Thursday, January 2, 2014

Claire: 2.5

Claire turned 2.5 on Christmas! Since I don't do monthly posts for Claire anymore I feel like I forget a lot of things that she's doing.

I cannot believe what a grown up girl we have! Every day Drew and I are amazed at how much her personalty is growing. Here is what Claire has been up to the past 6 months:

-Claire REALLY loves Hunter. She's always wanting to know where he is and insists on giving him hugs and kisses all day long. We're pretty sure she thinks his name is "buddy" since we call him that so often. She loves to come in the room and yell (at her highest pitched voice) "Hi Buddy! I love you!

She was so excited about her new "big girl" carseat that she insisted on sitting in it before we even had a chance to put it in the car!

-Potty training! After a few times struggling with Claire to use the potty, she decided to do it on her own. Everyone told me "when she's ready she'll do it, don't rush her", and boy were they right! Every time we tried to push the issue even a little bit, she let us know that she wanted nothing to do with. One day she just woke up and decided she wanted to wear big girl underwear, and walked right into the bathroom, pulled down her undies, sat on the potty and went pee. Drew and I were both in shock for a few days, and kept expecting her to revert back, but so far so good! We're going on about 2 months of being potty trained. She is still in diapers at night time and at nap, though she usually wakes up dry about 75% of the time after nap.

-Within the last 6 months Claire's imagination has really taken off. It's hilarious to hear her little stories that she makes up, and she's always asking us to come along on her make believe adventures.

In case you can't understand what she's saying, she's grabbing her gold doubloons, and then telling me we're going to pirate island. She went through a big pirate phase for a while ;)

-We're getting to the point that sharing is really hard. Claire has a hard time understanding that not all of the toys belong to her. We often find her trying to take a toy from Hunter because she thinks it belongs to her. She is doing better, but I know it will be a work in progress for many more years to come; sharing is hard sometimes!

-Princesses are a big hit in our house right now. Crowns and tutu's are a must as well as anything sparkly. We've discovered that Claire has plenty of self confidence as she will often tell us "Look at me, I'm a beautiful princess!". 

-Claire is still napping once a day, although some days she boycotts sleep and spends an hour or so in her bed having quiet time. Her schedule is pretty much the same as it has been for a while.
6:45-7:00am Wake up
12-12:30pm Nap time
6:30pm Bath time
7:00pm Bed time

-We put Claire in swim lessons at the local pool a few months ago. It's one of the first organized things Claire has done without us. In the past her swim lessons or classes have always been parent-child, but this time she is in the water with just the teacher and a few other kids. She does a fairly good job of listening but gets distracted by what the other kids are doing. We have taken a break the last few weeks because of her poor attitude; by the end of class she is whining to get out and be with me, which a new thing for her. We had Claire apologize to her teacher for her poor attitude and decided we'll try again in a few weeks.
-Claire is wearing size 3T clothing. She's so tall she could probably use the length of a 4T in pants, but so skinny she needs a 2T , so we've had to split it down the middle ;)

-Christmas was so much more magical with Claire this year! She was so into the lights, decorations, etc.... It was so much fun to see her be so excited and have a little more understanding of what is going on.

It's crazy to think that in a few short months we will have a 3 year old! I sure miss her being little, but it's also so much fun watching her grown and learn.

1 comment:

  1. Happy Half, Claire :) You're growing into such a beautiful little girl.