Happy 26 months (this week) to our little Eden who keeps us busy and keeps us laughing. Here are some things I want to remember about her current stage:
Sleeping and Eating:
Not only does Eden have a lot of her Daddy’s looks, but she apparently has his metabolism, too. Although she still has a sweet tooth, she’s realized that she doesn’t get chocolate chips everytime she asks for it. So what to ask for instead? Corn. She like frozen corn or “ho-corn,” which is hot corn but sounds like “popcorn.” Of course, she likes popcorn, too.
She also loves any type of fruit, but fresh blueberries, clementines, and bananas are some of her current favorites. She doesn’t like spicier or heavily flavored foods, but in general likes most good food. She eats at least one heaping bowl of oatmeal in the mornings and sometimes two. She and HK also love the special toast that Daddy taught them how to make: toast with butter and cinnamon/sugar. This means we go through a lot of bread. 🙂
I’m thankful to have been able to nurse Eden until she was 23 months. Up until 22 months, though, she was still nursing at night, too. I’d thought it was mostly just for comfort and closeness, but now I’m starting to think she might have actually been hungry. (She started eating solids gradually around 12/13 months.) Around Thanksgiving, Eden started sitting up in the middle of the night and asking for food. I remember on the night after Thanksgiving, she woke up crying and saying, “I’yant some moowe chicken!” which is what she called the turkey we had for Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂
Now, she usually wakes up at least 3 or 4 nights of the week asking for food or drink. Last week, she woke up one night and was crying and said, “I want some cheer-os wiff milk and boo-bew-ies.” She had one bowl, asked for another and ate it, and promptly went back to sleep. Sunday night she woke up several times, one time, “I want a bam-bana (banana),” the next time, “peeae, need my ‘rink (drink),” and then another time “I want you to peese get me some oaf-meal and feed it to me wif a ‘poon.” Thankfully, I was able to get her to calm down and fall back to sleep before having to hunt down some food or cook up oatmeal at 4.a.m.
Thankfully, it’s not every night and usually only once a night when it does happen. And thankfully, it’s also still funny to me, in spite of interrupted sleep. (Though, last night it was on the verge of not funny when she woke up and asked for an orange.) Daniel and I have joked about keeping a fridge in our bedroom. 🙂 Amazingly, although she wakes up to eat at night, she rarely needs to go potty at night. She’s only had 2 nighttime accidents (a week during which our whole family was sick) since she learned to go potty.
She also likes to sleep with her back right up to mine, and prefers for me to lie on my right side and her on her left side. This is how she usually falls asleep. Our bedroom gets particularly cold (compared to other rooms) in the winter, so it is nice to be near my little cuddler. 🙂
In the last couple of months, Hana Kate and Eden have become the best of buddies, at least most of the time. Hana Kate has thus far had more difficulty playing by herself, so it is very exciting and fulfilling to her and Eden to have Eden as a playmate. I used to stare incredulously as my friend told me about her girls playing by themselves for an hour or two, but now my girls are doing it, too. One of their favorite things to do right now is to try on their pj’s and shoes (we had to limit it to the pj’s since the entire closet being raided got a little messy), and if it’s an extra special occasion they get to dress up with Daddy or Mommy’s clothes. The love to dress up themselves and their animals. Other times, they just like climbing up in Hana Kate’s bed and laughing and telling stories. Hana Kate does well with understanding and being understanding toward Eden, and Eden does well at being mostly gentle, calm, and gracious with Hana Kate. But they know when to play crazy with each other, too. Sometimes they like to go around the house singing and making up songs…or talking about going potty. 😉 When not playing by themselves, their usually busy “doing school,” making crafts (or convincing me to), or baking with me in the kitchen. Or playing with Daddy.
It cracks me up to walk in on their conversations, too. Here’s one I overheard the other day:
HK: “Eden, where do you usually keep your money?”
Eden: “Uh, Um, the door.”
HK: “This drawer?”
HK: “Well, where is it?”
Eden: “Don’t eat my money.”
or, a fairly common one:
Eden: “Hi, Hannie.”
Hana Kate: “Hi, Eden.”
Eden is still fairly shy in group settings or with people she’s unfamiliar with, but is doing better. She loved being at Grandma’s over the New Year’s holiday and eventually warmed up to everyone there in time for her and Hana Kate to humor us all with their hilarity. She did well sitting through church at Grandma’s, had a rough time the first Sunday back here, but last week sat very still entertained with just a string pretty much the entire time. 😉
I need to measure to see how tall she is, but she and HK are once again somewhat close in height. She got a very mild case of the stomach bug/cold when the rest of our family got it back in early December, but has otherwise been quite healthy over the past few months..