Emma's been quite a pill lately. She had been really fighting her afternoon nap (she usually takes a morning nap and an afternoon one). She would lay in her crib and play for upwards of an hour before falling asleep. She was very happy to do that, but by the time she would fall asleep, it would be nearly time to wake her up or let her sleep and risk her not sleeping at night. A few days ago I decided to try and see if she was ready for 1 nap a day. Day 1 of the experiment she slept for about 1.5 hours. Not good. She usually gets a combined 3.5-4 hours during the day. Day 2 she slept for 2.5 hours, which was better. Day 3 she was back to barely 1.5 hours. On top of that, she's been a fuss bucket by dinner time. As if that weren't enough, as they say "good sleep begets good sleep." She went from sleeping a solid 11-12 hours a night, to waking up around 5:30 and rolling around and playing most of the morning. It just wasn't working. So today, we're back to 2 naps. I'm hoping she quits fighting that afternoon nap that she so desperately needs. Mommy needs the break!!
We had a really fun weekend. On Friday we had a playdate with my friend Mary and her little boy, Jack. Jack is almost 2.5 and is precious. Mary is about to pop Jack's baby brother out any minute now (fingers crossed!) and it was likely our last time to see them before they have a new addition. Emma loved playing with Jack. She gave him a run for his money! My girl has some attitude these days, and is quite a handful!
On Saturday we went to the Christmas party that my mom's job has every year. Emma got to play music (which she LOVED) run around, and visit.........the old man. We haven't talked much about him in our house because I wasn't sure what she'd think. Last year she was enamored. Every single picture I've seen of kids Emma's age lately have been "Santa Fail" pictures of screaming, terrified children. Well, Emma has her own to add to the pile! She was great while we were in line waiting. She walked around with her Mimi and watched other kids sit on Santa's lap. She seemed like she was going to be fine. Until I sat her on his lap. Every single bone in her poor little body stiffened up! She freaked out. After we got several pictures of said freak out, I took her and sat next to Santa. She was just as terrified. It made for some good pictures though! Enjoy!
That last picture is sort of freaking me out - is it just me, or do I look exactly like my mother???
On Sunday it snowed!! It looked like a blizzard outside, but NONE of the snow stuck to the ground. We took Em outside very briefly so that she could see it and feel it on her face. She wasn't that thrilled. Brad and I got some more last minute Christmas shopping done at IKEA while the snow stopped.
It was a really nice and productive weekend. This is Brad's last week before Christmas break and we're READY! I can't wait for Christmas morning this year. It's going to be so much more fun now that Emma sort of understands and will be able to get excited about new toys and stuff. She loves looking at the tree, and has been an angel about not destroying it. We only decorated the top 2/3 just in case!
Now I'm off to address and stamp some Christmas cards! Happy holidays!