Josie was quite funny last month. One of her teachers mentioned that Josie is her shadow, following her around all day, holding her hand, and trying to help her. Josie then refused to say good-bye to her, and grumped that "I not a shadow, I'm Josie!" Josie's favorite place also appears to be the grocery store, as she asks nearly every day if we can go to the grocery store after school. Once when I actually told her yes, she flung her arms around me and said a fervent, heartfelt, "Thank you, Mommy!" One of her longest spoken thoughts so far was when she explained to me, "I no like hot sauce, it's too spicy. I like blueberries, grapes, maybe?"
To her delight, Josie came down with another cold, so she announced several times a day that "I'm sick! I am sick!", since when she's sick I give her elderberry syrup :) She also likes to ring the doorbell when we're coming in from outside, and then allows only one person to enter the house at a time so she can properly greet them - or so she can greet whoever is already in the house, as when she went inside and said "Hello, Roomba!" ;) She is recounting her experiences more too, and actually told me about what she did at school rather than just answering yes or no when I questioned her. She also told me that "Daddy talked and talked and talked to a man" at Goodwill, which was one of the first times she called him out on something- I have a feeling it won't be the last, though ;)
[Didn't realize I was recording at first, but thought this was still funny snippet of a typical conversation with Josie]
She has been exploding with imaginative play lately - she actually started played with her cars (giving them drivers and destinations), and was going on and on about going to the doctor. She started pretending to pour tea and eat oranges a few weeks back, but now is telling us that there (invisible) cats, blobs of food that look like animals, and that her spoon is cat. She still loves mirrors, and I've caught her more than once explaining things to herself in the mirror.
We hosted the Easter festivities at our house again this year, which is just getting more fun as Josie gets older. She ate a decent amount for dinner, seeing as how it was served during her snack time, and seemed incredulous about the tiny amount of pie I gave her for dessert, then earnestly asked everyone else if they wanted pie. She did well with the egg hunt, and then had a dance party in the living room after dinner. She especially loves playing with her cousins, and it's been so cool to see them interacting and how much fun they have together :)
For bedtime, we start getting her ready by 8:30pm (dimmed light, baby massage, pajamas), and then she climbs into bed and we'll usually lay with her for a few minutes for some end-of-the-day cuddles, although we've also just tucked her in, given her a kiss, and left her a few times, and the end result is the same. She's then on her own, sometimes falling asleep quickly but usually gets some energy out first (singing, clapping, appearing to do a cheer routine) before she falls asleep, almost always by 9:15pm. All sleep at home is done in her bed now and alone (except for the few minutes of cuddling at the beginning and the rare occasion that we stay with her if she's sick), sleeping until we wake her at 6:40am on weekdays, and usually waking just after 7am on the weekends. She does occasionally wake at night still, but only rarely needs help getting back to sleep now. Given the situation with Audra's sleep, Josie's sleep is encouraging to me now, since we're fine with the path we took to get there (including bedsharing/cosleeping with her until she was over a year old), and we're very happy with her current sleep situation. Audra's sleep may be better or worse by time she reaches this age, but it at least reminds me and helps motivate me to be patient and supportive as we navigate through these early months of baby sleep :)
[Josie and her "work computer"]
[So much stuff needed to leave the house...]
[Planting "her" peach tree with Aunt Alyson on Earth Day]
[The kid likes to dance}