Disney Princess Photo Shoot

[These photos were taken approx Sept/Oct 2016. I’m just very belated on blogging ok?]

Like most moms, I’m kind of addicted to my kids (when they’re not driving me insane). I may be a little biased when I say this, but my daughter is cute enough to be at toddler model/actress status. A friend of mine is a really talented photographer and when I told her about this idea I had for a photo shoot (derived from pinterest of course) she lit up and we scheduled a date right away.

A couple Christmases ago, I bought Evelyn a set of 5 Disney princess dresses for super cheap on Black Friday. Combine that with her most recent birthday and generous grandparents and you have the recipe for an incredibly adorable photo shoot.

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Why yes, she is combing her hair with a fork…er uh…dinglehopper.

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Mickey and Minnie photo shoot

 

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Remi’s 8 month photo shoot just so happened to be right before our trip to Disneyland. I took advantage of the fact that I had gotten costumes for the kids for the trip and decided to get a few Mickey and Minnie shots while I had a talented photographer there (Malae Talley Photo).

I’m kind of a Disney fanatic so these pictures make me obsessively happy. Like I kind of can’t even handle it. These are perfect.

Remington likes Evelyn significantly more than she likes him. Which is unfortunate and makes it hard to take photos of the two of them. They turned out pretty cute nonetheless.

Take a look for yourself:

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Evelyn’s Potty Training Timeline

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September: At 25 months, show interest in small plastic potty that parents bought with absurd optimism 7 months ago.

Day 1: Immediately master bladder control and only have one accident on the tile where it is easy to clean up. Convince parents that you are already potty trained. Accept mass amounts of chocolate and rewards for being such a “clever girl to pee all by herself.”

Day 2: Poop on the carpet. Giggle behind mom’s back as she mutters about the price of said new carpet. Accept more mass amounts of chocolate for peeing in the plastic potty. Watch lots of episodes of Daniel Tiger and Elmo using the potty. Decide that you’ve outgrown the word “potty” but nod every time mom uses it, in order to get more chocolate.

Day 3: Have no accidents causing mom to rejoice and think she has successfully followed the guide to potty train you in three days. Accept more chocolate.

Day 4: Poop on the carpet.

Week 4: Go on a road trip and have no accidents, all 5 days.

Week 5: Refuse to even walk into the bathroom. Pee everywhere except the toilet.

Week 6: Give mom a false sense of security by not having accidents for three straight days. Pee in the toy aisle of Target when she forgets a change of clothes.

Month 3: Refuse to poop on the potty. Secretly despise the word potty. Leave rabbit like pellets rolling all over the house and nonchalantly hand them to dad when he’s not paying attention.

Month 5: Remember that you used to get chocolate for using the potty. Have accidents until parents remember and feed you mass amounts of chocolate.

Month 8: Periodically scream and throw fits when mom takes you to the potty. Lay on the floor of the bathroom and pee in pants. Scream the loudest when brother is napping in the next room. Demand to take mom’s smart phone to the potty. Stay on the potty for hours with said phone.

Month 10: Start peeing in pants again, just to keep parents guessing. Rejoice when they offer you big-ticket toys for staying dry all day. At this rate, you could keep this going for years…..

 

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Seriously though, when I read about my friends and they’re 3 day potty success I want to curl up into a ball and die. Potty training is literally the. worst.

Vintage Tea Party Photo Shoot

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be part of a gorgeous stylized Mother’s Day photo shoot collaboration. My good friend Megan of Wild Rose House set up the whole shoot, found all the contributors and styled the whole thing! She does amazing work as a florist and styling photo shoots. I am still so impressed with how it turned out!

 

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Megan asked me to do nails for the shoot and I was more than happy to oblige. Then, as it turns out, she asked Evelyn and I to model in the shoot too! It was such a blast and I got some beautiful photos of my sweet daughter and I that I will treasure forever.

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Janessa, of JMarie Photography and Design, was so good with the girls. I was so impressed by Janessa’s skill in getting the girl’s attention and engaging them so they had fun and smiled pretty for the camera. I mean, have you ever seen so many little girls cooperating all at once?!

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All the models in the shoot are good friends of mine. We met several years ago doing a play group and have stayed close ever since. It was so fun to get to do the shoot with them. We got some momma pampering by Bree and McKenzie, a much-needed gift for moms who are always on the go to keep up with kids. We even got to shop for our dresses together at the Dress Collective. It was a little throw back to getting ready for prom with all my girls! Nothing brings you closer together faster than sharing a teeny dressing room with three other girls.

