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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.

 

Party Planning

8 Mar

When a Jewish girls is born in Mexico since there is no bris or baptism some people give her  a naming party also called “visit” since people visit the new baby. But this party is usually all girls which sort of annoys me because why should the daddy , granddads, uncles and cousins miss out on the fun but mostly because  I don´t like the  idea of celebrating my daughter’s birth confirming that men’s and women’s worlds are separate  so Devoted Daddy and I decided to have a nice family brunch for our closest friends and relatives. We sat down and each of us wrote a guest list for our side of the family. Then we added up the names: our small brunch had a guest list of 100 (without kids)! Mind you that´s not a huge amount of guest for a Mexican party, the vast majority of our families live in the same city and Lu has lunch with her second cousins at least once every couple of months. My family is fairly small and most of my cousins live in the Sates but we still have 12 people happily eating together on weekends. My husband’s family is huge: he has 18 cousins, some of them married with kids. Then there are my 12 friends or the “cockatoos” as Devoted Daddy fondly calls them, all of them my friends since high school, all of them  married with anywhere form one to three babies. So having a small party is basically out of the question which kind of sucks because I´ve seen all this beautiful ideas and crafts on peoples blog (check out the beautiful Circus Party on http://silenceandnoise.wordpress.com  but crafting for 100 with a 4 month baby is just not happening.

So far I have two possible themes: Picnic in the Garden or Mexican Party. So far I´m leaning mnore for the second theme because I can´t find picnic benches for rent anywhere  in the city and I have a cool idea for the Mexican menu (a tamales, quesadillas, omelet, fruit and dessert  buffet with different station decorated like a Mexican street market ) The thing is I want to go for a mod Mexican look as opposed to piñatas and sombreros but I´m really having a tough time coming up with ideas. The  few sites that feature Mexican parties go for the nachos and sombreros deal which is definitely a n o go in Mexico.  So basically I´m stuck. Parties are very important  to me because I strongly  believe that we all need rituals to mark all milestones in our lives and this has been the coolest, most important milestone in our lives. I also love entertaining and I feel that by throwing a beautiful party  is a great way to tell people that you care  (especially if like me you have trouble actually just saying it).

So my enormously big aspirations for this party have gotten me stuck and a party that should have taken place three months ago is still just an idea (and that the dress we bought Lu for the party when I was pregnant doesn´t  fit her anymore)      

Any ideas out there??????????

Perfect Day After Baby

6 Mar

A perfect day before Lu:

A sunny but not too hot Saturday. Waking up no too late (9 maybe) so we could have time to enjoy the day. Breakfast in La Condesa  (Mexico City´s SoHo) and a walk in the park. A fun exhibition in one of the city’s many museums and free exhibits (extra points if it´s downtown) Late lunch comida with the family. Romantic comedy  at the movies. Dinner and board games at a friend´s house.

A perfect day after Lu:

Any weekend  with Lu and Devoted Daddy!

But ok THE PERFECT DAY would be: 

 

 Lu wakes up at 5 or 6 am for the first time, drinks her bottle and goes back to sleep until 8 on our bed! Cuddling, snuggling and giggling in bed until it´s time for the first time of the day. Homemade chilaquiles for breakfast while Lu naps. Choosing a cute outfit for our baby doll and taking one million pictures.  Walking to the park and laying Lu down on a blanket to excitedly coo and laugh  at the moving leaves on the trees. Comida with BOTH  families to give Lulita the cuddling overdose of the week.  Somehow finding time to rent a movie (Saturday night TV sucks!).  Devoted Daddy on the guitar and Tone Deaf Mommy on the vocal  singalong sure to make Lu excitedy kick and gurgle or at least crack a smile at her silly old mom.  A warm bath in which she´ll either drink bath water while chewing on her octopus finger puppet, eat some soap from her  just washed  hands, empty the tub with excited kicking, pee on her towel or all of the above.  A bottle and a bedtime story  to a lovely smelling, soft, sleepy baby.  Movie (extra points for chick flick), pizza, popcorn with chamoy and chocolate chip cookies  for mommy  and daddy.

Dress Up

3 Mar

I love my precious little baby doll!

Baby´s in Black

Bright Winter

Ready for the Yellow Submarine

Blog mind

23 Feb

It´s pretty scary: I have started thinking in blog posts!  Like yesterday at 4.30 am Lu decided to get up not to eat but to partyyyy. She woke up smiling and blabbing, ate 5 ounces like a champ, got her diaper changed and was laid back on her bassinet. But  instead of falling asleep she started chattering and  moving around like crazy…

While all this was happening since I´m supposed to be all silent during night time feedings I was silently writing a post about my experience in  my head. It wasn´t the first or only time that happened. A couple of times this weekend I found myself thinking “Oh I definitely want to blog about this” But since I tutor children with and my student is about to ring the bell I´ll just share a brief list of possible post subjects:

Lu´s thought calypso music and mommies attempt to rock her to sleep at her play group were laugh out loud funny.

When my brother in law complained about the special treatment mommies get  from babies I couldn´t help but smile. Lu has a special “Oh mommy you´re so silly but I love you”  smile especially for me.

I love being outside of my house so I have a tough time adapting to a baby who loves nothing more than to sleep in her quiet, calm, peaceful house.

Play groups are the best. I have 5 high school friends with babies: the oldest is 6 months the youngest is 1 moth. I love that we get to talk about milestones, post baby sex and diaper content  and everyone is really, really interested.

Devoted daddy is very, very musical. He writes songs, plays guitar, base and cello and used to be in a band  but I NEVER ever sings but since Lu was born I love family sing along.. Lu seems to really like when her daddy and I sing together. I love having such a devoted audience.

I need to upload a picture of Lu´s kiss me face. She loves kissing attacks and gets her little face ready when she sees me coming close by shutting her eyes and smiling! How cute is that!

Never say never

20 Feb

 

This is a confession:

So I got pregnant with Lu at the same time some of my friends were pregnant with their THIRD baby. I got married 4 years ago and was in no hurry to have babies so I had a lot of time to talk to my husband about all that stuff that I  was NOT going to do or say. And then  Lu was born and I:

– Started talking about Lu´s every milestone to anyone who would listen (and that doesn´t mean that they are interested just that they don´t change the subject) 

– Give Lu a voice. I am constantly having conversations with people that star with Lu says….

– Complain about how tired I am and how I don´t have time for anything… I always thought that being a full time mommy was so easy that I had a million projects and plans ready while the next school year started and I went back to work. Well guess what my thesis is still unwritten, Lu´s baby book still has only bits of random information  and sometimes I don´t even shower till 12 or 1. Oh and even though I don´t complain about being tired I do nap. A lot.

-I am fascinated by Lu´s poop, snot, spit up and I analyze a lot of her diapers.

 -I don´t want to go back to work (and I really, really loved being a teacher)

-I peck Lu´s mouth which I always thought was weird and sort of gross…

– I play dress up with her

NOTE

I was happily blogging at 11 pm while Lu slept and Devoted Daddy watched Gladiator on TV when we started hearing weird thuds on the monitor. We turned the screen on and saw a pair of tiny legs kicking wildly and actually moving the image around. I got a bit alarmed and when to check on Lou. When I peeked into her bassinet I saw in fact a pair of wildly thrashing legs but mostly a delighted, huge, gummy smile. Apparently Lu decided there was a party in her crib tonight. One hour and two diaper changes later I am sitting besides her hearing her loud complaints over my silly idea that the party is over.