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 7 Months Old!

So many new things this month! I feel like my baby turned into a big girl overnight! This month has brought huge changes in your development, and I feel like things are only going to speed up from here!

* You love to explore my face. You will grab my nose, pull my hair, put your hands in my mouth, and poke my eyes. While you do, I always say “nose” or “hair” to try and teach you about the things you are touching.

* You can now drink out of a sippy cup! You still prefer your bottle over anything though. You make funny faces when the cold water and juice gets in your mouth!

* You won’t sit still in your bumbo seat anymore. I had to move you to the highchair to feed you. You don’t really sit still in that either, but it secures you a little better.

* You are eating stage 2 baby food about 2 or 3 times a day, and having around four 6oz bottles in between. You are in a size 3 diaper, 6-9 month clothing (and a few 12 month things), and a size 3 shoe.

* You have discovered our cats. You love to pull their tails and ears, or whatever else you can get ahold of! You just laugh and grab! Ha! You have also noticed the kids that I keep. You think they are so fun and laugh at them all the time!

* You are starting to get much more whiney. You whine when I leave the room, when I take something away from you, and when it’s time for bed.

* We now know when you want to be held because you’re able to lift your arms up and show us! It’s so cute!

* The baby in the mirror is your best friend! You could watch yourself all day. I think the mirror gets more hugs and kisses than I do! Ha!

* You are finally rolling from back to front and have no problem with tummy-time now. You often sleep on your tummy too. You can sit up for long periods of time without falling down and love to play sitting up with all your toys around you. I think crawling will come soon!

* You have learned to fake-cough and love to do it all the time. You also blow raspberries, cluck your tongue, and pop your lips (like Daddy taught you). You are also learning to clap your hands and have done it a few times for us!

* Sometimes I play an episode of Sesame Street for the kids I keep, and you will watch almost the whole episode, even when there are toys surrounding you. You will not be distracted and even laugh at the puppets sometimes!

* For Christmas, you got a shape sorter toy, and if I set up a shape on top of the hole it goes in, you can push it through. You get so excited when it falls down! You can also open the lid and take things out or put things in.

We love you so much, sweet girl!

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