Stella and Alana have quality time when Ava is at school.
The girls are enjoying their new bunk bed.
Their room got a fresh coat of paint, new rug, and curtains, but I'm still working on decorating the walls.
Stella's bunk is low, so we don't need a side rail. Mars (the T. Rex) and Dino are featured.
Ava likes that Stella isn't allowed to get in her bed and doesn't bother her as much when she's sleeping. Stella tried to crawl up once, but got stuck on the stairs and had to call for help, so she's staying out for now. The bunkbed is small, so I can easily reach Ava and grab her from the top if need be.
I'll post more picts when I'm finished with the walls. I had to remove their "Wake up and Be Awesome" decal, which I loved, so I'm redesigning.
She loves dinosaurs and has watched Land Before Time a million times. She sleeps with dozens of plastic dinos in her bed, and I have to go through and remove the sharp ones every night. She sleeps with a stuffy, cleverly named Dino, that Rinne gave her. And she brings a handful of dinos wherever she goes.
She still sleeps with a paci and the monkey blanket Great Aunt Peggy gave her. She likes to smell the tag part and refuses to cover-up with any other blanket. I think the tag part and the paci both smell good too.
She hits her sister daily and is not even a little bit phased by time-outs.
She has been peeing in a potty since she turned two. She went straight to the real potty and refused the baby potty and the potty seat. She has to completely remove her pants and scoot way back or she'll pee on everyone in the bathroom.
She's a secret night pooper, so we haven't had much luck going in the potty yet. She still sleeps in a zippered onesie on backwards; although, we haven't had any "art projects" in months.
She has been feeding herself since she was 6 months old and to this day refuses help with a utensil. You're only allowed to hold the spoon or fork if it's yours and you're giving her a bite of something.
She loves peanut butter especially on waffles. She also eats Fage Strawberry Greek Yogurt almost everyday. Other favorites include chicken nuggets, fish sticks, french fries, pizza, goldfish, and gummy bunnies. She won't eat much else.
As for treats, she likes popsicles, lollipops, and chocolate ice cream. She'll pick the chocolate pieces out of a chocolate chip cookie or a granola bar. She'll only eat the top of a cupcake. And she'll straight-up reject most donuts.
She refuses to eat fruits and vegetables. Bananas were in for a while, but now they're out.
She hates brushing her teeth.
She loves Porkchop but I have to watch them together because she likes to squeeze her a bit too tight. She says "I wov her! She's so cute!"
Her second favorite movie is Finding Nemo which she has watched 2 million times.
She's a runner but we've made progress with "Red light!".
When she says "You're my bef friend" it melts my heart, but she says it to everyone she likes a lot.
She likes swings, rollercoasters, and carousels A LOT.
She still calls Alana "Wanna".
She was super proud of herself when she discovered she could hold her breath and stick her whole face underwater at the pool.
She says "Find you!" when playing Hide and Seek.
She likes to cuddle in the morning but not at night. She'll kick you right in the face or say "Cuddle with Ava" when she's done. The morning is the best time for warm snuggles. If you turn on a show for her you can really get your fill.
She stays up late after Ava goes to sleep and secretly plays with Schleich animals and dinosaurs in her bed. I let her until it gets too late and bust her by telling her to go to sleep through the speaker on the baby monitor. We went a little crazy purchasing Schleich animals when Ava was Stella's age, but man was it worth it. Both girls have played with those animals more than anything else.
We're so lucky to have Stella in our lives. We love and appreciate how different the girls are from each other. It's amazing to see Stella's personality shift and grow -- we're loving every minute of it.
This was one of the last days in the Stokke crib. It's crazy to think I've had a baby in it for 5 years. The oval shape with castors served us well in our small NY apartment. I was super sad to see it go. No more babies for us. I sold to a new mom on the Brooklyn Baby Hui forum.
Picts to come of the new bunk bed!
But sometimes Stella does it really really well!
The first and second day of preschool was hard on both of us, BUT I think she's going to love it once she's comfortable with me leaving.
Stella started preschool today in the Orange Room (the 2s class) at Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg, where Ava went for 3 years. She's only going two half-days on Tuesdays and Fridays, but we had a "Phase-In" today with half her class to help her warm up to the new environment. She only went for a half half-day today, and I stayed with her the whole time.
After we dropped Ava off at school with Porkchop, we had some time to watch Dinosaur Train and relax a bit before school.
She was apprehensive but also excited to go. The school is very familiar to her, so that helped quite a bit.
She met her two teachers Yarixa and Robyn on Tuesday, when they came by for a quick home visit.
She did great for the first hour -- she played with Magnatiles, animals, and a puzzle. She interacted with other kids and with her teacher. She also helped clean up.
But then she got a little overwhelmed and decided to pout on the floor and hide in the corner during snack time. Once the other kids left the table, she was ready for her snack, but they had moved on to storytime which she wasn't interested in.
She clutched on to my leg for our short walk home.
Stella says the word "bug" in the cutest way imaginable. I just kept getting her to say it over and over again. So cuuute!
Stella is registered to start school at Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg (Ava's old school) this September in the 2's class "The Orange Room". She's only going two half-days with music on Tuesdays and Fridays, but she's definitely ready and is going to LOVE it.
We opened Stella's crib a few nights ago to help with poopmania. She's slept on the floor almost every night since.
It's 10:48 pm and she's still not asleep.
Stella and I had a fun time at the Queens Zoo on a quiet Monday. She rode her first roller coaster and loved it so much we rode it three times! We rode other carnival rides, saw some animals, ate a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, and shared a Mr. Softee chocolate ice cream cone.
Her favorite was the seals (sea lions) today. She's been sleeping with a mamma and baby toy seal figure lately--makes sense.
She loves playing rough with dad, roller coasters, fast rides, puddle jumping, Finding Nemo, running in the grass, lollipops, and popsicles.
Maybe if we crated her, she'd stop pooping in her crib.
Stelly's NY pizza game is strong. #cheesesidedown
The rat park sprinkler was on, so we suited up and had a rainbow snowcone. Ava played in the freezing cold sprinkler while Stella jumped in the muddy puddles like Peppa Pig.
First family bike ride through Central Park. We rented bikes, made a few circles, and enjoyed sandwiches and treats from Le Pain Quotidien in the grass.