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The tea party set up was something straight out of a romantic fairytale. Megan definitely has the artistic eye. She was able to find contributors for each of the tiny details. Everything from the china to place card calligraphy was provided by a skilled vendor. Each place setting was carefully completed with a stack of china plates, a linen napkin and a teacup on top framed by gorgeous gold utensils.

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As we sat down, we couldn’t help but feel like we had been transported into a storybook land where dining rooms are nestled in the shade of the forest and tables are always decorated with decadent flower cakes. Every where you glance on the table reveals a new bright color of flowers tucked into teacups.

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We all laughed as we played pretend with these cute little girls who were elated to be at a real tea party. We clinked tea cups and spoke in silly British accents. We asked, “How’s the crop?” and “Have you been to any good cricket tournaments?” It was a jolly good time and a great opportunity to play with our sweet daughters.

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We couldn’t keep the girls away from the cupcakes for too long and they were ecstatic to inhale every last crumb. And immediately afterward proceeded to run off and chase each other in a fit of giggles, leaving us moms to make our own hilarity.

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It was a beautiful tea party, thanks to everyone involved and such a blast to be part of. I can highly recommend any of the vendors. See below for a full list and enjoy the photos!

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Disneyland with a Toddler

Remember back when I went to Disney World when Evelyn was a baby and I said, “Taking babies to Disney World sucks, don’t do it”? Well…Oops, I did it again. And boy did I learn a lot.

This time we went to Disneyland instead of Disney World, so smaller area to cover, less overwhelming right? Wrong. The toddler was a lot more work than the baby on this vacation.

Evelyn is almost 3 and Remington is 9 months. Why was she harder? She doesn’t take naps in the stroller. She wants to run around. She can voice her opinions. Rem will just sleep. Which is awesome.

We bought a three day ticket, non park hopper. My plan of attack was to get to Disneyland when it opens to beat the bulk of the crowd and it worked really well. The first day we were there from about 8:30am to 8pm. Both kids were SO ready for bed by the time we made it back to our hotel. However, in trying to replicate the “get there early” plan for day 2, there was a lot of crying and whining and general tantrums. We had to actually wake Evelyn up to go to the park and she was really enjoying her sleep. We left the park early on day 2, around 4 pm and figured day 3 would be even shorter and more low key. I think we spent a grand total of 3 hours in the park on day 3. Totally worth the hundreds of dollars we spent on the tickets. And I didn’t even get a corn dog. But I digress.

In retrospect, these are my tips for planning a Disney trip with a toddler:

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Plan Ahead!

I genuinely enjoy planning Disney trips. I like to pick out the restaurants I want to go to and figure out where we’ll need fastpasses and decide what part of the park we’ll start at and where we’ll end up. This is really helpful to make the most of your time there. It will keep you from going back and forth all over the park all day. A little research on the best restaurants in each area of the park will help you decide where to eat whenever hunger hits you.

If there are characters your kids want to meet, it’s definitely easiest when you are one of the first in line and you don’t have to wait forever. Look up the schedules online and plan around that.

Buy Souvenirs Beforehand

A couple of weeks before our trip, I hit up Target, Walmart and even Dollar Tree, to stock up on souvenirs for the trip. It worked out so perfectly! They were great bribery (Don’t cry, have a toy) I wasn’t sad when they got lost (That Elsa keychain only cost a dollar, so no big deal that you dropped it within seconds of me handing it to you.) And when she did decide to wander through one of the shops and found a stuffed Elsa she just had to have, I coerced her back to the stroller and handed her one from the backpack that I picked up at the Disney Store on sale before the trip.

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We also brought her princess dresses along with us and she had the option of changing outfits whenever she wanted throughout the day. Especially since we could put everything in the stroller and didn’t actually have to carry anything.

Get there Early/Leave Early

One of the best things we did was get to the park around opening. Most people on vacation want to sleep in (believe me, we did too) but by getting there early, we got to grab fast passes for the faster roller coasters for later in the day and hit a bunch of the little kid rides while they still had short lines.

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We were like 5th in line to see Elsa, 2nd in line to meet Aurora, and 2nd in line to meet Minnie Those line went much more smoothly than the 45 minutes we waited to see Snow White, Cinderella, and Ariel, or even Mickey (even though the Mickey line is pretty fun).

