It was a fairly quiet week over here, with a few extra days spent at home and a whole lot of catching up. It’s a bit early in my pregnancy for nesting, but it sure feels like that’s the phase I’m in. My idea of relaxation suddenly seems to have transformed from bubble baths and naps, to quality time with our new steam mop, and bread baking experiments. Annabelle is happy to join me in the kitchen, but is terrified of the mop.
Things are more or less the same with her, aside from the subtle changes that are taking place whether I notice them or not. We visited the pediatrician this week for her two year well child visit and everyone there was thoroughly impressed with A. She is just as strong and healthy as she has always been, for which we’re very grateful, and the doctor could not stop remarking about her language skills. At the end of the visit, the doc suggested handwashing, since Annabelle had been happily exploring every inch of the exam room. When we turned on the water in the sink, A declared, “Kind of like at our house!” “You know, it is kind of like the sink at our house, isn’t it?” I said. When Annabelle followed up, clear as a bell, with, “It looks similar to ours,” the doctor’s jaw dropped.
I love seeing her strengths begin to make themselves known, and wondering how they will evolve over time. It’s fantastic that she has so many children her age around, too, because I love being able to look around at her and her peers and see each of them beginning to shine in their own unique ways. They each have strengths and interests all their own, and it’s amazing to see the many different ways one can be both amazing, and two. This really does seem to be the time when personalities make themselves undeniably clear.
Speaking of personalities, Annabelle continues to be outrageously silly. Her jokes have shifted focus and are now centered around made up or plays on words. Today she got her hat and shoes on and said that Annabelle and Mommy and Daddy were going for a “hawk.” She repeated this over and over, laughing hysterically all the while.
The idea of sharing is huge right now, and she knows that she doesn’t ever have to share her things, much in the same way that no one else ever has to share their things with her. The phrases, “Not wanting to share,” and, “You DO want to share!” are huge, with the first featuring much more often than the second. It will be interesting to see how this goes as her sibling gets older and she adjusts to the idea of communal books and toys. I had to work very hard to stifle a laugh the other day when we had the following conversation:
“Wanting to go to the park”
“That would be really fun, wouldn’t it? We’re actually going to the park in the morning with P.”
Dissatisfied look: “Not wanting to share with slide.”
“Oh, are you wanting to go to the park when there are no other children and you can have the slide all to yourself?”
“Yeah. Wanting to go to the park while P stays home and N stays home.”
In reality, Annabelle loves P and N, and was thrilled to see them at the park. Like anyone, I suppose she just likes having unlimited access to resources, and slides are a pretty precious resource.
The challenge right now is in the sleep department. She is not getting enough, hard as we’re trying to help her, and some days her mood really shows it. About half of our mornings lately feature complete meltdowns before we even leave the bedroom, and many end that way as well. We’re trying a couple of different ways of encouraging her to get the sleep she needs, but the older she gets, the more I’m seeing that you can’t make a child sleep. So, our primary focus right now is on finding the perfect conditions to encourage her to surrender to sleep when she’s tired. I have read so much advice and so many books on the subject, but so far none of it seems to offer the right solution for Annabelle, so we’re just following along and trying to be responsive while we work out what needs to happen.
I suppose what needs to happen in this exact moment is for me to go to sleep, so with that I’ll bid you goodnight. I would love to wake up to all of the latest news with you, so please don’t be shy about filling me in on your news, either in the comments below or by linking up. Don’t forget to share your food-related posts in the link-up for this month’s edition of Culinary Wanderings either! Of course I always recommend checking out my fellow Mamatography participants, too!