Thankfully, since being home she has soared and has blown us away this year with how fast she has picked everything up. But, we can honestly say behaviorally that Dariya is enjoying the terrible 2's stage a little too much.
As of the last couple weeks, she has decided that anything and everything is a good target to attempt to flush. We have lost a pair of socks, several books (they didn't go down but rather were too soaked to survive), many rolls of toilet paper, numerous clothing articles have been rescued and she had my cell phone just inches from chucking it in when I caught her. Thankfully, she knows stop and is obeying it and handed it over before any damage was done.
Then of course, there is potty training. She is doing fabulously well and is keeping dry most days with gentle reminders to use the toilet. However, she has decided that no peeing in your pull up or diaper means during nap time too so every day for a week I have found her wiggled out of her diaper (3 or 4 times sometimes) WITH duct tape around it and has peed in the bed, even when she has just gone before nap. Ugh!
Oh and let's not forget the other morning when she was completely ready for preschool and went down to the kitchen and pulled Aidan's left over bowl of a bit of cereal and milk over on top of herself covering herself from head to toe with delicious cinnamon toast crunch and milk! If it wasn't 3 minutes before the bus was to arrive
She loves playing with Aidan and Alayna but, is still in that mainly side by side playing that toddlers do. She doesn't engage with others yet, especially friends at school but, we are working on that.
Today marks the one year anniversary of when we began our journey to Ukraine to pick up Dariya. Traveling nearly 24 hours with a stop in DC, Munich and finally arriving in Kiev. I still am humbled that God chose us to be her parents. She is such a sweet girl and fits in perfectly here with just enough added chaos to make life exciting.
We love you Dariya and celebrate how far you have come in just a year. Now could you walk away from the toilet and move onto the next stage already?