Well, my baby girl is three.
What to say about Jane right now? She seems so mature, sweet, funny, and really pretty easy. Tantrums don’t happen often and when we see one coming we can usually talk her down.
Bedtime is better than ever, 2 books and then I lay next to her for about a minute before she says “Mama, you can go in the kitchen to do your stuff now”. She sleeps from about 8:30 – 7:00 and still takes a 1 1/2 hour nap too.
She’s potty trained completely during the day and mostly at night too, but we keep a cloth diaper on just in case. She wipes herself when she pees and even makes sure to get any drips off the potty seat! I guess that’s an example of how clean she is in general… not that the house isn’t a disaster after a day of playing, but she will actually do a good job of helping me clean up, sometimes without even being asked.
Lately she’s been really into “telling jokes” which usually consist of some nonsensical thing that one animal said to another, but the other day she said “Why did the chicken cross the road?” …. “To get some beer and go to the park!”. Hahahaa, sounds like my kinda day.
I think the hardest part right now is the constant talking/needing to be engaged, and by the end of the day I’m just done, and then I feel so bad for being annoyed at her sweet little voice. But if I even suggest that we have a quiet time, or that Mama needs to not talk for awhile, she gets so hurt. (On the verge of tears: “but, but, but Mama, I just love you and I wanted to tell you something…”)
We had her party the same place as last year, essentially the same party, except more people (nearly 50). No frills, just snacks, some tunnels, parachute, birthday coloring station, and balloons for the kids to play with. I did splurge on the cake though, baking even a simple cake was stressful for me last year.
My genius vegan baker friend made this:
Plus an 11 x 18″ sparkly purple sheet cake to feed everyone!
The party was already 3 weeks ago and feels like forever. Before that we were in Florida for 2 weeks, and then after the birthday festivities we started watching a new little boy who just turned one. We had our first 50 degree day here, and today I did a double take while driving because I saw a big patch of greenish grass! After a winter like this, us Minnesotans are very easy to please.