Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stages of Sloan 2.0

While Sloan might share her name with one of the lead characters in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, right now she's more closely following in the footsteps of a different 1980s icon -- Punky Brewster.

All dressed and ready for the day...heaven help us!

Sloan has to pick her clothes out every day.  She loves anything with pink, patterns, and sparkles (and she's a pro at layering her socks!).  The dressing herself doesn't end when the sun sets.  She insists on picking out her pjs too!  That means she's slept in jeans and ruffly shirt dresses on more than one occasion.

Perfectly normal and comfy sleep attire -- right?

When we went to the doctor for her 2 year appointment, Sloan weighed 22 lbs (10th percentile) and was nearly 19 inches tall (75th percentile).  Ever since Sloan turned 2 she has been very tantrum prone.  She's moody and insists on doing everything by herself.  The doctor said Sloan isn't acting out because she's scared or angry.  She just wants things done on her terms.  She's developing her independence.  As parents we have to balance avoiding things that cause her to melt down and making sure we don't indulge her to the point of becoming entitled.  This is easier said than done.  

Over the past six months, Sloan has gone through several distinct stages.

MAY: The strip naked while sleeping stage. I woke up in the middle of the night to find a completely naked baby girl asleep in a wet crib.  She was covered in goosebumps!  I went in, got her dressed, put a blanket over the wet sheets, and held her for quite some time until she finally warmed up.  The tides were beginning to turn!

JUNE: The change your clothes a billion times a day stage. Sloan stripped naked while I was at an exercise class and during my Activity Days lesson.  During this stage, Sloan's antics became legendary.  "Brandy, do you remember that time Sloan took all her clothes off during your lesson on modesty?"  [insert 11-year-old laughter]  "Yes, yes I do!"

JULY: The throw tantrums and climb out of your crib stage. Sloan discovers that we can't ignore her tantrums when she is running around naked or trying to open the hot oven.  Tantrums lead to her protesting bedtime and she figures out how to climb out of her crib.  She is officially moved into a big girl bed to avoid a trip to the ER.

AUGUST: The refusal to let anyone change your diaper stage.  She hated having her diaper changed and would rip it off (even with duct tape on it) when she got mad.  Dave suggested we try Pull Ups since the biggest issue was that she wanted to be the one to put on her new diaper.  I married a genius (and baby whisperer) because Dave's idea worked like a charm!

SEPTEMBER: The don't touch my hair stage. At first Sloan would let me do her hair in the morning and then she'd pull it out sometime throughout the day.  But in September she stopped letting me do it all together.  She officially became the hobo-looking girl of the neighborhood.

Walk around like a homeless person who wears ever article of clothing you own.  Check!

OCTOBER: The I'll sort of potty train myself stage.  Sloan started trying to change her own diapers which was awesome when they were wet and terrible when they were more than wet...and when she was in her room alone...when I thought she was sleeping.  Let's just say I've gone into her room after nap time on more than one occasion to find smells and messes no person should see.  We got out the little potty and she's a pro at pooping and she'll tinkle every time she sits on it.  Anticipating the tinkles is the struggle right now.

NOVEMBER: The sleep on your floor phase.  This actually started in October.  Sloan has refused to sleep in her bed for several weeks now.  At first Dave and I would put her in bed after she had fallen asleep on her floor but she'd wake up throughout the night and pull everything on the floor and go back to sleep.  We also have to take all chairs and potential climbing impliments out of her room when she sleeps or she spends hours playing with the lights, monitor, sound machine, and anything else she can reach.  

Just another relaxing nighttime game of Get Off the Chair and Get in Bed!

This girl is definitely giving me a run for my money.  She's not perfectly put together like she could be (I promise she has lots of darling clothes and I'm really good at doing her hair!).  And she's certainly not as obedient or accommodating as I'd like.  BUT, she has the best little girl laugh you'll ever hear and she leans over and rubs my arm when we're sitting by each other on the couch.  She still loves laying on my chest when she's sleepy and she claps for herself when she says a new word (which is ADORABLE).  She is a great little mommy to her baby dolls and she gives Dave the best welcome home hugs you've ever seen.

