Adelaide Harper You Are 3 Years Old!

How in the world did you turn 3 years old? I can’t even remember what it was like when you were a baby. You are officially a big kid!

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* You are one of the kindest, compassionate 3 years olds I know. You express true empathy for others, and remorse whenever you get in trouble for something that has hurt someone else. You ask Daddy and I: “You sad?”, “You mad?”.

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* Your favorite song to sing at night before we go to sleep is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Dinosaur”. It’s basically like the original song, except we substitute “star” for “dinosaur”. You came up with it and think it’s so funny. You request it every. single. night.

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* Speaking of dinosaurs, they are one of your favorite things at the moment. It started with a green dinosaur (who is now named “Daddy”, most of the time) I found at the thrift store, and has continued with several more dinosaurs, the movie “The Land Before Time”, a fun dinosaur display we saw at the zoo this year, various books, etc. At night when we ask who you want to pray for, you often say “Dinosaurs”, so we work it in by thanking God for His creation! Haha! You also have a pretty impressive dinosaur roar, which you like to show everyone, even little babies and numerous strangers.

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* You are a really picky eater. Your diet consists of mostly chicken nuggets, cheese, bread, ketchup, some dried fruit, peanut butter, pizza, and various crackers and such. You also love milk. Your doctor told me you are healthy and growing so I try to remind myself of that when you won’t touch any vegetables or fruits. Sigh.

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* You and you Daddy have the most fun together. A couple of days ago you played an elaborate game of “Pirates”, complete with newspaper swords and hats, lots of fake dying (with kisses to be revived), and phrases like “Arrggh me matey”, “Come at thee”, and “On guard”. It was so cute to watch. I’m so thankful you have such a wonderful Daddy!

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* Some of your favorite things to do are: go to the park, go eat lunch and play (the only playplace around here is at a Burger King), go swimming, do crafts, play with playdoh, go to church, and go to the library.

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* You tell me all the time “I love you, Mom” and “You are my best friend”. On your birthday, as you were eating chocolate birthday cake for breakfast you said over and over “Best birthday ever!”.

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* You call dresses “Dance”. As in, “Put on my dance and go to church?”

* Everywhere we go you know no stranger. At the park you see kids and say “Hi guys!”, like you’ve known them forever. It usually works, and you end up having a new friend to play with. When we walk by people at the grocery store you stop them and say “Hi, my name’s Adelaide”. Of course they don’t understand you because it sounds like you’re saying “Addaayy”, and then when I tell them your actual name they say “Adeline?”, “Addie”, “Analee”, etc. Big sigh…

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* You love everything about church, but especially singing in the Pastor Pals on Sunday nights. You run up there, and then proceed to move around steps (we are working on that…), and then yell “I’m on top, Mom!!”. Everyone laughs because you are so cute. Then when you come back to our seat you exclaim “Mom, I sing!”

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* You love helping us do dishes, or laundry, and are really cooperative when it’s time to pick up your toys. You obey really well, although we are currently working on whining.

* For the past 3ish months we’ve been living with Nana, as we are trying to get settled in Illinois, and it’s been an interesting transition for you. You now sleep in the same room with us (after loving your own space and your own bed since you were born), potty training has been delayed, and for a while you were constantly asking to go home. However, you have been loving seeing Nana everyday. Your favorite games to play with her right now are “Doctor” and “Baby”.

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* I expected your hair to have turned brown by now, but it is still blond! It will be interesting to see how long it lasts, or if you will be blond until adulthood! You hair is long enough now for ponytails, and sometimes I can get a braid to stay in a little while. I love playing with you hair, but you act pretty aggravated at me when I do. 🙂

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* Your bath time preferences are water-coloring tablets, dinosaurs, a water can, towels with hoods, and to have your wet feet kissed by Mom as dad carries you to get dressed. Daddy still hums the Star Wars Imperial March song to you as he’s carrying you. You’ve heard it so many times now, you usually hum along too.

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We can’t imagine what life would be like without you in it. Daddy and I talk all the time about how you are the most beautiful girl in the world, the smartest, the coolest kid ever, and any other hyperbolic statement you can think of. I still pat your little butt-butt whenever you are sleeping (only because you won’t let me when you are awake). We love you with all our hearts!

 

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Adelaide Harper You Are 8 Months Old!

It was so hard to get good pictures of you this month! You are so busy these days and have no time to stop and pose for the camera! Also your teeth are bothering you and between the drool and your tongue exploring those new teeth, your smiles were hard to come by.

* You have been so much more cuddly this month. You like to lay your head on our shoulders and give us kisses all the time! In fact, when we lean in to kiss you on your lips, you are leaning in too and kissing back! It’s so sweet and we are loving all the good snuggles!

* You are finally on a good schedule! You have four bottles, eat baby food twice, and have two naps a day. You wake up typically around 6:30am and go to bed around 7pm every night. It’s so easy now to plan things because I know when you will need to eat and sleep!

* You have cut two new teeth this month. The top two front ones. You have been drooling so much and chewing on your fingers; working hard on those new teeth!

* You have been babbling and talking so much! We have heard “Mama” and “Dada”, but are pretty sure you are not talking about us yet. You also say “bababa” and “wawawa” alot. You have also learned to cluck your tongue this month! It’s so cute!

* You are officially scooting! You are much better at backwards than forwards, which is frusterating to you sometimes when you are trying to get something in front of you and only seem to get farther away from it! Ha!

* It seems like your hair has grown so much this month! It’s getting much thicker and starting to touch your ears and neckline. I can’t wait until I can play with it and put bows in your hair!

* Speaking of hairbows, you have discovered the headbands I put on your head and are taking them off. I can’t keep headbands, hats, socks, or shoes on you. When we go out strangers comment about your cold feet and I think they must think you’re neglected! Ha!

* We have had to lower your crib because you were scaring us by putting your legs and arms over the sides. With all the moving you do these days, it feels much safer to have your crib set at the bottom.

* You are still in a size 3 diaper and wear 6-9 month and 12 month clothing. Our scale says you weight about 19.8 lbs.

* You are getting better at working those fingers to pick up finger food. I have tried giving you little pieces of cereal and blueberries, but you still gag alot and aren’t quite ready for it. You love baby mum mums though! And you are loving your baby food and eat about 2-2.5 jars per day!

It is so hard to believe you are this old! I am just soaking up all these last baby months, because soon you will be toddling around and talking! We love you so much Adelaide Harper!

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