My sassy threenager.
A glance at Noelle physically: Girly is tall! She has long, long skinny chicken legs, small feet, tiny waist, and small frame. She's built just like I was when I was young! No hips, no butt, nothing, lol. Her hair is for sure stick straight as well, no volume. This girl is all me, all the way. She totally got everything from her mama!
A glance at Noelle emotionally/mentally: She's very smart and picks up on things quickly. She is an emotional child, who I think is extra sensitive. She is a thinker, and already thinks too deeply about things, and reacts strongly. She takes things personal, already at her young age.
Personality: She's shy, reserved, quiet, timid, in general very sweet, polite, ad well mannered. Once you get to know her you will see her sassy side. She can be VERY sassy. She loves to pose, do sassy/fancy walk, and loves to perform. She loves to sing and dance, but would never do that until she's very comfortable with her surroundings. She can also be bossy! She tends to boss her sister around a lot. She's very particular as well, when it comes to what she wears and what she eats. Sometimes even where she sits. Reminds me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, lol.
Favorites: Noelle is just girly beyond girly! All her favorites revolve around very feminine things. She still LOVES pink and purple. Now she loves glitter and sparkles too. She loves My Little Pony, Barbie, Disney princesses, unicorns, rainbows, cupcakes, Sofia the First, pretty much anything that is girly. She also likes to play independently with her MagiClip dolls, Barbies, or her little figures. The one thing she loves that isn't ultimately girly is Paw Patrol. Although, Skye is her favorite. I'm also happy that Noelle still loves books more than anything. Favorites include Fancy Nancy, fairy books, Dr. Seuss books, and she's starting to like stories/books without pictures.
Dislikes: Noelle still hates getting her hair washed. Lucky for her, her hair is very thin and doesn't get very oily so I don't wash it often anyways. She also is newly very independent about getting herself dressed, so she strongly dislikes when I pick out her clothes or want to help her. She hates being rushed (which sucks, since we are running late all the time) so she has a freak out when I'm trying to get her shoes or something on quickly.
Schedule and Routine: We are a horribly unplanned family. I have routines, but not a very set schedule. We try to keep to something similar each day, especially since I do daycare, but I let her sleep in when she naturally does, and I'm not strict about when she goes down to nap, as long as she does at some point in the afternoon. She usually wakes up anytime from 7-8am. We usually play, do some structured learning activity or art project in the morning if we don't go for an outing (usually the library, park, walk, playdate, etc.), usually have lunch anytime between 11:45-1:00pm, then it's quiet play and clean up before nap. Lucky for us Noelle still naps between 1-2 (sometimes 3) hours. The evenings are family time. We usually go out to eat, or eat at home, then either do another outing (Target trips, window shop at the mall, go over to a family/friends house for dinner, go get an ice cream treat, etc.), go on a bike ride/walk, or watch a family movie/tv show before bed. At bedtime she gets a bath with Halle, and we get them ready together. They do pajamas and bedtime stories together and it's usually lights out at anywhere between 8-9pm. We try to aim for 8, but sometimes in the summer it's hard since we will stay out later than normal.
Sleeping: Noelle is still a pretty bad sleeper at night. I shouldn't say bad, since once she's sleeping, she's great...but getting to sleep is another issue. Noelle has a very hard time falling asleep, as if she has insomnia. If we get her in bed by 8pm, she may be sleeping by 9:30 or even 10. We have tried earlier bedtimes but she still takes a long time to fall asleep. Every once in a while we give in and give her children's melatonin which helps.
Eating: Noelle is a very picky eater, and does not like to try new things. She eats absolutely no vegetables, and only a handful of fruit. She loves carbs and sweets - the bad stuff. She goes through weird phases where she only eats one thing at a time. Ever since she turned 3 we have noticed that she will go through this phase, and it usually lasts a few months. For example, for about a month and a half her favorite food was pepperoni pizza. That's the only thing she wanted for dinner every night. We were buying so many frozen pizzas. Then all of a sudden it changed to macaroni and cheese. Then it was that every single meal. After that was grilled cheese. Now it's Cheerios. Just plain Cheerios. She wants that for lunch and for dinner, every single day. It's the weirdest thing! We rely heavily on vitamins.
Activities: She currently loves dance! Ever since that recital she asks for dance constantly, and can't wait to go! She also dances every day at home, and says she is practicing. She plays "recital" and "dance class" all the time. She is also very interested in soccer which makes me excited! I'd love for her to try out another sport! She currently goes to church every Sunday with me, and loves that because Myla is in her class. This upcoming fall she will be in preschool 3 full days a week!
Social: Although she is very shy, she is very comfortable with her friends. Her favorite friends to play with are Myla, Emma, Vivi, Gavin, Oliver, Evan, Amery and Addie. She's probably closest to Myla, who she always says is her best friend. She plays really well! She loves to play make believe and is at a stage where she can really play imaginatively with others. Dramatic play is no problem. She's very scared to make new friends and is afraid of groups, but usually if there is 1 other person there that she can relate to (preferably not a boy) then she's all good! Another new thing that she is doing socially, is preferring girls! She has lots of friends that are boys, since so many of my friends have boys, but she has reached a stage where she only wants girls! She said she only wants girls at her birthday party, asks if boys will be at church/school/parties, and when there are boys she wants to know how many. She's okay with 1-2 boys, lol.
I love you so much, you crazy little booger!!!!! xoxoxox
Some vids of Noellie Belly: