Britt Monthly Summary: November

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This was an exciting month for Britt! It was her last month being 5 and it didn’t disappoint!

Britt had her first loose tooth and yall. She was OBSESSED with it. Constantly wanting us to feel it and look at it and was non-stop talking about it. It was THE topic of conversation on Thanksgiving!

It finally got to the point where it was ready and she wanted Kye to pull it for her. She even offered to pay him for his services! 

He did it!!!

And he was SO proud about it and wanted to text just about everyone we know ha!!!

Britt wanted to keep her tooth like Kye has kept his. I bought her this book (Kye has the boy version) which has spots for each of her teeth. 

She is using the same tooth fairy pillow that I had as a little girl 🙂 

For her first tooth our elf, Hermey, actually made a game out of finding the money the Tooth Fairy left for her!

$5 for the first tooth, 50 cents for all other teeth except the two top ones which are $2 each 🙂 

Britt is really improving with her gymnastics and is still very much LOVING it!

On her latest evaluation she can do:

  • 45 foot fun, handstand to flat on back on 3 stacked mats with minimal spotting on vault
  • On the bars: 5 pull ups with parent, undressing dismount with spot, 1 glide swing fully extended from a hollow stand, jump to support (5 casts, hips must leave bar)
  • On high beam: front support mount, leg swing turn to straddle sit, leg must freely clear beam, straight jump, lever (horizontal, straight body line), turn prep stand on toe (arms in crown, foot at knee, hold for 2 seconds)
  • On the low beam side handstand without spot
  • On the floor without spot: bride up with feet together and legs straight, handstand to bridge (showing handstand before bridge), handstand forward roll to stand, back roll to stand (hands flat during roll), standing round off, 2 step leap, 1/2 turn (begin in prep position, arms crown during turn, foot at knee, on good leg)

All of that is basically a foreign language to me haha!

Britt is SUCH a sweet and thoughtful girl. She made all of us little Christmas cards 🙂 

Britt finished up Speech this month! 

She was cleared of needing any further services! SO proud of her and SO thankful we made the decision to go ahead and get services for her over the summer and through the fall. She had two AMAZING instructors and we had an incredible experience at VSU. I highly recommend their services! 

Britt improved in every single area. At the start of fall semester she was in the 80th percentile with her accuracies in producing /r/ in the initial position of selected syllables, in producing vocalic /r/, at producing /l/ in the initial position of syllables, in producing /l/ in the medial position of words, and in spontaneously producing /r/ in the initial position and /l/ in the medial position. At the end of the semester she was above 90% in all of these areas! 

She truly loved speech and will miss it!

We are working through all of the Star Wars episodes with Britt and so far she LOVES them!

I wanted to be sure Zach and I got some one on one time with each child before Tab was born and Britt and I had a couple times of “girl time” together! I love having a little “twin” 😉

We love our coffee stops and you know when Starbucks had the bogo holiday drinks that we were ALL about it!

And we had a FROYO night just the two of us. I love our time together and love that Britt WANTS to spend that time with me. It means so much to me that she desires to be just like me. I hope I always earn that title in her eyes!

She had some game time with Daddy too!

We’ve been working on new hairstyles. Y’all I’m struggle city but what’s SO great is how much she LOVES it and doesn’t care that it’s not “perfect” or “pinterest worthy”!

I can totally transport Britt into her teens and see her snapchatting all the time with filters (not that she’ll be allowed to snapchat at all ha!). She is always wanting to use the IG filters to take pics! 

Quite the little artist! I was SO impressed with her self portrait!!!

I also LOVED reading about her favorite holiday. I know many people with December birthdays HATE having the holidays so close to their birthday but I’ve tried super hard to always make sure Britt LOVES it and it made me feel so good that she loves Christmas because it’s around her birthday 🙂 

Britt has a distinct “I’m so cute give me what I want” face when she’s about to ask for something…

and this month she announced that all she wants for Christmas is a pet alligator 😉 

Love my big girl! Can’t believe she’s done being 5!!!!

We got our golf cart fixed this month (finally…thanks to rats we had all kinds of issues. UGH) and I can see a lot of fun rides in our future!

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Britt Monthly Summary: November

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Sweet Britt was so excited for her Thanksgiving program at school! They changed things up a bit and this year the 4 year old class met in a larger room and the kids performed and then had a snack and other classes had their little gathering at different times. It was great because it allowed for parents there solo to see all their kids 😉 Zach always misses this event b/c it’s his busy time with work. I felt SO BAD when I got there and saw that I could have invited Mrs Charlotte to come!

