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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
10:00--Walk or bike ride
11:30--TV time possibly
12:30--Learning activity and free play with sibling
4:00 or 4:30--Get up--or free play.
7:30--Get ready for bed