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|She hasn’t ever seen Elmo, but that doesn’t stop her
from completely loving him.
This is a summary for Brinley from 21.5-22 months old.
Sleep is going well. Brinley sometimes would be upset for a few minutes when I put her down for a nap. I started to read her stories before nap and that 100 percent and immediately stopped her being upset. Reading before nap is something I always did with Brayden, but stopped with my other girls because having other children, I need to be able to make nap time be a fast thing. She loves having her stories, though, and it makes it so she is not upset at all to stop her playing and head off to nap.
Remember how I have been testing her limits on her flexibility on nap times? She is quite flexible, but I have found her limits at times. I am now trying to be very consistent since summer is here just so when I need her to be flexible, she is not already in a sleep deficit. Remember the analogy to the rubber band on flexibility–you can only be flexible if you are returning to a location. You stretch and return. If you don’t have a starting point and are constantly stretched in different directions, you snap.
Eating is going well.
Playing is also going well.
Brinley has this eczema patch on her face that will NOT go away. I have been doing all of the tricks I have known and loved for the last five years and it is not working. We bought the Aveeno Eczema lotion to try. Things help it get smaller and better, but I can’t get it to 100% heal.
Her teeth are STILL coming in. The first one broke through. I feel so bad for her and her stubborn gums that won’t just cut teeth. You can see them pushing and bulging. She likes to pick up her teething necklace and chew on it–well, she actually snapped one bead in half today! She did it while I was holding her (luckily). She spit it right out into my hand. I guess it removes any question I have ever had about “is this safe to sleep in?” Apparently not.
Girls have a special ability to totally fake the emotions. It is amazing to watch her turn it on and turn it off on a dime.
I was thinking about her spot in the family and how she really lives a very charmed life. She gets to have all of these people doting on her, helping her, playing with her, and just being around her. She has it good. But then I flashed forward to her teenage years when it is just her at home–we will see how charmed it seems then. It might be quite boring for her :).
STUFFED ANIMAL ACCUMULATOR
We own a lot of stuffed animals at our house. Brinley likes to go around, find new stuffed animals and make a home for them in her bed. She is slowly collecting. I was that way as a child, too, so I totally get it.
8:15–wake up. Eat breakfast (fruit, cereal, and milk)
Get ready. Clean with mom.
10:00 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.
- On Becoming Toddlerwise
- Wholesome Toddlerfood.com
- The Toddler’s Busy Book
- What To Expect The Toddler Years (this is okay–I don’t love it)
- Super Baby Food
- So Easy Toddler Food cookbook
- The Wonder Weeks. (and a link to their site:http://livingcontrolsystems.com/)
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
- The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
- Baby Body Signs: The Head-to-Toe Guide to Your Child’s Health, from Birth Through the Toddler Years
- Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
- The Wonder Weeks
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