- Playing with her kitchen
- Playing her drums
- Playing with her “Little People” barn and farm animals
- Playing with tools, which is such a crack up
- Being outside
- Helping water our plants
- Helping “cook”
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Her Goofy doll
- Taking baths
- Playing in her little pool on our back deck
- Listening and singing to music
Her favorite books are…
- Care Bears books and
- her Minnie Mouse and Goofy books
- ABC Bible verse book
- Camilla the Cupcake Fairy’s Tea Party
Her favorite foods are…
- Greek yogurt
- Honeydew mellon
- French fries (Can anyone say Mom fail)
- “Cookies,” as in, anything she even thinks might be a cookie
She is more or less meat-free these days, much to my frustration. She will occasionally eat grilled chicken, but has to be in just the right mood for it. As for veggies, she will eat salads, but otherwise I have to hide her veggies in smoothies or homemade popsicles. She will eat cooked veggies, but there isn’t really any rhyme or reason to which ones she will eat. One day she will love asparagus, and the next she won’t touch it.
I am not pushing potty training at all. When she does have success using the potty (very rarely,) I cheer for her and make a big deal about it, but she barely seems to notice. If she ever puts herself on the potty I do all I can to keep her there and happy for as long as I can, but unless she initiates it I don’t push it. For a while I made her sit on the potty a few times a day, but when she got aggravated I decided that needed to stop, at least for now. We keep her potty in plain sight at all times when we are home, but she mostly either ignores it or plays with it.
Bonnie has become quite the excellent sleeper. Her naps are still short, and if there is ever a day when she’s thrown off schedule she may even skip her nap altogether, but overall she doesn’t fight sleep or bedtime. We’ve pushed her bedtime back from 7pm to 7:30pm, and she sleeps from the time she goes to bed until at least 7:30am, and sometimes even 8:00.
She naps from around 12:30- 2:00, but usually no longer than an hour and a half. We reserve 12:00-2:00 every day for lunch and then her nap. There are days when she will go to her room but not fall asleep. I hate those days, but she’s a trooper about staying in her room either way.
The wonderful thing about sticking so closely to a schedule for the past 23 months is that she is getting to an age when we can bend the schedule a little (which only happens on the occasional weekend for the most part.) But our weekdays are pretty predictable.
- 7am/7:30am- She wakes up
- 7:30/8:00am- Breakfast
- 9:30/10:00am- Snack (She often skips this snack, depending on how big a breakfast she ate)
- 11:30/12:00pm- Lunch
- 12:15/12:30pm- Wind down for nap time (This means playing quietly in her room, reading a couple books, singing a few songs, and then leaving her to fall asleep. She still sleeps with a sound machine as well as music playing on CD. I’m hoping to retire one or the other soon.)
- 3:00pm- Snack
- 5:30pm- Dinner
- 7:00pm- Bath and bedtime routine (similar to nap routine, except longer since her bath is often quite long.)
- 7:30- Light off, sound machine on, CD player on, I leave her room and close the door behind me.
This is my favorite stage so far. She is absolutely lovely. I can’t get enough of watching her learn and play and explore. She’s the best. There aren’t even words to describe how highly I cherish her. I’m soaking in these last weeks with her before her baby sister arrives, and am equal parts nervous and excited to see the two of them meet for the first time!