McKenna Summary: 3 years and 3 months

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McKenna Fishing


So…..Apparently I forgot to do a post last month for her 3 year two month. Oops.



All is well.



Play is good. Last time I wrote, I shared that McKenna wouldn’t play alone if Brayden or Kaitlyn were home. She will now. I didn’t do anything special. My guess is she has gotten used to them being home all of the time and isn’t worried about them leaving or something.



Sleeping is going well. A new development for her is she is now sharing a room with Kaitlyn. See Room Sharing Log for more.



We had some sickness in the last couple of months. The first was Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. It hit her pretty well. She had no fever, but she had the blisters in her mouth, on her hands, on her bottom, and on her feet. She complained of a sore mouth when eating, but it didn’t stop her from eating. 


During this sickness, she also got an ear infection. This was made obvious by her oozing ear since she has tubes in her ears. 


During the sickness, we completely quarantined ourselves in the house to prevent getting people sick. It worked–even our neighbors did not get sick from us. I about went crazy, but at least we didn’t get anyone sick.



Swimming lessons were improving as I shared last time, then just before she got sick, she had a lesson where she just cried and cried the whole time. Her teacher suggested we drop her off and then go up to the bleachers where she couldn’t see us during her lesson. Her teacher thought she was being stubborn because she could see us. My husband worried about that, but I felt good about it so we decided to try it for the next lesson and evaluate from there.


It was about two weeks before we could go again due to our HFM Disease running through the children. When we got there, I took her to her teacher, then we all went upstairs. She spent the first few minutes doing what her teacher asked, but crying and looking around for us. After 5 minutes or so, she stopped crying and just did her lesson.


The next lesson, we did the same thing. When we got there, she was upset and told me she didn’t want to put her head under the water and I talked to her about why (“because I don’t want to”) and told her she knows how–her teacher said she does everything correctly when she is in the water. Then her teacher took her and I left. She was instantly fine and was not only not crying, but she was laughing her head off and having a good time. When her lesson was over, she decided it would be fun to jump into the pool over and over again for about 40 minutes–with her head going under the water. So not only has our new strategy helped her focus on the lesson, it has helped her get over her mental block against head in water. 


McKenna seems to be quite athletic and she is also typically fearless, so I think from this point she will likely move forward rather quickly.



Our dog died from cancer this last month. McKenna took it rather hard. For more on this, see Dealing With the Death of a Pet.




7:15-7:30–Wake up and eat breakfast. She then can play with siblings. Right now, I like them to play outsisde after breakfast so they get some outside play in before it gets too hot.

9:00–Get ready and chores

10:00–Learning Poster and read stories

10:30–Independent Play

11:30–Free play with siblings


1:00–Learning activity and free play with sibling if time


4:00 or 4:30–Get up–TV Time 


6:00–Family Activities

7:30–Get ready for bed










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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Sarah
    June 29, 2012 / 6:41 PM

    She sounds so like Jack! He is just a week younger than she is and we just went through Swimming Lessons with the SAME reaction too. I did what you did and he had a blast. Crazy they are so alike!

  2. Plowmanators
    July 18, 2012 / 2:48 AM

    That is crazy Sarah! A fun personality but definitely keeps you on your toes 🙂

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