Coco is 26 Months

Another month of adventures which are mostly recapped in other posts but wanted to do a quick update because Colette is still growing by leaps and bounds. We've been on the go so much lately, in fact, we actually haven't been home for the weekend at all in this last month. With 9 days in Cincinnati and now we're finishing out for second week in Sonoma, Colette has done pretty well with all the changes, sleeping in different places and being on a slightly different schedule. She's proven that she can go without naps and manages fairly well staying up late and luckily is often able to sleep in a little later than usual. We've been lucky that even on the plan she'll sleep for an hour or so which is enough to get us through the rest of the travel day. What didn't work well was the 2 or 3pm flights we did when we went to LA as it would be so late by the time she'd finally fall asleep and then have to be woken up again upon landing that things ended in a disaster. Lesson learned.

She has done fine with food, eating whatever is around, though we always have plenty of her favorites. She eats lots of summer fruits but still will request salmon or meat (like pork chops or steak) if she has her pick.

Talking is an area that has continued to take off and it's so fun to hear. She can communicate just about anything she needs to, though there are still times I need to remind her to actually talk instead of screaming or screeching and usually she will when requested. She's not good with manners so I need to keep prompting there. It's really crazy how much she's progressed though. At 2 years old, she had just started stringing together 4 and 5 words to make sentences but now I've lost track because she can say most anything. For example, 'I don't want to go potty because I already did' (plenty of emphasis on 'already'). Things like, 'I want to go get a book out of my bed to read to baby' are the norm as well. What's funny is that she's often uses the right tense as well. I'm still in the phase where I often repeat what she's said in confirmation as it's good for her to not only hear it again but know that I understand, plus, if anyone else is around, it's a nice translation for those who aren't around kids very much. It was so great to have her in this stage when we were in Cincinnati and she was around other people and even away for us for a few nights. A month earlier she wasn't able to communicate nearly that well. As far as vocabulary goes, of course she doesn't know all words, but she knows so many and knows how to say what she needs to. The other day she was telling Dave all the body parts, as well as the parts of a bike, and she knew them all!

Potty: This is the other big topic. She was making progress a month ago but we knew we weren't going to attempt anything until after our trip to Cincinnati. She did fine there, sometimes going in her potty but not too often, and we kept a diaper on most of the time. When we got to Sonoma last week, we decided we'd go bottomless as much as possible, so besides nap time, bedtime and when she's actually swimming in the pool, we have the diaper off. It's been a much more relaxed way to potty train so while she's doing well, I think we'll do several more intense days at home next week to hopefully seal the deal. She does really well going pee and I think besides maybe day 1 or 2 when it happened once or twice, hasn't peed outside of the potty at all. Poop has been a bit different. She's gone in the potty occasionally, then started holding it again and finally going in her diaper, to then pooping on the floor several times and finishing in the potty. Today was a bit messy but she definitely recognizes when it's happening and after she got off the potty with Dedee today with just a little coming out and they were finishing up, she said, 'poop still in my butt' and did a big poop in the potty. Hoping this will be continuing. We've gone out maybe 3 or 4 times and we haven't been psycho about it and she's done great. She had a pee accident when we went to the park on Saturday, but we were out for about 4 hours on Friday and this past Monday and she did great the whole time. She never told me she had to go so I would take her every once in a while and she would go. I'm hoping she's like William and just doesn't have to go very often, or is good at holding it because that's how it seems to be when we're out. When we're home, it seems like anytime she sits on the potty she'll go a little bit, then sit down and she's able to go again so not sure if she's not fully relieving herself or what. I'm hoping a few days at home next week when I have all the attention on her and can watch her every move to get her to the potty for #2 as soon as I spot it, will make the difference. She starts her 3-week Tue/Thu program again a week from Tuesday so I'm really hoping she's ready enough that we can avoid any major poop accidents. The princess undies seem to be working and I tell her that Tiana or whoever doesn't want to get wet. She does love wearing her underwear, which we've only done when we go out as I think she's still in the phase of leaning the feeling of 'have to go' which is best to be bottomless. Hopefully for a good report in next week's post.

Coco: What a fun month we've had! It's so fun to see you grow so much. Not only are you growing taller (now 35 inches, though you have to grow fast to 36 to be able to go on more rides!), you're becoming such a big girl. You have tons of 2-year old opinions about what to do, what to eat and definitely what to wear. You hate it when the boys say, 'are you a good baby?' or even, 'are you a good toddler?', 'no, me a big girl!' It's all about being a big girl which is actually helpful in this whole potty training phase. I think you're doing well enough that we can definitely move forward with potty training and hopefully get it locked down before your camp starts again. As with the boys, I was going into it with, 'let's see what happens' and while we have some work to do with poop, as well as some work to do with you telling me you need to go while we're out instead of me making you go, you really are doing great. You're very proud when you go, like to help dump, flush and clean up in general. I will be so happy if I don't need to order diapers anymore! You're growing in your play too, though you've had a lot of different play this past month. You're so great with grabbing the hand of whoever is nearby and taking them to play with you. You needed help climbing up the rock wall into the helicopter at the children's museum the other day and reached out to a dad who was nearby. You're really special and I think people are drawn to you because of your openness. You can also say your name now, Cwette or Co-co, and call William Wil-um and George is Gorg or Gorge. You've been very clingy lately, not necessarily just to me, but you only want Dad to get you up or Mom to get you in your carseat, etc. Dedee has stayed in that mix but Papa has lost some ground temporarily. You want to be just like the big kids and I see you trying much harder to climb up stuff, walk on tall walls (with my help), ride your bike, etc. I am surprised your doll house hasn't gotten more action up here in Sonoma after our time away in Cincinnati, but you've enjoyed playing with parts to the various board games, drawing or 'playing' with the boys legos. You're adamant about getting shows or Blippi now at night since the boys have gotten their iPads most nights in Sonoma so that's a habit that will have to be broken soon.

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