As I look forward to another baby in a few months, I’m panicking because I’ve forgotten everything about each stage Mackenzie has gone through.
For the benefit of Future Anne, here’s where we are now:
Talking – I can understand nearly everything Mackenzie says. She jabbers away in full paragraphs, carries on conversations with stuffed animals, and sometimes even makes jokes. Her current favorite thing is to contradict whatever I say. “We are going to the park, Mackenzie!” will inevitably be followed with “We are NOT going to the park, Mama!” with a tricky grin on her face.
She also asks hilarious questions now, like whether my belly is full of water so I can feed the baby when she is born. 🙂 She wants to know everyone’s name and assumes I know everyone we see when we’re out and about. She spontaneously tells us she loves us and demands snugs and kisses before we leave the house. We are really best buds and chat all day long with each other, which makes me wonder what in the world I did before she could talk?!
Playing – She loves running around in circles, playing pretend with her toys (who incidentally, each have needs and wants, including strollers being hungry and shoes being nervous), and being tickled and thrown on the bed. Her favorite thing is being read books by Mama and Daddy, though when we’re occupied, she will haul a stack of books to wherever we are and make up silly stories to tell us as she turns the pages.
She loves having friends, but still isn’t quite sure what to do with them so mostly she just talks about them before and after they come over and smiles shyly at them when they are here.
Sleeping – Big girl bed! She adores it and though making the transition did shorten her sleep some days, she still does pretty well. Bedtime is typically around 9 and she gets up for the day between 8 and 9 in the morning. Nap is around 1 or 2 and lasts for 3 hours, though the pitter patter of little feet occupy the first hour a couple times a week. Inevitably when I come get her, she has pulled a stack of books into her bed with her. She still sleeps with a special blanket shoved in her mouth and she chooses one stuffed animal or dolly to sleep with each day.
Eating – Girlfriend is a great eater. We typically do three meals a day, with a snack being rare. She pounds breakfast, and her favorite is steel cut oatmeal piled high with berries and flaxmeal. She also especially likes fresh tomatoes and bell peppers, beans, and any kind of fruit.
The above picture is a pretty good illustration of her palate. Aside from the few M&Ms we bribe her with every day (see Potty, below) she has a VERY healthy diet but she continually surprises me with the way she adores healthy foods. The smoothie in the picture was a fake (just water, frozen spinach and some frozen corn to smear on her face for a Father’s day shoot) yet I couldn’t keep her hands and face out of the canister and she begged for more when I was done taking pictures. Love it.
The Potty – She rarely has a pee accident anymore (once a month?) and usually tells us when she needs to go. Though, if it comes to that, we’d better hustle because it doesn’t occur to her to inform us until her bladder is brimming. Our biggest recent victory is with poop, which almost never ends up in her naptime or nighttime diaper. Instead, the all-powerful peanut M&M has induced her to poop 2-3 times a day on the potty and wake up with a wet, but clean diaper.
Learning – She’s known all her letters since she was 2, but now likes to sound out words with me. She’s not quite ready for Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but hopefully when the baby arrives that will be our special mama-daughter time each day. She knows her colors, can count to 20 in English and 10 in Spanish. She doesn’t color herself, though, preferring to sort her crayons by color or by those with or without paper. When she does bring pen to paper, it’s with a feather-light touch that rarely leaves any evidence behind. She can jump with both feet now (just in the last month, really!) and to our delight, loves jumping off curbs and off the side of the pool into our arms.
Discipline – A two minute time out, sitting quietly on the floor with her legs straight and hands in her lap usually does the trick but we have been known to revoke fun activities as well for fit-throwing.
More – She loves nursery and usually remembers the lesson so she can tell us about it on the way home from church. She says lovely (albeit sometimes unusual) prayers and is great about reminding us to read the Book of Mormon with her every day. She is very excited for a baby sister and always includes her in prayers and often in playtime as well. She has a few freckles on each cheek and is complimented all the time on her lovely red hair. She is very fun to speak with on the phone, and lights up our lives with her tiny angelic voice.