Britt Monthly Summary: April

Links to Amazon are affiliate links.

We are simply BLOWN AWAY by Britt’s reading! She came home this month with a reward for completing all of her reading books for the school year. It makes me SO excited to watch her grow and learn even more, I see what an amazing reader Kye is and how much he LOVES to read. Well, he didn’t even complete all those books when he was in her class and he wasn’t considered in the top reading group, even in kindergarten. I purchased a set of the Abeka reading books for us to continue working on this summer and next school year as I don’t want to stop this ball from continuing to roll!

She had an AWESOME end of the year report!

Finally did her charting in our laundry room for her height!

I know I talk a lot about Kye’s competitive nature, but Britt is right up there with him. She loves playing games and she plays to win. And it’s funny because a lot of the time she’ll start off behind and then will catch up and end up passing everyone 😉

I’m also proud of a lot of the personal growth taking place with Britt. She’s really doing better with delayed gratification. When we make grocery runs she will save her cookie for the car ride home (and we always get the cookies at the start of the grocery getting). We had a rough month with some lack of appreciation/entitlement issues and really worked with her in these areas. 

Sometimes as a mama you just get a gut feeling about something. For me with Britt it’s always been her speech. She’s been attending school for three school years now and NONE of her teachers have mentioned it. It’s also never been brought to my attention by any friends or family or any drs etc. I just have always had a slight concern about it. I brought it up to teacher friends and they agreed that if I had concerns, it’d be best to get her evaluated prior to entering public school. Since she is doing so well academically and her speech isn’t affecting her in the classroom, I guess it’s hard to get the school to actually evaluate it? I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get things checked out. I felt a little silly about it because I can’t even really describe what I think is concerning about her speech. Just something about it. I talked with her teacher about it prior to going to get her evaluated and she agreed that it wouldn’t hurt but that also it wasn’t an academic concern. 

I’m SO glad I took her in! I left there feeling like I’m not so crazy after all 😉 The lady who did her evaluation was super sweet and explained things to me as she went. And Britt did awesome! 

She said that basically the issues Britt has with her speech are all things that may auto-correct themselves within the next year. Usually by age 5 they seem them corrected, but sometimes kids just take a little longer. The reason it’s hard for me to place a finger on what the issues are…is because Britt isn’t consistent with them. Sometimes she says “fing” instead of “thing” and sometimes she doesn’t. This lack of consistency shows that she knows the proper way to pronounce things and that when she takes the time to think it through first that she can say it correctly, but that often times it’s simply a lack of thinking it through first. 

Here are the areas she noted:

  • s, s blends
  • l, l blends
  • z, f
  • r, r blends
  • voiced and voiceless / th
  • She does some backing, gliding, and adds vowel sounds at the start of words. 

She said physically she also uses her lower jaw a lot and doesn’t fully lift her tongue. It’s almost like her tongue is “too heavy” and she struggles to lift it. Especially in the middle area. 

I’m taking her to the chiropractor as I know there are benefits of chiropractic work and speech concerns and since it is a jaw displacement issue I feel like maybe an adjustment will help. I know they will try to get me to come regularly and I’m not sure that’s something we’ll be doing. 

Our insurance also doesn’t cover speech visits and since the evaluator does feel it’s something she’ll most likely “click” with over time, I can’t justify spending that sort of money right now (between MS and Adoption we’re pretty strapped ha!) Thankfully our local college has a great program and the lady who evaluated Britt said it’d be a great fit for her since she only needs minor help. And it’s only $5 a visit! Whoop whoop! I’m working on the paper work for that and plan to, hopefully, knock this out over the summer and get her in a good place for kindergarten! 

I made each of the kids a shutterfly book for Easter and Britt LOVED hers. Like loved loved loved it. So much so that my new go -to gift for her will be gifts of a similar nature. I think she may be a gift giving love language (along with physical touch!) because it meant SO much to her to have this book with memories from our Disney trip!

I let Britt pick out her own clothes for the first time for school…I about died haha

She also had her first time helping to paint! Baby Brother sure is loved!

Since Britt will be doing public school kindergarten in the fall I know I’m going to have to wean her from nap. But I’m DREADING IT. Child LOVES her sleep and still sleeps consistently from 1 pm – 430 (which is when we literally WAKE HER UP). 

