Jensen has been a growing and maturing little lady since her second birthday. Shortly after turning 2 she successfully gave up the binki (well, it was a bit of a struggle.) She only used the binki at bedtime and at first I was very nervous to take it away. Drew had been wanting to stop giving the binki at bedtime for a while and one night after her bath she took the binki from Drew and threw it across her bedroom. Drew decided right then that he was not going to look for the binki and this would be the first night without it. We struggled for a few nights with Jensen crying and standing in her crib Drew would lay her down, but after a few nights it seemed as if she had completely forgotten about it! We did teach her to use her thumb as a binki at night and at first she used her pointer finger mostly. I’m not sure how often she uses it to sleep and occasionally she will show me her thumb and say “binki” but I haven’t seen her walking around sucking her thumb (I can’t pass judgement if she does though because I sucked my thumb until I was 5.)
Jensen is successfully potty-trained!! This process took some time and a whole lot of patience on my part. For J’s first birthday we bought her a potty and she used it like a champion. No she wasn’t telling us when she had to go potty, but when we would set her on it she would go…..number 1 and number 2. I thought, WOW…..this is going to be a breeze 😉 After doing this for a few weeks she stopped going number 2 on the potty and then went through a phase of not wanting anything to do with the potty. I was sooooo bummed 😦 I spoke with friends, co-workers and the pediatrician for advice/guidance and what I heard over and over was to not push her too hard when she is resisting and to go with it full force when she is. As 18 months came and went I started struggling again thinking “is this ever going to happen?” Again at her 2 year check-up the pediatrician gave us the same advice and we patiently worked and waited for that magical moment. Around the middle of September we started consistently putting Jensen on the potty everyday when she would come home from the sitter. And everyday she would go number 2. We held this routine for about a month and one day realized that Jensen hadn’t pooed in her diaper in over a month!!! At that moment we decided it was time to switch to panties. We went out and bought some “Rapunzel” panties (she is obsessed with the movie Tangled) and put them on her. We were putting her on the potty every 30 minutes at first, then progressed to every hour. She has now been wearing panties for about 3 weeks and we are loving it! She has had a few accidents, but overall she is doing great! We are not sticking to an hourly schedule so much anymore because she has started to tell us when she has to go, but we do have to ask her sometimes 🙂 As far as bedtime and naps go……she is still in diapers. We will worry about this process later!!
She is LOVING school and doing so well there! She has been at the Montessori since April and goes two half days a week. She is singing her ABCs, counting in english and spanish to 10 and we are working on counting to 20, she is singing her favorite songs “twinkle twinkle little star”, “ABCs”, “Happy Birthday to you”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Rock a Bye Baby”. She play really well with other children and apparently is already talking about a little boy in class…..which makes Drew uneasy and makes me laugh! His name is Lincoln and her teacher told us that she follows him around and says “silly Lincoln.” She uses the potty well at school, loves playing outside and also tells me that she likes lunch time! Starting tomorrow Jensen will be going to the Montessori M-F, still half days, but we thought it would be best for her and provide more consistency for all of us!
Jensen LOVES playing at the park! In fact, we don’t leave the park without a battle. Her favorite thing to do is swing and she has a favorite slide as well. She has become a little more comfortable with the other equipment and walking across the swaying bridge!!
She is VERY INDEPENDENT! Lately she wants to do everything herself. When it is time to go potty and pull her pants down she’ll say “Jensen do it!” When we give her a piece of candy she wants to unwrap it and she’ll say “Jensen do it!” When we go to put her shoes on or take them off she’ll say “Jensen do it!” Honestly, it is hard to think of something that she doesn’t say that about!!
Jensen is still very loving. She is now saying “I love you mommy, I love you daddy, I love you papa, etc. I know it makes my heart melt when she says it so I’m sure that is the way the rest of the family feels!
She loves to read!! Drew and I spend a great deal of time reading to our little munchkin. When we aren’t reading to her, we find her reading books to her babies!! I’m not sure there is anything much cuter than a 2 year old reading a book to baby dolls!
My little lady is full of energy and life and definitely keeps us busy and on our toes!! She is constantly talking and makes us laugh quite a bit. We love her more and more everyday!!