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Extra! Extra! Big news!!!

I have two pieces of big news in the J household to share!

First off, Emily is officially in a big girl bed! I was very, very hesitant about it. I wasn’t ready for her to move yet and I didn’t think she was ready to move yet. The funny thing is that I had JUST blogged about it. I think I jinxed myself! That little girl loved her crib more than anything. It was “her” place.

Why move her you ask? I still ask myself that occasionally. I chose to go along with Stephen’s idea with the understanding that the crib would go back IMMEDIATELY if needed. The reason behind the move is that Emily was showing signs of being ready. She had only climbed out once or twice so that wasn’t an issue. The issue was with bed time. She wasn’t wanting me to carry her to the crib anymore. She wanted to walk. That was fine until she didn’t want me to put her into the crib anymore. She wanted to climb in. And she wasn’t very good at it. She was wanting to be a big girl and Stephen thought it was time. I am still sad.

We chose to buy her a new bed because we didn’t think the converted crib with work. It was her CRIB and the railing should be ON. I think it was a wise move on our part. I personally think it would have been harder just converting.

I am happy to report that Emily has done really well with it though. She has had some night waking. I can’t say if it’s due to the bed transition or the fact that Emily is sick.  (We didn’t know she was sick when we bought her big girl bed- we probably would have waited.) We also bought a princess bedding set and I think that sealed the deal. She really seems to like her big girl bed after I named off her friends that slept in their beds. Thanks to Trinity, Kara and Chase for unknowingly making the transition a little easier!

She has not gotten out of her bed during the middle of the night when she has woken up or in the morning. She just calls for her mommy and daddy to come get her. I am sure that won’t last very long but I’ll take it while I can!  I have been sleeping on edge because of her being sick and I keep waiting to hear our door open and find her in my face!

I think she really likes her bed and is doing well for the most part. I am still sad that she making all of these transitions. Too soon if you ask me. I know she needs to grow up but she will always be my little girl.


The other big news!!!!

Emily went pee pee and poo poo in the potty! You know you are a mom when that’s a big deal and you make an announcement! I was planning on really laying the ground work after the first of the year with potty training. She has gone before but went on strike for quite some time. I caught her tonight before she “did her business” and asked her if she wanted to sit on the potty. Stickers and money! (pennies and pooh stickers!) Shockingly, she said YES! And even more shockingly, she ACTUALLY went! I was so very impressed!!!!! Stephen even gave her a quarter instead of a penny! I am sure it was probably a fluke but I will take what I can get. It’s just one more step toward the potty training process and my little girl growing up. I would like her to slow down a bit. Although, changing diapers I could do without!

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One smart cookie

This is a total Emily brag post. I don’t know she’s pretty much “on target” according to my Parents as Teachers person but I don’t know if she is ahead of the curve compared to many kids her age. I might be boasting about her and every kid her age does the same thing! But she’s my child and that makes it special!

She’s smart! She remembers places and locations. Grandma was driving her home the other day from a play-date and she pointed out the window and kept saying “Pink, Pink!” Pink’s is an ice cream place near my in laws house. We took her to the post office the other night and she kept saying “Shadow, bath”. The groomers are right across the street from the post office. Yesterday we wanted to walk along Main Street. No sooner than we got out of the car and walked around the gazebo she kept saying “Ice cream!” She remembered the ice cream shop right next door and wanted ice cream!

She is also picking up more words and phrases every day. Her new one this weekend was “Up I go.” She wanted up on the couch so as she was climbing up, she exclaimed “Up I go!”. When she wanted you to pick her up and carry her, “Up I go”. We also went to the library last week and got several books. One book that she really liked was “My Daddy and Me.” I read it to her once or twice the first day we brought it home. Thursday morning, after being mean to daddy and telling him bye before he was ready to go, she wanted to read some stories. She kept saying “Daddy, me”. I thought she was saying “Daddy mean” because I told her that she was mean to daddy when she wouldn’t let him pick her up. Nope, she was saying “Daddy, me”. That’s what she wanted me to read! –As a side note, I highly recommend that book as Emily loved it and it was really cute. I should start a post about her favorite books!

She knows more words than I give her credit for. Many animals, trucks, books. She can point out any babies, dogs or “mailman” that are within site! If there is one around, she’ll let you know. She’s getting much better with puzzles, picking up her toys, coloring and being nice. Except at the gym. She thinks she owns that place so she is a little more aggressive there. I really need to work on that.

My Emily is one smart cookie in my eyes. She has a heart of gold and the temper of a redhead (wonder where she got that from). She can let you know what she wants and what she wants you to do. She’s bossy and independent. Emily gives hugs and kisses like nobody’s business. She harasses the dog on a daily basis and loves being outside. She also loves her family and her friends.

I can not believ ethat she is going to be two in a little over a month. It just isn’t possible. Slow down baby girl, slow down a be my baby a little while longer.