Despite my efforts to continue to pretend she’s a baby, Cami has completely grown into a little girl. It’s bittersweet to see her grow up! I miss my little squishy baby, but I also delight in the little person she is today.
Last night I read the post I wrote for her two-year old birthday. A lot has changed in a year. The biggest change, I think, has been Cami’s vocabulary! Last year we were a little worried she was verbally delayed. We aren’t worried at all anymore. She is speaking in complete sentences now. Some of my favorite things that she says, that I don’t want to forget include:
Cami is very independent: “My do it.”
She tells us the same story over and over again”Pon a time, big horsey by us. Big horsey eat an apple. Horsey got hurt.”
She sings I am a child of God a LOT but only these words, “Child of God, Child of God, Child of God, Child of God” in a very tone deaf, but cute way.
She’s incredibly loving, “I love you too much!”
She can count to three…and anything higher will just be a repeat of 1-2-3. For example, if she’s counting the stairs she’s climbing, “1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3!”
She’s the Defender in the family. If an argument is going on between anyone, she’ll advocate for the one she perceives is being picked on. “Mom, you be nice to my sister!” Or sometimes, she is the one being picked on, “Hailee, you be nice to me!”
Sometimes Cami just screams…at the top of her lungs, to express her frustration. We’re still working on teaching her to use her words.
Cami is friendly and loves to make friends, “She’s my friend” “Mimi my best friend” “Oey my best friend” “Hailee my best friend” but beware if you take something she is playing with! A serious fit will ensue! A fit that sometimes includes hitting, but she is getting a lot better at this as she knows hitting is NOT ok, and will now mostly just angrily swat the air.
Developmentally we feel Cami is right on track. She isn’t potty trained yet, but that isn’t her fault. We have tried two separate times to potty train her and with some success. The problem has been that each time she has quickly developed a UTI in the process. This last potty training attempt was very scary for us because she got a fever of 104+ and doctors were beginning to wonder if she had a kidney infection. Our pediatrician sent us to get images of her kidneys with ultrasound. Overall her kidneys look fine. There is a tiny bit of fluid in one of her kidneys but it is so minimal that our doctor said the “fluid is not exciting” and he’s not worried about it. Her urine has “debris” in it, and we don’t know what that is about, but right now our doctor isn’t worried about that either. In a few weeks we will try potty training again. We feel some urgency about this as we hope to get Cami into preschool this year but most preschools require that kids be potty trained. The start of the school year is rapidly approaching! What is different with Cami than Hailee regarding potty training is that while Cami is developmentally and intellectually ready to be potty trained, she just doesn’t WANT to. I don’t blame her though because each time she starts using the toilet, her “bum is hurting” from a UTI. So, we’ll see how this goes. If it wasn’t for the approaching school year, I wouldn’t worry about it for awhile. Maybe we can find somewhere she can attend school and not be 100% potty trained. We’ll figure it out.
Cami finally likes being read to, which I love! We will read two to three books before naptime and bedtime.
Cami still sleeps with us every night. That was a battle we gave up on this last year…but also no longer wanted to fight. We love snuggling her! Even if it means poorer sleep for all of us. We did solve the problem of her falling asleep in her own bed. She falls asleep in her own bed just fine. It’s just VERY predictable that every night between 10:30pm and 2:30am, she will wake up and wander into our room. We will pull her into bed with us for the rest of the night at that point…and we kind of love it. In fact, many nights we end up with both girls in bed with us as Hailee has been having nightmares lately. It gets a bit crowded when that happens but we are a snuggly family and we love it!
Overall Cami is just doing great. She is growing big! She is happy, playful, loving and feisty. We love our rainbow and are so grateful that we have had her in our home and arms these last three years!
Here is an interview I had with Cami about herself for her birthday:
Favorite toy: Barbie and my little ponies
Favorite fruit: mangoes, strawberries, peaches, and watermelon
Favorite TV show: Sofia the First
Favorite thing to eat for lunch: Pizza
Favorite outfit: Lularoe dresses
Favorite game: hide and seek and tea party and potions
Favorite snack: carrots and dippy
Favorite animal: piggy and camel (that’s what she said!)
Favorite song: Child of God
Favorite book: Where’s baby’s belly button
Best friend: Mom, Dad, Mimi and Baba, and Hailee, and “Oey”
Favorite thing to do outside: ride scooter, tea parties, and pool
Favorite drink: milk
Take to bed with you: Sippy, garmy, binky and books
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: “paincakes”
What do you want to be when you grow up: Want to go have a tea party