Recently Cassidy has been really into pretend play. She goes shopping at the farmer's market, cooks in her little kitchen, eats lunch or dinner with her stuffed animals & dolls and even clears the table & washes dishes! While she plays pretend, it's interesting to see how she interacts with "others," figures things out & creates a world for herself - which largely resembles our day to day life. A lot of times we hear phrases & commentary that she doesn't use in real life.
It's definitely neat to watch her develop into a little person. She clearly has her own opinions & agenda most days, but is getting better & better about using her words & more complete phrases or sentences. We got the book "Calm Down Time" recently which seems to have helped her begin to deal with not so pleasant feelings. She loves reading & it's made an impact on her that she feels the same way as the children in the story. The book is part of the The Free Spirit Toddler Tools Series & we have a number of the other books too - I'd recommend them to anyone with a toddler!
This year Cassidy starts preschool. She'll attend the preschool at our church two days a week for two hours. The class is a co-op where there is a teacher & a parent in the classroom each day. The school follows a loose curriculum that is based more on child-lead exploration than academic rigor at this age - which I think is just right! Michael will be on the preschool board of directors this year & assisting with buildings & grounds. I'm not sure how ready I am to have a school age child yet, but don't think I really have a choice!