Ellery is no longer a baby anymore. I mean, I know she hasn’t been a baby for a while but she is a full-fledged toddler and sometimes I wonder if she’s skipped a few years and is actually going on something like 12 years old. Her language and vocabulary have expanded so much and so quickly. I can’t even believe some of the things that come out of her mouth. She listens to us speak so much and will often repeat exactly what we say as a question-in an attempt to understand what we mean. She started school in the beginning of January, which has been a huge transition for us all. She “phased in” slowly and is now going the full time-Monday-Thursday from 8:15-11:45am. She often tells us that she cries and wants me to come get her but I know she is learning a lot from what she does at home. She already has become more independent-in helping to cook, clean, etc…I catch her pushing in all the chairs at the table and now coughs into her arm politely. She’s also learning to shake hands with everyone, which is adorable. On the behavior front we are hitting a few bumps in the road. Bedtime has become a real struggle. Everything is a negotiation-from how many books we are going to read to jammies to how many glasses of water she needs before going to sleep. There are generally a few tears in one way or another before bed. I am just hoping it’s a phase. Remaining calm and confident is the only way to get through it.
Ellery loves her brother fiercely and we couldn’t have asked for more. It’s true when they say that your first-born will all of a sudden seem so much bigger and older when the new baby comes home. She has grown into this beautiful little girl with so much heart.
Some favorites these days:
Snow (watching it, playing in it, having snow days, sledding!)
Reading, by herself, to her babies, to us. She especially loves when we can all sit down and read together, brother included.
Baking and Cooking with me-lately, lots of snowy day cookies (this weather needs to end otherwise this baby weight is going nowhere!)
Her cousin Nora. I swear she would hug and kiss her forever. She loves “playing” with her. Visits with Nora are the best.
Making things with Dad. She is loving helping put together things-like new furniture, shelves, etc…
Dressing up-particularly in anything having to do with Elsa and princesses.
Dancing! (Let it Go and Shake it Up are particular faves at the moment)
Tea Parties (see below, Nora and Everett enjoying a spot of tea courtesy of Princess Elsa)