Reecer turned 2 1/2 a couple of weeks back. I thought I’d post some of the things she does now, so that maybe one day I’ll transfer it all to her baby book (along with the first two years of her life). 🙂
- The girl loves princesses. I don’t remember ever being into princesses, and I kinda thought if Reece did decide to like princesses it would come around the age of 4 or 5, but not so. At 2 1/2, if she isn’t being a mommy, Reece is a princess. Oftentimes she’ll tell me, “I turned into a princess, Mommy” when she wakes up from her nap. She spins like a princess, calls her daddy a prince, requests princess videos all day long, cries when I don’t buy her a princess item she sees in the store, reads princess books…everything is PRINCESS! (gag) I must admit that it’s great to be able to use the whole “Princesses don’t act that way” approach when she isn’t being nice. And when she’s lallygagging and not moving to the car fast enough, all I have to say is, “Princess Reece, your carriage awaits,” and she’s in the car in a flash.
- She’s an independent lallygagger. Not only does she have to do everything herself, but she takes her time and does not like to feel rushed. Feeling rushed and feeling as though her independence is being compromised causes a major meltdown. That’s why we’re late everywhere we go.
- Reece is becoming quite the helper. She picks stuff up and puts it where it belongs, and she throws trash away without being asked.
- Reece is so funny, sweet, and pleasant. I enjoy her company and her two-and-a-half-year-old insight. And she has a really great, smart sense of humor.
- When she’s upset, she’s REALLY upset. Explosive tantrums seem to be our biggest issue with Reece. Lately, I feel we’re finally seeing some improvements as we “love and logic” her. Scott gets results with Reece by counting to 5, while I get results by giving her two choices and letting her decide what direction she wants to go. Taking toys/privileges away also works. Spankings and time out really just lead to much huger and longer tantrums, but we still use these, as they are effective for getting our point across. Of course, when we’re in public we focus on avoiding a tantrum at all, so we tend to cater to Reece’s desires then. Ugh.
- Reece’s vocabulary is quite large, and she speaks with great clarity. She likes using words like “constipated” and “disgusting” (even though she uses this one out of context), and phrases like, “Don’t say those words to me” and “Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it!”
- She can count to nine, sing most parts of the ABC’s, draw circles, and identify shapes such as square, triangle, oval.
- Reece LOVES to pretend…with her dolls, her kitchen, everything. She acts out scenarios by talking to herself. It’s hilarious. Her imagination is so vivid. She used my exercise bands to make shapes of a boat on the floor the other day, then she sat in her boat and played. I love watching this.
- She’s beginning to crawl in our bed if she wakes up during the night. Scott hates it; I secretly like it. She’s a snuggle bunny just like me.
- Reece still loves to read books like they’re going out of style. We could read all day long.
- She’s working on peddling her tricycle by herself.
- The girl could swing all the day long too.
- She’s becoming a great big sis. Although she has her bad moments (when Rynn takes a toy or sippy cup from Reece), Reece really looks out for her little sister.
- Reece is still a great sleeper…she usually sleeps 11 or so hours at night, and takes a good 3 hour nap.
- She loves to eat: chicken nuggets, waffles, grapes, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, apples, grilled cheese sandwiches, apricots, french fries, and more (this isn’t what she is always offered, but is what she will most likely finish eating when given). She still says no to milk (beginning when she had her tonsil issues), but she loves apple juice and flavored water.
- She’s in the 95th percentile for height, and has finally reached the 50th percentile for weight in her age group.
- I love how her mind works. You can almost see it in action. And she cracks me up with the way she recalls days by what color of shirt her daddy had on.
I still feel the same way about Reece as I did when we brought her home two and a half years ago, in that every time she sleeps (no matter if bedtime couldn’t arrive soon enough!), I can’t wait till the next time she wakes up. Love that girl.
(I really didn’t think I’d ever post this on the internet, but it just sums her up so well!!)