Speaking of Harper and laughing......I had to laugh again when I picked her up from MDO today and her teacher told me "She WEARS me out". She said it in a nice way but I just wanted to say "Welcome to my life!" ha! Harper is a bundle of energy and she NEVER stops talking all day long.
BUT I think the closer we get to 3 - the easier she is getting. We have had some wonderful days lately and it has been such a blessing. For the last year - when I ask her to do something she usually says "NO!" or does exactly the opposite of what I ask but lately she will say "Okay, Mommy, Okay" and then proceed to do what I've asked. It's the little things - that just thrills me! She really is becoming so independent and is such a little helper.
Sometimes I underestimate what she is capable of. In our parenting class - we learned something that I thought was wonderful but would NEVER work with Harper. At least not at this age. It's called the "interrupt rule" and it is taught to teach children not to interrupt adults but also that what they have to say is important to you. When I'm talking to another adult or to her dad - we teach her instead of interrupting - to come up and put her hand on my arm and then I put my hand back on her hand so she knows I know she has something to say and then at a good breaking point I can say "Harper - did you have something to say?" We didn't even try this at first because I knew she wouldn't get it.
Well - we finally did it one night this week and just forgot it. Yesterday I was talking to Scott and realized a little hand was resting on my arm. I couldn't believe she remembered! So we played it out and she was THRILLED when I gave the the floor to speak. So thrilled that she wanted to "play the interrupt rule game" all night long.