Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brinley Preschooler Summary: 39 Months Old

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On a walk through the corn maze. Preschooler style. Better stop and play in the dirt. 
This is a summary for Brinley from 38-39 months old. 

For half of this month, Brinley got difficult at sleep time again. She just loves to come up with delay tactics for naps and bedtime. It can honestly be exhausting to put her down for a nap. If I didn't believe in the importance of sleep, I would give up the nap and just let her stay up. But I pushed through and we got through the tactic trial period and she went back to normal Brinley. 

I will note, I have noticed a trend that if I have spent good time with Brinley that day she will typically go down for a nap well and pleasantly. If we haven't done much together (like playing or learning activities), those are days she will fight me on naps. It has been an interesting revelation. 

Brinley loved Halloween. She loves dress up. She was a "muggle dressed like a princess."
We had a lot of events the week of Halloween to dress up for, and she was a different princess each time. 
Eating is good. Brinley will often eat a meal as quickly as possible in order to get back to play opportunities. 

Play time is going well on all fronts. Brinley loves her independent play. She loves her learning time activities. She has had a couple of playdates with little friends her age and that has gone well. She loves tagging along with me to go do stuff at the school and she is very good. She joined in McKenna's first grade class for a field trip early in the month and a Halloween party late in the month and just blended right in with the big kids. She is a great sport and actually does help with things. I am the PTO president at our elementary school this year, so she does a fair amount of tagging along. 

She loves for me to play with her. Between lunch and nap, she loves for us to go play Barbies, puzzles, or picnics or something together. When I play Barbies with her, I take the opportunity to comb through their hair and get them dressed. She doesn't mind at all. 

We went to Chicago for a family vacation during this time. We flew there. Brinley was great on the plane. We brought along our iPad and Kidz Gear Headphones (which I love more and more all the time). The flight is pretty short--just 2.5-3 hours. That is definitely short enough to be no biggie for her.

By the time we landed, got our luggage, got our rental car, and drove where we were sleeping, it was midnight local time (11 PM for us). The four kids all slept in the same room together. Brinley was on an air mattress on the floor. She went to sleep well and slept great all night.

The next night, they went to bed at a normal bedtime and she was not cooperating. She was talking away to the kids. We told her if she wasn't quiet, she would sleep in our room instead. She talked on and she moved in with us. We just moved the air mattress into our room on the floor. We didn't go to sleep at the same time she did, so she went to sleep by herself. She slept really well that night and late into the next morning. We kept that arrangement for the rest of the trip. 

She was really good for the trip. She had some crying moments, but I was more than pleased with how well she did and how flexible she was with life on vacation. 

Here is our typical schedule:

8:45 AM--wake up/eat breakfast/scriptures
9:15 AM--get ready for day
9:30 AM--watch 30 minutes of TV (usually Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood)
10:00 AM--Independent Playtime
11:15ish AM--Learning time
12:00 noon--Lunch
12:30 PM--free play
1:30/2:00ish PM--Nap
4:30/5:00 PM--Wake up and free play
5:30 PM--Dinner
6:00 PM--Family time
8:00 PM--Get ready for bed
8:30 PM--Bedtime

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