School’s in Session: Toddler version

Anna – Almost-20-months:
This little girl is incredibly smart.  Her pediatrician recently told me that she is WAY advanced of her peers.  She’s a blast!  Her vocabulary impresses me every day and her problem-solving skills cause me problems.  In fact, she learned to climb out of her crib this week. The camera we have set up only records short segments of  time and it missed the actual dismount, but captured one of her earlier attempts.

This semester has been incredibly smooth thanks to Anna being a good napper.  We wake her at 7:30 and by 9:15-9:30 she’s back down for her first nap.  She usually plays in her crib for about 40 minutes before falling asleep and then sleeps about an hour and a half.  This puts us right at lunch time, the perfect time for her to get up, hang out with brothers, eat some lunch, and play downstairs while no one is busy doing school work.

After playing for a while she goes back down and sleeps for about 3 hours.  The past seven weeks really have been awesome thanks to her working into the schedule so well. I know that’s a blessing and I don’t take it for granted.  Especially now that we see her schedule slightly changing (what with her being able to get out of her crib, and all).

I haven’t talked about this much but I do foresee a time when Anna will go to preschool for a few days a week.  Once she drops that morning nap for good we may need to let her go play with her friends for a few hours a few days a week. All of my boys have enjoyed this fun time and I can tell you now that Anna will love it. In fact, this week we pulled up to the PX (a big white building which, to a toddler, looks enough like our chapel) and she started kicking and saying excitedly, “My class!  My Class!” She thought we were at church and about to take her to her class! Her little legs were so kicking so hard and she was so excited! It about broke my heart to tell her that we weren’t going to class, but shopping for an iron since ours died last week. Not nearly as fun as seeing her teachers and friends.

Anna has been a HOOT lately. Some of the videos and pictures below have nothing to do with school being in session but they’re cute so they’re going to be posted.





The backyard is infested with fire ants.  They love Anna and the feeling is not mutual.






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"Yes, they're all mine." The answer to the question I hear most often.
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