Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brinley Toddler Summary: 29.5 Months Old

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Brinley really wanted to play Uno Attack! with us. I had my doubts, but let her play. As you can see,
she can't hide her cards from us, but she can match colors and numbers and is thrilled to push the button,
so it is an all around good time.

This is a summary for Brinley from 29-29.5 months old.

Sleeping started out continuing on from the last summary I gave (which entailed some mighty efforts in delaying bedtime). Over the course of these two weeks, she has steadily improved. She isn't trying so many delay tactics. She isn't crying at all once in bed, though she is quite upset when it is time for a nap. I give her the 5 minute warning ("In five minutes, it is time for your nap.") That worked for Brayden, but Brinley is not mentally preparing herself to stop playing. So we have improvement in this area, but we aren't done with the issues yet. 

Eating is great. 

Playtime is also really good.

One day, she came out of independent play on her own. She looked a little surprised by it and I was surprised by it. When Brayden did this the first time, it was close to time to be done anyway, so I just let him stay out. Then I got to have a period where he got out randomly throughout the independent play. O didn't want to repeat that with Brinley--especially with a big girl bed in her near future.

I told her she needed to go back to her room until I came to get her. She was not thrilled by this, but she went back. I had her be in her room literally for five seconds before I opened the door and told her it was time to get out. I explained she needed to wait for Mommy to get her. She has not tried to get out on her own again.

I am talking epic. It is crazy how a little toddler can go from super cute and obedient girl whose only struggle is not liking to go down for naps to a girl who chooses to sit in a time out for 20 minutes rather than take a bath.

20 minutes people!

I had finally opened her WOW water books from Melissa and Doug that she got for Christmas the day prior to the epic bath battle. She got up and I told her after breakfast, she was going to take a bath. She ate, and then wanted to "paint" in her books. I told her that was fine after she took her bath. 

She was not excited about it and refused to take off her PJs. I could have physically held her down and removed her PJs and put her in the bath, but I think she is old enough to be doing this herself and obeying me. I told her she could take a bath or have a time out, but that if she chose time out, it would be time out until the bath. Not really much of a choice to the logical person, but she is a toddler. 

She chose time out. She sat in time out happily. I would come back about every 2 minutes to see if she was ready for a bath yet. Nope. Still wanted the time out. 

After 20 minutes, she decided bath sounded better. She went into the bathroom and started to remove her PJs, then decided to test me a bit further. She put her PJs back on and said, "No bath!" I took her back to time out. After two minutes, she was done and ready to bath. She took her PJs off, had a nice bath, then played with the paint books.

We haven't started, but she is showing more and more interest. She loves to sit on the potty and loves to try to go. She still hasn't gone on the potty. As soon as she gets in her diaper, she pees and tells me about it. 

This is her typical daily schedule.

8:45 AM--Wake up/Breakfast
9:15 AM--Get ready
10:00 AM--TV time
10:30 AM--Independent Playtime
11:45 AM--Help get lunch ready/hang out with me doing stuff
12:15 PM--Lunch
12:45 PM--Learning Activity
1:00 PM--Sibling play with McKenna
1:30/2:00 PM--Nap
4:30/5:00 PM--Wake up and Free Playtime
5:30 PM--Dinner
6:00 PM--Family Time
7:30 PM--Get Ready for Bed
8:00 PM--Bedtime



Jessie said...

Your comment about games made me think you might have some suggestions for great beginner games! My daughter turned 3 a couple months ago and I tried Candyland at that time, but it wasn't fun. She would take turns and put her man on the correct color, but she didn't grasp following the trail so she would randomly 'win' the whole time I was willing to 'play' by landing at the castle :) I'd love other suggestions!

Valerie Plowman said...

Oh yes! I will do a post on that ASAP. I will go look at our games and see what are our favorites.

Susan said...

Where does she have her timeouts? Our daughter won't stay in timeout...

kristinkaleidoscopic said...

Valerie, as always, thank you! I love these kid summaries. My daughter is 6 months younger than Brinley, so I love having an idea of what's coming next. It's always good to hear about the bumps in the road too. They help give perspective. :)

Question when you have a chance. I read about your big trip on the road and wondered what you packed to keep Brinley happy for those long rides in the car. It sounds as though she did great. Our toddler did not on our big Christmas trip, so I'm curious what toys/activities you used to keep her happy. Thanks!

Valerie Plowman said...

Susan right now it is in her booster (the one for meals) seat at the kitchen table.

Valerie Plowman said...

I think a big part of brinley being so happy on the drive is just that is her demeanor. We didn't expect her to do so well--we both think it would not have gone so well with any of our other kids. So a big part is just their temperament.

She had a couple of my little ponies. A lot of books. Snacks. A coloringg book. Some little dolls. She also had an iPad with some super why, word world, Daniel tigers neighborhood, and letter factory on it. We didn't break out the shoes untl over halfway, but once they were out, they were a huge hit :)


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