Moana: "Guess what?"
Kinda like the way a couple weeks ago she kept exclaiming, I have an idea! But then would never tell anyone what it was... lol.
So she picks up on things we do and say... no shocking surprise there. That's what 2 year olds do. The more shocking thing is that she is actually rubbing off on me too. For example, I now have purple toe nails. There is a first time for everything.
I know none of you want to hear how 'cold' it is here right now, but I will tell you this- there's not much circulation in those toes. Brrrr. Sometimes I wish I owned shoes (other than running shoes) that actually cover my feet. This morning I went running before the sun came up and wore a long sleeve shirt the whole time. AND, I could have worn gloves. But I don't have any. All I'll say is that it's a good thing I've got a good feel for my heart rate zones right now because I spent half the run with my sleeves pulled up over my hands so I couldn't see my watch. I did see a stunning sunrise though... right over the ocean the sun popped up on a very clear morning... I should have brought a camera.
Back to Moana... so we converted her crib into a toddler bed on Sunday. I wondered how it would go now that she has some freedom at night and in the mornings.
The first night I put her to bed in there I sat down and had a talk with her. We looked out the window and saw that it was dark. I explained that when it is dark, it is sleepy time. And when its sleepy time she has to stay in bed. So if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she needs to look out the window. Dark = stay in bed. If it is light out, then it's time to get up! I said, "Good deal?" She smiled and said "Good deal!" Then I left her room and she went right to sleep. Love that girl.
Scott and I came up with a plan of action of what we would do if/when she got up before it was time (basically just tell her that it was still dark/sleepy time and put her back in bed, calmly, as many times as it takes. I got that from Super Nanny.)
Times we have had to do that so far: Zero.
The first morning, yesterday, I was swimming so Scott was in charge. I asked him how it went and he said it was no problem. He heard her get up at about 7:20 and she went straight for her box of princess dresses and started "playing princess". Perfect.
This morning I heard her talking to herself a bit at about 6AM when I got up to go run. I knew she would hear me up but since it was still dark I wanted to reinforce that even though mommy was up, it was not yet time for her to get up. So I went into her room and explained that it was still dark out... but that when it got light she could get up and go see daddy. I got home from my run later and asked Scott how it went... he said fine. He said she waited til about 7 and then got herself up and started playing in her room. I described this to our day care Auntie this morning and all she did was shake her head and say "unheard of." Lol. I do feel blessed with a very obedient child, though I will say this- I am not a push over and don't give in to too many things with her. I read this once and live by it: Choose your battles wisely. But when you decide to engage, win at all costs. That's pretty much how I have been with her and it has paid off.
Anyway, I do expect a battle at some point with this new freedom she has, though I am pretty darn confident I will win that one.
Speaking of winning... I had a dream last night that I won my age group at Honu! (Yes- that was just a dream.) But then for whatever reason I got busy and forgot to go to the awards ceremony to