It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Laney update. It seems like she is more grown up each day. I think of things all of the time to share, and (of course) when I sit down to write them I struggle to think of them.
Her imagination is really taking off, and she is getting so much better at independent play and interactive play with others her age. And since she is no longer napping, these little spurts are very helpful for Mommy. :) She loves playing with little figures and stuffed animals (Paw Patrol, mermaids, etc.) They have lots of conversations. Sometimes I cringe at the phrases I have said to her regurgitated in her play, but I try to brush off the guilt and encourage her friends to be nice to each other. That way I don’t have to hear Laney sending them to timeout in a not-so-nice tone. :)
She is making so many connections now between things happening in the moment and things she has seen or heard before. For example, “I’m going to eat a hamburger just like Pop the Pig does! (a game she got for Christmas)” or “I have blue eyes just like Mommy.” or “Mimi is your Mommy just like your my Mommy.” or “I see a big hill, Mommy! That would be great for sledding!” Fun to hear her little mind working.
She is in what I guess is a shy phase, which can be embarrassing at times because of her reactions to people simply saying hello. She hides and is not friendly to strangers or even people she hasn’t seen in recently (like scowls and mmmaahhhh!). We talk about being friendly and saying hi back to people even if we are feeling a bit shy. I know she hears us, because she will say, “Mom, I am happy! I will be friendly!” But we don’t always get follow-through, but I think it’s just a phase so I try not to make a big deal of it. We recently took Kyle lunch at work, and he wanted to walk her around to introduce us to her co-workers. We told her if she was friendly to everyone we could get an ice cream treat (bribery at it’s best). Wouldn’t you know she was the friendliest three-year-old in the world?! That girl will do just about anything for a treat!
Overall, we’ve been in a good groove (knock on wood). She seems to be doing well at school (conferences in two weeks will tell us for sure). She is very happy and silly almost all of the time. She sleeps all night (even though we’ve been on a waking up early kick this week). And we can usually reason with her if she is losing it over something. Her eating is hit-or-miss, but I’ve decided I’ve stressed enough over it and she’ll learn to eat more variety as she gets older.
A few other funny moments and favorite phrases:
1. Kyle Pott: Ugh, Laney, did you toot?
Laney: (giggling) Yeah.
Kyle: It’s stinky. What do you say?
Laney: Excuse me. It smells like your breath.
2. Laney likes to just randomly lean over and kiss us. Might be leg, arm, whatever. Which is sweet. But the other day Kyle got out of the shower and was standing in his boxers. She walked up and was talking to him, and then just leaned in and kissed him right in the manparts. I started laughing, and said “Kyle!” And he said, “What!? I didn’t see it coming!” And Laney says, “Yes you did, Dad!”
3. Laney loves to pretend to be an animal – especially a cat. The other night she was pretending to chase her “string” like Chester (my sister’s cat).
4. Phrases: “Check!” “Yep! That’s it!” “Where we going today?!” “It’s getting night time!” “Can I watch (TV)?” “Not today!” “5 more minutes, Mom.” “Let’s do it!” “I so excited!” “Mom, I’m not whining. I’m happy!” “Where’d the sun go!?” “Ohh nooo!” “Wanna play with me?” “I don’t like it!” “It’s yucky!” “You’re breath is stinky!” “EWW that’s stanky!” “I did/ate/wore that yesterday!” (everything is yesterday) “I’m still growing!” “I’m three!” “Chase me!” “Come and find me!” “Tag you’re it!” “Uh oh!” “Ahh! A Monster!” “I can do it!” “I love it!” “Come on friends!”
5. She loves to comment on the shape/size/amount of her poops in the potty, which can be slightly embarrassing in public. “Mom, it looks like a bear! Bye, bear!” “Mom! Lot’s of poops!” “Aww an itty, bitty baby poop!” But she’s finally going on the potty, so I’ll take it! Now we need to get her doing the WHOLE process by herself (i.e. wiping!).
And that’s kind-of our January in a nutshell. Lot’s of playing inside, a little playing in the snow, and a lot of pretend. We sure love our silly little chatterbox! :)