Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The growing independence of a 2 1/2 year old is not as cherishable sometimes. There can be good moments of independence, such as wanting to wash herself at bathtime. Cute, right? Sure. Another cute one, wanting to close the gate upon entering the den...cute? Sure. Helping to put her toys away...cute. Even pulling her pants down and going to the bathroom by herself, now without her Dora potty seat, is really cute.
What's not so cute is the tantrums and fits that come from Mommy still having to do some things for her. I can't leave the house with my keys. Cheyenne has to have the keys and walks out to the car and unlocks the door and opens it by herself. Sure, it's a little slower, but really, I need to pick my battles and that doesn't hurt anyone, so why not? Well, when we are in a hurry and already late to a playdate, that's why not. But God forbid I take the keys from her in an attempt to move things along and get us there a few minutes faster. Not to mention, she doesn't like being put in the car anymore. She wants to climb into the car and even into her carseat now...all by herself.
Fixing her meals is another on-again-off-again battle. Sometimes she is cool with letting me fix her meals, but if the microwave is involved, then she has to push the buttons and start the microwave, and if I don't let her...there is a total meltdown in the middle of the kitchen floor. She will stand in the open door of the refrigerator or freezer looking around and tapping her finger to her mouth as if she is deep in thought about what she wants to eat. Let me tell you, on a cold winter morning, the fridge and freezer being open is not the best feeling. But again, I better not make an attempt to close it or another fit ensues on the kitchen floor.
Let me tell you, this is one strong willed little girl. She can be cute as a button and sweet as can be one minute, like this morning, when her pajama pants were inside out after going potty and she asked me for help and when I fixed them, she said "Thank you. You so nice Mommy!" Then the next minute can be a total meltdown or screaming fit because I didn't let her close the gate into the den. I have started implementing time out and when she starts "growling" as I call it or screaming because she doesn't get her way, she goes and sits in time out to learn that this behavior is not acceptable. I tell you, I'm going to have my hands full with this one....
The independence of a 2 1/2 year old...so sweet, yet so stressful.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We have had some fun playdates lately and yesterday, we had a playdate at Vanessa and Penny's house. The kids were Tiny Hot Chocolate Chefs and it was so fun. Cheyenne was the perfect age for this as she could participate and make her hot chocolate mix with very little help from Mommy.
This is the lovely set up for our hot chocolate mix assembly. We had the cocoa, gumdrops, chocolate and butterscotch chips, marshmallows and cinnamon.
Our lovely hostesses, Vanessa and Penny!! We love going to Penny's house!!
Cheyenne had a blast making her hot chocolate mix...adding each of the ingredients (and eating a few along the way)!!
Cheyenne's beautiful bag of hot chocolate mix. We'll definitely be making this up soon considering it's almost noon and not even up to freezing yet. Yep, 11:00 in the morning, and it's still only 30 degrees. This is why I don't like winter. I hate cold weather, but I guess there are some perks...hot cocoa, coffee is better in the winter, snuggling to stay warm,fires in the fireplace and of course cold weather means it's time for Santa to come visiting.
After the hot chocolate chefs had completed their masterpieces, it was time to play and as usual, that ends with all the kids jumping on the couch and screaming and laughing. These girls love spending time together!
It was such a fun time and we are definitely going to have to make our cocoa soon, because Cheyenne won't let me forget about it. She is constantly asking if we can make our cocoa. I'm thinking we'll make it tonight, after dinner maybe with a fire going in the fireplace. Some of my favorite winter moments. :)
Then, that evening, it was time for or Christmas edition of our Organizer meeting for our playgroup. We had a great time at Villa-O and those that had them wore their ugly Christmas sweaters. I don't have any Christmas sweaters, so I wore a red sweater and put a gift tag on it that said "Ugly Christmas Sweater". I was going to put a couple of bows on my shirt too, but I didn't have any unsued bows and the ones I had wouldn't stay on.
We also did a gift exchange and that was fun as well! As always, I had a great time with the organizers of this group.
What a great group of organizing Mommas!!
I am so blessed to be part of such a great group of mommas and to have made some awesome friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime! The kiddos in this group are so great and Cheyenne has a great group of kids to grow up with!!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Cheyenne got to swing in a big swing...she loves to swing and is so proud of herself for being in a big swing.
Rachel was climbing and hiding out, being her usual cute self.
Claire got to swing with Grandpa. What a cutie!!
Then it was back to Mimi and Pop's for a little more visiting, but the girls just wanted to play outside some more. I think we spent 80% of this day outside. It was such pretty weather and the girls had so much fun playing together in the backyard.
