Serenity in April =)

by Chrissie Wainright on May 7th, 2011
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She loves Grandma's Cabin!!!  She keeps asking to go back, today she even tried to rebuckle her carseat so she could go!

She loves Grandma's Cabin!!! She keeps asking to go back, today she even tried to rebuckle her carseat so she could go!

She is starting to learn drama =) And by that I mean, she’s learning how the different emotions sound… and taking advantage of it. She walks up to me and is the perfect picture of dejection. “I’m sad, Mama. I need a kiss.” She looks at the ground, lowers her voice to a quiet, pitiful little sound, and then as soon as she gets the kiss (or whatever she happened to ask for, it’s not always for sweet things =) then she pops up and says, “I’m HAPPY!” With her normal big grin. =)

She seems aware that another baby is coming, and she seems to have settled on his name. She’s also starting to actually play some games with her dolls, like changing the Super Reader’s diapers, (which involved emptying the entire wipe tub the first time) and feeding them. For some reason her babies all seem to want to eat peas and juice. She gives Rose a bottle and takes off clothes… no dressing them yet. She also does all this with the “people” in her dollhouse. (Her dollhouse is full of Dora characters and animals too, but they all use the highchair, stroller, beds and covers regardless. =)

The last month has been so very busy! And Serenity keeps growing and changing so quickly it’s hard to keep track of things! She is reading extremely well, she can easily read the first level I Can Read type books to herself. Once or twice when we were on a long shopping trip at Target I’ve grabbed one of those books and she’s happily entertained by reading it to herself. She got a Strawberry Shortcake book that way, and she loves it because it’s about dancing, and she loves the colorful girls =) She already had a Lemon Meringue and Strawberry Shortcake soft doll, but I got her a little Plum Pudding that was sized for her dollhouse because she loves being a “purple girl.” (Yes, she still loves for everything she’s wearing to match from head to toe, and calls herself a purple girl when that is the color of the day! =)

I’ve noticed that she’s started pronouncing the letter L correctly occasionally… I’m not sure if I wrote about this so I wanted to record it before I forget how she used to speak. She used to say all her L’s as Y’s. So La La La was Ya Ya Ya. And especially sweet… “I YUV you Mama.” It’s good that she’s figuring out on her own how to say an L, but I know I’ll miss the cute little way she used to say things. =) Incidentally, I noticed her saying an L because yellow, which used to be yeyow, is now sometimes, lellow. =) So it’s still cute. =)

One of her favorite games, usually played during wake up snuggles, is “nose to nose.” She takes turns squishing different parts to Mama or Daddy. She especially likes doing nose to nose, but she does cheek to cheek, head to head, hand to hand, all kinds of things. Tummy to tummy =) It’s pretty funny, but sometimes painful as she has started poking with her nose really hard! We wonder why it doesn’t hurt her but it doesn’t seem to!

She’s getting really good at jumping, and she’s pretty fearless about it. Eric cheers and I try to show moderate enthusiasm instead of fear =) She jumped from her bed to the top of her book club. Probably a good thing we don’t have a lot of tall furniture.

“What did I say Mama? What am I doing Mama?” Serenity has been asking these questions a LOT. I’m not sure if she’s checking to make sure I’m paying attention to her or what. It’s also possible she got it from me. When she’s doing something I’ve told her not to do, I ask her “What did Mama say?” So that she repeats whatever I’ve been telling her not to do. And hopefully actually stops. Yeah right.

She’s started wanting to have a book in the bed with her when she goes to sleep, and sometimes through the monitor we hear her reading it to herself. So so cute. =) Last night it was bear hunt and she kept going “Splash splosh!”

She discovered the rest of the game cabinets recently too. Up until now, she’s just gotten into the one I designated as hers and filled with her books and games. It was on a different side than the rest, but now she knows them all and so Daddy’s Games know no peace. She has asked to play nearly every game in there, and as you know Eric has a lot of games! I wrote a whole post about it for cleverfaeries, here’s more details on some of her favorite games.

Set: This card game was the clear winner. She nearly plays it right =) The point is that there are cards with four variables, 3 different colors, shapes, patterns, and number of objects. You make sets with either the same attribute, or all different, like one of each color, but all with two solid diamonds. She loves to find sets! She’s always been big on matching colors, and she’s in heaven when she can dig through the cards to find matches. She even knows what she needs to look for, like if she has one green squiggle and the three green squiggle, she goes hunting for the two green squiggle. It’s great for color matching, shape matching, patterns, and so much more!

Dominoes: We have the colored set of dominoes, and the games we have come up with for this are hilarious. I tried to show her a basic Mexican Train, where you start with one domino and match the ends to make a long train. She loved that, and had me count how many tiles were in her train over and over. In Spanish, for some reason. Then she decided that “Catorce” (the fourteenth tile in her train, ironically the 10/3) was special. She pulled it out and said, “Oh no, my train is broken! It won’t go!” So we started doing a lot of role-playing with the dominoes, with Catorce as the star. We made bridges, rivers, paths, houses, and boats. And then she found the double seven, which we now call Pinky Pinky. She needed her diaper changed, and food. So much random, open-ended, creative playtime! It was great!

She loves all the card games we have, and even a regular deck of cards is great for matching. We also have chess, and Chinese checkers. Although I have to sit with her the whole time when she’s playing with the marbles, it’s great practice for hand-eye coordination, and she loves matching the colors to the diamonds. So far she hasn’t tried to eat them, but I am not about to leave her alone with them anytime soon.

She also likes the games with little figures, like our Star Wars game and X-Men. And all the things with tiny colorful wooden counters, like Steam.

The day she pulled Apples to Apples I figured that she would look at the cards for two minutes and move on. But no, she decided it was great fun to read the cards! She sounded out words like Wicked and guessed Octopus for Outrageous. So, Apples works as toddler flashcards as well.

I think I have the most fun when she pulls out the games with maps, like Ten Days in Asia or Pandemic. She really tries to read the names of the countries, and does a great job! And she likes matching the card to the country. So it’s great matching practice, a little reading and geography too! Plus it’s just fun to hear her say things like Kinshasa and Ho Chi Minh.

Finally, a big sister update. She started singing Happy Birthday to the baby again and again. I hope he doesn’t take the message as he still has 26 days to go! But it is super cute. And then she blew out the candles on her pretend birthday cake and wished for a teddy bear for Donovan.

And now for pictures! Click on the thumbnails to enlarge. =)

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