Anya: The Good and the Less Good

Filed under: baby's progress,funny,photos,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on December 29th, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

Anya is definitely two. She’s got all of the impish qualities mixed with the amazing sweetness and wonder that go with the age. Sometimes she makes me want to pull my hair out, but I can’t help loving her to bits.

She can be so polite when she wants to be, like when she and I crossed paths in the kitchen and she said, “Excuse me, Mommy!” She says please and thank you as well. Then other times she whines and whines and WHINES. She’ll burst into tears and throw tantrums when she doesn’t get her way, and you never know what will set her off. It’s like living with a very tiny teenager. Good times.

We’ve been having trouble getting her to listen to directions, and we count to three a lot. Luckily that works, because I’m not 100% sure what happens after three some of the time. Anya even earned her first time out last week. The infraction? Taking the remotes out of the family room into the playroom in order to bang them on the glass sliding doors.

A big issue has been a sudden increase in mouthing of objects (this started before Sierra was born, just FYI). It’s weird because Anya wasn’t a big mouther of toys as a baby and almost never put things in her mouth as a toddler. We’ve been handling it for the most part by giving one reminder and then taking the object away if she puts it in her mouth again. It’s helping get the message across, sort of.

One thing that has been much improved is nap time – Anya is finally going to sleep by herself again. We accomplished that with bribery. The deal we made is that Anya can watch a video in the afternoon if and only if she goes to sleep by herself. It only took one or two times of not earning her reward to get her back on track. Lately the only thing she wants to watch is Dora the Explorer. Maybe soon we’re going to try using the video reward to improve the waking up process. She is SO cranky after her nap, but perhaps Dora will help her snap out of it.

Anya is very funny when she watches Dora. She gets really excited about certain parts, especially Backpack and Map, and she participates a lot now. The other day she cracked me up because Dora asked where the ball was and Anya gleefully shouted, “It’s in your backpack, Dora!!!” She gets what the characters want her to do and often gives correct answers. She even told me that Dora was going to need a boat to get across the river before the characters got anywhere near the water. The one element of the show Anya really doesn’t understand is the last segment, when Dora asks what the audience’s favorite part was. Anya invariably answers, “Purple!” I very much enjoy watching her watch the show. We are thinking of taking her to see Dora Live! in March.

After Anya gets to see her Dora “bideo” she often spends the next 30+ minutes telling me about the episode and then acting out elaborate fantasies which usually incorporate parts of what she just watched. This kid just loves to pretend, and I think what she imagines is very real to her. A few weeks ago she brought me an empty gift bag and told me she had a present for me. That started a fun game of giving each other imaginary gifts. I had just given her a “snowman” when it was time for dinner, and she actually took the time to put her snowman on the couch before running off to the kitchen. Also, though she often “plays” with characters from her books and Dora or her LeapFrog videos, it seems she has her first imaginary friends of her own creation – two bears, Bearney the brown bear and Jack the blue bear.

Just a few other fun things:

Anya was sitting in her high chair eating some tomatoes, and I heard her say to herself, “What letter does tomato start with? Tomato starts with T!” It turns out she can do that with a lot of words. Who knew?

I was reading Mister Dog (a DUMB book, by the way) to Anya, and when I mentioned the author, she said, “Margaret Wise Brown? Just like Goodnight Moon!”

Anya knows her politics. She can tell you that “Bach” Obama is going to be the next president, Joe Biden the next VP, and Hillary Clinton the next Secretary of State. She’s a really big Obama fan. We were all hanging out in the family room and Lex and I realized she was saying “That’s Barack Obama!” over and over again. It turns out she had found one of Lex’s magazines and had correctly identified a picture of him. Lex was given a book about Obama for his birthday and I let Anya look at it while I combed her hair yesterday. She was in heaven – “That’s Barack Obama, and THAT’S Barack Obama!”

2 Responses to “Anya: The Good and the Less Good”

  1. Amnesty Says:

    Whining is better than screaming. Daisy is a screamer. Counting to three works great here too, although she usually says, “three, Rory trouble!”
    She calls Obama “mama Obama” and says he’s our “pweserent” which is also her word for present 🙂

  2. Lauren Says:

    We get yelling and hysterical tears but no screaming or shrieking, thankfully. “Mama Obama” still cracks me up.