September 1, 2011

Ella turns 3

Some things about my darling Ella Jane
  • She has a remarkable memory. She gets it from the Packer side, that's for sure. 
  • The imaginary friend thing is evolving. She now has Ah, Va, Da, Sa, Na and Eda-pho-Eda (who knows where she came up with that one). They are her "kids." She converses with them on a regular basis. And today she took it to a whole new level when she told me that she had to crawl on the table because Ah wanted the balloon. 
  • Potty training, oh the joy. Here's where we are at: She feels the urge to go. She tells me. We take off her panties and...put on a diaper. She relieves herself, we remove the diaper and put the panties back on. She can't figure out how to go sitting down. She can sit on the potty and hold it for HOURS. She's not stubborn, she honestly can't figure out how to control the muscles while sitting down. Yesterday I asked her to practice sitting in her diaper and going and she told me, "I can't. That's not how my diaper works." Preschool starts in 5 days. Don't think we'll make it.
  • She is very very thoughtful. She loves her friends and her sister. She remembers what everyone's favorite color is, and then tries to match their popsicle/balloon/cookie/toy/napkin to it
  • The only food she wanted for her birthday dinner was strawberry soup. She hadn't ever had it before, but that's what she she wanted.
  • The morning of her combined birthday party 2/2 guests called in sick. We managed to have a great time anyway. Lots of hand sanitizer was involved. 
  • She has nearly given up her nap. She needs it every third to fourth day. Shed a little tear. 
  • She is fun, smart and sweet. Love you, Ella Jane.


Meg said...

Happy birthday Ella! I loved reading about her...that whole matching colors thing just makes me smile, you do have a thoughtful little girl.

Good luck with potty training - it was a long, hard road for us, and over a similar problem - for the longest time Beck would absolutely not sit down to go to the bathroom, since he's a boy it worked out so he'd stand up most of the time but I can't tell you how often I heard "but Mom, I HAVE to stand up to poop!" Finally I started this whole systematic desensitization thing where I told him he could go in his diaper as long as he did it in the bathroom, then he had to be closer to the toilet, then sitting on the toilet - finally it sounded something like "just push and you can get a new dinosaur" - who knows what finally did the trick but I'm sure you'll find something that works for Ella, good luck!

packermom said...

Love this little girl so much. Happy Birthday, Ella!

Anonymous said...

I love your honesty. You would not be normal if you didn't feel the way you do. Unfortunately, there are many critical people in this world who are afraid to admit how they really feel! Your kids are sooooo cute!
Heidi S.

Anonymous said...

Oops! I posted my last comment on the wrong posting. Sorry. It was meant for your parenting confessions!
Heidi S.

Jamie Wride said...

So what did you end up doing for strawberry soup? Pictures are very cute. Looks like a fun time.

Jennifer said...