McKenna is now 2.5 plus two months.
Eating is all normal. She still eats well and eats a lot of food.
She is getting more and more imaginative with her play all of the time. She is an imaginative person, and inventive with her games.
She is OBSESSED with backpacks right now. I am sure it is because she wants to be like Brayden and Kaitlyn. She fills her backpack up with Legos (duplos) and then runs everywhere she goes. And thus you hear a "chink, chink, chink, chink" as she is on the move :).
Sleep is good and normal. She goes to bed at about 8 PM and gets up between 8-8:30 AM. She takes a nap each day for about 3 hours. Sometimes 2.5, sometimes 3.5.
You would not believe how brave she was at the dentist. I guess it isn't true bravery if you aren't scared in the first place? She was so nonchalant about it. They had her lay on the real dentist chair for the first time this visit. She did without being concerned. Then she opened her mouth and let them clean her teeth with their tools. The dentist was shocked. He had never had someone that age be so unconcerned about the whole thing, and I know my older two definitely didn't!
One day this past month she really pushed me to my limit. She was so very grumpy and did everything she should not do. Really driving me crazy. I knew this was very unlike her, so I took her to the doctor. I felt a little silly that her symptom was grumpiness and disobedience, but I knew something was wrong. I am not one who brings her kids in over small things, so no one gave me a look like I was crazy. Plus I think you earn some clout as you have multiple children.
I was right! She had a double ear infection. No fever, no complaining. She was eating well and sleeping well. But she was grumpy and not herself so I knew something was wrong. She went on another run of antibiotics and next week I will be taking her in to be checked again. If she has an infection again, we will be looking at tubes. If anyone has any tube experience and input, please share! After a day, she started to return to her happy self and is now just a joy. It has been a while since we have had just happy McKenna because she had a couple of months of teething followed by one to two months of ear infections, so it is nice to have the sweet (and spunky) girl back. And nice is an understatement.
TOO MANY FREEDOMS
A common problem around this age is coming into too many freedoms. See this post for a full breakdown: The Choice Addiction (for Toddlers) :http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/03/choice-addiction-for-toddlers.html. One day, my husband and I came to the conclusion that part of McKenna's behavior issues were that she had too many freedoms. It is very easy to do, and I think it is especially easy to do when you have older children. It is easiest to just let everyone have mostly the same level of freedoms, but it is not the best. I have a post on this, too: Siblings and the Funnel :http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2009/02/siblings-and-funnel.html .
We stripped everything down so she had no freedoms for an afternoon. Then we started adding age-appropriate freedoms back in. The interesting thing is that she immediately improved. She did not fight the freedom restriction and she immediately improved her behavior.
She is doing really well with the Christmas tree and not touching it. This year, her ornament was Elmo, and as you can see from the picture above, she super loves it. That was when she was putting it up on the tree when we were decorating. Every time she walks in the room she cheers that we have a tree, that Elmo is on it, and that it is "sparkly."
McKenna handled the time change well. It did not go as smoothly as I had expected, but she hadn't had prep and also had the ear infections going on, so it is understandable. After a couple of days, she was back to normal.
We will be making another run at potty training this next month. Yes, yes I am crazy to do it during December. I know it. Sometimes I can't help myself. It just seems like the right moment.
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--Learning Poster and read stories with Mommy
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
Her favorites are the same as last month. She added the backpack and Legos. From last month: She loves the grocery cart a lot. A baby stroller and all doll stuff is another huge hit. She also really likes the little people toys.