! Travis is very happy she is starting to like the outdoorsy things that he likes.IMG_20160729_182348 (Large)20160710_171838 (Large)20160618_202048 (Large)20160518_200621 (Large)20160725_093655
  • Being pulled around in a sleeping bag—This is pretty random, but one day, Emma wanted to get my sleeping bag out of the closet. One thing led to another, and pretty soon, I was pulling Emma around our basement completely zipped up in the sleeping bag (meaning she was in the dark). She can’t get enough of it! Her friend Noah likes it too. But it’s a decent workout, so mommy needs to take frequent breaks.
  • Picking raspberries—Emma has asked to pick raspberries every single day this summer (we have lots of wild ones growing on our property). But what usually ends up happening is that she picks a few and then plays with Annabelle or sticks or something while I end up picking by myself. This year, we’ve had an awesome crop of raspberries. We couldn’t pick them all, there were so many!IMG_20160629_170432 (Large)
  • Playing outside and in water—Emma still loves being outside and playing with/in water. The past three months have seen a lot of time at the beach, playground, water table, and cruising around our driveway on her trike (which she can now pedal!) and a new electric scooter we just got her. She also still loves to push/pull Annabelle around in the wagon/stroller/trike. In the past month, she has started to love floating on noodles in the water without her feet touching. She’s a pretty good little kicker too!20160720_201530 (Large)20160720_201517 (Large)
  • Sharing—Most of the time, Emma has a very generous spirit. She will share snacks and toys with Annabelle, me or Travis without being asked. (She still has plenty moments of sharing poorly, though.) One of my favorite things in the world is seeing Emma’s little arm stretched across to Annabelle’s little arm in the car, handing her a cracker or water bottle. It’s adorable!IMG_20160610_092617 (Large)
  • Being like mommy—Emma likes to imitate both me and Travis, but I think she imitates me more because I’m also a “dirl” (girl). She always says “Me have some” as she watches me get ready and put on makeup. She often emerges from our bathroom with some kind of beauty supply, the latest being a cotton pad wet down with micellar water. “I’m washing my face,” she says. Similarly…20160427_102735 (Large)20160601_211600 (Large)
  • “I want mom”—Emma is still a complete mommy’s girl. The only person that can sometimes come close is Nana Beth. Emma loves her daddy too, but for activities like fishing, roughhousing, and outdoor fun. When it comes to naps, bedtime, feeling sick, or getting hurt, she wants mommy only (unless she knows mommy’s mad at her for being disobedient, then she wants daddy!). It’s endearing, but also frustrating because I almost always end up putting both girls to bed. Travis at least does Emma’s bedtime routine though.20160506_183754 (Large)
  • Asking questions—It has begun. Emma asks “Mommy, what are you doing?” about 50 times every hour, even after I’ve repeatedly told her what I’m doing. I don’t always handle the constant questioning the best… more than once, I’ve said, “What does it look like I’m doing?”IMG_20160422_083319 (Large)

But on the flip side, one of the most fun things about Emma’s current age is that she has started saying the most hilarious things that just crack. me. up. Here are a few of my favorites:

Me: “Why do you want to put a ponytail in right before you go to bed?”

Emma: “Why not?”

Travis tackles me onto the bed, pinning me down.

Emma: “Daddy, no! Don’t! … She’s too dangerous!”

“His hands are red, he’s itching them, and he’s got a pumpkin head!” (talking about an episode of Sofia the First)

….

Emma: “I want to watch my iPad.”

Me: “Not right now.”

Emma: “I want to watch mommy’s phone.”

Me: “Emma, no, you’ve watched enough shows for right now.”

Emma: “iPad! I want to watch my iPaaaaaddddd!!”

Me: “The answer is no. Please stop asking.”

Emma: “Grrrrrrrr!!!”

A minute passes in silence, then Emma looks up with a smile and says in a sweet voice,

“Watch big TV downstairs?”

I point out stinging nettle to Emma as we’re picking raspberries, reminding her to not touch it.

Emma: “Mom, that’s what I was telling you about!”

Talking about the time she fell off the dock last summer into a few feet of water, Emma said,

“Nana Beth jumped in the wa-wa. Nana Beth saved me. … Nana Beth pushed me.”

(The full story is that Emma was standing on the dock waiting for Nana Beth to get off the pontoon. She backed up to give Nana more room, but backed up right off the dock. She didn’t get hurt and Beth jumped in right after her, so she was fine.)

IMG_20160801_124917 (Large)IMG_20160708_215902 (Large)With cousin Jensen on Papa’s pontoonIMG_20160629_121329 (Large)She loves cutting! The smaller the pieces, the better!IMG_20160503_105204 (Large)I LOVE this picture — from Emma’s birthday party.IMG_20160507_125750 (Large)She’s always trying to sleep in the doorway. I don’t know why?!?!IMG_20160523_133631 (Large)She took all the clothes out of her dresser in search of her pink princess phone.IMG_20160429_083725 (Large)20160526_140341 (Large)20160518_202213 (Large)Emma loves picking flowers. She was very disappointed when we mowed our grass and all her flowers (clover, not the ones pictured here) went bye-bye!

And that’s Emma at 3.25 years!