Annalynn! You turned 2.5 years old over the weekend!
Oh, lordy how much my baby has grown in the last 6 months. While it’s less and less physical growth these days (though I swear you outgrow shoes at lightening speed), your vocabulary, understanding, independence, mannerisms, etc is astounding. You’re becoming less and less toddler and more and more a full on kid. I’ll never stop being amazed with watching you grow.
(T-ball set from Amazon)
While I’m not 100% sure on height, I do know you’re trending on the taller side for you age (a feature you definitely did not inherit from me) and about 30 lbs. Your closet currently ranges from size 18 month – 4T and mommy is quickly discovering that toddler sizing is just as finicky as women’s sizing – you just never know what you’re going to get when you order something. You’re also in size 5 diapers, 2T-3T pull-ups, and 2T-3T big girl underwear (more on that below!).
You remain the top eater at daycare. Your teachers rave daily about your ability to eat and pound away food – especially vegetables. However; Daddy and I are still trying to figure out how to get those skills to transfer at home. Some evenings you’re a phenomenal eater and have two servings of whatever we’re eating – other nights you have one bite and are content with that. Also, the food you choose to go all-in is all over the place. One week it’s chili and you LOVE chili. The next week you won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole, but the couscous dish later in the week may be the winner. It’s a really fun game we play called “What will Annalynn eat this week?” Right now I’m just chalking it up to normal toddler behavior and going with the flow.
As far as snacks go, you’re a fan of fruit snacks, goldfish, apple sauce pouches, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, and raisins. Every morning you have a yogurt pouch as soon as you wake up (the first thing you do as soon as you get out of bed is head straight to the fridge and ask for a “purple yogurt”) and you have an apple sauce in the car on the way home from daycare.
For treats, you love cookies from Publix and ice cream. You are not a fan of cake or cupcakes, which astound your mama.
I love the way you sleep – please don’t ever change.
You’re still taking 2-3 hour nap most weekends and it makes your mommy and daddy so happy. Your bed time is around 7:30 and we still have the same nightly routine: bath every other night, pajamas, 3 books, hugs all around, and then good night. Lately you’ve really been into sleeping with the light projector. You also like to take random objects to bed. Last night it was an Easter egg, but you’ve insisted on bringing books, plastic toys, stuffed animals, etc in the past.
You hate being woken up in the morning. During the week I practically have to drag you out of the bed at 6am. On the weekends you love to sleep in and will stay in bed well past 8 if we let you.
It has begun. Kinda.
You’ve been interested in the potty for a while now. I was so naive thinking your fascination with the potty meant it would be easy to potty train you. Ha. Pretty much as soon as I attempted to go all-in with potty training is the minute you stopped liking it. It was a very toddler move of you.
I’ll spare all of the embarrassing details and just simply state we’ve been at it a couple of months now. I know, I know – they all say to pick a weekend, stay home, and boom – you’ll be potty trained. It sounds so easy… until you try it and it doesn’t work. Instead, we’re taking the slow and steady approach with a dash of daycare assistance. Your daycare teach is basically a miracle worker and has been doing most of the work. I love her so much more for it. You’re consistently using the potty at daycare now thanks to her, but still reluctant at home. We’re getting there though – slow and steady wins the race, right?
You love swimming, going on bike rides, and swinging at the park.
You are obsessed with Moana and Maui – You’re Welcome! – Sophia the First, Mickey Mouse, and Doc McStuffins.
You are crazy independent and insist on doing everything yourself from opening yogurt pouches to peeling bananas to putting your own shoes on, it’s all “I DO IT!”
You are just an amazing kid to be around and make your mommy and daddy’s hearts burst everyday. Trust me, not every day is perfect, but I couldn’t imagine life any differently. We love you, baby girl!