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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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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 :).
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!).
10:00–sibling playtime with Kaitlyn
1:30–learning time. Sometimes lunch is later and she watches Elmo here.
12:00–lunch. Then play with Brayden and Kaitlyn
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.
- 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