Every year my kids have been in preschool they have dressed like Indians. It was fun (and WAY easier!) to have a pilgrim this year!

She’s thankful for: Mommy, Daddy, Kye and Tess!

Britt is so interesting to me. She’s my most outgoing, loud, dramatic child. She loves the spotlight and attention. Yet up on stage? She clams RIGHT up. Seeing her standing up there gave me instant flashbacks to my days in choir at school. I won the award for “best diction” b/c that’s all I did. I never sang but instead just added some strong consonant sounds when needed. #skills. Britt looks just like a Little Emily up there! She was precious and I especially LOVED when she said what she was thankful for. She was the only kid (out of two classes) who said she was thankful for “my home.” I asked her later about it and she said she decided to say her home because it’s where her family lives and her toys are so it covered everything in one answer (now THAT is more like her Daddy! Efficient is his middle name)

Videos:

Psalms 106:1

“Thank You God”

Britt had a SOLO. Y’all she didn’t want help or advice with it and you cannot hardly hear her at all. BUT I’m so proud of her for standing up there and doing it and I love those hand motions!

Pilgrim Song

Saying what she’s thankful for 🙂

Whew. Yes those bags under my eyes are the real deal. This event fell the morning after we got Zach’s whole “he probably has MS” diagnosis. I was a HOT MESS and shouldn’t have left the house but Mama’s can’t take days off! 

Her sweet teacher!

Britt did, however, steel the show in Tess’s class during HER little song. Britt was a dancing machine (well Tess, shocker, stayed in my lap haha)

I’m very, very proud of Britt and her strong work ethic in the classroom and her natural love for learning. She takes pride in her work and it pays off! She was the first kid in her class to memorize all the books of the Bible (she did have the advantage of learning them all at church though haha) and this month she was the first one to recite ALL of her site words for the YEAR! She is a site word PRO and her teacher told us that she’s going to be a top reader for sure which is awesome! 

She also had homework to do before we left for Disney and SHE was an example to KYE about getting it done. She sat at the table and worked and worked and then SHE continued to ask to work on it more and more until it was completed. SO proud!

She loves to practice her writing and showed me that she spelled TAB all by herself. I love that our children are so excited for Baby Brother!

I went to watch Britt at gymnastics and she’s really, really loving it. She never ever complains about having to go and gets SO excited about it every single week! It’s not cheap, and I’m not sure if she’s any “good” or not but she’s loving it so that’s what matters to us! I think it’s also good to have something we can take away if needed for discipline issues. We haven’t had to even threaten that but it’s good to have that on the table if issues arise. I continually ask her about her enjoyment of it to make sure we aren’t wasting money and so far it’s been worthwhile! In comparing to Kye I def think she’s more devoted to gymnastics than he’s ever been to anything he’s been involved in so far!

Here’s a couple videos of her in action (ignore the gossip of the moms standing behind me haha): one and two!

Aside from gymnastics this girl loves to BAKE! I love it too so it’s such a fun thing to enjoy together!

She also talks a lot about being a Mommy and plans to have two boys and two girls. Her baby names are: Cole and Finn for boys and Vera and Mera for girls 🙂

She also has such a godly, servant heart and loves to volunteer at our church Soup Kitchen. 

We got to have a lunch date after church with friends while Kye ate with Ms Liz! 

One thing I am nervous about regarding Britt is the older friends situation. She is naturally drawn to kids much older than her in her friendships. I think it’s a combo of the fact that she’s so used to playing with Kye all the time, and that she looks up to him so much, that she’s always played with Payton who is older, and that she’s just mature for her age. Aside from her baby sounding voice people are usually surprised to learn how old she is. I think she looks older and acts older! While it’s okay right now (and that we have so many church friends) I do see it becoming an issue as she gets older as we do want to keep her as young and innocent as we can for as long as possible!

Twinning with Daddy!

Play-Dough Fun!

We had a little girl time doing some shopping 🙂 

And some of our favorite times are spent sitting on the porch together waiting for Kye to get home

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Britt Monthly Summary: November

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This post covers everything about Britt from November!

