The weather report called for 1-5 inches of snow to accumulate today. We woke up to five inches and are at about 10 inches right now.
Sydney LOVES the snow, especially eating it. The photo below is from this morning, just after sunrise. “Mmm. Snow is delicious. Is it going to snow in San Diego?” We are heading to San Diego for Christmas for the weather but Sydney wants snow!
We had a great time in New York for Thanksgiving. Sydney enjoyed spending time with family, going to THREE shows in THREE days, eating great Thai food, and taking the train (LIRR) from “New York Island” (Long Island) to “New York City” and back. Photos below:
Unfortunately, one of Sydney’s favorite friends, Ella, just moved to Minneapolis. Both of Ella’s parents are pilots and their seniority (ability to spend birthdays and holidays together) is much higher in Minneapolis than it is in Denver. Ella and Sydney hugged goodbye after a fun morning at the zoo on November 22. Ella, her mom Elisabeth, Sydney, and I rode on the carousel and the train, checked out the animals, and shared lots of snacks. Photos below:
Two of Sydney’s friends turned two in November. Sydney had a great time at their birthday parties.
First, we celebrated with Martha on November 8th:
Then, we celebrated with “Sammy Samantha” at the WOW children’s museum on November 14:
In the past month, A LOT has changed!
#1 Sydney’s growing NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE has become quite evident.
All of a sudden, one day, in late October, Sydney began refusing to get in her car seat and her stroller. Out of nowhere, Sydney, who had been quite agreeable most of the time, was now screaming and yelling and kicking. I tried talking to her about what was going on and she couldn’t explain why she was so upset, but she was adamant that she did not want to be placed into either seat. The first time it happened in the car, Sydney was wiggling around so I asked if she needed to use the potty. She said yes, she peed in her portable potty in my car, and got right into her seat. That worked twice. The third time Sydney used the potty as a stalling tactic. She sat on it, then told me she didn’t have to go, then as soon as she was about to get into the seat, she did have to go… and back and forth and back and forth… until finally, I just had to put her in the seat. Anyone who heard the screaming and yelling and crying would have thought this poor little girl was being tortured. But, the minute I started the car and put on some music, Sydney was very calm and very sweet. She said “I’m sorry I was yelling and kicking.” She might have sensed that I was probably more traumatized by the experience than she was.
On the ride home… I was flooded with thoughts. Is this my new reality? Is this “terrible two'”? I need a new strategy. So… after a bit of research, I learned that Sydney just needed more freedom, space, and time to do things on her own. So, now, she walks much more than she rides in the stroller and when we have to get into the car, we factor in extra time, so she can get into the seat all by herself, which makes her feel independent, proud, and happy.
#2 BIG OR LITTLE?
Sydney is very conflicted about whether she is/wants to be a “big girl” or a “little girl”. She asks: “Am I a big girl?” “Am I a little girl?” We tell her she is both. Some days she says “I am a big girl!” or “I don’t want a diaper/pull-up. I want underwear.” and other days she says “I want to be a little girl.” This time in her life is truly fascinating.
#3 USING THE POTTY
I stopped asking Sydney if she wants to use the potty, because with so much personal growth/development taking place I don’t want her to feel any unnecessary stress/pressure. As soon as I stopped asking, she started telling me when she has to go. And, she will pull her pants and pull-up down and go all by herself. She is doing incredibly well.
#4 NO NAPPING
One potential hypothesis why Sydney stopped napping is that she was doing really well with potty training, but she might have felt anxious about having to pee or poop while she was in the crib. During quiet time in the crib, Sydney does not lie down. She is typically standing up and singing. So, now “quiet time” is preceded by “potty time”, which ends up being “poopy time.”
#5 CLIMBING OUT OF THE CRIB
In late October, Sydney climbed out of her crib for the first time, during quiet time. She opened her door and walked down the stairs. After that incident, we put a big mattress on the floor in her room, surrounded by pillows (Sydney ROLLS when she sleeps!) and Sydney tried sleeping in a “big bed” for one night. She managed to roll off the mattress, over the pillows, and into a wall. She told us she prefers to sleep in the crib. She feels comfortable and safe there, so even though she can climb out, she doesn’t. With so many other changes going on right now, Sydney’s desire to remain in the same cozy, safe, and familiar sleeping environment makes sense.
Sydney’s new favorite word/question is WHY?
At times, it can be very challenging to negotiate with a strong-willed toddler who wants to be independent, but it is comforting to know that Sydney isn’t afraid to ask questions and she isn’t going to accept everything she hears. Last month, while Sydney was eating her snack of blueberries, crackers, and hummus, she decided to dip her blueberries in hummus. A college-aged girl said, “Eww… that’s gross!” And, Sydney said, “No, it’s not gross. It’s good!” I was so proud of her!