Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Toddler Summary: 2.5 Years

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Does it seem to anyone else like it was just yesterday I was typing "baby summary 3 months"--and now here I am with a 30 month old toddler?!?!?? Pretty crazy.

Okay, of all of McKenna's months in life, this month was the HARDEST. She has been so whiny, impatient, and demanding. When it first started, I vocalized that I really hoped she was getting a two year molar in so it would help explain the behavior. Not only was she getting one, she was getting two. Poor girl.

EATING
Some children don't eat as well when they are teething. That is not true for McKenna. She still eats a lot. I am telling you, she eats at least half of my oatmeal each morning. I guess it could be considered a nice diet program for me? I know I could make more, but I just know that as soon as I do, she won't want to eat it. I can't see food go to waste, so I would eat all of it and be overly full. I am fine--don't worry about me ;)

PLAYTIME
Playtime is still going well. With drop offs and school schedules for older children, she doesn't always get her independent play in each day. She really likes it, and she is happier if she has it. So if we aren't home for her to have it in the morning, I will let her have it after nap and before dinner if there is time.

SLEEPING
This was our big event of the week. McKenna moved to a twin bed! We decided to just go buy a bed, which worked out perfectly with Labor Day sales. It has been about a month, and so far, she has been a perfect angel about it (*knocking on wood*). She stays in her bed, she goes to sleep well...she was so excited to get her big girl bed. 

For the first few days, she did wake up quite a bit earlier in the morning. Where I usually have to wake her up at 8:30 AM, she would wake at 7:30. This wasn't a problem in my case because 7:30 is far more convenient for me. But after a few days, she got used to sleeping in a different bed and went back to normal. That is something important to remember when your child is sleeping in a new place, whether vacation or a new bed at home. The first night will usually not be idea. After 1-3 nights, things should be normal.

MOMMY TIME
Having time with just McKenna has been very valuable this month. The first days of school, McKenna was very upset to see Brayden and Kaitlyn go. She wanted to stay with them. After a few days, however, she was thrilled to have so much of my direct attention. The days go by so quickly that we can't get everything done we would like to, so we are never bored. 

TEETHING
Oh those molars! I hate two year molars. They take so long to come in and they are so painful for the child. It really impacts personality. Be patient when your child is teething. Imagine constant pain and how you would be disposition-wise, account for the child's total lack of maturity, and it will help you have more patience during the teething times. 

LOOKING AHEAD
In the next month, we will start potty training (since I am writing this "in the next month" I know we already have....but I will make you wait for the information). 

OUR SCHEDULE
1-3 days a week, this schedules is disrupted due to school drop offs and pick ups. I still need to perfect what it will be for the school year. Now that we have been in school for a month, I think I have a better idea for what we should do.

8:00--Wake up and eat breakfast
9:15--Get ready
9:30--Chores
10:00--Walk or bike ride
10:30--Independent Play
11:30--TV time possibly
12:00--Lunch
12:30--Learning activity and free play with sibling
1:30--Nap
4:00 or 4:30--Get up--or free play. 
5:30--Dinner
6:00--Family Activities
7:30--Get ready for bed
8:00--Bedtime

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9 comments:

Scott and Jenny said...

My son is just a few weeks younger than McKenna, from what I've gathered over the past few years of your summaries. So pretty much since my son was born, I've been following each of your summaries, and they have been SO HELPFUL! Thank you so much!! For the past few weeks, my son has been super emotional, cranky, etc. and I've been wondering why. I am going to check his mouth when I get home from work today to see if his molars may be coming in as well. That could explain a lot! Thank you again for the weath of information you provide on this blog!!

Katy said...

My DD#1 is a couple months younger than McKenna, so I remember those early summaries...she's sick this week - fever turned bad cough and it's rough. Maybe top molars, too. Poor thing. DD#2 is 3 months now and I don't have to reference the blog as often - a good thing I think!

Leigh Anne said...

My DS#2 is the same age as McKenna - same b-day even :) And I totally agree about those molars...stinks! He has been CRAZY out-of-sorts because of them. Can't wait for his old happy self to return. Thanks for the encouragement about the bed. We are about to make that transition too. He did potty-train himself a few mos ago....wild!?! So, it has been nice to have that milestone under our belts. Thanks for the summaries. Enjoy reading them :)

Kelly said...

Hey Val,
I have been reading your blog for ages and I absolutely love it! Thank you for pouring so much of yourself into this helpful resource for us babywise moms out here. My question is, and I don't mean this in a judgemental way, what do you do about cleaning up your kids before bed? You've mentioned time and again that you bathe your children in the morning and I was just wondering if you had a way of getting them "germ free" before they crawled into their sheets for the night. Thanks so much!

-Kelly (http://renaissancesoccermom.blogspot.com/)

From Belly to Babe said...

I love your schedule...this is a great sample schedule for me to reference when my girl gets older. Thanks!

Plowmanators said...

Scott and Jenny, I am glad they have helped! If it helps, McKenna has been back to her pleasant self this last 2 weeks. I have loved having my sweet, happy, fun loving girl back!

Plowmanators said...

Leigh Anne, Kaitlyn potty trained herself. That was lovely! I was hoping McKenna would do the same (but knew she wouldn't).

Plowmanators said...

Kelly, We just do brushing teeth and washing hands. If faces are dirty, we wash those. Nothing more. I am not a person who is afraid of germs. But that reminds me of my cousin who showers before bed each night AND each morning. He doesn't want his sheets to get dirty. I find that so funny :)

Plowmanators said...

And everyone is welcome!

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