We had a fun birthday party for her friend Vivi this month! 

I bought a cap and gown when Kye first “graduated” in k4 and it’s come in handy! Britt was SO pumped about graduation and took her graduation practice very, very seriously. 

We made strawberry shortcake and y’all I can’t ever make it again haha WAY too yummy for me!

I also found Kye’s bday cake in the freezer haha it was still yummy!

I am always on the hunt for ways for Britt and I to coordinate. I know a bunch of people have suggested Mommy and Me outfits but a) they are expensive and b) I don’t typically love the looks? Luckily Britt thinks just wearing similar colors and styles is matching so I try to rock looks that go with hers! I love this stage and that she wants to be just like me 😉 

She’s a sweet girl who wanted to paint her mama’s nails when I was feeling down 🙂 

Videos:

I love this sweet girl!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Britt Monthly Summary: April

Links to Amazon are affiliate links.

This is a summary from Britt’s month in April!

I was SO BUMMED when our Cali trip fell during the same time as Britt’s Muffins with Mom day at school. I know it’s just ONE event but it truly crushed me to miss it. She was VERY excited to get to pick someone to come with her and immediately chose Aunt Casey 😉 I know Casey felt honored to be asked and Britt loved having her there for the day! I was thankful Casey sent me pics, although I legit shed some tears when I got them! 

Priority #1 when we got back from Cali was to do a makeup morning with my big girl! We decided to make it Donuts with Mom and Zach took Kye to school one morning and took Tess with him so I could have that solo time with Britt. We got dressed up and brought along all the goodies she had at the Muffins with Mom event! 

Princess crown was a must, of course

SO much cute stuff!

That you are my sunshine picture is my favorite 🙂 

I always LOVE to see my kids answers to these type of questions!

so funny that my job is to cook but the best thing I make is hot dogs (ironically I made hot dogs soon after this and Britt cried and said she doesn’t like them haha). 

I also cracked up about “I am going to put Tess in the pack and play” no doubt we value some independent playtime around here 😉

While it wasn’t the same as being at the school event, we had a SUPER special morning together! So thankful for my girl!

I was bummed to miss the Muffins with Mom but y’all I was even MORE bummed when I found out at the chapel that day they FINALLY sang “Tootie Ta.” It’s this song that Britt LOVED from when Kye was in school there and literally PRAYED that they’d sing it at Chapel. She actually begged me to talk to the director of the preschool and ask her myself if they could sing it. OF COURSE they sang it on Mom’s Day and I missed it! But Tess and I were able to be there when Britt’s class got up to sing some songs! 

Here’s a video of Britt’s class singing!

Whenever Britt and I are around coffee she ALWAYS comments on how good it smells. I am not a huge coffee person but I noticed on our girl’s trip when we went into a Starbucks to use the bathroom that she was really drawn to that smell and I have had a hunch that she’ll be a coffee lover. When we got back from California I wanted to go on a special date with each kid (Britt’s Donuts with Mom date didn’t count b/c it was a make up for the event I missed) and really wanted to take Britt to try coffee for the first time! 

She was SO PUMPED especially because Kye’s never even had coffee before! We went to Starbucks (b/c that’s where people who drink coffee go, right? haha) and I got her a DECAF (girl does not need annnnny caffeine) and they did it lukewarm for us and made it very sweet (it was some special one with white chocolate or something). Basically by the end I doubt it tasted much like coffee at all but she was excited 😉 

First sip!

She’s a fan 😉

I got a s’mores thing they had and OMG it was awesome! 

“Mom can we take a selfie in front of the coffee sign?” So cute!

Britt requested her special date be coffee and the playground. We have a nice public playground that we don’t go to very often b/c we have such a nice one in our own backyard as well as a 3 min walk down the road in our neighborhood! But it was her date so we hit up the public playground for a bit and took a nice walk around together holding hands and talking. Super fun date together!!!

While in California we tried to split up the big kids some to help make things easier for Mrs. Charlotte. Tess with one big kid is pretty easy. It’s the two big kids together that can make them rough! Britt wanted to stay with Aunt Casey and had a BLAST with Carter during their time together!

