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30 Aug

Toddler Wows!

  1. Everything tastes better with sprinkles or ketchup (or even both)
  2. Words with a U in them are hilarious.
  3.  People actually praise you when you have really long naps.
  4. Pretend cake tastes as good as real one.
  5. Baby dolls don’t complain if you hold them by the leg, violently rock then or feed them Play-Doh cakes. Real baby cousins do.
  6.  Splashing in puddles is so satisfying: you get wet, you make cool sounds and startle mommy at the same time.
  7. If it has Dora on it you always want to use it.  Even if it’s a toothbrush.
  8.  Finding out the things Willy likes are exactly the same things you like. Dressing up? Check. Tumbling? Check. Making cakes and splashing in the ocean? Check and check.  (Willy is the main character in Anthony Brown’s Thing I Like book by the way)
  9. Mommy’s lap is the most comfortable reading chair ever.
  10. Every one in your mommy’s school says hi. Especially when I am wearing a tiny PE uniform.

Toddler woes

  1. Finding out you actually have to buy stuff. And mommy doesn’t necessarily agree that you need the $200 doll.
  2. Fun things like shows or play dates end way too soon…
  3. Those darn canines coming in. Ouch!
  4. Mommy thinks eating, bathing or sleeping is more important than playing
  5. Stuffed animals don’t go in the bathtub!?
  6. You have to take turns when hitting the piñata. And big kids hog the candy.
  7. How come we can’t go out to the yard when it’s raining? Or at 6 am?
  8. Some one said I have to say good bye to my pacifier, my diaper and my crib. I don’t think so.
  9. Mood swings and tantrums. Ok going to nursery school is scary and deserves all the tears in the world but taking a bath? Slicing your sandwich
  10.  Every one in your mommy’s school says hi. Especially when I am wearing a tiny PE uniform.

 

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We made it!

28 Mar

Lu has slept in her room the whole week! The first night was pretty bad: she woke up at 1, 3 and 4.30 crying! She never cries at night! Then the second night she woke up at 2 wanting to party, I fed her, swaddled her, popped her pacifier in her mouth, held her a bit while her eyes got heavy and then gently placed her back on her crib. Her eyes drifted closed and I went back to my bedroom. I was pulling the covers when I held a soft whine, the video monitor showed Lu trashing around with a pacifier free mouth. So I got out of bed and avoiding eye contact (despite the radiant smile aimed my way) popped the paci back in and tiptoed back to bed. I got in and heard a soft whine… After an hour of coming and going I have to confess I started getting a bit angry. Ok, ok very angry. So I woke Devoted Daddy and sent him to replace me. He went back and forth a couple of times without success. After two hours of dancing and wondering where our sweet dream feeding bay had gone we decided we were going to let her cry. So Lu´s whine turned to a loud protest and then to a high pitched wail, after maybe 30 seconds I went in scooped her up in my arms and carried her to our bed (I know, exactly what you´re not supposed to do) But when her whining, paci spitting, trashing started again I jumped out of bed and promptly dumped ( it sound awful to dump your daughter but she had bow been awake for 3 HOURS!!!!!)her back in her crib and turned the monitor volume to low. After 15 minutes of forcing myself no to peek at the camera I heard a weird noise: Lu was snoring!

We were very, very tempted to switch her back to our bedroom but luckily we decided we could handle one more night. I went to sleep at 11 with trepidation …and didn´t wake up once till 5!

So a I have to add new item to my “Things nobody tells you about parenting” list : Parenting is 10% inspiration and 90% persistence..