Cheyenne and Rachel emerged from the foliage and looked like they were up to no good. I have no idea what they were plotting, but no major events happened, so perhaps it was just a little girl talk...
Monday, November 14, 2011
I decided to finally take the plunge and decided to take Cheyenne out of the house in panties instead of a diaper. I have been debating this for a while, because when we go somewhere, she is usually dry when we get home. Even this morning, the trip to the museum, she was dry when we got back to the house almost 4 hours later.
So I did it...we took a trip to Target and I made sure I took an extra set of panties and pants just in case. We walked all through Target and then when we were done, we stopped at Chick-Fil-A to eat dinner and let Cheyenne play in the playscape for a little while.
I must report, I am so proud. She didn't have an accident. I didn't have to take her in the bathroom and dig out the change of clothes, clean her up, and put dry clothes on her; then trying to figure out what to do with the wet ones since I forgot to take a plastic bag to put them in. These were the thoughts that were going through my mind while debating whether or not to attempt this.
But she did great and made me so proud!! My little girl is growing up. How bittersweet this tastes.
There were several stations that the girls enjoyed playing at:
...and climbing on....
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I have to admit, I was a little nervous and kind of dreading the whole garage sale thing, because you know, I have a 2 year old. How fun was this going to be?? Amazingly, Cheyenne was a perfect angel. She sat there with us or walked around a little, but she didn't try to run out in the alley or around the house and she didn't mess with all the stuff we had set out. Dad and I were both amazed at how well she behaved. But how else would she be? She is very well-behaved...most of the time. Not to mention, she stayed out there with us from a little before 9:00 in the morning, until she went down for nap about 1:00 and didn't have one accident. She was wearing panties and blue jeans, and she didn't have any accidents or even have to come in for a potty break. Then when we went in to take her nap, she sat down and went potty. I was so proud of her.
My friend Vanessa and her daughter (Cheyenne's best friend), Penny came over Sunday morning to sell some of Penny's old toys and the girls had a blast playing together. I couldn't resist this picture when I turned around and saw it!! So cute!!
All in all, we had a good weekend and it wasn't near as bad as I thought it would be. I sold some of Cheyenne's old clothes, a few toys, and a few other little things. I also put out the candles that I had and sold several of them. Of course, I had to sell them at garage sale prices, so I probably didn't even make what it cost me to make them, but I got rid of several and they aren't doing anything sitting around here except taking up space.
We had a good time and even earned a little over $100. Not too shabby...
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Some of my favorites are:
"I love you soooo much"
"I still love you Mommy"
"It's not funny" or if you do something and tell her it's not funny, she will say "It's a little bit funny" ( I can't imagine where she got that from)
"I love my big brother"
"Can we? Can we?" when she wants to do something
While she is still learning how to pronounce some of her letters that don't come until later, some of her pronunciations are absolutely precious and I hope I never forget them.
Bear with me here, I'm trying to type it the way she makes it sound:
yick - lick - all of her l's are y's.
yap - lap
Frampa - Grandpa - yes, she finally graduated from Baba
tayel - towel
She is also learning to sing and while she doesn't get it right every time and get every word (she's only 2), she gets the majority of it right and she loves to sing it for people. She has no fear of being in front of people and has been known to belt out Old MacDonald Had a Farm in the middle of dinner at a restaurant and of course, everyone sitting around us will comment on how cute that is or how well she did. She will then bow and say thank you.
Her favorite songs right now are Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Happy Birthday.
I look forward to every day to see what will come out of her mouth that day. She is saying something new every day and just amazing me with how smart she is.
The first day, I just took her diaper off and let her run around with no bottoms on. Believe it or not, a few minutes later, Cheyenne stopped what she was doing and ran over to the potty and sat down and went pee pee. Now, I had put her on it several times over the previous few months, but she only went pee pee about 2 times. She loved to sit on it though. Sometimes, she would just sit on it and watch her shows. But I was amazed that she took to potty training immediately.
Now she is wearing her panties and pants all day at home and there has only been one accident in the month plus since we have started this journey. She even went poo poo in the potty on her first day and she was so excited!! Every time she goes potty, we go empty it in the big potty (don't dare do it without her...screaming fit and "my turn to do it" will ensue) and then we go back in the den and get her potty chart out and she picks out a sticker and puts it on her chart all by herself (because that's the only way it's done) and if she goes poo poo, we have special sparkly poo poo stickers. I know...a little silly, but hey...I have had no problems with potty training. We even went to housesit for some friends for 4 or 5 days and I just took her potty and she never skipped a beat.
