Friday, May 26, 2017

Cece's 3rd Birthday

May 25 has come and gone again! In some ways it's hard to believe that Cecelia is already three, and in others it's hard to believe that she's only three (because I can't remember life without her!). 

Cece is my wild animal and my princess. She is sweet and naughty. She is sensitive and defiant. She is cuddly and rough and tumble. She's beautiful and smart and we love her like crazy.

Things she's into:

-dressing up (in costumes or changing her clothes)
-reading books
-putting things in a backpack or box, carrying it to another part of the house, and emptying it on the floor
-talking to and touching her baby sister
-dragging blankets around the house
-going to Sunday School with "Mawy Oos" (Miss Mary Lou)
-TV (if I had to pick a favorite for her I'd say Team Umi Zoomie)
-coloring on things that shouldn't be colored (herself, walls, furniture, etc.)
-eating all the time
-breaking things
-helping with things like laundry or cooking. I wish she loved to help with things like cleaning up her room...

What she's up to:

-She's completely potty trained! We finished our last package of pull-ups for night time a couple weeks ago and she has done great! She's had a few accidents here and there, but overall she has been doing really well and I'm quite pleased.
-She is not a picky eater and likes most foods. She'll say she doesn't like things sometimes, but it's usually just a matter of not wanting to eat that thing at that time. I'm happy she's a good eater. She devours baby carrots like her mama. She wants to eat all day long, also like her mama.
-Cece is extremely expressive with her face and voice. I think she has a great vocabulary and has some pretty complex things to say! I love her excited reactions. ...not so much the end of the world when she doesn't get her way.
-This is definitely not a super obedient child, and she has no qualms with deliberately disobeying. She has a very strong will and is very stubborn. But she's so cute and charming about it that she probably gets away with more than she should. Uh oh.
-Cece is a very heavy sleeper and is on a great schedule. Very occasionally she wakes up during the night, but usually she falls asleep within minutes and doesn't move til morning. She should probably still take a nap, but I don't make her unless she's having serious meltdowns. She often falls asleep in the car and sometimes I can move her to her bed.
-She knows her colors pretty well and knows some shapes. She can count to ten and sing her alphabet, but I haven't really started working with her on letters and numbers yet.

Here are the stats:
Height: (will add when I locate a tape measure)
Weight: 31 lbs

Cece wanted a princess birthday party, of course. She wore her princess dress and received so many nice gifts from her grandparents. I made lasagna and bought a gorgeous cake from Dorothy Lane Market (it was so. good.) because it was too perfect to resist. It was a really nice party, and our first at our new house.

Yesterday was her actual birthday and I wanted to do something fun, so we went strawberry and cherry picking at Tuken's, our favorite local farm (we have been there for apple picking the last couple years). Picking the cherries was much more fun and easy than the strawberries! I hope Cece has good memories of things like this. We picked up McDonald's on the way home and had a "movie picnic" at home watching Moana. Then she got to watch TV on the tablet while I worked on school with the boys. Cece fell asleep on the way to Tae Kwon Do, so she was too cranky to participate until the end, but the teacher LOVES her and it was nice to be there on her birthday. We got "worms" (lo mein) for dinner on the way home, followed it up with ice cream, and then she got to take a bath before bed. I think it was a pretty good day for the birthday girl. :)

Per tradition, I asked Cecelia a series of questions on her birthday and her answers were pretty entertaining!! It's tempting to correct her, but I just wrote down her actual responses. She's hilarious.

What's your name? Cece
What day is your birthday? 3
How old are you? 2
What's your favorite color? Pink
Favorite number? 5
Favorite letter? 6
Favorite shape? A triangle
Favorite food? Snakes (lo mein noodles)
Favorite candy? cereal
Favorite game? Hoot Owl Hoot
Favorite movie? Bubble Guppies
Favorite TV show? Bubble Guppies
Favorite book: Dragon
What do you want to be when you grow up? Play
What is your Daddy's job? To work
What is Mama's job? To measure
Favorite place to go? To McDonald's
Favorite restaurant? Bubble Guppies
Favorite animal? A zebra
Do have brothers or sisters? Brothers
Any pets? No
Favorite song? *starts singing a gibberish song of her own invention*
Favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate
Who is your best friend? Allie
Favorite cereal? Cheerios
Favorite thing to do outside? Play on the trampoline
Favorite drink? Chocolate milk
What toys do you like to take to bed with you? A bunny
What's your favorite holiday? A birthday party
What are you good at? Jumping on the trampoline
Who is the coolest person ever? Papa
Favorite toy? a bunny
What makes you happy? Papa
What makes you sad? A monster
What are you scared of? A monster!
What's your super power? *hisses like a snake*

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