What we thought would be the biggest change in Josie-land last month is that she moved to her full size bed. It was very anti-climactic, though, since she still hasn't tried to climb out of it (even when encouraged to), and she hasn't fallen out. Not that we want her to, but I was very worried about that, so there are barriers or bumpers on every side. I fully thought she would fall off the foot of the bed anyway, but instead most nights she either sleeps with her head in the corner by the wall and headboard, or turns 90 degrees and just sleeps alongside the headboard.
As I mentioned, Josie came down with something last month (as did we all). She seemed to be handling it ok at first, but after a week of not napping much at school and being increasingly emotional in the evenings, it all culminated in a night where she fell asleep (crying) at 6:15pm (about 3 hours earlier than normal)... and then woke up the next day with drainage coming out of her ear. She seemed much better at first but then started getting fussy again later that night, so we brought her to urgent care the next day. We got to see our favorite doctor there (yes, we have been there enough now that we have a favorite), and while he didn't see a rupture in her ear drum, he definitely said her right ear was infected and left ear was "so-so", so she ended up on amoxicillan.
We've been starting to talk about the baby more to help prepare Josie, and it seems she gets it to some degree. She knows there is a baby in mommy's belly, and she knows it kicks me. In fact, this poor baby has been blamed for all sorts of things already. Every time I hurt myself, Josie will get a very concerned expression on her face and ask me if I'm ok and if the baby kicked me.... even when it's, say, my knee that I hurt. She also rubbed my belly as a greeting when I met up with Ryan and Josie for lunch. I don't know where she got that from, but it was still quite cute :)
As far as holiday stuff goes, this year Josie definitely had more fun with it than last year. She helped me decorate the tree, leading to a heavy concentration of candy canes and ornaments along the lower branches.
Her Uncle Brian and Aunt Emily also came over to make Christmas cookies, and Josie had a great time cutting out the different shapes and then decorating them... although perhaps we need to work on our apron situation, since Emily had to borrow my (personalized) apron, and Josie wore a Lowe's one ;)
We decided to open presents at our house Christmas morning before heading over to Ryan's parents' house for a second round of Christmas. We woke Josie up in the morning, and although she liked the lights on the Christmas tree, she seemed a little underwhelmed by the presents. At least until she started to open them.
She loved all of her presents and wanted to play with each one as she opened it, so while she was happy about her new toys, she also seemed a little frustrated with us for rushing her so we could get over to Ryan's parents' house. We just opened presents over there, had lunch, came back home for nap time, and then went back over in the afternoon, and I think she was much happier the second trip over there since she could just focus on playing with her cousins and her presents without being rushed :)
In addition to the "miscellaneous cuteness" picture section for the month, I have a few little stories this month too:
- She told us she had a "broken heart" since she broke the foam heart toy she apparently was chewing on - as we were trying to get over our giggles for that, I asked her if she bit it, and she said yes. I then asked her if she was biting it now, and she also said yes, so I asked her if she needed to give it to me, and she sadly said yes and then handed it (and the broken piece) over.
- She tried to tell Ryan what books she wanted but he wasn't able to decipher her request, so she finally sighed and said she would get it.
- One of her favorite books has different Beatrix Potter characters on each page, which asks, "Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, is that you?" (No, it's [whoever]). She has started saying "Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, is that you? No, I Josie [last name]," so apparently she does realize she has a last name :)
[Begging for Ryan's pie]
[This is where Josie settled down to read her book in comfort]
[One of Josie's favorite places to color: in the corner of the kitchen]
[Josie can apparently now fit in the Bumbo that her legs were too chubby for when she was a baby. Also, she has started to pick out her own outfits/accessories]
[Old MacDonald had a piggy - and a suggestion for Ryan to sing]
[Josie had so much singing to do after Christmas dinner]