The only thing we should have done differently is not stayed so late. If we had shorter days, I’m sure the subsequent days wouldn’t have been so bad.

Use Rider Swap

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Oh my goodness, rider swap. Such a magical way to work the system without actually working the system. The idea of rider swap is that for any ride with a height requirement, one parent can wait in line, get a rider swap pass which they can give to the other parent which allows them (and up to 2 guests) to go to the fast pass line.

Now for the best way to use it to your advantage: It’s really best if you have a third adult with you who can help watch the kids, and therefore 3 tickets to use to get fast passes. You really only need one fast pass for each ride since your rider swap pass can get three people into the fast pass line. SO get one fast pass ticket and that person rides alone and gets a rider swap pass. Then, they give the pass to the other two people who head straight through the fast pass line. You can have three fast passes  for three different rides at the same time. Get it? It’s so great! We hardly had to wait it any lines.

It works really well in California adventure where some of the adult rides and kid rides are intertwined. So whoever is watching kids can take them on some rides or to see a character while the other people are on an adult ride. And the best part of rider swap, no expiration time.

Have a Rest Day

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Evelyn was so tired on day two, I really wish we had just spent that day hanging around the hotel, watching TV and playing in the pool and then gone back to the park on the third day. It would have given us all time to rest and recoup from walking around the park all day and Evelyn would have gotten some much needed sleep.

Keep the trip short

For a toddler, something like Disneyland is SO overwhelming! It’s like too much to handle all at once. Three days was just too many in the park. Two days would have given us plenty of time to do everything. And a rest day in between would have insured minimal tantrums from sleep deprivation.

Take advantage of Play Grounds

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When you have a toddler stuck in a stroller most of the day, the second you let them out, they are ready to RUN. I think Evelyn’s favorite part of the trip was the adventure trail in California Adventure. It was just a big playground with slides and tunnels and she didn’t have to wait in line for anything. Plus we could let Remi crawl around and get some energy out too.

 

Sidenote: It would also help if you go during a non-peak time. We didn’t really have a choice in our instance, but if you can manage it, it would make for much less lining waiting and much happier kids.

 

Going to Disney any time soon?? What are you doing to plan? What are you excited for?

Been with toddlers? What’s your advice??

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{That one time} Baby Jaguar got Lost

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If you have a toddler, there’s a fairly good chance that you’ve seen Go Diego Go. If you have, you probably know who Baby Jaguar is. Despite the fact that Evelyn loves Winnie the Pooh and Frozen and Sleeping Beauty, she has a stuffed toy that she has deemed Baby Jaguar and he is her absolute favorite toy in the whole world.

He comes everywhere with us. I can’t help but wonder if he’s a bit like Woody from Toy Story though, because he keeps getting lost. So now, I would like to present to you:

That one time Baby Jaguar got Lost

–written from Baby Jaguar’s perspective—

It’s quite apparent that all the other toys are jealous of me. I get to play with everyone. Evelyn likes to keep stories together so generally Olaf and Sven and Ana and Elsa play at the same time or Pooh and Tigger and Eeyore and Piglet. Except for me that is. I play with everyone. Evelyn takes me everywhere. I’ve gotten to see way more of the outside world than any of the other toys have but that hasn’t always been a great thing. Like a couple of weeks ago…

Evelyn dragged me out the front door and the warmth of the sun felt wonderful on my synthetic fur. She settled into one side of the big red stroller, next to the slobbery one, but soon decided that she didn’t want to hold me anymore. It’s okay. I know it can be tiring to hold a toy all the time. So I got comfy in the bottom of the stroller. But we were going faster than we had ever before. I tried to relax but as soon as a got comfortable there was a bump and I hit my head. I slid from side to side and got tangled in coats and blankets. I felt my stuffing rolling around in my head.

After a while, I tried to peek out of the basket and see what was going on. I climbed out of a tangle of blankets and all I could see was grass and cars speeding by. As I attempted to get my bearings we hit a big bump and then, all the moving stopped. I went into default mode and stayed as still as possible, just in case there were any people around. But when I finally got up to look, I was all alone. Evelyn and the big red stroller and even the slobbery one were nowhere to be found.

The sidewalk was rough under my feet and a couple of times I snagged them attempting to catch up and find Evelyn. Finally I gave up and laid down and waited. And waited. And waited. People and cars passed me but no one ever stopped. I eventually closed my eyes and tried feel the sun’s warm blanket instead of the cold sadness in my lonely heart.

