It’s been a little while since the last My Amelie post, I figured I was due. I can barely remember week to week so I need to take the time to write things down.
AGE: 25 months. A two year old. With opinions.
We had family pictures taken recently. I spent my very valuable free time hunting for an outfit for Amelie. I scored one for 40% off but she flat out refused to wear any of it! Not a single thing: the dress, the jean vest or the shoes. It’s all being returned. Instead, I had to dig through Amelie’s old clothes and pull something together last minute. On the plus side, I saved myself over $50?
Although Amelie was mostly uncooperative during the session, our photographer managed to get a cute picture of us together:
Speaking of clothes, my MIL mentioned she used to take the tags off of any new items and sneak them into Hub’s drawers so he could get used to them being there first. I’ve been doing something similar. And if I make any remark while getting her dressed (which I try not to), I only comment on functionality, like “Brrrr, it’s chilly outside! Well, I guess we need a shirt today, huh? You don’t want to be cold, do you?” It’s been only recently that she has opinions about what she wears. I didn’t know it would start this young!
Play: Amelie is still quite the little Mommy. She doesn’t bother much with Cade besides bringing him his nuk. But, she spends a lot of time taking care of her babies and having Daddy take care of them too. Diaper changes, suctioning their nose, wiping their poopies, swaddling, feeding and rocking them.
Here she is, feeding “Ducky”.
She even cups the back of their head when she lays them down, just like I do with Cade. She’s watching me closer than I realize.
Tantrums? I’m lucky, Amelie doesn’t tantrum. She does throw little fits, usually crying and asking for her sleepsack and nuk but no flailing on the floor and howling episodes…yet. She’s been seriously crabby though. Everything frustrates her. A crabby toddler makes for a crabby Mommy.
On a related note, she’s been more disagreeable lately. If I ask her a question, she used to respond with a considerate yes or no but recently she’s been flip flopping. I’ll ask her to get her shoes on and first she’ll want the gold shoes and then no, not the gold but her purple shoes instead and then she’ll insist – INSIST- gold again. It can be very tiring. She is fairly obedient for a toddler but this game drives me crazy.
Verbal: Each day, I’m amazed by the small sentences she’s stringing together. “Silly Mama!” “Night night, Natalie” (her baby doll) “I walk” (when she doesn’t want to be carried) “I watch TV” (I let her watch TV when I feed Cade or when she’s feeling under the weather…we’ve been doing a lot of TV watching lately) “Help Mama!” (if she needs assistance). She says something new hourly it seems and it’s so cute! I love talking with her. She can count to three and knows A-B-C (and which letters are which). She attempts the rest of the alphabet but it gets kinda messy before and after “LMNOP”.
Quote: “Amelie, are you sleepy?” “No, I happy!” 😀
Sleeping: Ugh. She has never been a great sleeper. February was a rough month with croup, the flu and hives. And since then, her cough has never gone away. She’s up most nights coughing, with new cold piled on top of the old cold. It’s been really hard on all of us. We’ll be up three times for Amelie and then Cade will wake at 5am-ish for his first feeding. It’s been a long two weeks. Actually, it’s been a long few months! Thank goodness for the Nose Frida thingy – best/grossest purchase ever…
Naps: She’s still napping late in the day. I’d like to move it up but for now it’s 2ish to 5ish. We wake her at 5.15pm if she’s not up yet. Her naps have been all over the place since she’s been sick.
Mommy stuff: She’s been showing preference to Daddy still. She’s fine when Daddy’s gone but the moment he’s home, she doesn’t want much to do with me. It can get me really down. I’m exhausted and therefore feeling especially vulnerable to moments like this. I’m struggling to balance both Cade and her – making sure they get the attention they need. But I’m only one person and usually they need me simultaneously. It’s hard work!