yesterday when i picked up zelda from school i told her i had been cleaning her room and that we needed more baskets for her stuff and that we were headed to the store. from there, zelda took charge. once at the store she picked out the bins, pink and purple sparkly ones, and she picked out smaller containers to hold her treasures. as we cruised the isles of the craft store she pointed out activities she would like to try and we got a few of those too.once home, zelda remained in charge. she decided what should go in her room and where. for example, she decided she needed a table to play on. i thought she liked the floor, but apparently a table was needed. good thing we had a spare one hanging around. i like to rearrange zelda’s room and her toys every couple of months to reacquaint her with toys that may have been shelved or forgotten. once put in a more visible spot, zelda went straight for her dress up trunk (and so did darby).when that was done with her room she decided it was time to make this and that. she really loved using the long handled stamps i had picked up a while ago. she also wanted to write letters on the cards she had specially picked out. uncle austin and aunt bradie and holland and piper watch your mail boxes!yesterday was a good lesson in parenting a busy toddler. just following her lead resulted in smooth sailing most of the afternoon and in the end zelda really entertained herself as long as mama was paying attention or nearby. i think i’ll be capitalizing on this lesson while its still fresh and making sure there are activity stations at her disposal and in reach to let her explore different things as they seem interesting to her. she seemed to take to activities that she could choose and didn’t have to be offered. message received, little z. we’ll make it happen!
don’t let these pictures fool you. this cutie pie can be as my grandmother used to say hell on wheels. that seems to be the case this week. last night it kind of reached a fever pitch, so i pulled out an activity i’d been saving for such an occasion. we let zelda loose in the tub with her washable markers. she was free to write on anything in the tub, including herself. afterwards she had to clean everything up while in the bath. it was a good way to regain 20 minutes of sanity and distract the little miss while we made dinner. it’s rainy today so this activity may make a repeat appearance this afternoon, possibly with washable paints to increase the mess and fun!
although we’re doing a 52 week project, there are some weeks where zelda really hams it up for the camera or we catch her at her essence or at a moment that is truly representative of her right now. for when that happens, i thought i’d start a little photo series posting the past weeks snapshots of her.
i thought i’d share a little about the time from when zelda wakes up until i leave her at daycare. zach’s been able to sneak out early most mornings leaving just the two of us. it’s becoming a special time for us. i think we’ve established a fun, but steady routine. today zelda did not wake up until i opened her door and turned on her light. she curled further into her blankets and said “no, mama, i’m sleepy.” i left her door open but the light off and she then sauntered out about 5 minutes later. almost first thing she was wanting a shower. today she showered solo while i supervised. good thing we picked a hairstyle for the week that can withstand the water as we forgot the shower cap. after a shower its time to use the potty and get dressed. today was all about matching. she matched her kitty shirt to her underwear and socks and then her purple kitty socks to her purple shoes. once dressed she was ready for breakfast. we’ve been on a frozen blueberry waffle kick. zelda likes them because she can pack the cut up pieces to go and eat the last bites at daycare. today she also wanted some banana, which she cut up herself.
once breakfast is done, it’s time for coats and heading out to the car. as i was buckling zelda into her seat today she said “happy, daddy is happy.” cutest thing. i like that she generally leaves the house in a good mood and ready to go to school. as we pull into daycare we say “good morning school” and then head into the classroom. there zelda takes a seat with her to go waffle, which today was only three pieces since she otherwise finished it on the ride over, and i check her cubby for odds and ends. then its hugs and noses kisses and zelda is off to play with her classmates until i come and get her after lunch.
zelda is very resistant to going to bed right now. she’ll rest (ie – play) in her room after daycare, but doesn’t usually sleep. the lack of naps catches up with her until she’s falling asleep on the car ride home from daycare after a couple of no nap days. we’re now encountering the same difficulties at bedtime. last night was a screamer and lasted well after 10pm. today her daycare teacher commented that zelda must be tired because she was easily frustrated and would cry. that’s not like zelda at all.so tonight we start a stricter bedtime routine, perhaps even using a timer. here’s the rundown:
7:30 it’s bath time for 15 minutes
7:45 its pjs and a special bedtime snack of 3 crackers with peanut butter or cheese and some milk
7:55 its brushing teeth
8:00 sharp we’re in her bed reading stories
8:30 it’s one final kiss and good night then lights outof course after the lights are out, there’s nothing to stop zelda from opening her door and standing at the baby gate that keeps her in and yelling or shaking the gate. that will be the test for mama and papa, not to go to her, not to respond. it will be a lot like when she had to cry it out in her crib, which after about 3 days she was in a good routine. let’s hope this goes as smoothly.