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For awhile, we had been relying on empty threats when it comes to discplining M.

If you don’t stop that, I’m going to turn off the TV!”
“If you don’t stop that, I’m going to put back the play-doh!”

For awhile it worked… sort of.  We just had to remind her all the time!

Then, it stopped working. 

We knew that we had to finally follow through with our threats.

M was sitting on a computer chair in a way that can potentially hurt her.  We tell her all the time to not do that. 

Me: “M, stop that or I’m going to turn off Frozen.”
M: ….
Me: “M, do you want me to turn off Frozen?”
M: Yes. (
Probably not realizing what she was really going on.)

I turned off Frozen.

And then the water works started.  She cried.  Oh, she cried.

I explained to her why I turned it off and that I would turn it back on again if I saw her NOT sit on the chair that way.  She obeyed and the movie was turned back on.

It took about two or three more times of following through with our punishments before she realized we meant business when we told her to stop something.

Now, if we ask her “Do you want me to….” as a punishment, she answers “no,” and stops what she’s doing.

I think we safely say we won the battle, for now…

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Frozen has been on DVD for about two weeks or so.

Since it’s been in our possession, I’ve watched it at least once a day.  There was that one fateful day that we didn’t go anywhere or do anything, so we watched it three times… in a row!

It’s fun.  It’s fun watching M get so into a movie.  She sings every song, she acts out almost every scene, she knows almost all the dialogue. 

It’s more fun to watch M during the movie now, than it is to watch the actual movie.

We have the CD soundtrack that gets played in the car almost all the time.

Before bed, M has to re-enact the beginning scene in which Anna is trying to wake up Elsa.  I’m Elsa, she’s Anna. 

It’s very cute to finally have someone to run movie quotes with…

Is your kid just totally into Frozen? 

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M has just hit the “over two and half” age mark and suddenly she’s big whiner.

When she hears something she doesn’t like, she’s either on the floor crying, or she’s whining and saying, “no” repeatedly..

I just don’t know why…

My mom likes to think that THIS is the true onset of the ‘terrible two’ phenomenon.  A lot of people with older children love to tell me that ‘terrible two’ doesn’t really start until she’s two and a half, almost three.

Oh boy, so if it’s starting NOW.. then I’m in trouble.

She almost reminds me of a hormonal teenage girl.  She’s got those ups and downs of an adolescent.  It sort of scares me to think about what she’s going to be like at 12 and 13 years old..

I’ve been trying to curb her reactions by picking her up on the floor, looking her straight in the eyes, and telling her that she doesn’t need to cry when she hears something she doesn’t like. 

I also make sure she calms down and stops crying before she can move on her with day after the mini-tantrum. 

I try to talk to her all the time, telling her that it’s ok to simply say ‘no’ without resorting to tears.  Also, it’s ok to tell us what she wants without resorting to whining for it or crying for it. 

Sometimes, she responds, ‘yes’ like she truly understands what I’m trying to tell her, but I know that it just goes in one ear and out the other..

I’m hoping this is a short-lived phase and that she’ll be my pleasant, easy-going M once again..

At least she still gives out great hugs!

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Yesterday, M turned thirty-one months old.

Thirty one months.  She’s over two and a half now, she’s inching closer and closer to three. 

I see changes all the time. 

I see it in the way she carries herself.  She’s got so much more confidence in her movements.  She climbs, jumps, and runs like it’s second nature to her. 

I see it in the ways she’s more aware of her surroundings.  She’s more aware of pains, or “ouchies.” She’s feels more and is more in tune with what she feels and observes.  Little scratches or bumps that she used to ignore now cause her to pause and acknowlege the sensation. 

I see it in the way she talks to me.  Her vocabulary just grows in leaps and bounds as the months go by.  We can now have conversations.  We don’t have to play the guessing game as much when trying to figure out what she wants.  She can request things, like what to watch on TV, or what books to read, or what she wants to eat. 

I see it in the way she plays.  I love watching her role play.  I love watching her create little scenes with her toys.  I love watching her reenact scenes from her favorite movies, videos and TV shows.   I love watching her pretend to talk on the phone.  I love watching her hug her stuffed toys.  I love watching her feed her toy horse.  Playtime with her is always filled with such entertainment.

I see it in the way she figures out how the world works around her.  I love how she’s figured out how to take her step-stool around in order to get to things she knows are beyond her reach.  I love how she’s figured out which remote control to give us based on what she wants to watch.  I love how she’s figured out how to find the fun in a laundry basket.  I love how she’s figured out how to use my legs as her personal slide.

Happy 31 month birthday, M!  I pray you continue to grow and learn and change.  You amaze me everyday.

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M hates pants.

Maybe it’s my fault.  Around the apartment she’s pretty much only found with a diaper and a shirt on.  I have been putting her in a lot of dresses lately too.

She must have gotten used to the freedom of having no pants on.  Without pants, she can bend her knees and move her legs without restriction.

At first, I thought it was only jeans.  She didn’t like the feeling of them when she would bend her knees.  She must have felt a little constricted in the knee area.  Maybe her jeans were a little too tight. 

She was going to wear this cute pair of capri jeans that I had purchased last year that finally fit to the perfect length.  It was right before Gymboree class, and she was throwing a fit on the floor of our apartment trying to get those pants off.  Poor thing.  I put her in a pair of shorts instead.

Now, at night, she doesn’t want to wear pajama pants. 

I don’t know why.  They aren’t restricting.  They are soft.  They don’t prevent her from moving freely.  She just doesn’t like them.

So far this week, every time I put them on her before bed, it’s a battle of wills.

M: “Take it off, take it off!”
Me: “No.  It’s cold at night.”
M:  :::whines and cries:::

One night, she decided to stop complaining and just pull her pajama bottoms above her knees.   That was enough to satisfy her.  They eventually inched their way down her leg as she moved in her sleep and that was enough to satisfy me.  Win-win for the both of us.

I’m hoping this is just a phase.  And I’m really glad she decided to stop liking pants just as the weather is starting to warm up. 

Did your child ever develop a pickiness to clothing?  What did you do? 

 

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