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In exactly a month from yesterday, M will be three.

Three.

I knew this would happen, I just didn’t think it would happen so soon!

Then again, I think I’ve said this before her first and second birthdays…

She’s definitely ready to turn three.

The conversations we have are so much more interesting. Her actions are almost always entertaining.

I definitely see an increase in her maturity level from even just a few months ago.

Because of all that is going on this year, we aren’t having a huge birthday party. We will celebrate, but just on a smaller scale.

I’m going to cherish this month I have left with M as a two year old. She just seems to grow up faster and faster in my eyes.

M is turning three in two months and I have to bite the bullet and look for preschool options.

For the longest time, I thought that I could enroll her into a mommy&me preschool class for 3 years olds.  By then, I would be  stay-at-home mom and this would all be possible.

I made a phone call to the one preschool that I knew did mommy&me preschool classes and found out that they do not have a 3 year old option.

I’m crushed! 

So now, I’m just looking into a good, and reasonably priced, preschool program for her. 

I’m learning that private preschools are expensive! 

The option we are seriously considering is going through the school district.  They have parent volunteering options which I would LOVE to do.  By then, I’ll have a newborn at home, but I know we can make it work. 

It’s a total reality check that my little M is getting older.  I’m not ready for it, but it’s going to happen whether I’m ready or not!

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The story of Hansel and Gretel had been featured on both Super Why and Little Einsteins, two shows which M has been pretty obsessed with lately.

Because of this, M had been super curious about “a house made of cookies.”

I remembered what I did years ago during Christmas time when I made “gingerbread houses” using graham crackers and frosting. 

Yesterday, while I took a shower (and had some ‘me’ time), Hubby decided to let M make her “house made of cookies.”

He laid down some leftover plastic tablecloth from her many birthday parties, and they assembled the house!

 

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M mainly loved the playing with the frosting, while Hubby loved assembling the house.

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We used mini m&ms as the only decoration.  It was just enough for her, plus she LOVES mini m&ms.  Hubby said she kept eating the m&ms as he would stick them onto the house.

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Because of the warmth of these summer nights, the frosting didn’t hold as well.  But you can tell in this photo that M didn’t care and that she had so much fun with the entire activity.

I can’t wait until Christmas to try this again.  Hopefully the cooler temperatures would allow the frosting would stick better.

This was a super fun activity that can get really messy, but with the proper covering, it was very manageable.  Hubby just gathered the entire plastic table cloth and tossed it all in the trash.  Everything underneath it was clean.

I highly suggest this project for any toddler.  It’s really good for anytime of the year!

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When M was younger, I used to be able to play with her hair all the time.  I have tons of photos of her in pigtails and bows.  I loved it.

Then, she learned that she could take out the rubber bands in her hair..

I would fix her hair so super cute, like this:

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And within minutes, she’d be doing this:

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(Ignore the Hubby photobomb)

So this is the story from last night…

I had an itch to play with her hair, so took the rubber band that was holding my hair together and put M’s hair in a half pony tail.

As usual, within minutes, she pulled it out and handed the rubber band back to me.  In true “me” fashion, I took the rubber band and pulled her hair back up into a half pony tail.

In true “M” fashion, she pulled the rubber band out of her hair.  I asked her to return the rubber band back to me.  I think she had a feeling that I was going to pull her hair back again, so instead of handing it back to me, she walks down to the hallway, and throws the rubber band down the hall.

Ha!  She’s too smart for her own good.  Lucky for her, she has a persistent mother.

Laughing, I walk over to the hallway, grab the rubber band and tie her hair back again. 

Feeling a slight sense of defeat, she left it in.  Score one for me!

Hubby started getting her ready for bed.  They removed the rubber band and left it on the bathroom counter.

I took the rubber band again, but had no intentions of putting it back in M’s hair. 

However, when she saw me grab the rubber band, she told me, “No Mimi!  Put it away!”

Why does she hate getting her hair fixed?!  She’s so cute with her hair up!  One of these days, she’s going to let me play with her hair.  One of these days she’s going to learn…

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If God permits,  this is M’s last summer as an only child.  It’s also the last summer where ‘going out’ is pretty easy.  We only have to pack a few things and we are out the door. 

So, we’ve decided that we need to make the most of it for M.

In January, when we made the decision to try to get pregnant again, we also made the decision to take M to all the places she’s been wanting to go, since it’s a lot easier to take her places now, AND she is old enough to enjoy it.  Because she’s 2 years old, she’s also free to a lot of the places she wants to go too.  That really helps out too!

In May, we went to Disneyland.

Yesterday, we went to Legoland. 

She has been wanting to go because of all the commercials that she’s been seeing for months now.  She especially wanted to go to the waterpark. 

Thank God, the weather was cooperating and we were able to enjoy a day at Legoland, the Sealife Aquarium, AND the waterpark. 

She had a blast!  Because she loves water, she especially LOVED the waterpark.  The wading pools are 2 feet deep and perfect for her to walk around freely and pretend to swim.  She and I stayed in the wading pools for most of the visit, while Hubby got to enjoy himself going down some of the waterslides.  We went down the kiddie waterslide several times and we let her float in the little kiddie lazy river.  Overall, she just loved being in the water.

She was the happiest little kid in the world yesterday! 

She was so happy to be there that it really made me cry to see her enjoy herself so much.  Ok, maybe it’s the hormones, but still…

I’m so glad we had the chance to do this for her.  She’s been asking to go to Sea World and the beach, so those places are definitely on our list. 

I’m so happy to be making these memories for her. 

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While I would have LOVED for M to be fully potty trained by the time the new baby is born, I’m admitting to the fact that it just might not happen.

We’ve decided to take a break on her potty training.

She’s just become so adamant about how she doesn’t want to use the toilet.  If you ask her too many times, she throws  herself on the floor and cries like she’s being tortured.

I’m giving it about a week or two.  She just needs to a break, and then I’ll start again slowly. 

She’s still very aware of her bodily functions, and she’s figuring out how to remove her diaper, so I know we are on the right path. 

I just think that she needs a little break.  I just don’t want her to hate the potty.  I know that she will get this potty training in her own time.

Just a little more patience from both of our ends…

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Yesterday, M and I were in the bathroom, making faces at each other in the mirror.

I turn to the side to observe my changing profile and notice that I am now sporting a small baby bump.

Me: M, look.  My tummy is getting big!  There’s a baby inside.
M:  Me too.  Malia tummy getting big!  A baby in there like Mimi!

She poofed out her tummy and rubbed it like I was doing. 

Super cute.

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