This month Britt had her special Thanksgiving Day at school. We’ve been attending this school for several years now (since Kye was 2 ½) and every year the Thanksgiving celebration has been a BIG production. This year though they decided to scale it back to just visiting the kid’s classes. Britt’s teacher sent home a letter about making an Indian costume for her to wear…and I totally cheated and bought one instead haha. It was $3 on Amazon. I was like spend $3 for an already made costume or spend more than $3 and have the headache of making the costume. Um. Amazon won 🙂 

Britt is SO sweet when Zach or I get to visit her class. She is truly SO thrilled to have us and excited for us to visit. Kye was/is always more pumped about the treats during school functions than us being there haha so it’s nice to feel wanted and it’s sweet that she appreciates it so much! Im’ thankful to Mrs Charlotte for keeping Tess so I could have some quality time with my big girl!

My little Indian!

They sang some songs and did a really cute poem about Thanksgiving that went along with beaded bracelets they had made!

We ate some treats and made a fun owl craft together then got to play on the playground with her class before heading out! It was a fun morning together!

Both Britt and Tess were sick this month (I discussed this in detail on our family post) and Britt was the more sick of the two. She stayed sick an entire week which is the longest I’ve ever had a kid be sick! She was acting fine but had a temp that kept spiking. She didn’t mind lots of movie watching and snuggling!

This month Britt’s school collected shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I took the kids to the dollar store to fill up boxes. She was excited about it and was old enough to really understand more about the purpose behind it 🙂

Britt is THE messiest eater in the world. We always joke that she’s like an old friend of ours, Ashley. Ashley liked to feel her food on her lips before eating it and Britt is so the same way. She ends up with food in her hair and in the most unexpected places! 

Britt LOVES to draw and after our girls trip she was really into drawing scenes from our trip. Typically they included us and the hot tub and our princess hotel room 🙂 I love it! She really appreciated our trip SO much and it makes my heart so happy! 

We’ve gotten Britt’s hair trimmed a few times now, most recently over Thanksgiving break. But girl still has some LONG hair. I don’t think it looks too long? But it’s one of those things that IF it does look like it should be shorter I need someone to tell me haha I see her too much to be able to tell! 

Now that Kye is in school all day Britt really is filling his shoes in so many areas. She plays super well with Tess and has become more and more of a helper to me as well. She loves to be in the kitchen and loves to be hands on in cooking! Especially with the taste testing 🙂

Britt is a PARKER in SO many ways! One way is that she cannot stand material too tightly against her skin. I know Zach and Casey are both like that. Britt doesn’t like long sleeves or long pants and especially not turtlenecks. I had planned for her to wear this super cute sweater for our family pics but by her reaction you can tell I went ahead and returned that beast 😉

More About Britt:

  • Britt did SO great when she was sick about covering her mouth! Growing up we just covered our coughs with our hands and it’s so smart now that the thing is to “hug your mouth” when you cough so it goes into your elbow. It’s HARD for me to make it a habit for myself but Britt has it down!
  • Even after she no longer had a cough Britt kept the cough game going and would do fake coughs in the car a lot…it was cute b/c then Tess would copy her and fake cough too so they’d keep going over and over
  • Britt LOVES her nails painted and is SO careful with them when they are painted
  • At the dr for her sickness visits she was 40.5 inches tall and weighed 30 lbs!

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This month was such a great month for Britt and I! We had two weekends together and really bonded so much. I’m so blessed to have her in my life and to get to be her mother is such a gift from the Lord! 


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Britt Monthly Summary ~ November

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November was Britt’s last month being 2! Here’s everything she was up to 🙂

Games: Kye has been playing board games since around the time Britt was born. Britt just LOVES sleep. We could tell around 2.5 that Kye needed to start staying up a little later because he wasn’t falling asleep very quickly at night. That’s when his board game time started. Britt doesn’t have to stay up later. Most night she’ll go to sleep pretty quickly when we put her down and she still sleeps for a solid 3 hours at nap (we have to wake her up!) but I feel like she needs to be allowed to stay up a little later so she can participate in some of the game fun! Kye’s done great with it on the nights that she stays up (she’ll still be in bed before 7:30!) he has loved showing her the games and teacher her how to play 🙂

Don’t Break the Ice is her favorite!

Sick: Well. Britt made it 2 years and 11 months before getting sick for the first time! It still shocks me that it took her this long!!! I took her to the walk in clinic before her first Disney trip last year bc I was worried she was sick but she didn’t actually have anything wrong with her other than some allergies and molars. This time had a fever and during the night she broke the fever and had a nightmare. She came out of her room (first time EVER) and was in a strange sleep walking type trance. ZACH was freaked out which, of course, freaked me out! It’s like she was sleep walking? When I took her to the walk-in clinic we found out she had strep. Which was also what Kye got his first time being sick! Zach had to have his tonsils out when he was 18 (yikes) so it wouldn’t surprise me if at least one of our kids has issues with them. Britt hacks JUST like Zach does in the moorings and def has his allergy crud so it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s the one with the tonsil issues too down the line! She was a VERY easy patient and was back to feeling like herself quickly!

