night of Wednesday, January 10th, it snowed and snowed and
snowed. Mommy’s car got stuck at the bottom of a big hill, and she had
to walk home in the cold and dark. Cameron stayed home from school
Thursday and Friday, and every day I put on my snow pants, coat, scarf,
mittens, hat, and boots and played in the snow.
snow lasted for seven days, so finally Mommy
and I bought a sled at Bartell Drugs, and Papa took me sliding down the
hill in front of our driveway. I liked to pull the sled around [left] just
as much as I liked riding in it.
birthday was a lot of fun this year—especially since I got to celebrate
it more than once!
29th was a Monday. I went to Miss Stephanie’s daycare, and
Ava, Teddy and I had our first class at Eastside Gymnastics. It was really
fun. After Papa picked me up, we went for our usual walk in the
“woods,” then played for a while at home. He put me down for a nap,
but I didn’t want to sleep. So when I got up I opened presents. Mommy
and Papa gave me a pink
electronic keyboard, the LeapFrog Word Whammer to make talking words, a
Little People airplane, a wind-up flashlight, and a purple fairy costume—with
wings [left]! Cameron gave me a Cranium Cariboo game. It’s really fun
we had spaghetti—my favorite dinner. For dessert, Mommy put candles on a
beautiful chocolate cake [right]. I liked blowing them out. Mommy, Papa,
and Cameron sang both “Happy Birthday” and “Lang Zal Zij Leven.” I had lots of new toys to play with the rest of the evening.
big birthday party was on Sunday, February 4th. Mommy, Cameron,
Miss Trudy, and Papa put up lots of primary-colored crêpe paper,
balloons, and Elmo decorations. My friends Ava, Merel, and Joseph came.
Grandma Joanie came, too.
Because it was noon, first we sat down for some
lunch. On our Elmo plates we had miniature quiches, grapes and mandarin
oranges in ice cream cone cups, and Jello™ jigglers, and we drank
we played “stick the nose on the Elmo” [right]. Cameron put on a blindfold,
kneeled down, and demonstrated. Then the rest of us tried, except for
Merel, who didn’t want to cover her eyes. Even Papa got on his knees
blindfolded; that was silly! Mommy gave us all Sesame Street rings for
prizes, even though none of us put the sticker anywhere near Elmo’s
that, we gathered around the table and Mommy brought out my birthday cake
Elmo was sitting on top. After I blew out the candles, Papa cut me a
gigantic piece. The cake was good, but I liked the ice cream better.
had to leave early, but Ava [left] and Merel opened cards and packages with
Merel gave me a Jip and Janneke
storybook and a CD of Nijntje songs, and Ava gave me four placemats
with different pictures for the table. She had made me a card all by
herself, too. I gave them big hugs. Joseph gave me a Sesame Street book
that interacts with the DVD player. Grandma Joanie gave me two games to
play, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. We played with the toys for a
little bit, and then it was 2:00 and time for my friends to leave. I gave
them Elmo coloring books to take home and more hugs.
didn’t want the party to end, but I had lots of new things to play with,
and Mommy left up the crêpe paper and balloons for days afterward to
remind us of all the fun.
Valentines Day, February
I woke up on Valentine’s Day, there were presents for me on the table: a
small pink hedgehog; earrings, a necklace, and tiara with flashy red
hearts; and a heart-shaped box that I just knew contained chocolate. When
I opened it up, I was right! So before I’d even eaten my Cheerios, I started the
day with a chocolate. Yum!
gave me red paper hearts so I could decorate valentines for my friends
[right]. I gave them to Joseph, Ava, Teddy, and Merel.
night Mommy, Papa, and I went to dinner. We were supposed to go to Cucina!
Cucina!, but it was closed. So instead we ate at Ruby’s, a diner. I
didn’t mind the change. I had lots of French fries and ketchup, and for
dessert, we all shared a banana split. Valentine heaven!
That I’m Three, February
that I'm three, I call myself "a big girl" and "een
I visited Dr. Johnson at the end of January, he said I weighed 30 pounds
(45th percentile) and was 38 1/4 inches tall (75th percentile). I got a
booster shot and a flu shot, but the nice lady did it so quickly that I
hardly felt it.
I'm not a baby anymore (although sometimes I like to pretend to be one), I
say, "I want to do it myself," and there are lots of things I
can do on my own. I can zip my coat up if Mommy starts it, take my shoes
off and put them away in the laundry room, and take off my pants and shirt
all by myself. (I'm still learning about buttons, though.) I can do a
somersault by myself. And I can get things off the counter and from
drawers by pulling over a chair and climbing up. Mommy says she doesn't
like that skill—and
she seems to have moved the cutting knives. I can open doors by myself,
and I've discovered a new game: Hide in the coat closet and call out,
"Come and get me!"
and Papa have given me new responsibilities, like sitting up at the table
in a booster seat instead of the high chair. That means I can't be so
messy when I eat. But I'm pretty tidy: I like to push my sleeves up before every meal. They
also leave the gate open in the family room so I can go in and out of the
room as I please. Mostly, though, I like being where they are.
of my biggest new accomplishments is using the potty. I figured out how to
do it the night of my birthday party, and I'm very proud of myself.
Now they let me wear Pull-Ups during the day, and if I try hard (and they
give me lots and lots of reminders), I can keep them dry all day long.
Then I get lots of stars on my potty calendar. Unfortunately, I still
haven't figured out how to do poo-poo on the potty. Mommy and Papa seem
frustrated, but I am trying. When I get good enough at it, they
promise I can wear big-girl underpants.
and Papa put me in my bed for "quiet time" at 3:00 each day.
First I change into my special "nap pajamas"—comfy
clothes I like to wear just for naps. Sometimes I sleep, but usually I
play. I like to gather lots of books and toys into my bed and hide them
under the covers.
I love: I love putting on my red rubber ladybug boots and splashing in puddles. I
love to dress up in costumes, like my Halloween kitty-cat costume at home
or the "Tigger Tiger" costume at
daycare. I love stamps, and after my Kindermusik and Discovery Dance
classes, I have the teachers put stamps on the backs of my hands, both my
feet, and my tummy. I love reading books, and Mommy or Papa or both
read me stories every day before my "quiet time" and before
of my favorite things to say is, "Yes, sir." A couple
others are, "Ik wil niet" [I don't want to] and "No...NEVER." Mommy says I'm going to be an actress when I
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