Saturday, July 26, 2014

Peanut Post: 2.5 year update

Dear little Peanut,

It's amazing how much you've grown up since February!  Sure, a lot of it has to do with you seemingly doubling in size when your baby sister was born, but you've also had a growth spurt over the summer (as in, most of your clothes/shoes are getting small).  You continue to amaze and entertain us with your mastery of language.  We can have entire conversations with you.  You have thoughts/feelings/opinions and have no problem verbalizing and sharing them.  It's unreal how manipulative you can be already, just by the way you word things.

How's life as a new big sister?  Well, it's been an adjustment for all of us.  First of all, let me tell you that you absolutely LOVE baby Emma.  You tell every person we see anywhere that "I have a baby!  She's really cute and tiny." then usually add, "I like to call her diaper bag!" because it tends to get a laugh.  We're not sure where this little sense of humor came from, but it continues to be bizarre, funny, and even a little dark sometimes.  Every now and then, you add, "I'm gonna eeeeat her!  I'm gonna chew on her like a bone!"  Creepy?  Uh huh.  Not sure where that little side of you comes from, but I like to blame Daddy.  Luckily, you don't actually chew on baby sister, though you've been known to pull on her hands/feet or pull her hair to make her squeal.  We've really be working on emphasizing all the positive interactions you have with her instead - bringing her toys, helping to change/bathe her, singing her songs (esp. "Soft Kitty"), and helping to calm her down when she's crying. 

I couldn't summarize your relationship with baby Emma any better than this photo does! Makes me laugh :)

One big change this summer is that you've become a MAJOR Daddy's girl.  Not that you haven't always been close to Daddy - after all, he spends every bit as much time caring for you as I do.  But not like this.  Daddy goes out in the garage and you cry, "it's not nice to leave me here!" You're okay with going places with Mommy and Emma, but if Daddy goes anywhere, you're glued to him.  Makes sense, I suppose, since I've been essentially glued to baby for the past couple months.  We're a little worried about how this will play out once he goes back to school here in a week or so, although you did great for Diana (your new nanny) this week when we left you for a bit.  It's just been really great having all of us off together - it will probably never happen like that again, so I don't blame you for wanting to savor it.

You still like to help Mama/Daddy/Uncle Fun cook by pushing one of the kitchen chairs up to the island and getting into everything until we give you a job.  In fact, there have been a couple nights that I've given you whipping cream and a whisk just to entertain you for awhile.  After you've whipped to your heart's content, I toss it in the Magic Bullet with some chocolate syrup, then let you put it in a mini pie shell and top with chocolate chips.  We are all very proud of your love of pie making at such an early age :)

I don't have many stats to report since you haven't had a doctor's appointment in awhile, but you've graduated to size 5 diapers (yes, back to diapers since baby sister came along.  Been very frustrating, but we can't force you to go back to using the potty.  You decided to use it all by yourself about 4 times the other day, but not much since.) and mostly 3T clothing now that your 2T stuff is getting too short/tight/small.  Even your shoes are suddenly getting tight and we've started buying you 7.5-8's.  

- toys:  your giant bulldog, flower girl basket, my whisks, tricycle, swings, the imaginary "tweety bird" you and I pretend to play with (daddy thinks we're crazy lol)
- color:  pink
- movies:  Brave, Lion King, Frozen 
- shows:  Bubble Guppies, Wally Kazaam, Sophia the First
- clothing:  dresses, shirts that look like dresses, pajamas
- foods:  "chicken noodle & soup", olives/pickles, mustard, steak, brats, broccoli, watermelon, goldfish crackers, corn on the cob, eggs with pepper,  anything with salt, beef jerky, cheese, ice cream, hummus, carrots
- animals: rhinos, hyenas, lions, monkeys/gorillas, birds, dogs
- activities:  swinging, going to the park, dancing, craft time, playing with your friends/neighbors, anything involving water

It's definitely been an eventful summer full of lots of changes for you.  I'm not going to lie, Anna, you're a handful most of the time, but then you do something amazingly sweet or funny or adorable, and all is forgotten.  I'm sure we'll look back and laugh at this hectic time of our lives... At least until you get your inevitable "payback" that every mother wishes on her kids.  But for today, I'm going to try to remind myself to soak it up, even the hard parts, because as you tell us daily, you're "growed up" now.  I'm glad that's not entirely true, but it is unreal how you've completely transformed into a little kid.  Love you lots, my "growed up little princess."


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