I was SO proud of how well she did at the walk-in clinic! When they did a throat swab on her she didn’t cry one bit! Big girl!!!

Yes, after the dr we went to Steel’s Jewelry (they were having an event and I had to stop by haha!). She was sick but still got that kid sucker 😉 

Since it was her first time being sick, it was also her first time on any kind of antibiotic. She just took amoxicillin but did develop this little rash on her face? It was mild and faded quickly but I thought it might have been a slight reaction to the meds?

Finger Sucking: Oh guys. I wish I could write some awesome post about what a smooth transition it was to get Britt to stop sucking her fingers. But that’s not the case. At all. Here’s what happened. Kye was a paci baby. I wanted to wean him from it at 18 months and asked our pediatrician for advice. He recommended waiting until age 2 b/c Kye would be able to reason and understand better. We only ever did the paci in the crib anyway so we didn’t mind waiting and it ended up going REALLY well when it came time to wean him from it completely (here’s how I did it!). It’s pretty funny reading back about weaning Kye from the paci…the last line of the blog post talks about how much harder it’d be to wean a finger sucker. Well. Here I sit!!!

Britt never much took to a paci. She just never really sucked on it…and we didn’t overly try it either. Pacifiers are a PAIN when used as a sleep prop. As soon as we stopped swaddling Britt she instantly put her fingers in her mouth. I didn’t worry about it and figured we’d tackle it when she turned two like we did with Kye. When she turned two we stopped allowing any finger sucking outside of the bed and that was EASY. She will forget (still!) but we just gently reminder her (usually we can just say “Britttt”)  and she removes them. No biggie.

Now that she’s about to be three though I thought I needed to get her to stop sucking them in the bed. I mean she’s 3. I know they are damaging her teeth. Britt was REALLY into wearing gloves around the house so I let her wear them to bed and thought I had this genius plan. Gloves to bed = can’t suck fingers. SO smart right?!?! Well it worked!

She didn’t suck her fingers AT ALL while napping or during the night while wearing the gloves. I showered her with praise. Gave her treats. Had her call G-Mama. Let her sleep with her Donald Duck.  I made a BIG production out of it and thought to myself “phhh I got this! This isn’t so hard!”

Then about 4-5 days later she announced she didn’t want to wear the gloves anymore to sleep. Nothing made her want to wear them. I could have offered her a million dollars (if she knew what a million dollars was) and she still would have chosen to suck her fingers over the money. I talked to her about it and tried to help her understand WHY she needs to stop sucking them. But explaining dental issues isn’t really something a 3 year old can grasp. I bought a book to start reading with her that got a TON of great reviews for helping stop bad habits: The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
;We read it and talked about it and Britt agreed to get some of the medicine to put on her fingers to help. I bought Mavala Stop
and felt really guilty using it. I mean that stuff is NASTY. But both our dentist office and my dental hygienist friend, Kelly, recommend it. So I painted it on her fingers. And it worked for like 2 sleep sessions. And then SHE SUCKED IT OFF. Legit. Child didn’t care that it was gross. Her desire to suck her fingers was stronger than the yucky taste.

I also noticed that once we started trying to stop the bedtime sucking…the daytime sucking got worse. Instead of gentle reminders working, Britt resisted. She sucked them more and would “battle” us about not sucking them when we reminded her. I ended up deciding to STOP all efforts of weaning her from the fingers. I would MUCH rather not have issues with daytime sucking and let her suck them in the bed. Majority of the time she only sucks them to fall asleep and doesn’t leave them in her mouth while actually sleeping. She goes to the dentist in April and I plan to ask them then what to do. I did ask on my Facebook page about it and some of the stuff people had done to them by their parents made my heart hurt!!! Maybe I’m a softy but I just can’t imagine punishing her for sucking on her fingers?!?!

I asked the pediatrician what he recommended about weaning her when I went for Tess’s appointment and he said “death threats” hahahahaha That def made me feel better about not stressing over it for awhile. I liked the suggestion in the The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit
Mama Bear gives Sister Bear 10 pennies each morning to start the day and anytime she catches her biting her nails (or in Britt’s case…sucking fingers) she takes away a penny. I think that might work for Britt? She does well with positive reinforcement and she may like having the reward first rather than having to earn it. We’ll see! I’d love your suggestions and experiences!!!

