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Nora – 38 Months


Nora never ceases to amaze me! She’s sweet and cuddling with me one minute, whining the next, and then throwing a tantrum five minutes later. I blame her age. Three year-olds are tough! Nora hates be woken in the morning… she’s especially moody if she doesn’t wake naturally… Daycare/school drop-offs are still a little tough but definitely getting better. She pretty much just whines now, her teacher, Coya, will pick her up, tickle her, Nora waves to me, and then is happy and playing five minutes later, per pictures I’ve been sent. Today she skipped to her room although was whining when I left. Yesterday she skipped to her room and happily sat down to paint once we arrived.

Potty training, well, it’s coming along. We alternate between pull-ups and underwear during the day, but still definitely do pull-ups at night, and she wakes very wet. For the most part she stays dry in underwear at school, but has lots of accidents at home. Maybe our routine is off here? She will gladly use the potty at school every two hours on their schedule, but at home she really, really fights me. Most of the time when I tell her to run in and go she refuses and cries. Thus at home it’s mostly pull-ups, as I tell her if she won’t sit on the potty, she can’t wear underwear. And let’s not even talk about poop. She refuses to poop at school and has gone in underwear more than I want to admit at home. Yuck. I’m trying not to push potty training, like if she cries to go at home I don’t make her. Or should I?

Nora is still a very picky eater. Mostly carbs go into her mouth, and I can’t blame her, carbs are yummy! She loves noodles with parmesan cheese, bacon, sometimes scrambled eggs, Special K Strawberry Breakfast Crisps, ‘fruit’ snacks, apples, and we still do chocolate Pediasure before bed, although finally out of a straw cup instead of a bottle! I hate it has a lot of sugar, but I swear it’s what is keeping her alive, and it does have some vitamins.

Nora is really good about staying in her toddler bed. I think she only got out of her bed once now since March when we converted her crib. I still use a baby monitor with her. The other night we had a big storm which scared her. I went in to comfort her as she was crying, I’m not sure if she would have stayed in bed that night or not. Our bedtime routine though is getting more and more painful for me, especially when I’m here alone with the girls. I read books with both girls, but separately. Nora likes me to crawl into her bed and cuddle for a bit, and then she wants to talk awhile with me in there too. Sometimes she will play the ‘I’m hungry’ or ‘I’m thirsty’ card. She’s getting more and more clever.

I often look at Nora and can’t really believe how big she is, although she’s still only 27 lbs 😉 She speaks extremely well, basically carries on complete conversations with us, well, to an extent. Our conversations usually involve her daytime activities at school, who she played with on the playground, her overnight dreams, what type of snack she wants, what show she would like on her iPad, you get the idea. But still, I’m amazed at some of the things she says and remembers. Her cute little voice gets me every time, even when she’s being a little stinker!

I’ll update about Mother’s Day soon, when I find the time! Eric is off this week so we’ve been trying to do some things around the house, and of course he insists we eat out for lunch each day, which takes a ton of time and really breaks up the day. He’s meeting with a personal trainer now and then I think we are going to a movie this afternoon before we pick up the girls. Our 6th wedding anniversary is tomorrow and I think my mom is watching the girls for us tomorrow night, hopefully a fancy dinner out!

Happy Friday!

5 thoughts on “Nora – 38 Months

  1. Potty training ugh!!! My kids are apparently perfect at school, never fuss or complain when asked/told to go to the bathroom but at home I could offer them anything and everything and it’s a 20 min tantrum to sit on the potty!!!!! It’s a nightmare but they have to be potty trained for preschool in 2 weeks. We only have them in diapers at night and they can stay like that forever as far as I’m concerned!

    1. I hear ya… I’m beginning to think babies are way way easier than toddlers!

  2. Be careful about her manipulating you with her tears. If you don’t make her use the potty at home just because she cries, she will cry more over the other things she doesn’t want to do. Don’t make it an option. Every 2 hours at home she uses the potty. Let her cry! She will get over it. Remember, don’t ask, TELL her what she has to do. Just like bedtime. You read a book, talk and cuddle for x minutes, then you get up and leave her. No thirsty, hungry BS. It makes life much easier if you set the rules and don’t let them cry their way out. It provides structure and routine for them and sanity for you.

  3. Re use of potty at home: Sometimes, some children do not like to go to another room by themselves. If you say ‘go run in and use potty’ they don’t want to. You might try ‘let’s go use the potty; who is first you or me?’ Yes, it is more of p.i.a., but if it works pants stay dry. Then you both go wash up together afterwards. If she wakes up wet she is not ready for sleeping without diaper, lots of absorbent diaper so less leakage. Some children are not ready to wake up dry until MUCH older. No point in a war you are not going to win. Good luck and good wishes!!!!

    1. Thank you!

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