Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Brinley Toddler Summary {32.5 Months}

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This is a summary for Brinley from 32-32.5 months old.


SLEEPING
Sleep is pretty unchanged. The only change is that now before each nap, she wants to have Frozen songs sung to her. She runs to her room and shuts the door and wants you to stand outside it and sing "Do You Want To Build a Snowman." Seriously. She has the movie memorized, word for word. It isn't like she watches it all the time. But she is obsessed. I shared last time, but I had the fortunate circumstance of having one child (McKenna) totally obsessed when the rest of the world was obsessed. Then she cooled off. Soon after, Brinley got old enough to decide to be obsessed. It has been a long Frozen obsession. Fortunately, I like the show and don't mind it.

One note sleep-related, I have been talking to Brinley each day about how fun it would be to sleep in a big girl bed. She is coming around to the idea. I don't mind her being in her crib, but age 3 is the recommended age for size/weight to be out, so I want to make sure she is ready to be out by then. I think we are close. One bad thing about her wanting the crib is that you have little leverage for staying in bed. My plan has always been to tell them they will have to go back to the crib if they don't stay in the bed. The older three all did well (Kaitlyn had a couple of times getting out). Brinley is quite obedient, but she hates naptime and she is in a major boundary testing phase right now. So I really want her at a point where she really wants the big girl bed and it isn't me talking her into it. 

EATING
Eating is good.

PLAYTIME
Things are going well. Brinley loves to dress up. Dress up is definitely a favorite activity. She usually puts on a fancy dress and informs me that her name is now Princess. She also loves playing with the Magic Clip Dolls. She also has a major obsession with regular LEGOs, especially these LEGO Disney princess sets. McKenna got two for her birthday. She often sneaks into Brayden's room to play with his LEGOs. She has her Duplos, which were good enough for my other children as two year olds, but she is really wanting to play with regular LEGOs. 

Playing Memory with McKenna
One issue with independent play right now is she is testing boundaries of getting out. She will come to me to ask with help getting on a certain dress or putting an accessory on a Barbie. I knew this would come. Brayden did the same thing (he might have even been the same age, though I did think he was 3.5 when he started instead of 2.5). She is so much like him in certain ways that I knew this day would come. At this point, she comes out once and I tell her that she needs to stay in there. I tell her if she can't, I will put a lock on the door (one of those handle covers used in child-proofing). She stays after that. I will keep that up for a bit as she is learning the limits. If she continues too long, I will go straight to the lock as a consequence for getting out. I would guess I will have to go there, but I am hoping to teach her to stay without a lock if possible. 


SOCCER
Right now is soccer season. That means about 6 games a week, and my husband coaches 4 of them. Brinley is so good. I am so glad. This age can be really hard at games. I am glad that she will watch the game or play with the soccer ball on the sideline and I am not chasing her everywhere (knock on wood!). 

SCHEDULE
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

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