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Little Olivia, right now the youngest, but soon to become the little middle child. To be honest I don’t think she is going to be all that happy when the new one arrives. I think she enjoys being the baby of the family.

Olivia is our happiest child. She is happy almost all the time. She has also been our easiest child. She is generally happy with whatever you give her. She isn’t an overly cuddly child. Often she will come sit with us for 5 or 10 minutes, then she is off doing her own thing or chasing after the other kids. She is really good at independent play. Sure, she has her off days, what kid doesn’t, but it isn’t really that often.

Right now she is gaining a lot of new words and starting to communicate her wants to us. She is learning that she can not always have her way. This means we have entered in the to temper tantrum / hitting / frustration from us misunderstanding her stage.  And boy she is stubborn when she wants to be! She has mastered the death stare and her fits are pretty dramatic, and she will go on for a long time. We just let it be until she will let us help her through it. If we step in too early, she gets more upset and hits. But once it is over, it is over and she is her happy self again.

She is still such a little goof ball. I can always count on her to make me smile during the day. She has one annoying habit right now though. A few months back, she found a soother (she never used one as a baby) and now we have a really hard time getting her to ditch it. She isn’t allowed to take it to daycare. She understands that, and has not problems without it there. The moment we walk in the door at home… she is demanding it, searching for it. She will climb up on the counters in the kitchen or bathroom to find it. Until it is in her mouth, she cries and is a big pain in the butt. We really would like to get rid of it, however I don’t have the energy to deal with it right now. Some day…

I can’t wait to see her reaction when the new baby comes. She loves her dolls. She steals wet wipes and cleans them, she puts them to bed and pushes them around in a walker thing we have. It will be interesting to see how she takes a real baby in the house.

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