(Sidenote: you will see in Tess’s summary from this month that we did start offering her the paci. Do NOT think it’s a coincidence haha. I don’t wanna deal with this issue again!)

Play: Britt is doing better and better playing independently. She’s just really growing up and I love seeing the things she comes up with. She often will now go play on her own (outside of her independent playtime) and isn’t always following me around anymore! 

Lining up blocks in a row 🙂

Britt LOVES to read. Whenever we have Mommy and Britt time (Tues and Thur moorings Britt doesn’t have school) she asks to read stories with me. Its always great snuggle time but I especially LOVE how she’s wanting to read to Tess now too 🙂 You can tell Tess was paying awesome attention haha!

Getting some work done 😉

Outside: From a VERY young age I remember Britt just loved being outside. When she was fussy as a baby we’d walk her outside and she’d stop crying right away. Britt is still very much an outdoor type girl (which is not like her mama!) She is just very happy outside. While I was struggling with PPD this month I made a big effort to spend a good bit of time outdoors and Britt didn’t mind one bit!!!

She is also a daredevil climber (which is also nothing like her mama haha!)

Silly Britt: Britt’s personality brings us all SO much joy and laughter. She’s just naturally silly and tends to always have the attention on her! She is so funny with her accessorizing and interesting choice of outfits she comes up with. I can’t wait to see how her personal style developed as she grows up!

She wore her outfit from her thanksgiving feast for several days….

Can you tell the child loves crowns? She also REALLY likes to wear her socks pulled up above her boots haha

And she loves wearing hoods. And wearing tennis shoes to match Mommy. 

And hats. LOTS of hats!

More About Britt:

  • During lunch one day I asked the kids if they wanted to play sports someday. Kye said he wants to play football for FSU when he’s a teenager. Britt said she wants to play sports too so I asked her which one she wants to do and she said basketball! 
  • Britt always says “see ya later mashed potato” (which I’ve never heard the phrase but I’m guessing it should be “see ya later mashed potata“?)
  • She is really into describing people according to their gender. She talks about who is a boy and who is a girl and always mentions our pets too
  • Britt correct us a LOT when we say things “wrong” Like if I called a cup a glass she’d say “silly Mommy you said glass and it’s actually a cup
  • I realized this month that I had been slacking on disciplining Britt. With Tess being born and life being crazy I just hadn’t been as consistent with her as she needed me to be. Britt was pitching fits pretty often so I simply started telling her to go sit on the couch to pitch her fits. It works great 🙂
  • This month Britt decided she didn’t want to use her booster seat anymore! She’s slipped out of her seat a couple of times but that’s more due to her inability to sit still haha! 
  • She is, however, still wearing a bib. Girl is MESSY
  • We had the flu shot this month and I was very impressed with Britt. She went last and was so brave and did so awesome! Didn’t cry or anything!
  • Britt is a MEGA slooooowww eater. She also complains about the food a lot. And will do anything to avoid eating. Lots of distractions. She’s all about entertaining everyone and would literally not eat anything if it was up to her. This month it got a LOT better. I make piles of food and we let her no that no complaining is allowed. She can pick a pile (I’ve always read that it’s beneficial to give toddler’s choices and Britt is DEF a child who does well when given options) but she has to eat the entire pile. If we are all done with dinner and she’s still not finished we will set a timer for her for usually 10 min or so and she has that amount of time to finish her food. We do spank her if the timer goes off and she’s not done. Which I felt bad about at first but she would NEVER finish eating if we didn’t have some type of discipline involved. 99% of the time she waits until there is 1 min left on the timer and then she crams all the food in her mouth. Child is a prime example of WHY children NEED boundaries. I always joke that the way Britt sleeps is the way she lives her life…she has a big full size bed yet she sleeps riiiight on the edge of it. She pushes the boundaries and will always be right at that line! 
  • I could really tell a big change in Britt this month! She started the “trying 2s” when she was around 18 months old…and at almost three I think she’s easing out of this phase 😉 While she requires discipline (and I think she always probably will require more than Kye does? He is just such a typical first born that seeks to please us…whereas she isn’t motivated that same way!) and can still test my patience, overall she’s really become such a joy to be around. She has her own wonderful, unique personality and I love listening to her sweet voice and enjoying her cuddles and loving spirit. She has my heart! 

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