Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lila at 3.5

Oh Lila. What to say about this little girl? She never stops. She is constantly talking, singing, humming, moving! She is exhausting. She tests my patience every day. But she is incredible!! She is SO smart and hilarious and sweet. She is also sassy, bossy and literally causes us headaches every day.

I'm not sure how to organize my thoughts, so here is my brain dump about Lila:

She is about 31 lbs and 37 inches tall. She is wearing 3T and 4T and size 9 shoes. She prefers dresses but will usually agree to wear what I want her to.

Lila was retested for egg allergy (skin and blood test) and is still severely allergic.

She goes to bed between 8:30 and 9pm and wakes up between 7 and 7:45am. She's done with pull-ups (yay!)

She just started preschool this month. She is going 2 days a week from 9-noon. She is doing really well. She still seems upset when I drop her off, but she has started talking about friends and teachers and says that she has fun. The other day she said, "You know that girl Kate, at preschool, with the yellow hair? She's my friend." I think it is great for her to learn how to handle herself with a group and to meet new kids.

She has a crazy big vocabulary and it is so fun to listen to her come up with stories. She is so creative and funny.

Lila is so klutzy. She falls constantly. She doesn't support her own weight half the time, so she just tumbles over. She is also still quite the daredevil. She will climb up on the back of the couch or the posts on her bed. She will ask, "Is this dangerous?" And when I say yes, she usually says, "Good" and jumps!

She is learning to recognize words, is starting to spell words and knows her letter sounds. She loves PBS online games and Leap Pad apps that show her spelling and letters. She wants to read so badly!

She loves music, dancing, singing and musicals! She is my child, for sure. She loves songs from Newsies, Annie, Dreamgirls, Smash, Shrek the Musical, and many more. I'm starting to introduce her to Wicked, Aida, etc. We are going to our first children's theatre show, Beauty and the Beast Jr. this month! I'm so excited to introduce her to live theatre.

Her favorite things to play with are: Dress up clothes (!!!!), Little People, Littlest Pet Shop, legos, coloring books/easel, any type of craft, playdoh, dolls, magnet dress-up dolls and sticker books. She loves practicing her writing whether it's tracing letters or making lists, maps, recipes, etc. She likes to play outside of course and likes to climb trees, swing, play with balls, riding her bike etc. We got an above ground pool this summer and she has loved swimming! She also just loves to turn on music and dance!

Favorite shows and movies: Sophia the First, Curious George, Handy Manny, Super Why, any Disney princess movie, play-doh shows on Youtube (people demo-ing and reviewing toys and playdoh sets), anything musical!

Lila is a great little girl. She is very challenging because of how strong willed, bossy and grumpy she can be sometimes. But on a good day (and they mostly are good), she is smart as a whip, hilarious and witty, goofy and silly, loving and sweet and great to be around.

She is a sweet big sister. She helps Rosie, brings her toys, soothes her when she cries, etc. She also takes her toys, nudges her so she falls, and wrestles with her. They are really starting to interact and it is so much fun to watch.

A 9 month update on Miss Rosie

Oops I missed the 8 month update! Rosie is now 9 months old! She is getting so big and is really starting to show her personality and is getting very mobile.

Some stats and updates:

Weight - 21 lb 9 oz at her 9 month appt (90th percentile)
Height - 29 inches (90th percentile)
Head circumference - 50th percentile, not sure of size

Sizes - 12 month onesies and pjs, 18 month pants! She hasn't worn shoes yet, but I think size 4.

Eating - She eats EVERYTHING. She is the best eater! She loves baby food of every type. She often eats two containers of baby food for dinner. She also eats a ton of real foods: pancakes, veggies, toast, noodles, diced fruit, chicken, ham, ground beef, etc! She has 4-6 oz bottles 3 times a day and then a 6-8 oz bottle before bed. We've tried a cup but she just slings it around.

Sleeping - She typically sleeps from 8p-7a. She will occasionally wake up and need a paci or a small bottle, probably due to growth spurts or teething. She naps twice a day, usually a shorter nap in the morning and a 2-3 hr afternoon nap.

Motion - Just beginning to crawl on hands and knees. She can get around just by moving in circles, rolling and crawling backwards. She can easily get from crawling position to sitting. She can pull up to her knees, but not completely standing that I've seen. She is getting into everything - pulling on cords, getting into the recycling and of course grabbing Lila's toys!

More new things -

She has her two bottom teeth

She LOVES to dance! Any music or beat she will wiggle and groove!

She can say Mama and Dada. She is babbling and vocalizing a lot. Possibly has said, "hi".

She's been waving for a while but now waves as we are leaving

Trying so hard to clap but hasn't gotten it yet

Personality traits -

Rosie is just the sweetest child. She is mellow and quiet and sometimes shy/bashful.

She is ALL smiles. She hardly ever cries.

She getting a little ornery, like messing with Lila or her toys seemingly on purpose.

Rosie LOVES Lila. She is so entertained by her but also is rightfully a bit overwhelmed by her!

She is such a great complement to Lila, quieter but will still let her opinion known.

I am SO lucky to have these sweet girls!!!