(Above photos by Carrie Weaver Photography)
Brielle is two and a half now... and keeping up with milestones and developmental growth becomes harder with each kid you add! I want to stay intentional with remembering these things because older people tell me they wish they had... but wow, if I had more than three kids, I'm not sure if it would happen! I always transfer all of this information over to a photo book at the end of each year, so that helps to keep me motivated.
So Brielle... she is such an interesting personality! She is sweet and kind. She is wild and adventurous. She is messy. She can sit quietly through a church service, but she can't sit through the reading of a whole book. She is whiny and cries often because of frustration. She shares generously and adores her sisters. She lives in her own little world.
Potty: So she has been potty trained for five months, but she still has accidents. She didn't have any for a long time, but now she probably has a little one once every day or every other day. It's kind of driving me crazy because I'm not sure how to get her back on track to no accidents... we never had regressions with Sophie at all.
Talking: Brielle still doesn't talk a lot, but she talks more. She strings words together so that we know her complete thought, but she leaves out all the filler words. For instance:
"Daddy, me ice cream shop!" ("Daddy, I went to the ice cream shop!")
"Hi Sophie, outside, my hotdog gone." ("Hi Sophie, I'm coming outside because my hotdog is gone.")
"Done table paint?" ("Are you done painting the table?")
"Mommy, where are you?" ("Mommy, where were you?")
Education: So, Brielle is just so different from Sophie. Brielle will only count to three, she gets all of her colors wrong other than blue (because she guesses blue for everything... ha! At least she knows she'll get one right then!), and she doesn't know her ABCs. I'm totally not worried about it, but it just fascinates me how different she is, and it also is very good for me to consider as I look into homeschooling and consider how I will need to approach her and care for her very differently than the way I do Sophie if I am going to help her learn and love to learn. She does know how to do many things though! She knows how to climb things well, she enjoys singing songs and remembers parts of them, she can turn on the toaster and plug in her night lights, and she knows how to find any candy that's hidden anywhere in the house.
Sleep: She still takes one afternoon nap a day, for about two hours. She and Lyla nap together. She's been waking up earlier now- around 7:30am. I really think she needs more sleep, based off her grouchiness, but she can't go back to sleep once she wakes up in the morning.
Brielle feels safest with her family, although she'll go into her class at church fairly easily. If she is with a big group of people, though, she likes being with Mommy. We went away for a week, and when we returned, she was the happiest to see us, and she worried anytime we were going to leave after that. She adores her sisters. While she isn't always kind, she definitely has a sweet servant heart. She carries things for Sophie, she gives her blanky to Lyla, she loves to make Lyla laugh and play with her... she also always feeds Lyla. The other day Brielle had a sucker, and she walked over to Lyla, took her paci out of her mouth, put her sucker into her mouth for a good ten seconds, took the sucker out, and put the paci back in. haha! She just wanted to share some of that yumminess with baby Lyla. Lyla loves her for it!
Loves: Outdoors, swinging, wagon rides, water, getting in the lake with her clothes on, blanky, Mommy, sisters, building towers, doing everything big sister Sophie does
Dislikes: Not getting her way, Mommy leaving