Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Maggie : Toddler Summary - 21 Months

Maggie was 22 months old on October 17th. This is a summary of her 21st month: 

Maggie and her pumpkin with the "stem" (or as she says it, "stee-um.")

Eating: 
Maggie eats tons and tons of food for breakfast, tons and tons of food for lunch, and then practically nothing for supper. This isn't uncommon, I know. A lot of kids arrange their quantities of eating that way. There is almost always one meal that kids eat less at. Maggie just didn't hit this until this month, really. I don't mind the slow-down in eating. What I do mind is the pickiness that has seemed to accompany it as well as the fit throwing in the highchair. Blessings :) As for the pickiness, we have always served her the same thing we are eating for dinner, as it was appropriate for her to eat it. That has continued. She is still served whatever we are having for dinner. If she doesn't want to eat it, she says "all done" and she wants to get down. We of course make her sit in her chair until we finish eating. This has led to tantrums.

Tantrums:
These have gone from mini-fits to tantrums. Like the kind you wonder if she needs an exorcist :) Blessings. If she has tantrums at the table, we used to take her to her crib and have her get self-control and regroup. Now that she's in a twin bed, when we take her to sit on her bed and get self-control, she gets off her bed. Then we're dealing with two discipline issues (which sort of defeats the purpose of taking her to her room to get self-control in the first place.) SO - to address the tantrums at the table, we have given her one verbal warning before she has escalated herself to full-blown tantrum and then if she decides to throw a fit, we push her highchair to a spot in the kitchen where she has no audience and tell her that when she gets self-control, she is free to come back to the table. Let me tell you - tantrums are exhausting. 

Words:
Maggie has started stringing words together. I wouldn't say she's speaking in sentences, but she's making the connection that words go together and instead of just repeating the important word in the sentence we say to her, she will try to repeat all of the words in the sentence. 

Memory:
Maggie also has a pretty stellar memory, we found out. My dad was here for a week and then went home. My mom stayed here and Maggie wanted to know when Papa (my dad) would be back. My mom was talking to my dad on the phone and Maggie heard him talking and asked to talk to him. My dad told her he would be back in one week. Several days later, my dad said that he was coming back to see her in a few days and Maggie said, "one week." She remembered that he had told her that he would be back in one week. 

Getting out of Bed:
It finally happened. Maggie started getting out of bed. It happened one Saturday while I was getting a pedicure and Matthew was home with Maggie. Maggie was supposed to be napping. Matthew all of a sudden heard crying in her room (which is unusual for her.) He went in to check on her and she was stuck in her clothes hamper. He got her out and told her that it was nap time and she needed to lay down and take a nap. She got back in bed and laid down and he left. Awhile later, he heard her thumping around again. He went in and found her out of bed again. Of course, it was the weekend before we had Maddux. I was hoping to have these kinks worked out before he was born, but Maggie didn't try to get out of bed before now. 

Big Sister:
The biggest news this month was that Maggie became a big sister! Maddux was born on October 8th. As of this writing, Maddux is two weeks old and so far, Maggie has basically ignored him. She knows he's there and she likes to help me "pat" him on the back (burp him,) but other than that, she hasn't showed an extraordinary amount of interest in him. Of course, we've had Gram (my mom) here and Matthew has been home from work, so she really has had her attention totally occupied by other people. Next week, I'll be by myself with both kids during the day, so we'll see how she does when she truly has to share my attention with another person. 


Schedule this Month:

8:00 or 8:30 - wake up and eat breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 - independent play in room in pack-n-play
10:30 - 11:00 - clean up toys from independent play, change diaper (she usually poops during independent play)
11:00 - chores with Mama. Usually she "helps" me unload the dishwasher and we feed the dog together.
11:30 - free play with Mama. Usually reading books or blowing bubbles.
12:00 - pick up toys and get ready for lunch
12:15 - eat lunch
12:45 - 1:00 - change diaper, naptime routine
1:00 - 4:00 - naptime
4:00-4:30 - free play
4:30 - 5:15 - structured play. Sometimes in the high chair. She will color or play with a whiteboard and dry erase maker (don't worry, they're non-toxic.) Sometimes we do puzzles. It really varies and depends on what I need to finish for dinner prep. 
5:15-6:15 - watch a DVD (Matthew comes home during this hour, too, so they play together during this hour.)
6:15 - 6:45 - dinner.
6:45 - 7:10 - bathtime
7:10 - 7:30 - play with Daddy. Wind down for the night. Bedtime routine
7:30 - bedtime

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