It is seriously laughable how difficult it is to find time these days to sit down and bust out a blog post. I think one of my resolutions for 2015 needs to be to do a better job at churning out new content for this here blog!
Anyway, a little over a month ago our Miss Anna took a big step into the world of becoming a big girl, she started preschool!
She had been saying since before Maya headed back to school this year that she wanted to go to preschool. She would tell anyone who would listen that she was going to start preschool (even though I hadn’t signed her up or planned on sending her this year). My original plan for this year was to do some at home preschool type stuff with her, sign up for a few classes like gymnastics and then send her to preschool next year. She still seemed so little to me. After much bugging I decided she was ready and I needed to get her into a program. A friend of ours recommended their program to us and they happened to still have an opening in their 3s class so we I looked into it. We did a tour and we loved it! She started class the following week.
The first few weeks were a little rough. She was shy and sad every time I dropped her off and begged not to go back I was surprised by her reaction given how much she begged to go and how not shy she usually is. But, the last couple of weeks have gone really well. She doesn’t cry at drop off anymore and is all smiles and full of stories when I pick her up. Progress!
The program is only twice a week for 2.5 hours, similar to what Maya did her first year of preschool. I think it is a good way to start. I can’t believe she is already at this stage. She is growing up so fast.
Our Anna, our spunky, sweet middle daughter is 3 years old.
Weight: 27 lbs (10th percentile)
Height: 34.5 ins (below the 5th percentile)
Anna came into this world as a tiny little peanut and she is proudly still rocking her peanut status. She may be tiny but she packs a lot of personality into that tiny package. She is strong-willed, determined, adventurous, and sweet. When she sets her mind on something there is no talking her out of it. She is stubborn to the bone this one. We butt heads frequently as she is growing into her 3 year old attitude but she can still be a total sweetheart too. Snuggling under a warm cozy blanket with us is still one of her favorite things to do.
Though she has a weird fear of slides she is pretty much not afraid of anything. She’ll ride her balance bike down the steep slope of our driveway with both legs up, going super fast, and jump off the curb. She loves to be outside playing with her friends, riding her bike, going on hikes or just sitting on the grass blowing bubbles or coloring a picture. Her favorite thing in the world is her blankie (and the 6 or so other cuddly blankets she as accumulated over the years). She loves to play dress up and loves playing with her kitchen and doctor sets. She is a little performer at heart and loves to make people laugh. She is fiercely independent and takes great pride in being able to do things for herself.
Anna is a wonderful sister. I can see that sometimes she is 100% the middle child and rebels a bit against that status but most of the time she adores her sisters and does a pretty good job of getting along well with both of them.
There is so much love about our little Anna. She is smart, spunky and sweet. There is never a dull moment with her. She makes us laugh daily and gives the best hugs. Love you to pieces Anna Banana!
Anna celebrated her 2nd birthday a little over a week ago!
Late last week she had her 2 year check up with her pediatrician. Though much has changed in the 2 years since she was born, and much growing has taken place, one thing remains the same. She is still out itty bitty little thing.
Height: 32.25 inches (1oth percentile)
Weight: 22lbs (not on the charts)
Head Circumference: 18 5/8 inches (50th percentile)
The doctor gave her a clean bill of health but has asked us to try to increase her calorie and healthy fat intake to try to avoid her falling any further off the charts. She has always been tiny, but since she dropped right off the charts this time for her weight she just wants to be careful and make sure we at least stay where we are if we can’t increase it a bit. She recommended that we give Anna a can of pediasure (a high calorie/high nutrition drink) every day. So far she isn’t a fan, but we’ll see.
Other than the low weight issue everything looks great. The doctor was especially impressed with her verbal skills and her very firm grasp on using language to get her point across and how well she understands what others are saying to her. She showed off her verbal skills when she got her shot by looking at the spot where the shot was just given and saying “Owww, that hurt.” It is amazing how well she can speak for a 2 year old. I lost count of how many words she knows a long time ago and she can easily string 4-5 words together to make a sentence. Not to mention her sentences are often surprisingly grammatically correct for such a young child. Physically she is developing great as well. I am so grateful for my healthy little girl.
