A glimpse into our crazy life

I’m a big girl May 18, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — emilyandfrank @ 10:46 pm

I wanted to write an update about Alaina for her half birthday…I’m only about 7 weeks late.

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-The things we hear most frequently from Alaina these days are “I do it!” and “Me do it!”. She is all about doing things herself. She also wants to help out with a lot of tasks, especially making dinner. While I appreciate her enthusiasm, it’s a struggle to find kid-friendly kitchen tasks.

-Her love of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been replaced by Dora and sometimes Clifford or Little Einsteins.

-She continues to be a chatterbox and a singer. Recently, we’ve caught her singing along to music on the radio that we had no idea she was paying attention to! Guess we have to make sure what we’re listening to is kid-friendly.

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-We often attend storytime at a local bookstore on Saturdays. They sing songs and listen to two books. Here’s a pic from their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. She used to always sit by me, but now she’s become more comfortable there and likes to go down in the front by the “teacher”.

-Her current favorite foods are bell pepper with ranch, scrambled eggs, yogurt and string cheese.

-She’s been potty-trained since February! In late January, I decided to try the “potty train in a weekend” method while Frank was at a conference. It was a very challenging two days of being trapped in our house and cleaning up A LOT of accidents! When I didn’t see any improvement from Saturday to Sunday, I thought it hadn’t worked. But a funny thing happened- the next two weeks at daycare, she did great with going on the potty and staying dry. So, we switched her to big girl undies during the day, stocked up on stickers for rewards, and haven’t looked back. She’s had a few accidents and only recently has become better about telling us when she needs to go (instead of us just asking her or making sure she goes before we leave the house). She still wears pull-ups at night, but 90% of the time they’re dry in the morning. It’s nice to have a break in buying diapers and now I know where the restroom is in nearly every store in the tri-state area. :)

-Alaina will say the most hilarious things sometimes. I don’t know if she picks them up from others at daycare, TV, or what. Some recent one-liners: “That’s amaaazing!” “There you go, little fella.” “I’m beautiful.” “I’m so proud of you.”

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-Alaina has hopefully outgrown her chronic ear infections- she only had one or two this past winter. Unfortunately, it was just replaced with getting croup 3-4 times and bronchitis once (which led to this nap on the couch).

-At least once a day, she declares “I’m a big sister!” She seems to think the baby lives in my belly button since if she wants to give the baby a kiss, she will only kiss directly on it. We gave her a cute book about being a big sister and we read it often.

-About a month ago, I suggested she take her nap in her new big girl bed in the craft room (which is being re-purposed as her big girl room so the baby can have the other room). I just wanted her to start to get used to that room. Well, she loved it so much she refused to sleep anywhere else so she is sleeping in the bunk beds (from my nana’s house) while we gradually get the room ready for her to permanently move in. We’ll post pictures when it’s finally complete.

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