Corinne turned three last month, so I thought it was time for an update. Wow, it’s amazing how fast three years can pass, and how much can change during that time.
For long time readers of this blog, you know that by far the biggest issue raising Corinne has been sleep. She’s not a good sleeper, and never has been. It was right before her second birthday that she slept through the night for the first time, before that she was waking up every 1-2 hours through the night. For two years. That was easily the hardest ordeal I’ve ever lived through.
I’m happy to say that things are much different now. She has occasional lapses, but for the most part she’s falling asleep in her toddler bed and sleeping until sunrise. Bedtime is normally around 8PM, and she gets up between 6AM and 7AM. It’s less sleep than she should be getting according to the expers, but it seems to be all she needs.
Naps are a little different story. She still needs naps, but much to Raelene’s chagrin she’s starting to transition out of them. Some days it takes as many as three hours to get her down for a 45 minute nap.
She was a much better eater when she was younger, but I guess that’s to be expected given her age. The problem we have is that she wants to play with her food, and not that she turns food away. In fact, I don’t know of any foods that she refuses to eat. She’s also capable of putting away a lot of food, so we have to watch portion control.
Corinne is definitely a spirited child with a LOT of energy. She needs hard, outdoor play every single day or she starts to go a little stir crazy. She has one speed, and that’s all the way up at 11. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not hyperactive. She just has a lot of energy, even for a three year old.
Once she warms, which can take up to half an hour, Corinne is very social child. She loves interacting with other children, and often takes the role of “social director” telling everyone what to do next. Her friends don’t seem to mind, most of the time. Her outgoing nature also means she can be a bit of a bull in the China shop at play time, and so we’re working on that.
Corinne wore size 4T clothing for like two months, and is now transitioning into size 5T. Given her size and social skills, people often think she’s older. Even her preschool teachers have to sometimes remind themselves that she’s only three.
More than anything, Corinne is amazing. We are so blessed to have her in our life.
If you are interested in following what Corinne has to say, check out the Corinnisms Twitter feed. It’s updated every time she says something either Raelene or I think is funny.