Happy 2.5 years, Abigail!

On March 1, 2013 Abigail turned 2.5 years old! She had a well check with her pediatrician on Monday and she’s doing really well in all areas of development and even doing things that a 3 year old should be doing (according to the doctor).  This visit did not involve any shots and she actually won’t have to get anymore until she’s 4 (which I can’t imagine her actually turning 4, so I don’t think we’ll have to deal with those shots…)

Height – 34 in (15%)
Weight – 28lb 2oz (50%)
Head – 90%
Diaper – Totally done with these!
Clothing – All 2T but I expect she’ll be in 3T during the summer (at least in shirts and dresses)
Shoe – Size 6/7

Abigail’s day normally begins sometime between 7am and 8am (most of the time she wakes Charlotte up when she leaves the room but sometimes Charlotte keeps sleeping).  There was a couple of weeks at the beginning of the year when I thought that Abigail might be done with napping; there just was nothing I could do to get her to fall asleep in the afternoon. We found a little trick though that works maybe 50% of the time. I started laying down in her bed after putting Charlotte down for a nap and I make Abigail lay down with me for an hour.  Sometimes she falls asleep and sometimes she doesn’t, but its a nice little rest either way and it definitely works on those days when she really needs the nap.  Bedtime falls around 8pm now so that Charlotte has time to settle down before Abigail goes to bed. Abigail really enjoys being able to kiss Charlotte good night and then have some alone time with Daddy & Mommy.

I am amazed almost everyday by Abigail’s ability to communicate.  Abigail likes to tell stories about things that have happened to her or that she has seen happen.  I think one of my favorite things right now is when she asks Raymond how is day went at work or when she tries to console Charlotte after taking a toy away from her.  She LOVES to sing and has memorized quite a good number of songs (normal kids songs and hymns) that we sing around the house or that she hears in church.  Her favorite songs include Jesus Loves Me, Nothing but the Blood, In Christ Alone, He’s got the Whole World in His Hands, My God is so Big, and there are more but I can’t remember all of them right now. Abigail also loves to read and could easily sit for a couple of hours reading books with me.  She has memorized several books that we read regularly and I love listening to her “read” books to me :)  Abigail can also sing the ABC song and count to 10! Our plan is to start working on letter recognition next.

We’ve started allowing Abigail to watch a little bit of TV here and there.  We have The Little Einsteins, Anastasia, The Sound of Music, and Ella Enchanted that we rotate around.  She likes interacting with The Little Einsteins and singing along with The Sound of Music.  Sometimes when I ask her how old she is she likes to answer, “I am 16 going on 17.” :)

Potty training went really well!  She caught on super quick and is now completely out of diapers and into big girl panties.  In the middle of February we ran out of diapers for Abigail and I wasn’t able to get more before bedtime so we decided to see how the night would go without a diaper since she had been dry after waking up for quite a while.  The transition to panties at night went so easily!  The next morning she woke up and wasn’t able to make it to the potty fast enough, but after that she hasn’t had a single morning accident.

Finally, Abigail is still a really good eater.  She definitely has preferences and will accept fruit snacks/candy for all her meals if we let her, but she also eats pretty much everything we put in front of her.  We eat homemade pizza every Friday with broccoli and fruit and she normally devours the broccoli before eating anything else!

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