It is hard to find the right words to describe Anna. She is so incredibly sweet. She loves to be funny and loves to make people laugh. She is also extremely inquisitive and loves to watch others do things and then try to do them herself. She plays well independently and with Maya. Her favorite activities include coloring, reading books, playing outside, playing with her little dollhouse, her farm and Maya’s princess castle. She eats well (even if her weight doesn’t show that) and her favorite foods include fruit of pretty much any kind, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, oatmeal (only peaches and cream though), carrots and ham sandwiches.
Anna we love to pieces. The last 2 years have flown by and it has been an incredible privilege to watch you grow into the sweet, lovable, spunky little 2 year old you are today.
Happy 2nd Birthday sweet baby girl!
I cannot believe that you are already 2 years old. It feels like just yesterday that I was holding this itty bitty bundle of cuteness for the first time.
It is amazing how you have grown and changed over the last 2 years. I have loved watching it all happen. You are the sweetest little thing and have been from the moment you entered this world. You are funny, and love when you can make people laugh. You love snuggles and will come up for hugs randomly throughout the day. You are so smart, talking in complete little sentences, naming off colors left and right and even identifying several letters in the alphabet. You have always loved quietly taking in the world around you and you absorb and learn so much, so quickly that way. There is so much rolled into such a little package.
We love you to pieces sweet baby girl and have so enjoyed the last 2 years with you. We can’t wait to see what the future hold for you. Happy Birthday!!
So, yesterday I spent all day psyching myself up to move Anna into her big girl bed. I knew the sooner I did it the more likely it was that things would be settled down and in a good routine before Maya starts kindergarten and before Baby Girl #3 arrives. Once I had myself talked into I started talking Anna into. Which, it turns out, was harder than I thought. Every time I mentioned her sleeping in her big girl bed in her new room she would say “No”. I tried not to let that get to me and scare me away from moving her over last night.
At bedtime I put her favorite guys, the ones that usually occupy the space at the end of her crib, in her new big girl bed.
When I brought her upstairs we went about our usual routine and jammies and brushing teeth. Then, we did something a little different, we walked into Maya’s room instead of her room. She got excited at the sight of her guys in her bed and climbed right in. I was excited and thought, just maybe, this transition would be smooth.
But then she got this look of fear in her eyes, you can see it in the last picture. That look didn’t leave her eyes until they were closed and she was gently snoring away. I climbed into bed with her and we read a few stories and I got her to lay down and climbed out of the bed to sit beside it for a minute. She was not having any of it and started crying. I climbed back into bed with her and laid down beside her. I told her it was bedtime and she needed to go to sleep. Her response just about broke my heart and resolve “No bed, I scared” I laid there with her for a while and watched her eyes dart all around the room, the fear still very prominent. When her eyes started to get heavy and her breathing rhythmic I tried to get out of bed and leave the room. She responded by sobbing. I gave up and laid with her until she fell asleep.
With her blankie held tightly to her chest, her eyes closed and her little snores filling the quiet in the room I determined she was asleep enough that I could safely leave. I whispered to Maya to stay very quiet so Anna wouldn’t wake back up and I tip toed out of the room. I checked back in on them later, before I went to bed. Both girls were sleeping soundly, Anna still in the exact position I left her in, with her blankie still clutched tightly to her chest.
Even though the going to bed part was a bit rough, and I’m guessing I’ll need to lay with her for at least a few nights until she gets used to the new bed and new room, I’m going to call last night a success. She slept all night, not a peep out of her, in her new big girl bed and woke this morning full of happiness, the fear of the evening before long gone. So, the first night was a success and my fingers are crossed that it is more of the same in the days ahead.