Time seems to go much faster as an adult than I remember growing up. Clarissa is three years old. She has lived exactly half of her life in America and half of her life in South Korea.
Life with Clarissa is a fun adventure. She definitely keeps me on my toes!
Her three year old check up is on Friday, so I don’t know all of her statistics yet. But she has definitely grown this year. Clarissa is quick to say, “I am growing up. I am getting heavy.” Last year, she wanted to walk everywhere. This year she prefers to be carried. I enjoy a good cuddle, but when it’s 95 degrees everyday, mommy gets tired quickly. I have recently started to bring the umbrella stroller everywhere we go. It’s not as bad on the bus as I thought it would be and my walks to our destination have become so much easier. I don’t know why I waited a year and a half to try this?!
Clarissa’s favorite activity is probably reading. She read the most books in her age group this summer at the library. Her prize was a $25 gift card to the px, which she spent on a Frozen jewelry making kit and some Elsa panties.
She asks me to read to her multiple times per day. Clarissa also likes to “read” to herself. She is very good at narrating what is happening in the pictures. Plus she has half of the stories memorized anyway.
She even asks me to read in the indoor playroom of our apartment building. Most of the books are in Korean so I have become quite skilled at making up stories.
She also just got a Frozen tea set for her birthday and asks to play in the bathtub several times per day so that she can have “real tea.”
This week she learned to blow bubbles correctly. Before, she kind of ate them.
Her menu is still not very large, but this week has started to eat a larger quantity of food per day. She will pretty much eat pizza, ice cream, and chocolate any time they are offered. She will sometimes eat french fries (with ketchup), breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, popsicles, pretzels, almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, yogurt covered raisins, dates, apples, and bananas. Everyday she will eat a peanut butter sandwich, mozarella cheese, and a fruit bar or seaweed snack. She mostly drinks soymilk and water, but will request gatorade on a hot day.
Clarissa is brilliant. We named her well (Clarissa means brilliant). She is also quite determined. Which works both ways. If she wants to do something, she will do everything she can to make it happen. And if she doesn’t, well, it probably isn’t going to happen. Thus, I started potty training in April and she still isn’t fully potty trained. She is daytime potty trained at home. Has been for about a month. But once you leave the house, she doesn’t care anymore. Usually. Sometimes she will ask to sit on the potty while we are out. But it’s rare.
During the month of July, she demanded to be called Elsa and sometimes would not respond unless you called her Elsa. Tim refused and so he would come home and she would cry hysterically and say, “Mommy, Daddy says I’m not Elsa. I’m Clarissa.”
She does know her colors and shapes. She can recognize her letters pretty consistently. She can count from 1-10 and recognize those numbers as well. I overheard her singing the alphabet song today. Clarissa really enjoys singing. She randomly bursts into songs that she makes up.
I am really glad that I wrote about her interests a few months ago, because they have changed so much this summer. Her favorite movie is either Finding Nemo or Lion King. She watches Doc McStuffins, Robocar Poli, and Sofia the First on tv.
My Favorite Clarissa-isms
“one more minute”
“I’m growing up. I’m getting heavy” (or Mittens is growing up, or ___ is growing up)
“It doesn’t feel me good” (if she doesn’t like something or if she doesn’t feel good after eating/doing something)
“I want a dead sandwich” (plain bread)
She has a hard time pronouncing the letter l, so most things sound like y. yike (like), yegs (legs)
“my yegs (legs) don’t work really well” (when she’s tired)
She uses the words because and yike (like) A LOT
Most days she will say “I don’t feel good. I have gunk.” Pretty sure she has inherited our allergies, poor thing.
She says ” loft cloth” for washcloth
If I ask her why she did something, her response is usually” because I did”
We read a few books about opposites and she is confused. She often says “it’s too easy” when something is difficult
She randomly adds “uh” to the middle of the word so it’s “sam-uh-wich” and “hung-uh-ry”
she still says “hold ou me” when she wants me to carry her and I don’t have the heart to correct her. Because, she recently started to say “orange” correctly and I’m devastated. I loved how she said “ornange”
I am so thankful for our beautiful baby girl. I am so glad that I get to stay home with her during this season of life.
Update : Clarissa is 89.6 cm (35.3 inches) tall and weighs 12.7kg (28 pounds). So she has grown a little over three inches and gained almost 5 pounds this year.