McKenna Toddler Summary: 25 Months Old

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McKenna during her two year old photo shoot–obviously distracted

Another month older with McKenna. She is still all about the fun. She is also not concerned about her personal safety. She always has some sort of injury–usually to her face for some reason. She either cries not at all or cries for a minute and moves on. She even gave herself a dimple by running along, falling into my elliptical and bruising her cheek. The doctor says it might go away but it might be here to stay.

Eating

Things move on as normal. She gets very emotional over her food…like if she drops her cookies all over the grass, she might be broken hearted and burst into tears.

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She does love to shove a ton of food into her mouth. I remember Kaitlyn doing this at this age, also. It makes me wonder how many two year olds do that…

Playing

McKenna had some frustrating moments in independent play; she would play for 30 minutes then get upset. I moved some of our “older” toys that are actually appropriate for two year olds into her room and she was back to happiness for the full hour.

Sleep

Night sleep is great as always. Over the course of the month, she seems to have gotten used to the time change and naps were good again.

The moment things changed for the better was during our family vacation last month. She got super, super tired and I think it was enough to give me a fresh internal clock to work with. Interesting tactic, right? I think I might be on to something…

Learning

My sister (or was it my mom?) commented yesterday that she is learning 100 new words a day right now. She really is learning super fast. And her favorite color is orange.

Library Visits

McKenna’s library behavior is not perfection. Once a month, I take Brayden and Kaitlyn to the library and they do story time (only for 3-5 year olds) while McKenna and I choose new books. But there are moms and other little 0-2 year olds swarming the place, and she wants to greet each baby (she loves babies) and run around. She gets very excited over large groups of people. 

Kaitlyn has playgroup once a week, so I decided to start taking McKenna, just me and her with nothing else to worry about, to the library to work on our library behavior. We have done it a few times, and she is much, much better. We do still have room for improvement, though. Today we were there for an hour and I felt fine and happy leaving (rather than frustrated and ready for a nap), so that tells you it was successful :).

Vacation

We took a fun family vacation to go camping and hiking during this month. We had a long 8 hour drive. McKenna did great. Thank you Elmo. Seriously. Rotating music, food, and Elmo gave us all great serenity.

She also learned a new skill. Sleeping in the car. Yes, you read that right, sleeping in the car. This is my child who stopped sleeping in the car as an early newborn. What newborn doesn’t sleep in the car? I will tell you. McKenna. But she will now sleep in the car! She fell asleep several times and even took a 1.5 hour nap straight! Wow! That is a long car nap when you are strapped in tightly to a carseat and can’t even shift your weight (poor kids!).

Our Schedule

8:15–breakfast
9:00–bath/get ready
10:00–sibling playtime with Kaitlyn
10:30–independent playtime1
1:30–learning time. Sometimes lunch is later and she watches Elmo here.

12:00–lunch. Then play with Brayden and Kaitlyn
1:30–nap
4:00/4:30: get up

5:00–Dinner. Free play and family time
8:00–in bed by this time. Sometimes sooner.


Times are approximate–I also sometimes rearrange things for no good reason other than I want to. And actually, we usually end up with learning time being after nap time. 


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12 Comments

  1. Michael and Yvonne
    May 3, 2011 / 5:00 PM

    Haha, reading this made me chuckles as my 2 are similar in some ways:DD1, if she dropped her food, total heartbreak! I mean gut wrenching, sobbing tears at church once when she dropped her grapes….no one had ever heard her cry before then!And DD2 is "ants in the pants" and rough and tough. She too has been much more fearless than she should be and has had many more accidents than her cautious sister. I am afraid for #3:) And she also didn't sleep in the car!! I thought mine was so rare. I had the same thought-what newborn doesn't sleep in the car? But she is more "spirited" nature and they have a hard time tuning things out. So that's awesome that she slept so well in the car! Yay!Yvonne

  2. liz22
    May 3, 2011 / 5:56 PM

    My DD#1 won't sleep in the car either, and hasn't since about two months of age (she's 32 months now). Wondering if #2 is going to be the same (4 months now and sometimes does, sometimes won't). Did you do anything differently to help her sleep or she just did it??Also, do you give her a bath everyday? Or is it just written on your schedule that way because when you do, that's the time you do it?

  3. Melissa, Kevin, Mckinley, Kyan & Max
    May 3, 2011 / 9:50 PM

    Not sure if you have this somewhere else in your blog, but what types of activities do you do during learning time? I have a 22 month old (and a 6 week old–ahhh!) and I am always looking for new learning activities. Thanks!

  4. Leigh Anne
    May 3, 2011 / 10:25 PM

    Our 2 year-olds are the same age and mine shoves a ton of food in his mouth too. Must be age related, but it can get kinda gross when they decide to spit it out 🙂

  5. Jamie
    May 4, 2011 / 5:58 PM

    I kid you not…my 2 month old didn't even sleep during the 40 minute drive home from the hospital. He was ONE day old!

  6. Plowmanators
    May 18, 2011 / 9:07 PM

    Yvonne, I would fear for number three for sure! lol

  7. Plowmanators
    May 18, 2011 / 9:09 PM

    lizz22–she just did it (slept in the car). It was as random as could be. Brayden also slept in the car, which is rare for him. I just told him it was time to sleep so he went to sleep. It was weird. I don't give McKenna a bath every day because of her eczema. She seems to do better with every other day. I do baths for my other kids every day, though, and always have.

  8. Plowmanators
    May 18, 2011 / 9:10 PM

    Leigh Anne, I think it is age related! When I asked on Facebook, lots of people responded that their two year old does the same. I know Kaitlyn did it, and she was a "spitter back out" type. Happily, so far McKenna keeps it in.

  9. Plowmanators
    May 18, 2011 / 9:11 PM

    Jamie that is crazy! McKenna didn't sleep on her way home, either, and it is a 20 minute drive. I thought that was strange…

  10. Nene
    December 5, 2011 / 8:55 PM

    My 24month old just started to not nap at all, she'll play instead. I used to put her in at 12pm and she would sleep until 2/2:15. Now She'll sleep at 2pm. Should I change her nap time? How long do I let her sleep for. If I do would it mess up her night sleep? She goes down anywhere between 7pm-7:30pm. I'm not sure what to do. Thank you

  11. Plowmanators
    December 20, 2011 / 9:58 PM

    Nene, I would move her naptime later. I would try around 1 PM and let her sleep for 2-3 hours.

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