But then, someone picked me up.

It was Evelyn’s daddy. He grabbed me and swiftly jogged to his truck. He tossed me into the passenger’s seat and away we zoomed. Before I knew it, we were in some store and Evelyn’s daddy placed me right into her arms. She hugged me so tight, I felt my stuffing starting to squeeze out of my ears. She held me safely under her arm and we ran everywhere! Sometimes she set me down so she could try on hat or a climb a ladder but I didn’t mind. We were reunited at last!

We went into an aisle filled with bags of all different shapes and sizes. Evelyn tried out a lot of the bags. There were even some with wheels on them! Those were Evelyn’s favorites. She even gave me a ride in one of them. She laid me inside and zipped it up tight. I couldn’t see anything but I could tell we were going fast. It was so fun! Sometimes we stopped but we always started going again, faster than before. Until we didn’t. I heard Evelyn crying and then I heard nothing at all. We didn’t move for a very long time.

After a while, I unzipped a tiny spot in the bag and peeked out. All I could see were legs and shoes walking around. I didn’t dare attempt an escape, in case I was spotted. I stayed inside that dark bag for so long. Just praying that Evelyn would save me. It seemed like forever before someone unzipped the bag. And there was Evelyn’s daddy again!

“I found him!” He exclaimed.

I looked around but I couldn’t find Evelyn anywhere. Then I noticed that Evelyn’s daddy was talking into one of those glowing squares that Evelyn stares at sometimes. It has moving pictures but I’ve never really understood the appeal.

Just like before, Evelyn’s daddy threw me into his truck, but this time we didn’t go find Evelyn. I stayed in the truck for a long time. It was so sad and lonely. I didn’t think I’d ever see Evelyn ever again. It must have been days before I saw Evelyn’s daddy get back in the truck (well..maybe one day). We drove again for a little while and before I knew it, he was giving me back to Evelyn.

“Baby Jaguar!! I saved you!” She said.

She gave me another big hug. I think she was so happy, she’ll never lose me again. Right?

An Early Easter

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^^Notice the super cool pink hair

I knew we would be out of town for Easter and since I didn’t want to fill our suitcases with easter eggs, we celebrated Easter a week early. I was on such a “buy all the Disney souvenirs” kick that I already had a bunch of gifts to choose from to give Evelyn.

One of the best parts about having kids is reliving my childhood and buying toys that I’d like for myself. I’m not really sure why I fell in love with tsum tsums, but I did and I can’t seem to stop buying them. The good news is, they are the perfect size and shape to fit in extra large easter eggs!

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It was kind of fun to have some little eggs filled with candy and some special surprise eggs with tsum tsums inside. I loved watching Evelyn find them. Naturally she wanted to open each one after she found it, but we were somehow able to convince her to wait until she found all of them.

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I think Chris and I had more fun hiding eggs and watching Evelyn find them than she actually had finding them. All in all it was fun day and I think Evelyn is definitely a fan of Easter now.

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She insisted on hunting for eggs with her butterfly net instead of her easter basket.

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L-R Roo, Lumpy (heffalump from Pooh), Anna, Pooh, Elsa, Tigger, Christopher Robin, Christof, Sven, Piglet.

 

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Remi was happy to chew on eggs.

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^^Since it wasn’t actually Easter, I didn’t put the kids in their Easter outfits, and instead put Evelyn in this cute hand-me-down from her Aunt Lindsey. Lindsey actually happened to wear this dress to our wedding, so naturally I had her remake the photo for a cute throwback.

Celebrating Evelyn’s Birthday

So you guys might not remember this..but I just had a baby. Shocker I know. But I haven’t really felt like I had the energy to make a big birthday celebration happen for Evelyn this year, not like last year for sure.

So this year was just kind of chill and as a 2 year old, Evelyn still loved it. It was a two part birthday.

Part one was the Museum of Natural Curiosity on Tuesday. Evelyn was insistent on inviting her friend Zaydree (or dree dree as Evelyn says). They both had a blast! Evelyn was a little overwhelmed by all the people at first but when she warmed up to it she had so much fun!

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Her actual birthday was pretty chaotic. I had all these grand plans of how I would make the day special for Evelyn but then Remi decided to be the snottiest, whiniest baby ever and wouldn’t let me put him down. It was causing me an excessive amount of stress and disappointment and Evelyn didn’t know what having a birthday meant and was happy to sit and play while I glared at my crying baby (Don’t worry, we’ve since made up).