When we picked the kids up after our trip…BRITT CRIED. She didn’t want to go home. I mean we were gone for 10 days and she didn’t care. She did NOT want to leave her G-Mama’s house. She may have cried, but that smile says she was glad to be home with her parents after all 😉

Britt has become more and more competitive with our nightly board games. She likes to win and she DOMINATES at Disney Headbandz. Like guesses her character on the first try. She’s so good at it we have tried to figure out if she’s cheating haha!

This month was a BIG EVENT in our house. We let the big kids try chocolate milk for the first time ever!!! Kye is 7 and it was even his first time! Sometimes being the younger sibling has advantages as Britt got to have some too. Needless to say she was shocked and thrilled haha!

Future husband here’s a tip for you: CHOCOLATE is the way to this girl’s heart 🙂

Britt is my extroverted child. She struggles a good bit with solo play as she wants to be WITH someone ALL THE TIME. I really have noticed lately that she’s starting to enjoy doing things on her own more and more (perfect timing for summer)! She will make a decision to want to do something and stick to it even if Kye doesn’t want to participate! 

I mean she’s stunning even just playing play-dough right??!?!

She invented a matching game with Tess’s shoes 😉

More About Britt:

  • Britt loves to sing, especially at church. She knows many of the songs and will sing along “loud and proud” which I love!
  • I’ve been working SUPER HARD at parenting through God’s Word, especially with Britt. When there are learning moments with her or moments of discipline I sit with her and OPEN the Bible and find the scripture that relates to what we’re discussing. I started this process in January and 4 months in I can really really see a difference in Britt. I know she needs more parenting geared towards her heart and this method is really making a difference in such a huge way! 
  • Britt talks CONSTANTLY. She repeats herself a TON. She will ask me a question and then ask it again and again and again. I have to remind her that my “no means no and my yes means yes” 

She may be growing up in a lot of ways, but that pout ain’t going nowhere!

Neither is her love for accessorizing 😉

Although she is starting to ask more and more for some “makeup” around the house! I love having a daughter, she’s so precious to me!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Britt Monthly Summary: April

Links to Amazon are affiliate links.

This is Britt’s summary from April!

This month, as I mentioned in Kye’s post, we started having the dogs stay outside during the day. It worked out where the kids also wanted to sleep with them at night. Britt is SO CUTE with Sadie! Sadie has slept with me for the past 14 years so it’s precious to me to pass the torch to Britt 🙂 

See that white blob on the pillow beside Britt? Yup, Sadie makes herself at home!

Randomly this month Britt had rosy cheeks. At first I thought maybe she had just gotten hot as Kye would often get that rosy look from heat. But it kept lingering and I finally realized it was fifths disease. Once the rash shows up it’s not contagious and it faded quickly and only stayed on her cheeks. Kye got it the next week and his lasted MUCH longer. And it was weird b/c the rash moved. It was on his face then torso then limbs and even ended up on hands before fading away! 

Zach worked on a project in our kitchen this month: he put up back splash! Yay! Britt is SUCH a helper. She loves to help and truly enjoys participating in whatever we’re doing! She has such a kind heart!

She is always the first to ask “how can I help?” and she jumps right in! She helped G-Mama at dinner one night by filling the glasses with ice for everyone!

Britt is becoming more and more independent. She now asks to brush her hair on her own 🙂 

When she brushes my hair though it’s the best 🙂

Britt may be growing up in a lot of ways, but she is still THE messiest eater! Child comes home from school wearing her snack (and I know her teachers try to encourage clean eating) and is the person in our house that requires the most spray and wash on her laundry prior to washing 🙂 I can just see her on a date someday asking the poor guy for help wiping off her face and hands 😉

I always think back to my concerns about Britt’s ability to sit still. She has her daddy’s and g-mama’s energy for SURE but she is so, so good at concentrating and sitting for long periods of time. When she chooses activities they are usually ones that are simple and require sitting. She finally even asks to color and is COLORING rather than scribbling! She’s very heavy handed with her crayons and I remember being the same way. My pictures as a kid were very DARK because I pressed so hard! 

