Trying to keep up with the blog while enjoying life with two kids under 3, and transitioning to a new job has certainly been a challenge. We've been so busy that apparently we never took Rose in for her 30 month (2.5 year) wellness visit - which would have been back in August. Oops. It's scheduled for this week and she'll be 3 in about 6 weeks. The overdue reminder I got in October made me realize that I haven't done a post on Rose's development in far too long. While I've mentioned a few things about Rose here and there, I haven't dedicated a post about her since late spring.
Back in June, we switched Rose from the school where she started at 7 months, to the school where we enrolled Zoe in May. We wanted to make sure the school was a good fit for our family before switching Rose, so for a month we were taking Rose to one school and Zoe to another. We knew Rose would have a difficult time with the transition, and even with lots of preparation, it was still a rough couple of
weeks months. Just when she stopped crying and clinging to mommy at drop off in early September, we traveled to visit family for a week. When we came back she had a few more weeks of difficult drop offs before she started telling us "I'm not going to cry" and following through with it. Now that I'm working a new job that has me traveling 4 days a month, we are seeing a little bit of regression. For the most part, Rose loves her school and her teachers. She is strongly attached to the teachers who care for her on a regular basis, and they have been wonderful in supporting us with morning transitions and providing her with the stability and routine that she needs.
|All smiles as she prepares for her second day at "Zoe's school"|
Last week we had parent-teacher conferences and Rose's teacher shared with us a portfolio of the projects from the past 6 months. It was fun to see how much she has grown (both physically and developmentally). From June until September, Rose was in the 2-2.5 year old class and since September has been with the 2.5-3 year olds. She is very advanced for her age, a characteristic her teacher agrees with. She's been potty trained since she was 2 and we rarely have an accident these days. She's extremely self-sufficient and goes to the bathroom by herself. Since turning 2.5, she's also been very interested in dressing herself. There are a few favorite clothing items that I leave in the laundry room after they get washed for a few days so she doesn't wear them all the time. Other than that, she has free range over her clothes and shoes drawer. I'm usually very impressed with the outfits she is able to put together.
|Outdoor art at school in June 2016|
Rose Reading Silly Sally at Bedtime (October 2016 - 32 months)
Rose and Zoe go to a Spanish-language immersion school and while she doesn't yet speak fluently in Spanish, she understands everything that is discussed in the classroom. She follows commands and occasionally responds back to her teachers in Spanish. Back in the fall, she counted from 1-10 in English, Spanish, and Portuguese for my sister-in-law. We were all extremely impressed. I had no idea she recognized the difference between the numbers in Spanish and Portuguese. Most of her Portuguese comes from my mom when she visits and Rose's obsession with watching YouTube videos on her cell phone (ie - one of our old phones used over wifi). Her favorite Portuguese artists are Recreio da Anita and Avo Cantigas. We also have a few books in Portuguese, but most are a little too long for her attention span.
|Jumping at a birthday party in August 2016|
Rose Playing the Bongos in May 2016
|During her ponytail and barrette phase in September 2016|
|More accessories in October 2016|
On the topic of sisters, Rose continues to often be rough with Zoe. She is very attached to mommy and gets jealous when I give Zoe attention. She frequently tells me to give Zoe to daddy, or asks to be picked up when I am holding Zoe. Now that Zoe can walk and is no longer nursing, we are starting to see her lash out less. We've been working on positive reinforcement when she is gentle with Zoe or when they play nice together. I know that my lashing out at her when she pushes or hits Zoe doesn't help, and I've had to work on that.
|Rose at almost 33 months - October 31, 2016|
|Running with her fofinho (Portuguese lovey)|
Rose continues to be a very good eater. She still drinks kefir milk at home, and now drinks regular milk at school. We are fortunate that the school Rose and Zoe attend provides them with lunch and two snacks daily. We are even more fortunate that their meals are ridiculously good and fairly healthy. They get a second breakfast in the morning, a gourmet lunch, and an afternoon snack. All are prepared on site by a chef with a nutrition background. Meals are varied and often include fish, red meat, white meat, and vegetarian choices. As an example, on Friday the girl's lunch at school was: apple pork, multigrain bread, rosemary roasted potatoes, green beans, and milk. Last week they had tuna steaks with orzo, cucumber, and cauliflower. We try to limit snacks at home, and focus on meals as a family at breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. On the weekends, we often cook and sit down together for each meal. I notice that Rose has very good table and eating manners compared with other kids when she goes to birthday parties. I like that school supports all the kids eating the same meal at the same time together. It's similar to how we approach the meal at home.
|Posing at Hill Ridge Farms during a fall outing|
Rose Swimming at the Beach, Mother's Day 2016 (27 months)
Jumping Like a Frog at Storytime in May 2016
Rose at the Neighborhood Playground, June 2016 (28 months)
More "Sun's Out Gun's Out" in the summer (July 2016- 29 months)
When I have Rose's new stats, I'll update the post. And, now that I am no longer doing monthly posts on Zoe, I'll try to remain balanced in posting about both girls. My hope is that as they get a little older, we can get back to traveling, and then I can blog about some exciting new adventures with the new perspective of doing so as a parent. We had hoped to go away this winter, but with all the traveling we've done to visit family the past 6 months, I'm not sure Colin can take the time off. We might have to do a few long weekends instead.