Here are her potty charts for last week and this week
Now I have to tell you all the fear I have regarding this. I have not yet been brave enough to take her out of the house in panties yet. She still naps and sleeps at night in diapers, even though most of the time, she is still dry after nap and usually in the morning when she gets up her diaper is still dry. But taking her out of the house in panties is just the step I am not looking forward to. But I know it has to be done and soon. When we do go somewhere like a playdate or out to eat dinner, she is usually dry when we get back home, but not always.
The other reason I'm not really jumping to try this step is that she hasn't gone potty on the big potty and I'm afraid that if we are somewhere and she does tell me she needs to go, then she won't go because it's not her potty. Perhaps I need to go ahead and get one of the toilet seats to put on the big potty and see if she will go on there.
I am so proud of Cheyenne taking to this so easily and I don't even have to ask the question "Do you have to go potty?" Cheyenne will stop whatever she's doing and go potty. Well, I'm sure you have all heard enough about Cheyenne's potty habits, but I just wanted to share with everyone what we've been up to.
She's growing so fast and getting so big and independent. She is talking up a storm and speaking in sentences and saying things that I am amazed she is saying. But that's for a whole other post!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
My little man (he hates when I call him that, but he will always be my little man) is about to start 8th grade and will be attending online school so he can be at home and get his lessons done at his leisure, which works better for him. We've struggled through the years to get him to to work and if it has to be done right away, he has a harder time, whereas if he can take his time and get it done, it works out better and gets done.
Cheyenne has really exploded with her abilities. She is saying so much (pretty much anything you say to her, she will repeat). Every morning, she walks Grandpa to the back door (so she can shut the door when he leaves) and while he is walking out to his van, Cheyenne will yell out "Have a good day!" It is really adorable. When I put her to bed at night, I tell her "I'll see you in the morning" and she repeats her version of it. So cute. She'll see something on tv and ask me "see that?" and I'll say "Yes, I saw it. Did you see it?" and she will say "Yes, I saw it" . It amazes me not that she is carrying on a small conversation, but that she is using the words correctly. Instead of "Yes, I see that" she uses the word "saw" Amazing. She knows all the letters of the alphabet, but can't say the entire alphabet yet...we're working on that. She recognizes all the letters, tells me the sound and most of the time, a word that starts with that letter. She recognizes all of her numbers up to 10 and we are working up to 20 now.
She loves to paint! She has recently discovered her love for finger paints and has been making some beautiful artwork. In the past, I couldn't get her to finger paint for anything, but now she loves to paint her hands and do handprints. She also loves to paint with pipe cleaners and cut up paper towel tubes.
She knows so many things that I can't list here, but she really is so smart and doing so many things that preschoolers do that I have decided to start preschooling her in the next couple of weeks. I have been accumulating workbooks and arts & craft supplies along with tons of cute ideas for different arts and crafts as well as preschool lessons and activities I have found online. I actually did some pages with her this morning, out of curiosity and got a worksheet that I had laminated and gave her some dry erase crayons (awesome!) and asked her to circle a certain color bear and she did it! Then she had to match a symbol to the bear that had that symbol on its tummy. I was shocked when I told her to draw a line to the one it matched and she did it! She drew a line. We hadn't really worked on drawing specific shapes or anything, so I was surprised. So I am eager to get her bedroom straightened up and set up a little work area either back there or at the kitchen table area and work with her.
So that's what's been going on here....oh yeah, my fun experience....
I had to go to the emergency room with a kidney stone about a month ago and come to find out, it is 14 mm which is a little bigger than my middle finger according to the doctor. So needless to say, it's not going anywhere. It was blocking my kidney and my white blood cell count was spiking so they had to rush me up to emergency surgery and put a stent in the tube that goes from my kidney to my bladder so my kidney could drain. I had a severe infection and was sick for about 3 days after I got home from the hospital running fever up over 102.5, aching and not to mention the pain from the procedure. I was supposed to follow up with the surgeon a week later to have the stone blasted, but the day before an appointment to make sure there was no more infection, they called me and told me they just figured out (this was almost 2 weeks later) that they didn't take my insurance. So now I have this stent and kidney stone in me that I have no one to take out. I couldn't get in to my regular doctor for 3 to 4 weeks then waiting on a referral and actually getting an appt with the urologist could take months, so I had to find a new primary care doctor and I go in Tuesday to see them to get a referral to a urologist. I'm hoping they can do this quickly as the doctor that did this originally told me it could stay in for up to a couple of months and Monday will be 5 weeks. I am just ready for this to be over and am tired of the constant pain and discomfort. I can't even go to the grocery store or clean house because if I'm on my feet for more that 3 or 4 minutes, the pain gets worse. So I hope things go quickly and smoothly so I can get this taken care of and resume normal life. As normal as my life is....