She is 100% her own person and Dave and I are honored that Heavenly Father entrusted us with such a special little spirit.  This strong willed little girl must have something pretty special in store because she's certainly not one to sit back and watch the show.  If she follows this same trajectory, she's definitely going to be the main event!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Elliot the Elephant

Elliot is an elephant at Cooper's preschool.  Each child in the class gets a turn to take Elliot home for the weekend.  Then the kids have to journal about their adventures with Elliot.  It was fun looking through the binder to see what the other kids in Cooper's class had done with Elliot -- hee, hee!

To say Cooper was excited about our new house guest was an understatement. 

Cooper kept Elliot very busy and hygenic. 

Elliot even got to go to Lowes with Cooper and Daddy to build a haunted house. Semi photo bomb, courtesy of Sloan. 

Cooper's journal page. Cooper came up with all the journaling, Dave just wrote it for him. Note the pictures of Cooper and Dave at Lowes, the Lowes apron, the submarine, and Cooper's bed. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch while my parents were in town.  The kids loved it!

Sloan, Cooper, and Graham.

Bunny ears a la Cooper.

Gave her a kiss all on his own. 

Classic Cooper.

These two love each other and drive each other crazy all at the same time. 

Sloan insists on picking out her own clothes and hair accessories every day.  We're picking our battles and giving her a win on this one. 

She's also started posing for pictures. All girl, this one!

Poppa, TamTam and the grand kids. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Welcome to Utah

Cooper made this sign (complete with airplanes and arrows) all by himself.  He was so excited for Poppa to see it after he arrived from Kansas City.  Cooper was not however, anticipating all the other people who would love his sign.  We had lots of strangers tell us how much they liked Cooper's picture and one guy even asked if he could take a photo of it (his grand kids call him Poppa as well).

The other half of the welcoming committee was pretty cute too!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Date Night

This past summer Cooper said, "Mom, we really need to go on a date."  I couldn't have agreed more.  Unfortunately it took until October for us to actually go on said date.

We decided to go out for ice cream.  Cooper loves ice cream!  After dinner at home, Cooper ran into his room.  He told me he was going to get handsome.  He also instructed me that I needed to go get pretty.  He put on his "gentleman hat" and daddy's cologne all by himself.  I put on perfume and TamTam lipstick (a.k.a. lipstick that leaves a mark when you kiss kiddo's cheeks).

We had to snap a few pictures of the momentous occasion.
Kiss-y face.

Silly face.

Happy face.

I had a gift card to Cold Stone so I asked if he wanted to go to a big ice cream store with lots of people or a small ice cream store where it might just be us and the workers.  I knew he was anticipating a place like Leatherby's and I didn't want him to be disappointed.  He said he wanted a small place because it would be more romantic!  Out of the mouth of joke!!  

Cooper did his best to open the store doors for me and hold my hand.  Cold Stone was a big hit.  Out of his plethora of options, he finally settled on Vanilla ice cream with gummy bears.  Hey, he knows what he likes!  The display case had a ton of toys that go on top of ice cream cakes so Cooper loved showing me all the characters from his favorite shows.

After ice cream I asked Cooper if he wanted to go to the Halloween store to look at the decorations (which he's been begging me to do) or go to All a Dollar to pick out one toy.  While he loves Halloween, window shopping didn't quite compare to buying an actual toy so All a Dollar was the obvious choice.  We probably spent as much time inside All a Dollar as we spent eating our ice cream.  Decisions, decisions.

Cooper finally settled on a ninja dress up set because it had some of the weapons that the Ninja Turtles use.  For someone who has never seen a Ninja Turtle TV show or movie, this boy is a little turtle obsessed.

It was a lovely night with my favorite little man.  Good suggestion, buddy.  I sure love you!


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