She is finally, finally getting the hang of potty training. It has been a long journey. This week had two significant breakthroughs. She successfully pooped on the potty at preschool. Then, at home, while eating dinner, she said, “I have to pee!” She got up and went to the bathroom by herself. Usually she refuses to use the potty if she’s in the middle of playing or eating. I was so glad to see her take care of things on her own.
She has an imaginary friend named Marty. I don’t know too much about Marty, but Miriam has been asking to use my phone so she can text her. Miriam also tells me, “Instead of ponytail holders, Marty wears planets in her hair!” (Miriam has a set of little plastic planets that she loves right now.)
When I start to use a firm tone of voice with her, she will say, “Mommy, you’re being rude to me.” She starts to lecture me right back and it’s all I can do to keep from laughing.
She still sucks her thumb (it’s terribly chapped right now, with this cold dry weather) and loves her little stuffed lamb Yames. She still likes to snuggle in the morning and right before bed.
She loves her new black Mary Jane shoes and calls them her dance shoes. She puts them on and does dance performances for us. Yesterday her friend came over to play. Before she got here, Miriam put on her little purple fairy costume (with wings) and asked me, “do you think Maya will think I’m cute?”
She has finally grown out of her 18-24 month clothes and most of her 2T clothes.
She can write her own name and loves to point out letters that she sees everywhere. She has some books memorized. I don’t think she is reading yet but I won’t be surprised if she is an early reader.
She loves to play cards. We play Go Fish and War and sometimes Rummy (though that one’s a bit complicated for her).
She’s really into potty humor. She substitutes “poop” and “pee” for words in her favorite songs, then cracks up laughing. While playing Go Fish she will say, “Mommy, do you have a….poop?” and think it’s the funniest thing.
I have succeeded in getting her to love the movie White Christmas. She asks me to sing her the songs at bedtime. She loves the song and dance numbers.
And…she has interrupted me twice while I’m typing this, first to ask for my help with a puzzle, and now to request that I help her find one of her missing planets. Earlier today she said to me, “Mercury is sad because he can’t find Pluto and Venus!” So, I better go help her.