[ Friday, December 15, 2006 ]
I feel like knocking on wood, but it looks like Kate's sleeping issues are going away. For two nights in a row she went to the crib without fussing, and slept through the night. Let's hope the good trend continues.
Kate had two birthday parties - the first, on Thursday, was just pizza and cupcakes at home for the family. She got a lot of gifts, including a little electronic keyboard I brought from Japan, a Madeline DVD she adores, and stuffed animals. On Saturday, we all went to Generous George's for Italian food. That day, David and I took her to Toys R Us to pick a trycicle, but even before we got to the right aisle she fell in love with a huge "Nemo" stuffed fish, and carried it home. She said "birthday" several times, rode the trycicle, played the piano, carried the stuffed animals around, watched Madeline, and had a great time.
[ Friday, December 08, 2006 ]
Kate had her 2-year check up this morning and all is well. She is 35 1/4 inches tall, and weighs 26 lbs. That puts her in the 90 percentile for height and 50 for weight. She received her first dose of the flu vaccine and only cried for a minute. The doctor recommended switching to low-fat milk and - unfortunately - no longer allowing her to fall asleep on the bed. It will be hard ignoring her crying from the crib, but apparently it's a common issue with toddlers that can lead to behavioral problems later on if not addressed properly. Sigh.
[ Thursday, December 07, 2006 ]
Kate is 2 today. Among her many talents, she can now eat regularly holding a spoon or fork (with a little mess left behind), count to 10 flawlessly, recite her ABCs, ask for things with "please" and "thank you", and unfortunately, also express her distate for the crib ("no night-night" is a pretty standard statement these days). She surprised me by running her fingers through a black-tie gown I was wearing while saying "wow moma, pretty". I think full sentences are not far out. She's also been referring to herself as Kate, although David and I continue to call her Peanut or Pea. I spent almost two weeks in Japan last month, while she spent time in Texas with Gigi (Grandmother Elsie) and Grandpa Jim, learning a lot of new things. On my end, I learned the Japanese word for Peanut, and started calling her Piinatsu.
Here is a photo of her taken this morning.