You have changed so much since I wrote about you at 20 months old! Mainly because you took on your most important role yet of big sister. But I'll back track a bit. From mid-March to mid-May our lives consisted of these things: being sick, getting ready for Bridget to be born, and working a ton. It wasn't necessarily the most fun moments of my life, but there was much anticipation for the month of May!
Around March, (after much hesitation, prayer, and thought) I told my boss that I would not be returning to work after Bridget was born. I had been working approx. 25-30 hours a week up to that point. After announcing my departure, things at work got busier since I was heavily involved in hiring and training my replacement. This meant that my hours increased to full time for the two months before Bridget was born. For you Lucy this meant full time daycare attendance. I didn't care for this at all because I felt like I didn't see you nearly enough! I only got to see you about 30 min. in the morning and 2-3 hours after work. To make matters worse you were such a grouch when you got home! You would scream and whine almost the entire 2-3 hours you were home in the evening. Finally one day, the daycare workers casually mentioned that you hadn't been napping (even though it had said on your take home sheets that you had been...) This explained not only the crabbiness at home, but also the occasional reports of you hitting friends and/or being "aloof" at daycare. One time before I had made the final decision to quit my job, you were sick and I took the afternoon off to take you to the doctor. However, the next day I couldn't take off since I had too much work to do and I had to take you with a dose of ibuprofen in your system. That day was horrible since I just hoped and prayed that you would be okay. It was this day that God used to show me that it was time to quit working and stay at home with you. It would take a lot of trusting in God for provision, but I felt at peace and ready to be home with you all the time - especially when you were sick and needed me the most.
|Playing with cousin Wyatt|
|First family photo!|
|Eating the hospital food|
|2nd Birthday Celebration with Grandma and Grandpa Baareman|
|Feeding the birds with dad at Atlanta Zoo for 2nd Birthday|
- Water (you are OBSESSED with it) - sounds like "Wadi"
- Baby Sissy (also OBSESSED).
- No and Uh-huh (for yes)
- Blue's Clues (your new favorite TV show) - "Boo Coo"
- TV - (I let you watch TV when I'm feeding Bridget....hopefully you won't get addicted!)
- I pooped - "I poo"
- Bath - "Baa"
- Night Night - "Ni-Ni" - most frequently used in the phase "No Ni-Ni" when you aren't ready for bed
- Book - "Boo"
- Outside - (also OBSESSED)
- Shoes - "Shoo" (associate shoes with going somewhere)
- 1-2-3 (getting there with counting)
- Ready - Set - Go (Not easy to understand yet, but we know what you are saying!)
- I see, I see (when you want to see something)
- See Baby? (when you want to show baby something - either Bridget or baby doll)
- Eat/Eating (use this when you are hungry or when Bridget is eating)
- Mole - funny enough you find moles really interesting
- My boat - My bow (she says this when talking about the lake house)
- Tube - for tube at the lake house
- Bow = buckle or hair bow
- Please - Mo Pee (you say "More Please" for "Please" since that is how you first learned it)
You have also started string these small words together into really funny sentences like "No daddy no nigh nigh" when you don't want to go to bed. We normally ask you lots of question and you respond with "no" or an excited "uh-huh" (while nodding head) for us to understand what you want. It is really fun that you can talk more now so it's not so quiet around here anymore. Sometimes I'll play some music on my iPhone to liven things up when we are playing together.
|On the boat with Wyatt and Gigi|
|Helping dad with 4th of July Fireworks|
|The whole family on 4th of July|
|Birthday cake for Aunt Kristen|
|Playing Angry Birds with Pops|
|Her specialty: making Bridget smile!|
- WATER (drinking it, playing with it, swimming in it, you are a little obsessed. We had to limit your water intake recently because you were drinking so much we think it took away your appetite for regular food!)
- Helping with baby sister (waking her up, putting her to bed, getting her bath, etc.)
- Going places (church, play dates, errands, shopping, you love to get out of the house!)
- Being outside (playing with your water table and baby pool especially)
- Bath time, brushing teeth, reading stories in bed with mommy and daddy before bedtime.
- Helping (with laundry, wiping the floor, dusting, you name it!)
Biggest Challenges this month
- Hurting baby sister - most of the time by accident, but sometimes you think it is funny :(
- Eating full meals - you aren't really picky but sometimes you don't have much of an appetite at all except for milk, fruit, and cheese....
- You want to do everything on your own, so when we have to do something for you, you can get frustrated.
- You are very needy in the car and are constantly wanting us to hand you this or that, and when we don't you get upset.
|First time in big girl bed|
|Helping take in the groceries|
|At Steed's Dairy Farm before Bridget was born|
Right now we are mainly either spanking you and/or putting you in your room when you are blatantly disobedient or doing something that you KNOW is not allowed (hitting, throwing things, pushing, biting, hurting your sister, not laying correctly when we try to change your diaper on the floor, etc.) You are VERY tough and most spankings you don't even cry. Recently you also seem to care less about being in your room, so we may need to do something else like time out in the corner or something like that. It is still hard to tell exactly how much you understand and correlate a punishment to what you did wrong. We make sure to explain to you why you are being punished before, and to talk calmly about it afterwards. We are also trying to relate all punishments back to a reason "why" - either scripture or a practical reason why you should have obeyed us (cleanliness, safety, respect, etc.) We are currently going through "Growing Kids God's Way" with our Sunday School class and hope to learn some methods that way. I've also read a few books about toddlers that I'm hoping will give me some guidance on what type of behavior is acceptable or not.
Lucy - we love you so much! We are so proud of the big sister that you have become to Bridget. You are such a fun little girl. You love life and are just in general so happy. We love your smile and giggle. It has been so much fun to see your personality, and likes and dislikes emerge more and more. You are starting to become pretty "Type-A" like me. You really like routine and everything in just the right place. We know that God has a special plan for you and that he made you just the way you are for his purpose. You brighten our day every day. Ever since I quit my job you have become my little buddy and I LOVE spending all day every day with you.