Eating is the same. You might remember in the past we have had issue of her throwing food on the floor. This has continued to slowly improve. She mostly does it when she is done eating and we don't respond to her signing "all done." She then starts throwing food on the floor because she knows she will get noticed. This is a struggle with a fourth child--we are often distracted with other children! Children do what they know works. But each time we remind her the correct way to get our attention and require her to ask the right way. She is getting better with time.
Playing is good. She loves her independent playtime. Sometimes it can even get her out of a grumpy funk. Maybe she just needs some time alone sometimes :)
We continued with one nap a day during this period. We continued on with every other day, but then moved to one nap a day every day (except Sunday) by the end of this period.
I had some Thanksgiving decorations out that Brinley LOVED. They were little Styrofoam balls that looked like little berries that went with a cornucopia. It was right at her level for playing with. Oooh boy. She loved to pulled them apart. Those things lasted through three other children and I was not about to let her destroy them. But it was a battle. She definitely has some tenacity in her. She gets worse when she is bored or tired, as I am sure every child does. Those berries survived, but not without lots of intervention. I am wondering how the Christmas tree experience will be...I imagine by the end of December she will be much better at obeying my voice.
Brinley does not walk. She has walked, but it is not her preferred mode of transportation. She mostly walks on her knees these days--not crawling, just walking on her knees. I am not sure why she won't walk since she can. I don't know if she feels nervous at all or if she wants to hold on to "baby" for a while longer. I don't mind so much--she can't move as fast on her knees or even crawling as she will get once she starts walking.
Another new tooth during this period! Brinley always gets a bright red cheek right before a new tooth comes through.
The time change was during this period. It went really well. We couldn't do much prep before hand because of older kids and driving to school. We took about a week to move morning waketime to where I wanted it to be, but I wanted her waking earlier than she had been. The hardest part for her was adjusting to nap time. We took about the full two weeks to get nap moved to the right time.
Brinley got her first encounter with snow. She wasn't so keen on it. She absolutely loves the outdoors and I knew winter would be a hard time for her. We get a lot of snow and it is hard for a child that age to move around in snow with proper attire on. She does not like being cooped up on the house--she likes to wander in the outdoors.
8:15--wake up. Eat breakfast (fruit, cereal, and milk)
Get ready. Clean with mom.
10:30 Independent Playtime.
Play with McKenna.
4:00-4:30--wake up. Snack. Play.
7:30--Sippy of milk, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.
But during this period, nap was shifting between noon and 1.
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