Alina is 2!

Over 1 week ago my second born turned 2 years old. I can’t keep up with how fast time is passing. My sweet, funny Alina girl is 2! I am finally getting some pictures up and a post that captures a little of who she is right now. I want to remember the details and small nuances that make her the bright light that laughs her way through everyday.

Name: Alina Dawn

Age: 2 years

Hair: White blonde, super straight all over with a few small curls at the end.

Eyes: Blueberry blue

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Favorite Food: Bananas, Cheese, Apples, Eggs, Sausage, Chips

Favorite Shows/Movies: Alina is an anomaly in that she has never really cared about a particular show too much…EXCEPT….!!…singing shows. She LOVES to watch youtube shows that have kids nursery rhymes. She blows us away with how many songs she knows word for word. My little singer.

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Favorite songs: On that note a few of her favorite songs that she can straight up sing word for word are: ABC’s, Baa Baa black sheep, Finger Family Song, Miss Polly had a dolly, heads shoulders knees and toes, happy and you know it, row row row your boat, twinkle twinkle little star, Barney theme song and just about 20 more songs!

Favorite toys : She has a few stuffed animals she loves. Her pink teddy (which used to be Emma’s), a blue pony, her Care Bears and Minnie Mouse to name a few. She has several baby dolls that she loves to clothe and diaper. She has always loved to mama her babies. She loves to cook in her new play kitchen and push her new Minnie Mouse grocery cart around.

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Play time: Alina is my inside kid. She prefers to play indoors most of the time. She does enjoy going to the park and playing outside sometimes but usually is ready to come inside before anyone else. She loves to play with Emma and is a surprisingly good playmate, going along with whatever story Emma sets up.

Clothes: She wears a 2T-3T in most clothes. A size 5 diaper and 2T pull-up. She wears a size 5-6 in shoes. I still dress her most days though she is learning to help.

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Sleep: 2 days after her birthday we went out and bought her a toddler bed. I needed the crib for Sera and we don’t want to own any big furniture right now since we are in a rental so we went with a toddler bed. I was a little worried about how she would handle it since she is much younger than I would have liked. But she has blown me away. She hasn’t tried to get up once. She has slept great in it! She sleeps 10-11 hours at night and still naps most days for 1.5-2 hours.

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Paci: We followed the same plan as we did with Emma and took away her pacis a few weeks before she turned 2. We talked about it in the days leading up to it as she likes to talk about things and she has handled it so well. She was sad for a few naps and nights but then she adjusted and has done perfect without them. I am glad to be rid of them.

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Potty: She is not potty trained. That is next on the list. We have a potty and pull-ups and we talk about it often and she likes to sit on it but it’s not serious yet. I’m not in too much of a hurry.

Things to remember: The way she will catch my attention then just burst into laughter. She makes me laugh on a regular basis with her funny facial expressions and antics.

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She.talks. so.much….like all the time. She talks about any and everything. I promise she is the most talkative 2 year old you have ever met. The pediatrician said she has a very advanced vocabulary. I told her that was not news to me.

How she is her own little person. Sometimes she wants to just play by herself or do her own thing. I love that about her.

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How she says “oceeean”,  “nayyyup”, ” I do it by mysayyelf”,  “Geeraff” , “baby Seera”, “Pamana (banana)”

How she repeats everything you say to make sure she heard you correctly.

How she says she’s done with dinner but then always….always comes right back to ask for more.

How she asks Emma for help with everything. Not me….she asks Emma.

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How she comes up to me and says “I wuv you mama you’re so soft”

Lina Loo, you are a rare, precious little girl. You make us smile and laugh. I know you have a strong, vivacious personality and I can’t wait to watch you as you grow older.

Happy 2nd Birthday Sweetheart ,I love you!

Emerald is three

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Yesterday my first born turned 3 years old. So unbelievable. If you think she looks sweet in these pictures just meet her in real life. She is everything pure and princess. I wish I had a way to capture her in words as she is now. I will do my best but am holding onto every moment so I don’t forget.

Name: Emerald Mercy

Age: 3 yrs

Hair: Dark blonde and Curly Q ringlets, getting longer every day

Favorite Food: dry cereal, noodles, grapes, blueberries, SWEETS!

Favorite Shows/Movies: Curious George, Toy Story, Buzz Bee, Clifford, Leap Frog, Strawberry Shortcake, Daniel Tiger and More. She LOVES her shows as she always has.

Favorite toys : Anything small and hold-able. Right now she loves her collection of miniature dinosaurs and safari animals. She also has a few favorites that include a cow, pig, train and a few cars. She can usually be found playing with a combination of these things. Putting them in random drawers and cabinets to “take a nap”. It’s not unusual to find a plastic dino in my pots. She also has a love for her stuffed animals. Often toting them around and taking them in stores with us.

Play time: She begs to go outside every day. Loves to play in the water table  we purchased last year for her birthday, loves to swim in our inflatable dinosaur pool. Take her to the park or beach and she will play until you make her leave. On another note she also can be happy playing inside for long amounts of time. She plays fairly well with Alina and likes to “pretend play” with her babies.

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Clothes: She wears a 4t in most things though we still have a lot of 3t that we are trying to get through the summer with. She wears a size 7-8 in shoes. She’s great at putting on her panties and shorts, needs help with her shirts but can handle her own flip flops if you show her which feet they go on. These days the weather is so hot she loves to not wear anything but her panties inside and when she sleeps. I’m a warm sleeper too so I understand.

Sleep: We moved to a twin bed a few months ago and it’s like she never missed a beat. She LOVES her bed. I let her help pick her covers and that was that. She sleeps just as well in her big bed as she did in her crib. She sleeps 12-13 hours at night. She stopped taking naps a few months ago as well. It was a gradual thing but in the end I settled on letting her have “rest time” for 1 hour or more everyday. She gets a few toys and knows she must sit in her bed and play quietly. She looks forward to this and it really does help her recharge to make it through the rest of the day.

Potty: She has been potty trained for about 6 months. Well, half trained. I say half because she refused to poop in the potty until about 2 weeks ago. I tried many methods to get her to but she simply refused. Choosing instead to wait until nap or bedtime to go in her pull-up. I tried bribery, discipline and you name it. She was golden with tinkling on the potty….never had an accident but nope… no poop. Eventually I gave up and said she will go when she is ready and backed way off. About 2 weeks ago it must have clicked for her. She decided to go #2 and has been accident free since! Now we are working on dropping the pull up at night. Hooray for a potty trained girl!

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Things to remember: The way she always wakes up happy and waits for someone to come get her.

When she gets excited she talks fast, often saying the sweetest things to butter you up

How daddy is just about her favorite human being ever. She comes alive when he gets home from work! They have their play routine that includes piggyback rides, horsey, blocks, running in circles, tickling and more.

How she sometimes is so sweet to Alina, often finding her a paci or stuffed animal if she is upset

When I tuck her in at night I have to say goodnight to whatever it is that she is sleeping with. I usually find myself kissing a plastic dino goodnight.

She asks about the baby in my belly a lot. She seems to understand that she is coming after she grows a bit bigger. Often she asks if the baby will have certain body parts (lips, feet etc) and if she’ll be able to do stuff like play, swing and eat.

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I love you Emma Lou bear. You are a rare and precious gem. You light up our world and I am so thankful so are going to be the biggest sister for our lot of girls.

Happy 3rd birthday!