Tuesday, February 1, 2011

McKenna Toddler Summary: 22 Months Old

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This is a summary for McKenna 21-22 months old.

You know how toddlers go through this phase of, um, difficulty somewhere between 17-21 months old? Your sweet, darling child suddenly starts saying things like "no" and running the other way when you call? You start to wonder what happened to your little sweetie?

Well, that was McKenna. But I didn't worry or stress because I had been there, done that. I knew she would snap out of it as fast as she snapped into it. 

She came out the other end with lots of new words and a sudden sentence speaker. She also came out the other end suddenly knowing what most of her ABCs are and the sound they make. These are things I have exposed her to, but previous to this last leap, every letter said "B." It is so interesting how fast they change. Okay, what else...

EATING
Still an eater. And getting adventurous. One day, she took her olives and her apples, added them to her Mac & Cheese, took a bite and said, "Nummy!" Oh wow. That is gross. Maybe. I don't know. I am not as brave as she is.

She is so great to cook for. The whole time she eats, she says, "Mmmm!!! Nummy! Num! Nummmmy!" She certainly loves her food.

PLAYTIME
Wow McKenna got messy during independent playtime this week. She helps me clean up when she is done, but wow it is messy. She actually has been improving back toward the not-such-a-big-mess side of things. 

She loves playing with her siblings more and more. She will even stop eating when they do so she can go play with them (rather than continuing on for another 30 minutes). 

NAPS
I moved her nap back this month. She now goes down at 1:30. I found she slept better going down at 1:30 than at 1:00. She wasn't having bad naps before, but they are just even better now.

SLEEP
Night sleep is great again consistently now that she doesn't miss a nap on Sunday. If you remember, she was waking around 9-10 PM with nightmares on Sunday nights. Now our church is at 9, so she gets her nap and has no nightmare problems!

ECZEMA
McKenna has no signs of Eczema right now.

YOUNGEST CHILD
A great blessing of being a mother is that you start to see things from many perspectives. As an oldest child myself, I understood youngest children claimed to have difficulties, but I didn't see them :) Now that I am the mother of a youngest child, I can see them. I see this little girl who wants to be just like her siblings, but gets left on the sidelines watching because she is too young much of the time. She really does handle it well, but anytime something new comes up, she is sad about it.

One example is Brayden and Kaitlyn are taking Ice Skating lessons. The first week, McKenna was determined to get out on that ice. She used her tenacity with everything she had. She sad down, held her foot up to me, and said sadly, "boot." I felt bad for her. But of course you can't let the youngest child do things she isn't ready for. She will have her own benefits.

She is good now to sit next to me and watch the fun. 

ELMO
Whoever invented Elmo is a genius. All three of my children have had a serious love affair with Elmo. McKenna has recently started hers. She shrieks with delight when she sees him and says, "Elmo! Elmo!" Except she says it "Melmo!" If only I hadn't put a picture of Elmo in her "quiet book." 

STITCHES
McKenna got her stitches out, and yes, it took three adults to hold her down to get it done. She was not happy. Kaitlyn sat in a corner crying while Brayden lectured her not to cry because it would scare McKenna more. It was not a happy experience for anyone, but things are looking good. I have been keeping aquaphor on her scar because I highly love that stuff. If you have any great recommendations for scars, I would love to hear them!

OUR SCHEDULE
8:15--breakfast
9:00--bath/get ready
10:00--sibling playtime
10:30--independent playtime11:30--learning time
12:00--lunch
1:30--nap
4:00/4:30: get up5:00--Dinner. Free play and family time
8:00--in bed by this time. Sometimes sooner.

Times are approximate

12 comments:

Kim said...

For scars, a Vitamin E Capsule cut open is good. But I'd going with the Mederma for Kids, if you are willing to pay for it, it's worth it.

LKD said...

I agree with kim. Mederma is worth the price.

serra said...

rub the scar every night when putting what ointment on. That way, if there is any scar tissue, it will be "rubbed out" (for a lack of a better words) and she won't have any sort of lumps....

LaChelle said...

I too LOVE Aquahpor!! I put it on Carter's bottom every night before bed & after his bath to prevent diaper rash since he sleeps 12 hrs straight every night. I'm not sure about scars but I need to know b/c Carter has one on his forehead.

My son is almost 21 months & its promising to know that he will get out of this stage or whining alot & running the opposite direction. He obeys about 65-75% of the time which is the greatest I could ever hope for at his age. I keep waiting for my son to talk more but the words I hear most frequently are car & ball. I suppose he is a boy at heart!! thanks for all your posts. This blog helps me to know I'm not alone in this world of motherhood & that I will calm down more w/each consequitive (spg?) child! thanks again!

Breta said...

Ok, I want to say that I love the information and ideas you have on your blog. I really like the parenting you advocate.

However, I can't find the information that I need now. I'm pretty sure you've already addressed the problems I'm having somewhere on this blog. I'm having trouble finding where. I can't find a search bar. In the Index by Age, there is no link for a 2.5 year old. And it seems like every blog label brings up a bunch of blogs through which I have to scroll down forever and then still can't find what I'm looking for. I don't know if other readers are experiencing these same difficulties, but I think if they are, addressing them would cut down on the volume of questions you receive and make it easier for you to help people and easier for people to find what they need when they need it. Thanks so much for all you do; you're amazing!

rebekah said...

Quick question - My DS is the same age as your McKenna and I always love comparing the two. You mentioned breakfast at 8:15. Roughly what time does she wake up in the morning? Thanks!

Stacey said...

I was a babywise, childwise, all kinds of wise when my kids were little. Love it!

The Lazy Mom wuz here.
www.imalazymom.com

Marthalynn said...

Hi! Love your blog and all of your information and advice!

I was in the plastic surgery field before becoming a mom and I can tell you that we used ScarGuard for our patients. There is a non-professional strength that you can purchase at CVS - it's half the strength and half the cost of what we sold but other than that it is exactly the same formula. http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_product_detail.jsp?filterBy=&skuId=259785&productId=259785&navAction=push&navCount=1&no_new_crumb=true

Plowmanators said...

Thanks everyone for the scar advice!

Plowmanators said...

You are welcome LaChelle!

Plowmanators said...

Breta, have you tried looking just in the blog index? It is topical and brings up a list of posts (instead of every post like the blog label).

I haven't made it to the older age groups for posts yet, but in the blog index, there is a "Toddler" section, which would fit in a 2.5 year old.

Plowmanators said...

Rebekah,

She wakes up right around there. I just get her up and go right to breakfast.

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