Britt loves reading the same books over and over. Kye is at an age where he doesn’t enjoy the repetition like he did as a smaller child and it’s one of those difficult parts of having multiple children. I don’t let Britt pick the same movie over and over b/c I understand Kye’s frustration with that (because, hello, I sat through Cars about a BILLION times myself when he was that age!) but I do let her choose the same books to read. Books are short and Kye can be patient. We just remind him that we read the same books to him a thousand times too!

Britt is also getting better and better with playing games. I miss out on game time in the evenings due to nursing Tess but I can hear Britt enjoying being part of the fun with Kye and Zach. She’s a great sport and never minds losing 🙂

We are very much in full on hardcore princess dress up mode. Britt loves all things girly and fun and she’s starting to want to look like a princess in more ways than just the dress she has on: she’s asking me to do her HAIR. Yikes. I feel confident in MANY areas of my parenting…but hair? Nope. Not my skill set. I did attempt a french braid for her rapunzel look! haha!

I love all aspects of being a mother. I adore staying home with my children each day. I love the quiet moments spent nursing Tess. And I would be SO honored if my girls grow up wanting to follow in my footsteps. It makes my heart SO happy to see Britt with her baby dolls and hear her mimic the things I do and say with her. She never uses her baby bottles because her babies drink milk from mommy, just like Tess does 🙂 Tell me this is not SO PRECIOUS?!?!? We were both nursing our babies at the same time!

Something I love about Britt is her fun spirit. She’s just naturally hilarious! I will talk like I’m a stuffed animal and she will just talk and talk and interact with the stuffed animal like it’s legit talking. If I stop she’ll ask me to keep going 🙂 

While she has that fun, silly side…Britt can put on the pout face in a heartbeat. 

More about Britt:

  • She constantly says “told ya” to us even if it doesn’t make any sense to say it
  • Britt goes down for nap at 1 but will resist falling asleep (this has been happening since she weaned from finger sucking!) and typically won’t fall asleep until closer to 2
  • Britt gets CRUNK about Tess dropping her sippy off her high chair. She gets mega stern and says “TESS. KEEP IT ON THE TRAY!” I think she likes having someone to get on to 😉
  • She doesn’t want Tess touching or playing with her things and will say “no no no Tess” 
  • She’s getting better at eating faster because she’s learned that if she finishes eating, she’ll have more time to play
  • She told me one day “I need my lipstick!!!” it cracked me up and I have no clue where she heard it? I don’t wear lipstick ever and if I do I call it chapstick. Maybe G-Mama?
  • Britt may be a sllllllow eater but omg the girl is the world’s fastest pooper. She is QUICK
  • All of her baby dolls are named Tessley Capri
  • We moved her seat at the dinner table. She was sitting on the end and Kye sits on the bench but now they sit across from each other. It’s been a great move as there have been less bickering issues with some separation between them!
  • Britt is a child who likes to see her siblings get in trouble. She’s always quick to tell me that Tess and Kye need spankings. 
  • Britt’s spankings are most often due to respect issues right now. She struggles with doing what I say. For example. If I say “it’s time to go potty before bed, say yes ma’am” she will instead whine and complain and cry and say “I’m not sleepy.” OR she will make a rude sound and refuse to go to the bathroom. I am just staying consistent and I know she’ll eventually learn that she’s not in charge, mommy is. 
  • G-Mama got her some Frozen panties for Easter and Britt LOVES them. She put on her Elsa panties and said “Yikes! My hiney is frozen!” bahaha
  • Not a day goes by when Britt doesn’t change shoes at least 3 times. I will just randomly see her wearing different shoes. Shoes are her THING (which is interesting as, just like with the lipstick, I personally am not a shoe person. Even prior to my foot issues, I’ve never been into shoes). 
  • Britt loves to be in the mix with everyone and can’t stand to miss out. I’ve been trying to send her to her room more often and use isolation as a discipline tool. Britt is a very emotional person (more so than just “the average girl emotional”) and she will pitch a fit like no one’s business at the drop of a hat. I’m working on sending her straight to her room when she starts pitching the fits. It seems to help her calm down faster. The only issue is she will SCREAM when I send her there which then will wake Tess up if she’s napping. 
  • Britt may have her moments at home but at school her teacher told me she always stays on task, is a great listener and is more reserved! 
  • Britt stopped sleeping with Mimi this month (her sheep). She asked to instead sleep with her baby doll. I guess she’s more of an attachment style, co-sleeping parent 😉

