Violet’s birthday is coming up in a few days – I can’t believe this is her last week of being TWO years old!
I wanted to jot down some thoughts about Violet at this age so I can always remember. I know that in a few short months, she will change, our family will change – and all will be different than it is now. I am enjoying this sweet time with her as my “baby” (although I know she will always be my baby)…
Violet is funny, extroverted, and VERY active. She never stops – she wakes up at the crack of dawn and jumps, dances, and runs until well after midnight. She doesn’t require very much sleep at all (maybe 6 or 7 hours/day) – and she doesn’t ever nap. She stopped napping when she was about 18 months old.
Violet is very dramatic and likes to be in charge. She has no problem telling other people her opinion, and what she thinks needs to happen. She knows what she wants, and she has a big heart for adventure…
Violet is very close with both Ginger (5) and Paprika (8) – she LOVES her sisters and plays with them from sun up until sun down!
Ginger is her very best friend – these two are inseparable. They never fight or argue, and sometimes I think they love each other more than they love themselves. They are really generous, sweet, and giving with one another – and they always support the other one no matter what. It’s really special – I am the first to admit that such a bond is rare!
Violet has her own room where I lay down with her every night so she can fall asleep. Paprika and Ginger are in a separate room – because if Violet is in the same room with her sisters at bedtime, nobody would ever sleep! But by the middle of the night, Violet will always crawl into bed with Ginger – who at that point is usually sleeping next to me – so it’s a full bed!
Paprika calls Ginger and Violet “twins” because they never want to be apart. This is how I find them in the morning – and then moments after this was taken, Violet was up and jumping on the bed, crowing like a rooster and saying: Cockadoodledoo! Get up! It’s a beautiful day!
Violet loves to paint, and she loves to draw! I haven’t done much with her academically at all- the further I get into this parenting gig, the less I worry about stuff like that. I know she’ll do everything in her own time. She is bright and capable, and full of life.
Even so, she knows her colors, shapes, numbers up to 100, how to count…how to add simple numbers up – how to subtract – how to write letters, and how to operate a computer and an iPad, possibly better than I can. 😉 I think she’s doing okay…
Violet loves to try new foods – she is our most adventurous eater – she will eat basically anything YOU are eating! She especially loves Pad Thai and Tamales (which she calls guacamole). Her favorite candy (we just found out at Halloween) is Kit Kat bars, which she calls “Kitty Cat Bars.” She has a strong love for chocolate (like me!)
Her willingness to try new foods is a huge change from Paprika (8), who is still a VERY restrictive/picky eater – and Ginger (5), who will only eat things that are healthy, vegan, and without sugar. It’s a little nice having Violet, who will eat ketchup on her french fries and will actually eat a kids’ meal! For so many years, I haven’t had a child who would eat off the kids’ menu! (It’s the little things…haha)
Violet loves books and being read to – she will sit still for hours listening to Ginger (5) read to her! Ginger is a very strong reader and can read pretty much any book Violet picks out – so often, I will find them with a stack of books. Ginger is “teaching” Violet to read – and Violet is a willing student! 🙂
Violet wants to do everything Ginger does – their newest endeavor is, of course, gymnastics! Violet is in the 3-5 year old class, which is perfect for her. She is learning how to do cartwheels, handstands, forward rolls, backward rolls, walk on the balance beam, etc. She practices ALL of these things at home, of course! As if I needed her to have an excuse to climb the walls MORE than she already does. 😉
I should also mention a few milestones that happened in the past six months! First – Ginger taught Violet how to use the potty! Yes, Ginger (5) potty trained Violet.
It’s become a bit of a tradition in our family for the next older sibling to potty train the younger sibling. Ginger had SUCH a strong, obstinate personality at age 2 that there was NO way she would let me help her learn how to use the potty. But because Ginger and Paprika (5 at the time) were such close friends (and still are!), she let Paprika teach her and help her!
So, now it’s tradition that when you are 5 years old, you potty train your younger sibling! Everyone is happy with this arrangement – the 5 year old feels proud and useful, the 2 year old feels cool and looks up to the older sibling, and I get out of the power struggle and frustration! Win-win-win!
Ginger has already told Violet that when the new baby is 2 years old, Violet will be 5 and potty training the baby! Ha!
Another recent milestone is that Violet is now weaned from nursing. She nursed for I would say 2 years 11 months – and she could have probably kept nursing forever – but it was just too painful and difficult being pregnant this time. She is my longest nurser – Paprika was 2 years old when I weaned her (after the twins were born, I just couldn’t do it anymore) – Ginger was about 2 years, 8 months (I weaned her 2 months after Violet was born)- and now Violet is 2 years 11 months! It’s the first time I haven’t nursed for the duration of the pregnancy, but this has been a difficult pregnancy with nausea and fatigue, etc. – so it was just time! I feel good that she was able to nurse for almost 3 years!
This next baby is also the biggest age gap we have between siblings. Paprika and Ginger are 2 years 11 months apart – and remember, I had twins and also a miscarried baby in between them! Ginger and Violet are 2 years 7 months apart. And Violet and the new baby will be 3 years 2 months apart!
I am not sure how Violet will react to having a new baby in the house. Paprika was SO excited about Ginger – there was never even one second of jealousy or sibling rivalry. That is Paprika’s personality to this day.
With Ginger, she had a HARD time adjusting. I think not being the baby anymore broke Ginger’s heart for about 2 (long) years. She still struggles with it a lot – and I work VERY hard to make her feel loved and let her know nobody could ever take her place.
It will be interesting to see how Violet adjusts and how she reacts to the new baby. Right now she is saying that both she and the new baby will be “babies together!” I think she’ll be in for a rude awakening when he sees how big she is next to a newborn!
One thing I do know is that no matter how rough that adjustment is for the girls when the new baby is born- it will all be worth it. These girls have such a bond, and an amazing gift of friendship with one another. Sometimes I want to jump into their sister-circle – but I know what they really need from me is a mom! 😉 I am so grateful for this trio!
I am enjoying my last week with Violet being two years old. Three seems so much bigger than two! I will not say she’s 3 until the clock strikes midnight on her birthday. There is NO reason to rush! It goes without saying, I love this little girl to the moon and back – and I feel SO incredibly lucky and grateful to be her mama. She teaches me so much, and I am grateful for every minute of the last 2 (almost 3!) years with her!
Happy Birthday, Baby Violet (aka Pavenzia)!!!