Harlo has been on a major hiatus from taking pictures, but I think **hope** she’s growing out of that stage.
She says so many funny things that there is literally no way I could keep track right now.
The other day Stella was playing with some toy that was supposed to make noise of some sort but wasn’t working, I overheard Harlo tell her “Sorry, honey. He needs ba-a-ries (batteries) you okay?” like she just had to break some terrible news to her. Such a good sis.
If she gets in trouble or if I have to get serious with her at all, when I finish what I’m telling her she says, “k, Promise?”
Her favorite thing is to pinky swear, which she does with her pointer finger, and we both have to kiss it at the same time.
last week we were playing and she got a little too rough and hit my face… right away I said “Ow! Harlo.. we don’t hit faces.” and she goes “oh.. darn it! You okay, honey?”
She calls me honey all the time. It is seriously my favorite thing in the entire world.
When Stella talks in her jibber-jabber Harlo always says “oh really?!”
It is almost painful for Harlo when Stella is asleep. She asks every 2 minutes if we can go get her yet.
We always have to wait til we hear her, but sometimes I know Harlo sneaks in there or tries to be loud in front of her door then comes to me and says “Mom, Stella waked up!”
She has taken a sudden interest in the potty, usually after naps she asks for big girl panties and she sits on the potty.
I’ve been trying to hold her off a couple more weeks since we’ll be out of town every weekend til the middle of August, but we’ll see how it goes. I really wanted to wait until she was fully ready and more so it was her idea. If I try to push her, I know it will be a NIGHTMARE. So I am glad she’s started taking a liking to being a big girl.
Speaking of big girl.. the last 10 days she’s started skipping naps quite frequently.
I’m hoping this is not the end of naptime, but she really acts totally fine when she skips, so I think it’s coming.
I think every mother’s nightmare is the end of naptime, but once it comes it’s not as bad…
With Stella’s birthday party craze, Harlo is obsessed with it!
She always says “Is it Stella’s birthday in two months?” Everyday she asks.. I have no idea where she got this.
The other day I was out in the living room sitting on the floor when she came into the room and said “well aren’t you something?”
She has the most brilliant one-liners.
She definitely has grown into the (I hate to use the word terrible, but) terrible two-and-a-half’s.
She is constantly pushing her limits, trying to figure out what she can control and how far she can cross the line.
She’ll go on these tangents for 2-3 days, then she’ll be amazingly well behaved for a few days.
We go from the terrific twos to terrible twos back and forth all week long.
I really try and realize how frustrating it is for her, and that helps me keep my cool and stop and slowly explain.
Although, sometimes that’s much harder than I’d like to admit.
Harlo got her first bite last week at our playdate.
She keeps talking about it and getting as much sympathy as possible. ha.
It wasn’t very hard at all, and unfortunately I think it’s probably the first of many fights with kids. :( Being a kid is rough!
We have also had our first bouts with sisterly drama.
I am on constant damage control, poor Stella.
It usually starts out with lovins and then ends with Harlo laying on top of Stella or having her in a headlock of sorts.
The other day while I was gone (of course it’s the only time I’ve ever had my sister watch the girls, Harlo was a troll) Harlo poked Stella in the eye on purpose, from what I was told.
The thing is, usually when Stella does end up hurt, Harlo is the one who’s most upset.
And her apologies to Stella are always so sincere.
I always say “you need to apologize to your sister.” and Harlo immediatley goes and says something in variation to “Stella, I’m so sorry. You okay, honey? I don’t want to hurt you!”
I hope her apologies always stay so sweet.
and it’s always “I’m so sorry” never just “i’m sorry”
But as sisters do, they make up the next minute and they’re on to their next little game.
They have started having their little inside jokes and games and it’s so fun to watch.
Last week their favorite was putting their hand in front of their mouth and shouting like an indian.
This week it’s throwing their heads back and saying “whoa!” they take turns and laugh and laugh at each other.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no better sound in the entire world than my girls giggling together. I’m sure I’ll still enjoy it when they’re in their 20’s and 30’s and 40’s.
Her favorite thing to do is bring Stella her blanky and watch how excited she gets about it. She says “here Stel!” and then as soon as she passes it she says “ohhhh hohoho, ohhhhh blanky!” for a few minutes to help get Stelly hyped up over it :)
She has days where she wants to be a baby, and other days when she wants to be a big girl.
I do tend to hold Stella quite a bit, and ever once in a while, Harlo wants to be held.
I usually love the opportunity to hold her in my arms and rock her and snuggle her.
I know she wont be asking to “hold you” forever.
I always tease that she’s a better babysitter than Brady, which is not totally true, but she is a dang good baby sitter.
I love listening to them while I get ready in the mornings (or the afternoons… I’m not gonna lie, there’s never a set time for mama to have 20 minutes alone or with 2 free hands, rather.) Harlo will attend to Stella for the first little while and Stella becomes more and more restless and Harlo tries to keep it together until she can’t anymore. The other day after Stella had started in on the full on melt down, Harlo came in to me and said “mom, Stella’s freakin’ out.” haha. Other times she’ll say “Stella’s really mad, I think you should feed her.”
Harlo has such an imagination!
Last week I was cleaning the bathroom and Harlo had lined all the cleaning products up, named them all and was playing with them and making them all talk with each other. They would fight and make up and laugh and laugh, and fall in love and sing… She can be entertained with ANYTHING.
This week Auntie came for Stella’s birthday party and of all things, Harlo got the biggest kick out of Willow’s chain collar. One minute it was her dog on a leash, then it was her baby and she was singing it a lullabye, then it woke up and was crying, then it was her princess crown, then her purse… she got all sorts of uses out of that thing.
She loves to dance and listen to music.
She would truly rather listen to Pandora radio than watch a movie.
All. Day. Long she asks me to dance.
I swear that’s how I’ve lost all my baby weight. We dance allllll day long.
I’ll be holding Stella and dancing with her and I’ll look down and Harlo will be holding her baby doll copying everything I do.
Harlo doesn’t always show her love to me very obviously, so when she copies me like that, I know she thinks I’m pretty cool. ;)
Today as I was rocking Stella for her nap, Harlo whispers to me “okay, be really quiet and go put her in her room” then she followed me in there saying “shh, shh, shh,” the whole way like I do and tip toes out of her room and helps me quietly shut the door.
She’ll be such a good little mama.
Some days she really does give us a run for our money, but we truly wouldn’t change her personality for the world!
She is such a staple in this family and I’m so glad she’s mine.