Monday, June 25, 2018

23 Months Old!

Sweet Eloise Jane, you are now 23 months old!

This past month you've started speaking in complete sentences, had your first trip to the ER, and have loved interacting with "friends" at your sweet little school.

You continue to have fire in your belly, and are extremely vocal when you do NOT want to do something. It usually takes me doing a lot of creative negotiating to get you on board with something you don't want to do, and when you do finally get on board, your whole demeanor changes and you'll say "ok, I'm ready!"

Here are your official 23 month old updates!

How old? 23 months.

How big? You were weighed at your ER visit, and came in just a smidge over 29 pounds! You are extremely tall and have a long torso, so I am now buying size 3T clothes for you- though you can fit into shorts that are 4T and 5T. You are moving into a size 7 shoe and 3t pull ups.

Words? You are now speaking in complete sentences! Some of your expressions this past month include "don't have to," "I'm hungry," and "I like it!" or "don't like it." You are always very concerned when other kids are crying, and will say things like "Emmitt sad!"

One of the cutest mispronunciations you have is "BOOPS," which is how you say "boots!"

Food? You continue to love and eat pretty much anything! You tried blistered shishito peppers for the first time yesterday and exclaimed "I like it!" The only thing you are not into is broccoli, and overall are a bit less exuberant for vegetables.

Potty? No changes here- you still do #2's almost exclusively on the potty, and will go #1 if you have to go when you sit- but are happy to go in your diaper if more convenient!

Sleep? I have a new sleep routine that's been working for us this month! When you have your milk, you like to sit BY SELF on your chair while I rub your feet. When the milk is done, I sit next to you and snuggle, singing two songs. Then we move you to your bed for a 'silly song'- which equates to me carrying you upside down to your bed, then laying next to your bed for a 3rd song. When that finishes, I stand outside your door- which is open a crack- and sing two more songs (you want Twinkle and Row Row Row most times).

You go to bed between 7-7:30 and wake up around 7:30. You nap from 12:30-2/3:30 depending on your day!

Favorite things?

*You LOVE animals! Dogs are your very favorite, closely followed by "meows" (cats).

*Swimming. You just started a new level of swim class where I no longer get into the pool with you! You were a bit skeptical during the first class, but by the 2nd class were happy to jump in with your teacher Mr. John. Here are some photos of your first classes:

Other favorite things include playing chase, rough housing, music/singing, and playing with tiny beads (which you love to string onto pipe cleaners!)

Here are a few more photos from your past month:

We love you so much sweet Eloise Jane! Happy 23 months to you.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

2nd Kid, 2nd Set of Stitches

You may recall the Infamous Easter of 2015 when Iyla- overtired from the day's events- fell while running into her bed, splitting open her chin and spending 5 hours in the ER to get 5 stitches.

Well, Eloise has now (unfortunately) followed suit- joining the infamous Toddler Stitches Club.

It happened this past Sunday, June 3rd. We had arrived home from a fun-filled weekend in Houston to celebrate our nephew's High School graduation. We were all pretty exhausted, and Eloise promptly went down for her nap.

After naps BC took over playing with both girls while I got some work done. While they were downstairs, at around 4:30pm, I heard noises no parent ever wants to hear: a huge THUD followed by wailing, followed by BC running up the stairs with Eloise. Apparently she had fallen off one of our kitchen bar stools (BC didn't witness it) and had a pretty deep gash on her chin.

So, instead of a family dinner out we quickly rang a family member to come stay with Iyla while BC and I hightailed it to the local ER.

After the initial fall & crying, Eloise was totally fine- having a great time in the hospital waiting room eating her pouch and watching the fish:

And an added bonus: we got an update on her weight! Holy cow this 22 month old is already 29 pounds. For reference, 5.5 year old Iyla is only around 35.5 pounds herself! Crazy.

We spent a lot of time in our treatment room waiting. Waiting for the nurse to take Eloise's vitals. Waiting for another nurse to put on the numbing cream bandage. Waiting for the 1st doctor to examine her wound. Waiting for the 2nd supervising doctor to examine her wound. Then waiting for the actual stitches to take place. All told, we were there around 3 hours- which to us, wasn't so bad compared to Iyla's 5 hour visit!

We spent our time walking the halls, playing with hospital toys, and watching videos on an iPad. Eloise's very favorite thing was wearing a pair of hospital surgical gloves!

 For sedation, Eloise had a numbing patch on her chin and was also given a shot there (which she didn't even feel!). They also administered a nasal narcotic to help relax her, which was pretty hilarious. She was a trooper for the 3 stitches, and held still really well (which I was shocked by!)

 Showing her gloves to the doctor

 All done!

She went to bed pretty well, and was all smiles the next day- where we were right back at it with school, dress up, & plenty of jewels.

Eloise always wants to follow in Iyla's footsteps, and chin stitches would NOT have been my first choice for this following! Alas, now both girls can compare chin scars and stories as they grow up.

So hoping this was our LAST ever trip to the ER!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Preschool Graduate!

Our sweet Iyla Grace graduated from preschool last week!

Here she is on the first day of school last August:

And here on her last day of school:

And just for fun, here she is 3 years ago on her VERY first day ever at school!

Her school did a lovely "Gates of Life" ceremony, where graduates got a certificate from their teachers before walking through gates to symbolize their journey into a new chapter.

Then there were popsicles at school, and ice-cream with BC and I after!

Kindergarten, here we come!