April 25th of 2011 was a wonderful day for our family. We gained a sweet girl with lots of character and spunk. She is a beauty, too, if you ask me. Smiles constantly; brightening up any one's day!
Just born :)
Being the princess, she wanted to have a Disney princess birthday party, of course. We invited family and friends to the park and had a celebration! Ansley loves all things girly right now. She likes to grab a bag and fill it up with all her "stuff" as her purse. She wants to dress up in dresses/skirts and high heels or "slippers" as she calls them. While she is usually constantly moving around, she will sit still for you to paint her toe and finger nails, which she wants to do daily.
Her with Princess Rapunzel in Disney World
Wearing her Princess Sophia dress in Disney
Her daily goal is focusing on acting like a momma! She still plays with her babies, toting them around with her purse and their gear. She also has acquired some imaginary kids that she scolds and takes to the bathroom frequently. Their names are always some of her favorite friends. Usually though, its Brenna, Brinkley, Emma or Bryson. I hear her telling them the same things I say to her. And of course she wants to treat Layne like her baby. She picks him up; moves him away from things; wants to feed him; and such. Then she tries to scold Garyn some. He hates it and always tells her she's not the momma! Which she quickly and most assuredly replies "Yes, I am!" Always cracks me up!
The real Brenna
Trying to wrap up Layne with his blanket.
Ansley has faced some major hurdles in the last few months and has jumped over them much better than I expected! She is now pretty well potty trained. We started back in the fall and just hit a stand still until I spent a few days at home with no pull-ups and a lot of bribery! She still has accidents that come in spurts when she just doesn't want to stop playing to go potty. At night and nap she wears a pull-up so we haven't jumped that hurdle yet. However, most of the time she goes to the potty and stays dry! When we moved in January, she started sleeping in a twin bed. I was very worried about her getting out of bed constantly and the fact that her room is right at the top of steps. However, she didn't sneak out nearly as much as I remembered Garyn had. She stayed in her room at bedtime, crying some for us, but that was typical even in her baby bed. In the early morning is when she would come out and get in our bed. I sometimes would take her back and others wouldn't wake up enough to do it. Occasionally, she will still do this, but its more rare now.
First night in twin bed (with brother's old sheet, too)
She likes to sleep with Garyn on the weekends (notice the paci again...)
And the last hurdle was the PACI! The paci fairy came to visit her the night of her birthday and left her a new Princess Sophia blanket. Ansley has done really well considering what we were expecting! She loved her paci and had to have it at nap and bedtime to go to sleep. Plus, she would want it other times throughout the day but normally I wouldn't let her have it. The first week or two without it she did cry a lot at nap and bedtime but wouldn't continuously say she wanted her paci. She might would say it once and then the rest of the time she would just whine or ask for us to lay down with her. I have been pleased with the fact that she still naps. Like I said, she cries/fusses more when we leave the room but she does eventually go to sleep without us or her paci!
On the way home from beach, last road trip with paci!
Other quirky things-
- She loves to do puzzles now, and can complete a 48 pc by herself!
- She swallowed a Barbie shoe and successfully passed it :)
- Everything happens on Saturday, according to Ansley.
- She calls Garyn "brother" and Layne "baby brother" sometimes saying it with a "d" in place of "th"
- She sings Old McDonald with a "E-I-E-I- NO "
- She rides a tricycle well, like the second time she got on it she pedaled on her own
- She has only had one haircut so far and it was just a trim
- She is doing gymnastics still and loves it!
- She likes to ask a million questions about every stranger we see!Doing puzzles.
Ansley is now 32 lbs and 38" wearing 3T clothes. She can still wear some 2T because of her waist and shoulder width but those are usually shorts or long dress/shirts. She has just started wearing a size 9 in shoes and has as many shoes as me, I think! Although she still favors Tyler and the boys, she looks like me more so than her brothers. Her eyes have started looking green but still look blue depending on what she wears. This is also like mine.
She wanted to see what her makeup looked like in the picture.
She and daddy
Garyn, Ansley and I
We love our cute little 3 year old and all her spunk. She is constantly surprises us with her attitude and wit!
I know she will grow up to be a strong, beautiful woman!