It's been a tough week and a half.
Natalie has decided that she's too cool for naps. Which would be fine, if she were just naturally outgrowing the need for naps. But, no. She still needs a nap in a terrible way. By the time Micah comes home (around 5 these days), she is in total meltdown mode over everything. E.g.:
Me: Natalie, please don't put your fork between your toes.
Natalie: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! *convulses, cries, hyperventilates and nearly falls out of highchair*
I've been doing everything I can think of- making sure she gets plenty of active play opportunities to wear her out, giving her a filling (and not too sugary) lunch beforehand to make sure she's not hungry, never skimping on the routine of reading books and singing. But she just won't settle down. A couple of times, after trying for hours to get her to go to sleep, I've just locked her in her room to let her cry. For a while she cries, but then she just whines and empties the contents of her dresser all over the room. Last time, she kept knocking on the door and calling, "Do you want to build a snowman?" Then she pooped in her naptime diaper and took it off... smearing it all over. Gross. So, no more of that.
Good thing she's so frickin' cute. No matter how much I can't stand her, I can't easily throw her out either.
Strawberries and Nutella
Wearing Dad's helmet and gloves while riding her cafr
Climbing daddy while he tries to exercise
Cute dress from LeAnn
Rocking out, playing her favorite song
This was hilarious. I was playing some meditative music and she was terrified of the image on the TV screen.
Playing "this little piggy" with the penguin. Her version just involves saying "that piggy market" with each toe.