There are so many things that are so different in each stage of Addilyn's life so far, which makes it hard to compare. There have been things I've loved about each of them, but I think we are currently in my favorite stage. While we are not free from some fits, time outs and lots of learning how to handle our emotions, it's been filled with way more enjoyable things than difficult.
Addilyn is so vocal, funny, affectionate, a little more independent, and overall pleasant to be around. She's still clinging and needy, and I know come March that will have to change, but for now we manage it fine. We are currently in a good phase of sleep and naps, which I fully appreciate as I know things change quickly, but I love our current schedule. She goes to bed around 7:30, wakes up between 6 and 6:30 and takes a two to two and half hour nap around 12. No complaining here!
She'll sit on my lap in the mornings and after her nap and watch tv for awhile. Which these days is Daniel Tiger every single time. We run errands together, and while she doesn't sit still in the cart, she'll usually do a decent job staying close to me, and while it's tiring, we have more successful trips than not. We've started Bible Study and MOPs, and have only gone to one of each. Bible Study went great, MOPs not so much, but we've made such huge progress with her in childcare that it's been nice to have a little reprieve from anxiety in that area and I'm hoping it continues to improve and is good for both of us this year.
She's obsessed with brushing her teeth and will stand at the sick using water and toothpaste for twenty minutes if I let her. She has become a better eater and would eat shredded wheat for every meal if we let her. Although I'm sure candy would still win at her favorite food. She can be quite dramatic with her words and often says things "Mama, I need you forever and ever!" or "My lamby is lost forever!"
She can tell you that "A-d-d-i" spells Addi and when you ask her what road she lives on she'll say "Dowell Road" with the cutest little puckered lips when she says road. She thinks any candle is for celebrating her birthday and loves retelling what she did during the day. Talking with her hands, and listing off things she did (or didn't do).
Here's a few funny things she's said lately:
We were about to go down to the basement and she closed the gate so Molly couldn't come in and said "No Molly you stay up here. I need my space!"
At dinner the other night she said "Can I have a sip of your water Katie?" Then looked kind of shocked that she called me Katie and started laughing saying "I just called your Katie?!"
I was telling Addi about how she gets to go to a new class tomorrow (MOPs) and she said "um . . . I'll just go in a few weeks instead."
Chris said I love you to Addi and she said "No. I love mama." I said "remember you can love a lot of people," and she said "Oh yeah! I love Lena and Aunt Lauren and Grandpa too!"
Her and Chris were coming home from picking up Subway and he said we're bringing mama a sandwich and she said "yeah, she's a nice mama."
I know things change so fast with toddlers, and motherhood in general. Which is a good reminder that when things are hard, they can change so quickly. And then when things are good, you should appreciate the moments and be grateful. So right now I am feeling grateful for this phase!
Addilyn Jane I think you are just the best! Thank you for being sweet, and funny and for taking good naps! :) You make me so happy, and I am thankful I get to spend my days with you and am going to cherish the next many months of time with just the two of us!