Videos:

Anytime I take any pictures of Tess, Britt wants to have pictures taken of her too. This has been a nice change since usually Britt is my toughest one when it comes to picture taking! Now we just need to work on that camera smile 🙂 

I took a pic of Tess’s new teeth and Britt wanted one of her teeth too bahaha

My big girl! 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Britt Monthly Summary – April

Links to Amazon are affiliate links.

Britt’s summary from April!

Drawing: I really never thought Britt would be nearly as into drawing/coloring/writing as Kye has always been. I know it’s not the norm for kids their ages to enjoy just sitting and writing. I especially know that a child like Britt who is NON STOP MOVING wouldn’t typically like to just sit and draw. But she’s surprised me! She really does enjoy it and will ask (even when Kye’s not home) if she can draw. She always asks “how do you draw a B?” and I tell her “draw a line down” and she says “hmm hmm that’s right” and then I tell her to draw two humps over and she says “hmm hmm that’s right” meanwhile she just scribbles haha. But I guess she thinks she’s following my instructions 😉

Motor Skills: Having a second child I don’t think I pay as much attention to her milestones as much as I did Kye. It’s not that I don’t care about her milestones and development, it’s that I really just don’t notice. I can’t remember how old he was when he could do certain things, ya know? But I will say I can def see an improvement in Britt’s fine motor skills. When we made the snack necklaces last summer she couldn’t come close to getting anything on the string…but this year she could do most of the items herself. And she did a great job not eating them until we had completed the necklaces 🙂

Helping: While Britt isn’t AS big into helping as Kye is…she does really enjoy it. It’s interesting to me how kids do naturally fall into the stereotypical gender roles. If you asked Kye if he’d rather help Zach build something or help me cook, he’d choose help build. If you asked Britt the same question she’d for sure say help cook. She LOVES to help me in the kitchen! I’m glad she has shown some interest in helping with the nursery as I think it’s sweet that this baby is so loved by his or her older siblings 😉

Britt is still at an age where her helpfulness isn’t really truly helpful. I remember when I had Britt Kye wasn’t truly that helpful until she was about 6 months old (and he was roughly 3 years old). So I am anticipating the same kind of thing when we have Leo since the age difference is the same! The effort is there and I appreciate that she wants to be helpful…but usually it causes me more work! Like how she “helped” take all the laundry baskets to her bathroom…

Sweet Girl: Britt is really starting to enjoy doing sweet things which I am eating up! She loves to play with my hair and I’m so thankful that Kye has taught her this 😉

One day Jordan was over and Britt rubbed his feet! I sent Casey this text and told her that Jordan said “this is what women should be doing” haha of course he didn’t really say that but Britt def earned some Uncle Jordan points 😉

Lining Up: Another thing I remember about Kye from around this age is how he would take out ALL of his toys and line them all up. Britt is doing that same thing. Child will pull out every toy she can find and put things in lines or little piles everywhere. Super annoying for a pregnant mama to deal with! Thankfully she’s also pretty good about cleaning it all up 😉

Appetite: I recently told a friend that a toddler’s appetite is like feast or famine. And it’s so true. Britt will go through a phase where she barely eats anything and then she’ll go through a phase where she can’t get enough. It’s hard to keep up! One morning this month she ate: ½ banana,2 prunes, a large handful of multigrain cheerios, handful of frozen peas, 2 slices of cheese, handful of raisins mixed with yogurt raisins, blueberries, an entire package of oatmeal and 2 whole graham crackers. No joke. 

She even likes pickles!

School: I am SO glad Britt is starting school in the fall. She really, really wants to go and I know she will be upset that she’s not going to get to go everyday with Kye! She cries many mornings because she wants to go to school and she constantly asks to take her book bag. Which is kinda my fault because when Pottery Barn Kids had their book bags on sale I happened to have a  coupon so I went ahead and let her choose her book bag for school. That only made her MORE hardcore about wanting to go! She LOVED that we went to Chapel with Kye for Wacky Wednesday! She had so much fun and sang all the songs and did all the dances. It was adorable! 