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I loved you before I even knew you, before I ever held you. When you were born and they laid you up on my chest, the first words out of my mouth were "She is beautiful. She is perfect." You had 10 fingers and 10 toes and when I said you were perfect, you lifted your head up and looked up at me. It was the most beautiful moment I have ever had and it was then that I cried. But they were tears of joy and here's a little secret...those tears of joy make frequent appearances. I am thankful for you every day and I have loved watching you grow from newborn, to infant, through your first year, beginning toddlerhood and now your second birthday.
You are such a sweet little girl and absolutely beautiful. You love everyone so much and are such a happy little girl. You are so smart and learn things so quickly and are so proud of yourself when you do something new. I am so proud of how far you have come in 2 short years. You will see something and tell me what it is, sometimes I can understand you and other times I can't, but you are talking so much now and learning so many words. You are starting to really talk and try to tell a story or say a sentence and you love to tell people what you do.
You love your big brother and love playing with him and he adores you as well.
You have your first best friend, Penny, who you are always wanting to see. You love to play with Penny and you two are so cute when you give each other hugs and kisses.
You do have some strange quirks...you love to eat eggs, but you always want Pops (Corn Pops) in your eggs. Really?? If you like it, who am I to argue?? You love to dip your chicken nuggets in yogurt and fish sticks in applesauce.
You love to sing and dance and you are so adorable when you dance.
You LOVE to be outside. It doesn't matter what we do...playground, sprayground, front yard....as long as you are outside and can run around and play. You love to play with balls, and have recently developed a love of playing catch.
You like to paint, draw and color. You love Grandpa's pen that he carries in his pocket and always want to write.
You love it when you do something and people cheer for you, so you take a bow. I'm not sure where you got that from, but it is adorable.
To be honest, you like pretty much everything. I could go on and on for a week about all the things you do that are cute and adorable and all of the things you love.
You are a beautiful, sweet, strong and sometimes stubborn little girl, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
You are my little miracle and I love you more than I ever thought possible.
Happy 2nd birthday Cheyenne!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Cheyenne has just exploded with knowledge and cuteness over the last couple of months and I am amazed every day at the things she is learning and doing. She is saying so many words and quite a few phases now and some of the things that come out of her mouth are hilarious!
- When the dogs start barking out in the dog room, she will yell from the living room, "Hush dogs" or "Hush Toot" Toot is our new puppy and Cheyenne is crazy about her and they play together quite often.
- When she goes to bed at night, she tells everybody "night night" and "zuzz you" which is love you. Sometimes she says "seep tight". And then she blows kisses to everybody, sometimes at ear piercing levels.
- She is all about saying "hi" to everyone right now. She will be minding her own business and playing with her toys and she will turn to me and just say "Hi Momma". She does this often throughout the day.
- Her newest thing just started last night. She was in her high chair eating dinner and I was across the kitchen fixing the rest of her dinner and she said "yoohoo...Momma" And the yoo-hoo was high pitched to get my attention. It was one of the funniest things she has ever done! My dad just cracked up laughing when he heard her do it later that night.
- She is counting and sometimes gets it right and sometimes it's "one, two, six"
She knows all of her colors and loves to identify things by their color like her "yellow chair".
- She is really into books right now. She will bring me a book and say "more book" to let me know she wants me to read to her. Then when I finish it, she will say "more book" and I tell her to put that one back and get another book. So she will go put her book back on the shelf and get another one and bring to me. "More book". Occasionally she will want to "read" her books herself and she will sit down with her book and say "Chey Chey read".
- She knows her name and she makes sure everyone else knows her name. She will walk up to someone and put her hand on her chest and say "Chey Chey". When characters in her show introduce themselves, she introduces herself to them. She also is learning posession. If she has something and you try to take it away from her, she will say "Chey Chey's ball" or whatever it is. She other new favorite word is "my" or "mine" She will say "my chair" or hold something and say "mine".
I can't believe she will be 2 in just a few weeks and can't believe how far we have come in these 2 short years. We are in a playgroup and go to several playdates a week now that the weather is warming up. Cheyenne loves to be outside and so we have a lot of playdates at parks and outdoor venues. A lot of times in the afternoon after nap, she will walk over to the gate and say "side" to let me know she wants to go outside. So weather permitting, we go outside a lot in the late afternoon between nap and dinner.
I can't believe she is almost 2, but I look forward to all the fun and excitement the next year and beyond holds.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
...and picked up armfuls of snow....
....and fell on our face..... ....and just had a good time.....
All in all...we had a great time playing out in the snow! Cheyenne loved the snow and loved running around and playing...even when she fell down. I'm so glad we got a chance to get out of the house, even though it was just to play out in the front yard for about an hour.