Ava does not want to grow up. She’d probably be unhappy to know that she’s 2.5 years old. The other day she was on her swing and I told her she was so big that she was growing out of the swing. Ava said, “No! I tiny!” Since then she’s gotten very upset if you call her a big girl or in any way imply that she’s anything but tiny.
- Ava is totally fearless. We went to a playground at the zoo last weekend and Ava went on all the slides and climbed up this huge rock structure. I had to climb the rocks myself because I was scared she was going to dive off.
- Ava is regressing when it comes to potty training. She refuses to use the potty in the morning, and she will hide from me when she’s pooping because she knows I’ll push for her to use her potty. I don’t understand it, but Ava is a willful girl and pushing the issue would probably make things worse.
- Ava’s taken her play to the next level – she wants you to play with her now. Ava really enjoys acting out scenarios with her stuffed animals. Since everything is always about a mommy and a baby, her play is about a mommy rescuing a baby.
Foods and Liquids
- Food is the same. When I’m making a dessert, Ava will come running asking to try some.
- Four days a week we’ve been driving Ava in the car at night to get her to fall asleep. It helps her fall asleep earlier and it’s nice for variety.
- But the best change has been daylight savings. Ava has been falling asleep by 9pm, which is waaay better than 10pm. It means she gets up at 7am instead of 8am, which is hard for me, but it’s also great because I can get stuff done before the nanny comes.
- I love all the little stories that come from having a verbal child. Ava is such a delight.
- We had a repairman at the house to fix our washer and Ava was so curious about him. She kept trying to tell him about her little ducky. I was talking to the repairman so Ava came up with a feather and asked me to clean the ducky. When I said she could do it herself, she said “No, mommy, you do it better.”
- Ava has been telling these long stories that are somewhat hard to track but they’re pretty involved. Sometimes they’re about how Teddy made her fall and she got a big bump (which happened last month, and other than a small cut on her lip was not a big deal), and Ava ends the story “The end!”
- Ava really enjoys injecting drama into her retelling. When I ask her what she did with her nanny during the day or even what she did the hour with Jon while I was exercising Ava will tell me what happened, but she likes to add “And I got hurt!” so I will be concerned and give her kisses.
- When Ava would sit on the potty, she developed a habit of saying “Oh doh, oh no, oh yes” where I was supposed to repeat each part. The way she said it reminded me of the lyrics from “The Man Who Sold the World,” where Kurt Cobain (or David Bowie if you’re old school) would sing “Oh no, not me…” So when Ava would start with “Oh doh” I would sing “Oh no, not me, we never lost control, you’re face to face with the man who sold the world.” Now Ava will sing that whole clip when she’s on the potty.
- Ava’s play has been increasingly more complicated. She plays long games with her animals, which must always be paired with at least a mommy and a baby, and preferably also with a daddy. She creates voices for the animals. There’s often a complicated cover routine. At night Ava likes to sit in my lap on a chair while Jon covers us in blankets and animals. Ava especially loves it when Jon throws the animals on us.
- When Ava is in the sun she says very dramatically, “The sun is burning my eyes!” Jon hates sunlight too, so we’re very sympathetic.
- Ava likes to take a pen and make little dots and dashes on paper while yelling, “It’s raining!”
- The other day Ava declared that her dinosaur was sick and needed to go to the doctor. She pulled out one of her magnet sticks and pretended it was a syringe that she used to give the dinosaur a shot.