We ran errands after Chapel and she wore all her tacky gear 😉 

Outside: Britt really loves the outdoors. She always has! She’s much more of an “outdoor girl” than I am for sure! She enjoys finding rocks (“cookies”), putting things in her car and pushing it around, and just drinking LOTS of water! 

Dates: Zach and I are trying our best to enjoy one on one time with each kid while it’s still easy to do so. Right now I can take one and he can take one and we both get a solo date! Once Leo arrives it’ll be a little trickier to work out that one on one time with each child. This month Britt and I had a couple really fun adventures together! Anytime we have a Saturday together just us we usually will go shopping and then eat at Chicken Salad Chick. Such girl time!!! 

Zach and Britt also went on a date. I LOVE how seriously he takes it and how he picks out matching outfits for them to wear 🙂 So cute!

Play: Kye and Britt are playing better and better together. They still fight often but not nearly as bad as they used to and I’m able to give them toys, let them enjoy them together, and get things done 🙂 It’s a blessing!!! 

Princess: Britt loves this crown that my niece got for her! She wears it ALL the time and for the first time this month she will say she’s someone other than herself. She is really understanding the concept of pretend. When she wears the crown and we ask her what her princess name is she says “Princess Anna!” It cracks me up how serious she is in this picture about it haha

Public Behavior: I go and do things a LOT more with Britt than I ever did with Kye at this age. Since Kye is in school we can easily run errands and things and when Zach and Kye go golfing, we usually go shop! She does REALLY well out and about and truly ENJOYS it which is so fun! Just like any other toddler though she’ll have her moments and it’s funny how differently I handle public outbursts now with my second kid than with my first. I don’t get embarrassed at all about it and just handle the discipline the way I need to handle it in that moment. I’ve taken her to the bathroom and spanked her, she’s lost privileges etc. But I’m NOT leaving the store. Usually if a fit happens it’s at check out so I just finish checking out and deal with the screaming toddler. It was funny one day at Hobby Lobby she lost it at check out and then saw this rocking horse and was totally pumped and happy about it. Then it was time to leave and she got all upset again about having to leave the horse haha. Somedays you just can’t please a toddler!

Sunglasses: Britt LOVES to wear sunglasses. Which is no surprise since the child is an accessory queen 🙂 It’s so funny b/c she wants to wear them all the time, even inside. If I give her some sunglasses she will wear them ALL DAY. Everywhere we go! It’s too cute!

On this day she even wore the sunglasses to two stores and out to eat for lunch!

Other Things with Britt This Month:

  • One day she woke up from her nap and was saying “I can’t find him! I can’t find him!” I went in and asked who she was looking for and she said “Zurg! I can’t find him!” Then she said “Oh! He’s a Disney World, not in my room!” haha
  • Zach put the kids to bed solo one night because I was out running errands and she started crying after he had tucked her in. He went to check on her and she said “I just love Mommy so much!”
  • At Chick Fil A one morning she couldn’t climb up the steps of the tall playground so I helped push her up. Then she figured it out on her own and got better and better each time she attempted it. Another kid had seen all this and said “Man! That little girl is even faster than me now!”
  • We are at a really great place with Britt’s ability to obey. She rarely requires spankings anymore which is SUCH a blessing!
  • Here’s a video of Britt trying on my new shoes and seeing if they fit her 😉
  • I LOVE Britt’s little voice and her excitement. So I tried to take several videos this month because I know her sweet little way of saying things will change SO FAST! Here’s a video of her talking about how much she loves crocodiles (her fav animal!) and here is one of her discussing her stuffed animals!
  • Whenever we watch movies Britt get’s really excited about seeing the Disney castle 🙂 Here’s a video of her describing what she’s seeing and another one that shows the excitement a little better! 
  • Britt also really loves to sing! Here’s a video of her being silly and singing, and another of her singing Zippity Do Dah, and another video of her singing “Let It Go”

A few more pics of my cute little girl!

1 Comment

  1. Katie1315
    June 21, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    She has the best head of hair I've ever seen on a 2 year old! So pretty!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *