Britt Monthly Summary: August

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Here’s Britt’s summary from August:

Britt was sooooo pumped to start kindergarten and especially pumped to go to the same school as Kye!

Of course on the 2nd day she got stinking pink eye. Bless. She was able to only be out one day though as the meds cleared it up pretty quick!

We’ve been really having fun playing with Britt’s hair for school and she loves trying different styles. I’m glad I did some you tubing and realized I can keep it SIMPLE and still be cute and fun!

My first french braid!

This is her FAVORITE…we call it “Jasmine Hair”

And Daddy’s least favorite ha!

Britt is doing beautifully at school so far! Within the first two weeks she already mastered her first 9 week sight word list πŸ™‚

I love all her fun homework she comes home with. 

Sweet girl always includes Tab!

She also consistently comes home with treasure box items and little punch cards. She’s yet to have any discipline issues and loves school!

Tess and I surprised the older kids at lunch πŸ™‚

While school is going GREAT we have had one issue. And it was bus related πŸ™ We had something happen on the bus a couple years ago with Kye (remember?). This year Britt came off the bus for a few days in a row very giggly and excited. A boy who is also in kindergarten told her she’s going to be his wife. He kissed her on the cheek at lunch. And again on the hand on the bus. I talked to her about this and we’re not super hardcore against little “crushes” in school. Zach and I both were always very focused on finding a spouse and it’s why we found each other at such a young age and knew what qualities we wanted in a spouse! But we talked to her about kissing being inappropriate and how they can be friends right now etc. All the basic parent stuff. 

Well. 

She got off the bus in  hurry one afternoon and Kye came running up too. This same little boy sat with her in her seat and proceeded to attempt to lift the bottom of her dress. I’m not accusing him of trying to touch her inappropriately I just know that SHE felt uncomfortable. SHE said to STOP. SHE said NO. Yet he just laughed and laughed and proceeded in his attempts. Kye was sitting in front of them and I guess was unaware of what was taking place. But the boy sitting behind them saw it all (ironically it’s the same boy we had issue with a couple years ago, he’s come a long way in my book now ha!) and told the bus driver what was taking place.

I was VERY impressed at how it was handled with the bus driver. She had the boy move and he remained having to sit near her for awhile as well on future bus rides. I notified Britt’s teacher who knew who the boy was and she also notified his teacher and a discussion was had with him regarding appropriate touching, respecting others bodies etc. I didn’t want to overreact but I knew Britt had said he had kissed her cheek at lunch so I was concerned that something could take place at school if the teachers weren’t made aware. 

We used this as an opportunity to talk to both Kye and Britt. Britt did a good job saying NO and it’s important to trust your instincts and to relay how you are feeling to others. I’m proud of her for standing up for herself. We talked to Kye about protecting his sister and to let that boy know if he touched Britt again that he’d be punched in the face by her brother (Kye was not super comfortable with this conversation). 

I do not know if the boy’s parents were made aware or not. I did wait to talk to the boy at the bus stop myself but chickened out b/c his parents came up and I didn’t want to make things awkward ha! It’s been several weeks now and the boy has said to Britt that he won’t kiss her or do that to her again. We have not allowed her to sit with the boy but we also told her forgiveness is important and it’s totally okay to be his friend and that hopefully this was a lesson for him too! 

Whew. Sometimes parenting is NOT FUN!

I’m just hopeful that we can keep friends (and future boyfriends/girlfriends) at CHURCH. It’s such a blessing to know the parents, know that their kids are being raised with similar values etc. Britt has such sweet friends at church and got to go to The Mill this month with Nola. They racked up on tickets and had a great time!

Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get the kids to do their chores and then other times Britt will be a go-getter and get all of hers done at the beginning of the week!

Her card for Big Daddy

Made the mistake of letting her look through a Pottery Barn Kids magazine and now she wants one of their chairs from Santa. Oops. 

No matter how grown she gets, she’s still the world’s messiest eater haha!

Speech went really well over the summer and it was decided for Britt to do the fall semester and then she should be good to go and not need any additional services. She was sad to not have her same speech teacher as summer but already loves Ms Chelsi…plus who doesn’t love bubbles and m&ms? πŸ˜‰ 

This might be my favorite video of Britt ever haha she is CONSTANTLY doing cartwheels and handstands (attempts at them anyway) around the house and wanting me to watch. Of course the time I record her she goes straight into the wall haha I’ve watched this too many times!

I am really focusing on giving Britt quality time and it’s really helping a lot with her overall attitude. She needs quality time and attention and love and physical touch. Basically she’s EVERY love language which can be tricky to navigate. But even just a few minutes of ME initiating her to come sit in my lap and snuggle and talk can make the world of difference in her day! I love that it’s helping her so much and helping us to form an even closer bond. So thankful for this beautiful, smart, sweet girl I get to call mine!

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Britt Monthly Summary: August

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This is Britt’s summary from August!

Britt LOVES school! She takes it very seriously and works so hard on her work. She’s always very proud when we go through her school work every day. She is working a lot on her writing and it doing GREAT with it!

First ever home work!

Big proud mom moment was that Britt already completed ALL of the books of the Bible! 

(HUGE credit goes to her Sunday school teachers!)

So proud of my BIG GIRL!

Britt wants to be a “baker” when she grows up. This was news to me so we talked about it and she said she doesn’t like cooking like food but likes to bake like treats. Sounds like her mama πŸ˜‰ I told her it’d be an AWESOME way to serve the Lord and others and that she could even stay home with her kids like Mommy does and still be a baker πŸ˜‰

Love that sweet sweet hand!

Britt LOVES wearing curlers to bed! I can just see her being very fancy when she gets older as she doesn’t mind painful shoes or sleeping in curlers πŸ˜‰

When I take all the kids to school we have a solid 20 min or so in the parking lot of Britt’s and Tess’s school until their drop off! I let them unbuckle and Britt practices her sight words πŸ™‚

And she practices taking little videos and pictures of herself πŸ˜‰

Morning routine! Girls grub out on some breakfast!

When we are that early sometimes we get out and play on the playground!

This month the Olympics were going on and Daddy taped some of the gymnastics so Britt could watch. She LOVES gymnastics!!!

When Grandpa and Grammie came they brought Britt a super fun Minnie Mouse play dough set and Elsa and Anna play nails πŸ™‚

Britt LOVES to put on her makeup around the house and is passing that love down to her sister. This is SO PRECIOUS!

Gorgeous πŸ˜‰

I love that Britt is old enough for us to enjoy doing girly things together like attend baby showers!

Videos:

Whew, I feel like Britt has really just gone from a little girl to a big girl over night! So proud of her!

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Britt Monthly Summary: August

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This post covers all of what Britt was up to in August!

Britt has never been as “into” writing, drawing and coloring as Kye so I was EXTREMELY surprised when she handed me a note one Sunday during church services and it had her NAME on it. I hadn’t ever seen her write a SINGLE letter and then to write her whole name?!? Child always surprises me!!!

I also think it’s so neat how much more detailed she is in her drawings than Kye was as a kid. Maybe it’s a boy vs girl thing? Her people look a taddddd creepy but I love the thought she puts into them. Just fyi…the black circles inside the mouths aren’t the teeth, it’s the spacing between the teeth haha!

She drew these ghosts for me

And more people!

Kye started coming home with homework pretty early on in the school year. It’s not much and it doesn’t take long but I set aside “homework time” each afternoon. Tess has her snack, Kye does his homework, I drink my Spark and get the kitchen ready for dinner, and Britt needed something to do too! She LOVES being a big kid and my friend Rachael suggested some preschool workbooks. They have been great! 

Britt is very “big kid” in a lot of ways but is MUCH more dependent at this age than Kye was. Again, I think it might be a gender thing. I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m SUPER independent in some ways but then am totttttallllly the type of girl who will say I NEED A MAN in other ways πŸ˜‰ Britt may be the same way. She really, really resists dressing herself so I’m trying to encourage it more now that school has started. My mornings are rushed and it’d be one less thing I need to do if she can dress herself! This is the first outfit she completely put on by herself (play clothes: clearly)

Speaking of clothes it CRACKS me up how much of a reputation I have for taking anything people want to pass down to me. I walked on my front porch one afternoon to get Kye off the bus and was greeted by a HUGE black trash bag filled with really nice shoes and clothes that Britt probably won’t even be able to wear for a couple more years. Score! I still don’t know who left it there but I appreciate it πŸ™‚

This month was also one of my personal favorite outings: KID SALE SHOPPING! Whoop whoop! Last year I couldn’t go because I was just coming home from the hospital with Tess so I was super excited for this year πŸ™‚ It’s SO great now that Britt is getting older because she truly appreciates the deals I find for her. At least someone in my house “gets it” πŸ˜‰ She went through every single thing I bought and was so pumped!

Britt’s school measured her at 41 inches and the max height for her car seat rear-facing is 40 inches so the time has come to move her forward facing…she will be 4 in Dec and is STILL rear-facing! Y’all it’s SO important to do extended rear-facing…you can read more about it here πŸ™‚

Britt is OBSESSED with dancing. She dances all the time to any song and she is just so happy to put on a “show” for us. It really fits with her “always moving” energy and I love that she has found this outlet!

It’s been no secret here that Zach and I are trying our best to parent Britt the way she needs to be parented. I remember when she was born in the hospital and we heard her cry and said “whew, we are in for it!” Britt has a very dominate personality and as she’s getting older that’s only become more apparent. We realized it’s not something that is “just a phase” and that she truly requires parenting of the heart. I want to reach her heart to help her grow closer to Jesus and to understand the depths of his love and the power of his love and the freedoms she can achieve through him. Many people have recommended reading Don’t Make Me Count to Three

and I’m pretty far into it at this point and so far it’s fabulous! We have made SO much progress in better understanding the best way to reach Britt’s heart and to help her truly reach closer to the potential God has blessed her with!

It took some adjusting not having Kye with us at home or at school. Britt really loves being the only kid in our family at her school. She loves that it’s her school now and she’s so proud! The first week she kept asking to have her picture taken πŸ™‚

When we go through the drop off line in the mornings I unbuckle her and let her come sit up front with me. We have great talks and sing to our “jams.” Tess just chills quietly in the back πŸ˜‰ 

On days when I take Kye to school and take Britt to school we have a GOOD chunk of time in-between. Kye gets dropped off between 7:30-8:00 and Britt doesn’t get dropped off until 8:30. The mornings started cooling down a little so the girls and I would enjoy some swing time at her school playground while we waited!

This year Britt is still in school only three mornings a week. Most of her class is actually there for the full 5 days. There weren’t enough kids to justify their own 3 day class so she’s in with the 5 day kids. That has been a tad tricky b/c she WANTS to go the extra two days. But too bad haha Mean Mommy πŸ˜‰ I want her to be home with me those mornings to spend time together and have that bonding time with her sister πŸ™‚ Next year we won’t have a choice, she will go all 5 days so I want to cling to my two mornings of Britt time while I can!

I love how she sits when I paint her nails πŸ™‚

Along with our mornings together we also love to wait for Kye when he gets off the bus in the afternoons. We have a shade tree in our yard and that’s “our spot” where we sit and wait together. Love my girl!

Britt enjoys her time with me, but she especially enjoys time with her siblings. She thinks her brother is THE best person in the world and is starting to feel the same way about her sister. I know as they grow up that Britt will be the one I can count on to make sure they all stay close! Her siblings bring her so much joy! 

I LOVE how into dancing Britt is…but I especially love her new “model poses” she does when picture taking. It cracks me up every single time. Watch out world, model in the making haha

More Going on with Britt this Month:

  • Britt tends to WHINE rather than ASK. For example she will say “I’m sooooo thiiiiiirsttttty” rather than ask “Mommy may I please have a drink?” We are working on this!
  • She has some random memory of a red ladder on the school playground from last year and leading up to school starting she would pray for God to keep her safe on the red ladder!
  • She calls Tess “sweetheart” and it melts mine!
  • Britt has GOT to learn to eat FASTER. Child will sit and entertain everyone and NOT EAT. 
  • To speed up the morning breakfast routine I started giving her cheerios in a snack cup in the car to eat on the way to take Kye to school. She eats her bananas and prunes and drinks her milk at home but then has the cereal portion in the car. 
  • While she may take AGES to eat…she is a BETTER eater than she was. She doesn’t complain nearly as much and she even is starting to enjoy more foods (like she LIKES carrots now! yay!)
  • One day she lied to me about being done with her food. After we had a BIG talk about lying she then started telling me every day that she’s “not going to lie!”
  • She’s finally starting to wipe herself when she poops
  • She will say “i trust you” a lot about random stuff…like she will ask me if we can read a book and then say “mommy I trust you to read the book” 
  • She is so sweet majority of the time and gives SUCH awesome cuddles and kisses! She’s still very much my physical touch baby and I appreciate all the affection she offers up πŸ™‚

Videos:


I miss my girl when she’s at school 3 mornings a week and truly cherish our two mornings together! I’m so thankful she’s mine and she brings such joy and love to my life each and every day!

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Britt Monthly Summary: August

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Now that we have a new baby at home Britt has just instantly become so grown in our eyes! Here’s everything our BIG girl was up to in August:

Tess: Britt is above and beyond what I had expect of her to be as a big sister. She LOVES to help in every aspect of “mothering” Tess. From throwing away diapers to cleaning up spit-up. She’ll do it all and do it all with the happiest of hearts! It took her a little while to warm up to the idea of the actual baby though. She doesn’t like to hold her or snuggle her for very long and usually her attention towards Tess only comes when Kye is also giving attention to Tess! I love that we were able to bless Britt with a sister and I can’t wait to see their bond grow over time!

Date: Just like with Kye, I also had a date with Britt this month. For her date we just went to get some dessert together after dinner. I get to spend a good bit of time solo with Britt still. She only goes to school three days a week so we have every Tues and Thur morning together! We wanted to go to McDonald’s for our dessert but, of course, their ice cream machine was down. So we drove over to Dairy Queen instead!

Reading: Britt has become more and more interested in reading. She’s always been my active child and has been more into running around than sitting with books but I’m glad to see that’s changing πŸ™‚ 

When Kye reads out loud to us, Britt wants to read out loud too. So I will read the words and she will repeat them πŸ˜‰

I love catching her reading on her own. She was reading her big sister book out loud and it was so cute to hear her talking about all the things a baby can and can’t do! Here’s a video!

When we had our newborn pics for Tess we told Britt she could choose anything she wanted as a treat if she did a good job! She chose MUFFINS! Child is ALL about some muffins and especially loves the Muffin Man. We sing about him often πŸ˜‰

She’s an awesome Mommy to her babies!

Girly Girl: I love having a girly girl! I hope Tess is exactly like Britt in this area! Britt is ALL about accessories and carries around her little purses all the time. She always wants to wear shoes and is always asking if she looks pretty πŸ˜‰

She also likes to put on her own panties now and 90% of the time puts them on backwards hahaha! Toddler Thongs!

This month I wasn’t on my a-game with keeping my eye on Britt like I usually am (hello newborn haze!) and I walked into my bathroom and found her putting on some Mac makeup. At least she has good taste!

Don’t I look pretty?

Here’s a video!

Independent Play: Britt has grown up SO much this month. Being the “big girl” instead of the “little sister” has been a great thing for her!!! She plays SO much better on her own, is more obedient, and is much more responsible. I know so often you hear about toddlers regressing when a younger baby comes, but this has been the exact opposite case for Britt. She shines in her role as the big sister! I’m so proud of her!

Playing so sweetly lining up toys

Entertaining herself with some busy bags in the pantry

I was more proud of her cleaning it up without having to be told than I was of the mess she made haha

Play-Do is one of her favorite things!

So is dress up πŸ™‚

School: School has been a fabulous thing for Britt. She comes home happy every day. She had one day where she said she pulled a clip because she pushed her friend down on the playground…but we never saw a note home and she still got her treasure box prize that week so I’m not sure if she was being honest or not about that happening? Regardless I still talked to her about pushing and about apologizing. Every day for awhile after that she’d come home and say “oops Mom I forgot to say sorry for pushing” haha. 

I have always been nervous about Britt with school. She is just a mover and has such a short attention span. You know those shirts you see that say stuff about how the wearer has a great attention span and then it says “look squirrel!” and it’s a joke about how they can’t hold their attention? THAT is EXACTLY how Britt is. She’s all over the place with her thoughts and jumps from one thing to the next constantly. It will not surprise me ONE BIT if we were to have a teacher at some point try to diagnose her as ADD. This was a concern of mine and I worked a lot with her on sitting still and focusing on a task. So far she’s been doing awesome!!! Her teacher has written me a few times already letting me know what a treasure Britt is and how much she enjoys having her. I’m very, very proud. 

It is so funny though because Kye went through three years of preschool and I think only ONCE I had to spray and wash a shirt b/c he got paint on it. Britt? Every. Single. Day. She’s covered in whatever color they were learning that day. Her hands. Her face. All over her clothes! It’s hilarious! 

Her love of school has carried over to home and she’s much more into crafts now and making things. She did great making a card with stickers and painting a picture for Daddy’s birthday!

Sweet Girl!

I’ve always loved this pic of me and think of it whenever I see Britt painting πŸ™‚

Games: Kye has been playing games with Zach and I for a long time now and was about Britt’s age when we started. He was needing a later bedtime at this age, but Britt doesn’t. Child LIVES for sleep! She still sleeps from about 1-4 every day for nap and goes down at 7 for the night and many times we have to wake her up at 7:10 the following morning. Even though she’s not staying up late enough to play games with Kye, we started to play games this month with her during other times of the day. She LOVES it! Kye is great at teaching her the rules, of course πŸ˜‰

Don’t Break the Ice

Helper: Britt has a heart for helping! Her favorite thing is helping me do my daily tasks. Seriously. Even more than playing with toys, she’d rather help! She loves to help unload the dishwasher but her FAVORITE thing is helping me do meal prep. She is obsessed with it! 

Of course eating it is fun too πŸ˜‰

We got Smokin’ Pig this month and had the sweet potato soufflΓ© and she LOVED it!

Helping Daddy make homemade pizza (thanks Keeli!)

Big Girl: In many ways Britt has become such a big girl. She not only helps with Tess around the house but also does amazing when we go places! I took both girls to the chiropractor and I didn’t have to get on to Britt AT ALL. She was a little angel!

She also loves books and reading and one day she RANDOMLY woke super early from her nap and I could just tell there was no way she was going to go back to sleep so I let her have some books to read and she was so cute on the monitor “reading” them all!

Crazy Eyes: Britt always gets food in her hair at dinner. Child is THE messiest eater. So I started telling her to look at her hair and how messy it was and BAM! Britt now has her first crazy eye face (I say first b/c I KNOW this girl is gonna have a lot of silly faces in her future ha!). We will say “Britt look at you hair!” and then all bust out laughing at her funny faces πŸ˜‰

Gifts: Big thank you to Kori for the fun glow head band and Minnie Mouse stickers and to Larissa for the fun princess coloring pages! 

More About Britt: 

  • Britt calls me Mama a lot which is so sweet!
  • She also says “Hey Sweetheart” to Tess πŸ™‚
  • She has gotten SO GOOD with her manners! She says “yes ma’am” all the time
  • Britt responds best to POSITIVE feedback rather than negative. If she does well and we praise her, she will continue to do well. 
  • Favorite movie is Peter Pan (she calls it “Tinkerbelle”)
  • She always asks to cuddle with me and loves when I rub her face and always rubs my clothing
  • She struggles at meal times. She’d rather be the entertainment for the meal than eat it πŸ˜‰ Mrs. Charlotte has a trick where she says “don’t eat my…” to the kids and it really works for Britt!
  • When the kids spent the night together on our trip they talked and talked and it was BRITT doing the talking. Kye kept trying to get her to go to sleep. Kye said she talked about POOP the whole night haha
  • She also came in our room in the middle of the night (6 am but if FELT like the middle of the night) fake coughing. She told us that Kye told her to come cough haha
  • She loves to play “I Spy” but in Britt’s version of the game we say “I spy something red” then we look around to find ALL the red things
  • She is great at counting and also can now count on her fingers!
  • Britt has to do EVERYTHING her brother does! When he did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…she, of course, wanted to participate. Here’s her video!

More pics of my cutie from this month!

These glasses were the “must have” accessory for awhile!

Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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