My knight in shining armor (Chris..duh) came and took Remi to work with him for the rest of the day and gave me a chance to give Evelyn some one on one time. We had a ton of fun at the splash pad, then picked up her cake and her dad and brother and headed back home for a little family celebrating.

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She loved each one of her presents and wanted to play with them as she opened them. I think next year one present will suffice. But her favorite thing was those silly little characters on top of the cake. She takes them everywhere! But she also loves her bike from Grammy and PeePaw too. She just needs to grow a couple inches so she can ride it.

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^^Everyone had to wear a party hat. Even Pooh!

All in all the day turned out well in the end. And I don’t have to plan another party until Remi’s 1st next June. Whew.

Evelyn is 2 years old!

I’ve noticed that time only goes fast  when you look back and realize how much has passed. I could have one day that lasts FOR-EV-ER and then look back and see how fast my kids have grown and realize that time has just flown by. How does that even make sense?

My little princess is two years old today! Two!!

It’s funny because I’ve been kind of thinking of her as two years old for 3 or 4 months now. The things she does already just seem so 2ish. In case you are wondering, she is an absolute genius. Although, admittedly, I may be a bit biased.

Sass:

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^^All ready for church!

This girl has a little attitude. But can you be surprised? Look at her mother. If she asks for something, say some chocolate (which btw is the cutest word to hear her say), and I say no she replies, rather loudly, “Want chocolate RIGHT NOW!”

“Right now” is one of her favorite phrases.

When she doesn’t want to do something or go somewhere, she just lays face down on the floor, hands by her side and grunts when you address her.

She already has a hang of the terrible two tantrums. I’ve been known to clap loudly when I want her to stop doing something. So when she wants something and I’ve said no or taken it away from her she’ll clap her hands and yell, “NO. MINE!” Yep she’s two alright.

TV:

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^^Oh look..it’s Dora on TV

Evelyn might watch a tad too much television but you know what? She has learned a lot of imagination skills from those shows.

The other day she put on this little light up ring and shouted, “SUPER EVIE!” Sometimes she puts her bibs on Pooh backwards and yells, “SUPER POOH!!”

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When we buckle up in the car she says, “seatbelts, so we can be safe.” Courtesy of Dora.

She also wants to go to a “Big big WATERFALL.” (I wish I could type the intonation..it’s hilarious.) and take a “Big boat.”–Dora again.

She sings the theme songs to Dora, the Backyardigans and Winnie the Pooh. We also watch the Piglet movie on a regular basis. Too much. So much.

Play:

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Like I mentioned, she loves to act out her tv shows. There’s this one cabinet in the kitchen and she always leans her head in and yells, “Bye Pooh. Bye Piglet. Bye Christopher Robin.” And so on until she’s been through all the characters. No idea what game she’s playing but I wonder what she sees in her little imagination filled head.

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^^the world is a playground. Literally

She frequently calls her Winnie the Pooh, “silly old bear.”

She loves to put her Backyardigan toys in her cardboard rocket ship and fly them around the house.

She also really enjoys putting all her toys to bed. She uses little wash cloths as blankets and tucks them in all over the house.

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I think her favorite toy is still her doll house. All her toys take turns playing in it. I overheard her the other day saying, “I have to ask you a question. How about…” And just repeated it over and over.

She also really loves putting Easter egg shell halves on her toy’s heads as party hats which is why I think she was so insistent on party hats for her birthday.

Being a big sister:

Evelyn pretty much wants nothing to do with her little brother. She acknowledges his existence now so that’s progress and she sometimes says, “Remi so cute!”

Whenever Chris or I are holding him she demands to be held. Often suggesting that we put Remi in his swing or bed or just put him down. Even if she is completely content doing something else, she wants to be held if Remi is being held and by the parent who is holding him.

His crying really stresses her out. So when he cries and I’m trying to console him, she wants to be held and when I can’t hold her she starts crying. And then the house is very loud. And then I start crying too because babies are hard.

Bath time:

Like a week ago Evelyn decided that baths are torture. She won’t even sit down. She screams so loud and straightens her whole body. It’s hard on both of us. I’ve started just giving her showers instead. She still screams but they go faster.

Food:

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Evelyn hardly eats. So when she says she wants something I give it to her before she has a chance to change her mind.

