Well it has now been two full weeks since Addison made the big girl switch. I am happy to report that life is almost back to normal! Pretty much as soon as Dave got back from Utah she stopped getting out of her bed and took good long naps. All it ever takes is her daddy! She isn't getting up super early anymore either which I am so grateful for! I will admit that all of this success didn't come without a price. I started a sticker chart for nap time. If she would nap in her bed for 4 days then she got a prize. She picked out princess dress up shoes and it worked like a dream!!! She didn't miss a day and when I open the door after her nap she shouts, "Hooray!" We have now moved on to a purple princess wand and the naps are going strong. I never realized how precious nap time was until it didn't happen for a week straight! A few days before the chart I tried using popsicles as motivation and it worked a few times. Mostly I ended up giving her one anyway because it was so hot and humid out.
One afternoon when I was laying on the couch I asked Addison to bring me a pillow. She ran over and got the pillow and then pulled back and said, "How do you ask?" I about died. That is what we always say to her to get her to say please. It made me laugh pretty hard and she does it all the time now. Another little quirk that she has developed is that she wants to close every single door all the time. This has resulted in a smashed finger, split toe nail and a whack in the head. It drives me nuts so we've settled on she can close her door as much as she wants during the day! Most mornings when I go in there she has Harley's little picture in bed with her. She loves that little guy! She started howling in the car today and I asked what she was doing and she said, "Talking to Harley!" Dang that Aunt Jenny for moving and taking her buddy with her! A few times this past week Addison has come down the stairs with her blanket and binky. She has been really good about leaving the binky in her bed so I asked her what she was doing. She mumbled, "I having a hard day." Most of the days that Addison fought naps and was a little stinker I would tell her that usually through tears or passed out on the couch. She picks up on the funniest things and I am realizing that she is starting to understand emotions...she must have gotten that skill from her dad:) Usually after nap time or in the afternoon Addison wants to ride her trike. She flinstone peddles as fast as her little legs will let her. She can't reach the peddles yet, but she still gets going pretty fast. She likes to ride clear over to the Quinn's and back on it. She leans really far forward and puts her elbows out. It makes Dave and I laugh every time we are behind her. She has learned to climb into her carseat and high chair all by herself recently which has saved my back, but tested my patience! She is getting better about not running all over the car in the process of getting in her seat. She always says, "I do it , ALL BY MYSELF!" She even learned to buckle herself in her high chair without any pinched fingers...yet. On Sundays Addison takes off her shoes every week in nursery. It it gross and nothing we say will change her little mind about it! We have thought about using duck tape to solve the problem! Eating around here has been a little bit of a struggle lately with almost every meal. We starting clapping and saying hooray if she would eat something. This has now become a consistent activity at meal time. Where did my good eater go??!? We love all these new changes and phases that Addison is going through. I love seeing her develop and the thing that I love most is that she still loves hugs!