Beanuts and Bolts (a Beatrix Update)

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I’ve been getting a lot of Bea development questions lately so I thought I’d give you an update on where she is, and where we are with a few things.

My sweet Bea is just over 2.5.  It’s really hard to wrap my brain around the fact that she’ll be 3 in July!  In many ways the time has flown by, but in others it seems like she’s been with us forever.  If I were to describe Bea I would say she’s loving, gentle, curious and inquisitive, sensitive, hilarious and independent.  She’s in a phase right now where she wants to do everything by herself.  And I have to say I LOVE IT.  She puts on her own coat, hat, mittens and boots – not always on the right feet, but she’s trying!

I get a lot of questions about Bea’s speech and language.  To be honest, I can’t really explain why or how she speaks as much or as well as she does.  We have always talked to her like to we speak to grown-ups; full sentences and no “baby talk” so maybe that has helped?  I will say that up until she could communicate, Bea was a frustrated baby.  Once she learned first how to sign what she wanted, then learned how to speak, she was much happier.  She talks ALL day.  It’s like a little live stream from her brain constantly narrating what she’s doing or thinking.  She also has a wildly fun imagination which I suspect she got from her Daddy.  Also, her artistic ability has blown me away!   She’s gotten really good at drawing ghosts, which is super weird and a little creepy. 

Potty training is happening, at Bea’s pace.  She’s nailing the pees.  Poos are hit and miss.  Day by day is how we’re approaching it.  We tried the 3 day method, which I know works really well for others, but it just wasn’t a good system for Bea.  We started with the little seat on the big toilet and I think that freaked her out.  So we got a little potty and had good pee success.  But quickly realized that when we’re out and she needs to pee, a big toilet is all there is!  So we’re back on the big toilet and she’s comfortable.  I should say, I am not in the least bit worried about her getting the hang of this thing.  I know she’ll figure it out and I’m not rushing her.  We started the training because quite frankly, diaper changing was getting really gross. 

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She’s still in her crib and quite happy in there.  We’ve been kicking around the idea of a big girl bed so the other day I asked her if she wanted to sleep in a big bed and she said ‘No Mom, I like my crib” which is just fine by us!  Randall and I still can’t figure out why she hasn’t climbed out of her crib yet.  Not even an attempt!  As for napping, we put her down every day. 5 out of 7 days she’ll actually nap.  The other days she just lays there for quiet time.  She is an excellent night sleeper, about 12 hours, and gets up around 7:30 each morning.  Hallelujah for sleep training!

So that’s my little Bea update for now!  Keep the questions coming and I’ll try and answer as best I can!