Some of her favorites are Mac and cheese, peanut butter toast or sandwich, pancakes, cheese on any form, peaches, bananas, graham crackers and yogurt raisins.

Sleep:

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^^Remi likes to sleep in our bed too I guess

Evelyn still takes one nap in the afternoon for about 2 ish hours. She usually sleeps through the night but just recently has started getting up a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s bad dreams or what.

In the morning she comes into our room and says, “Hi momma! Want breakfast.” And sometimes when she’s confused she says, “want lunch” but frequently she just climbs in bed with us and watches YouTube until Chris and I feel like waking up.

She’s still sleeping with her dummy (pacifier) but she doesn’t get it when she’s awake. And she can’t go to bed without her ‘bee’ (blanket).

Talking:

Evelyn repeats EVERYTHING! And remembers EVERYTHING! Simple phrases that I say like, “that’s fine” or “sure” she copies all over the place and it cracks me up that she remembers it.

Sometimes when she asks me if she can do something and I ignore her she just answers for me, “that’s fine” and then goes ahead and does it. And I love it when uses ‘just.’ What are you doing Evelyn? “Just playing.” Let’s put your blanket away. “Blanket just come too.”

She likes to put H in front of her A words..H-again, or H-a boat, H-a toy, etc. And she mixes up you and me. She’ll say “help me” if she wants to help you do something or “Hold you” if she wants you to pick her up. It makes sense when you think about it. When she says that I’ll say, “You want to help me?” or “You want me to hold you?”

Chris taught her to say, “Best Mama Ever!” and she does it randomly without prompting and it makes me feel like a million bucks! She also says “I love you” and “I missed you so much” without being prompted. It’s weird to think that she has her own thoughts and ideas. AH! She was an infant like yesterday!

She’s got such nice manners and always says, “thanks, please, bless you and sorry”. Okay, maybe not always but frequently. She’ll close cabinets or drawers for me and she says, “thanks for closing.”

The funniest thing she does, and I have no idea where she got it cause she’s never seen this movie, is “Dun dun DUN!!” Just like this:

Little smarty pants:

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The highest I’ve heard Evelyn count is to 15 unprompted.  She can recognize numbers 1-9.

She knows all her colors names and usually remembers which color is which. Yellow and orange get mixed up sometimes.

She knows some letters and sort of sings her ABCs and can recognize a few letters. This little girl LOVES being read to. She likes me to re-read the same page over and over and then tries to remember it and recite it herself.

She also knows all her shapes and loves to do her shape ball.

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I wish I could make time slow down. My little girl is growing and learning so fast I can hardly keep up with all the new things she does before she learns something new.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for lots of Evelyn videos and your daily fix of miss #evelyndeon. Just search @bossyjocie_

Today


Today, I dragged my 10 month pregnant self out into the sunshine with my 22 month old daughter and pushed her in the swing. I ignored the pains in my back and hips as I pulled myself off the picnic blanket to help her onto the trampoline and again 5 minutes later to help her down. I let the sun warm my already overheated body as I gulped down ice water and cheered for my daughter who went down the slide head first. I maneuvered my oversized self back inside to quickly retrieve ‘snuggle bear’ and again when she needed juice.

Today I awkwardly leaned my pregnant belly over the side of the bathtub and retrieved toys that had floated too far away while Evelyn played. I encouraged her to “Swim. Swim. Swim.” And didn’t protest when she wanted to splash. I did,however, discourage her from drinking the bath water.

Today I helped my almost two year old decorate her ‘rocket ship’ with Hello Kitty stickers. I sat on the floor in her bedroom, periodically changing positions to keep from getting too sore and pried her chosen sticker from the sheet. I held her hand as she climbed in and out and back in again. I spent 5 minutes trying to stand up when she wanted to go into the living room while she ran back and forth waiting for me to follow.

Today, I cradled my toddler in the rocking chair while she clutched her “bee” and her juice after she requested, “Rock you?”  I watched her eyes droop and pop back open, fighting off sleep. I snuggled my little angel on my chest, her body bent around my large pregnant belly and replied, “Hi baby,” to her sleepy, “Hi Mom.” I relished in every second that she let me hold her, remembering when I used to nurse her to sleep in this very chair. Before she let sleep overcome her, I laid her in her big girl bed and sang to her while I watched her eyes finally close and her body relax.

Today I am still pregnant at 40 weeks and 4 days, but I don’t mind. Because today I let my daughter be an only child for one more day. And today that’s exactly what we both needed.