… and I can’t keep up.
We now are the parents of a 3 1/2 year old and a 14 month old. And if we could all be healthy at the same time for more than a few days at a time, I really do think the fog of newbaby parenting will have lifted.
K is amazing. She is smart and funny and the things she says crack us up on a regular basis. She is at the age where she knows enough about the way the world works to try to convince us of her points, but can never hide her true purpose behind the convincing. She is learning to negotiate and has a good antenna for when we are just distracted enough to maybe give in.
Despite our best attempts to avoid commercial characters, she is repeatedly exposed to them both at school and through my mother (that could be a whole ‘nother post and maybe will be if I ever have a chunk of time again) and these days she has a true passion for all things F.roz.en, particularly El.sa. She likes to sing some of the songs and toys with the idea of having powers. She assigns characters to the rest of the family and puts parameters around who is allowed to sing what song based on their given character. For myself, I don’t love the heavy focus as I was not a huge fan of the movie anyway, but I am glad that she is slowly understanding the characters better and deciding what she likes about them (ie powers, etc.) instead of just liking them because of their fame and because the other kids at school like them (how does peer pressure start so young?!)
Besides her character loves, she enjoys going outside, cooking and baking (or at least eating the ingredients), painting, reading, arts and crafts, and her dollhouse. At bedtime she will sometimes choose to read to herself after we read to her and will call us when she is ready for the light to be out. The colors pink and purple are her favorites, though blue has come back into favor because of E.lsa. She refuses to wear anything she labels as “boy clothes” (school influence maybe? her own head? no idea but her moms certainly don’t strongly favor “girl clothes”) and she would wear her E.lsa nightgown every night and out in the world if we would let her. Her favorite foods are all fruit (especially bananas, blueberries, pineapple, craisins), pancakes, beans and rice (and “scoopy chips”), applesauce, yogurt, and “dessert” (which she will tell you is “not fruit”). She has gotten increasingly picky but eats enough.
K continues to be fiercely independent and eager to do things her own way regardless of what other people think. That being said, she has recently come into her own as a cuddler and will ask for snuggles and “back scratches” and will get between Chole and I when we hug for her own “squish hug.” We also get our snuggle time in in the ways we always have – at bedtime, whenever we read books together, in the middle of a tickle fight.
She has her quirks and the things that annoy her (and the things that annoy us) but for the most part we often marvel about what a great kid she is and how lucky we are. And how shocking it is that in just a half dozen more months she will be FOUR (she would add “and then 5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25 (16 skipped because she always skips it but every number far too big for my awesome little kid)).