Clothes: Size 5 diapers. 18 or 24 month pants (girl has shorter legs) and 2T shirts/dresses (long torso/big belly). Getting ready to start full-on potty training though, so hopefully the diapers will only be for sleeping/running errands/long car rides pretty soon!
Food: She's doing better at trying new things. Her staple/go to food items are bagels with cream cheese, quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and honey or jam sandwiches, mac n cheese, and pasta with alfredo or pesto (she doesn't like red sauce). She loves fruit...especially strawberries and watermelon and apples. She isn't a big veggie fan still, but will eat them when mixed with other stuff...like in soup. She won't eat cooked zucchini at all, but will eat broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers in soup. She will also eat salad sometimes. She still loves her smoothies, so I keep making smoothies with a handful of spinach mixed in with berries and other fruit to get some extra veggies in her. I find that she is more apt to trying something new if I set it in front of her and walk away or don't watch. She is not a meat lover. At all. She hates beef but will SOMETIMES eat chicken or turkey if it's mixed with other stuff (like in soup). She typically won't just eat the meat by itself. She loves milk and yogurt though, so I try to get her protein in through dairy and whole grains and then get her those greens for iron!
Sleep: Awesome. She went through a rough patch for a bit while she was sick. We figured out her cold had turned into an ear infection, and after that she went back to normal. She sleeps 12-13 hours straight at night (sometimes wakes up once but will usually go back to sleep on her own) and sleeps anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours for her afternoon nap. She needs to teach her sister a thing or two about sleep!
Activity: Her favorite thing is reading. She also loves kitties. They are her favorite animal. She got a ton of Hello Kitty stuff for Christmas and she goes nuts over it. She's a total girly girl. She loves wearing dresses and pretty shoes. She just loves shoes in general. She got her shoe obsession from her mom. She drinks out of regular cups without spilling. She eats with a spoon and fork pretty well. She brushes her teeth. She brushes her hair. She tells me when she's tired and ready for bed or a nap. It's crazy how fast she's growing up! I can't believe she'll be two in April! She is very helpful with her sister. She throws diapers away for me, gives Charlotte her pacifier, and talks to her when she's crying. She likes to keep Charlotte company when Charlotte is upset and will hold animals/toys in front of her to get her attention. She is good at sharing (most of the time) with Charlotte as well. She really loves her little "sissy" and is SUCH a good big sister. She loves to snuggle/hold/hug her sister but also likes to snuggle with her mommy and daddy, which makes me happy! She went through a period where she didn't want to snuggle anymore, and I was SO sad. I'm glad she's back to it! And she recently started calling me "mom" instead of "mommy"...which makes me so sad! Hopefully she'll go back to mommy! Her vocab has EXPLODED. I couldn't even begin to count how many words she says. It's over 100 for sure. And I think she learns a new one or two daily. And she is putting small sentences together. Such a smart girl! She also follows instructions pretty well, unless she's just in the mood to be a stinker.
Personality: Determined, independent, kind, silly, such a little ham...she loves being the center of attention and LOVES to make people laugh. She has this "creepy" fake laugh that she does...and it cracks everyone up all the time. So she does it often. We are working on tantrums and fits. She's kind of entered that "terrible two" stage of independence and defiance where she wants to assert her will and get her way. Timeouts are the most effective way to discipline her right now. She gets two minute time outs in a chair in the hallway when she's really being naughty. I've started the whole "I will count to 3, and if you don't stop, you get a time out", and that usually works pretty well. She responds well to discipline, so I don't actually have to do it a lot. Some days she'll be in timeout 2 or 3 times, and then she'll go a week without needing a timeout. She's a pretty good kid. She went through a phase for a few weeks where she threw herself down on the floor and threw a fake tantrum when she didn't get her way, but she got over that. She'll try it now and then again, but Corey and I refuse to respond to her when she does that. We literally completely ignore her and walk away so she knows it doesn't get her anywhere. Having a reaction to her tantrum just makes the whole thing worse. Ignoring her causes her to settle down and stop faster as well. On occasion, I'll send her to her room to throw her tantrum if it's really bad. I'll tell her that she can scream and cry only in her room and may come out when she's done. And that works pretty well too. She's good about saying she's sorry. After a timeout or if I send her to her room, we go in and tell her why she was disciplined, ask her to say she's sorry, and give her a hug and kiss and tell her we love her.
Overall, Eden is an awesome girl. She's all over the place, constantly on the move, and keeps me on my toes, but I love her SO much! She is such a blessing!
Oh, and she just had her first haircut. It was getting very mullet-like, and she's now sporting a cute bob!