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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.

 

We have a toddler!

19 Jul

Dear Lu,

I think I’ve started a couple of posts stating that you are at my favorite age, but hey, I didn’t don’t know what’s it like to have a 20 month old until you turned 20 months right? The thing is that you rule and after a crazy, crazy teacher mommy school year I’m back to blogging so that I can tell you all about it:

You are a happy, funny, bright, spirited, delight of a toddler. You’re beautiful with your curly hair, tiny nose and bright, long lashed eyes but the thing that stands out the most is your chatterboxy, sparkling personality. You talk nonstop in really amazing, complicated, third person phrases, which sometimes include questions and answers “Lu quiere cenar? Sí, Lu quiere cenar patita? (Lu wants dinner? Yes, Lu wants pasta for dinner)”

Isn´t she lovely?

You are truly your daddy’s daughter: you love books and music. You know your favorite books by heart and demand to sit on my lap and read “Trucas”. Music is a big part of our lives: your daddy plays the guitar and the cello and you firmly state that you (Lucy toca piano) play the piano. You know the words to lots of songs in Spanish and in English (you’re rendition of Twinkle; Twinkle is fantastic considering the only words you know in English are “hello” and the numbers from 1 to 10). You especially love the HI5 theme song, BINGO, Skip to my Loo and all the Trepsi and Musi songs. You also know the names of lots of instruments and yell “Lenny!” whenever you see a conductor on TV (because of Leonard Bernstein, of course) and love imitating you older cousin Phia when she dances ballet.

You are incredibly independent and  can play by yourself for hours: the Little People play sets, your play dishes as well as every stuffed animal and doll you own are particular favorites. You really like other kids and happily say “Hola!” to everyone. You adore your cousin Sophia and
scream like a teenager in a rock concert every time you see her. You can also name your friends from school, swimming and music.

Phia and Lu BFF

You love to laugh and find certain words hilarious: cupo (fit), eco, macarron, fuff, muela (molar). You hear us say the word and start laughing like crazy, then you say the word out
loud and start laughing all over again. You also love tickles and visits from the mommy tickle monster.

You are incredibly clever! A couple of days ago you wanted to color on my bed and I reminded you that “we only color on top of a table while seating on a chair” so you calmly turned around and came back into my room carrying one of your plastic chairs, which you placed by my dresser and started to color because mommy said you needed a table and chair. You also have an incredible memory: not only do you know all of your books by heart but you also know the names of every single member of our extended family and delight us all by enthusiastically
greeting them by name.

Lulita mi amor, we adore you and love the wonderful adventure that means being your
parents,

Love always and forever

Mamita y papi

Foodie mommy…foodie baby?

10 Jul

I am a total complete foodie. A food nerd. I read about food, I talk about food, I tweet about food, I cook cooked and occasionally (due to a limited budget) I get to eat in the places I read, tweet and talk about. I follow celebrity chefs, plan trips around restaurants and watch all the food related TV shows I can find (no Food Network in Mexico sniff, sniff)

Lu has been eating solids for 2 months and it seemed that she wasn´t really taking after her mommy. We had introduced her to a pretty wide array of mashed, fresh fruits and veggies and as of Monday she tolerated papaya and zucchini, liked bananas, oatmeal and prunes (!) and hated mango! Who hates Manila mango?! (Which in case you haven´t had the pleasure of trying is incredibly sweet and smooth).

But on Monday I finally understood poor Lu: we were having lunch at the yummiest Japanese restaurant ever and Phia (my niece) who is a very adventurous eater was happily munching on tofu from a Miso soup. My sister, who was also feeding her 2 year old daughter slivers of raw tuna mentioned that Phia was about Lu´s age when she had tofu for the first time. Well, I couldn´t resist and fed Lu a tiny piece of tofu and… Lu absolutely loved it, her eyebrows went up exactly mimicking my “Oh my God this is heaven!” face. Then she eagerly awaited the next bite with a wide open mouth. Then I remembered this Baby Grows in Brooklyn post and this Dear Baby post and I realized that my baby girl is definitely a foodie! A foodie whose introduction to wonderful world of flavor has been a bunch of overcooked, unseasoned veggies and mashed overripe fruit!

The problem is that Lu not only inherited her mom´s love of yummy food she also inherited her allergies: when carrots can give you a rash spices can seem a bit scary.

What are your suggestions? When did you introduce your baby to food that actually tastes like what we grownups eat?

Lu rocks!

30 Jun

It´s been awhile since I´ve listed why Lu rocks so here goes:

-She LOVES walls and gets super excited every time she touches a wall with a new texture.

-She fiercely hangs on to her toys so that Phia won´t take them away but when she does she just moves on to a new one.

-She thinks our wound up toy collection is hilarious.

-She insists on feeding herself even if that means that the oatmeal that gets stuck inside her nose brings on sneezing attacks.

-Her favorite toys are a stuffed baby dinosaur, my car keys and a rubber ducky (she pats it like she´s petting it ).

-And speaking of petting she adores doggies and will happily

-She sings along to her daddy´s cello practice

-Every time she claps she looks around to see who´s noticing (and she also claps in her sleep!)

-She´s incredibly adjustable: sleeping over at her grandparents’, sleeping in the stroller, while we have dinner in a noisy restaurant, napping in the middle of the petting zoo.

-She looks up proudly when her bath time splashing soaks mommy and daddy.

-She clearly communicates her likes by laughing and babbling and her dislikes by grunting and shouting.

-She lays her head on my shoulder! She hold up her arms when she wants me to pick her up!

-She smiles at strangers from her stroller. It seems like the grumpier the stranger the bigger smile he gets.

-She has tried to eat: my knee, the dog´s ear, a centipede, a spicy chicharron taco, any type of printed paper (silly goat!), her grandfathers’ nose, Phias shoes…

-Her reflection in the mirror bring an instant delighted smile even in the middle of an enormous tantrum.

-She sometimes sleeps trough the night!

-She had what we call “mamitis” aka as stranger anxiety which means she throws herself into my arms. Yay!

-She has bright, sparkly eyes framed by lashed that stick together when they get wet.

-She loves Harry Belafonte

Cuddling

31 May

Today Lu fell asleep on her grandmother´s arms which was really sweet and enjoyable for both.

But when after a couple of hours she fell asleep on my arms, I knew she was sick. My baby girl is almost always incredibly funny, happy, easy going, flirtatious, active, strong willed, independent, curious and intense but she is not cuddly.

Lu kicks her feet excitedly when someone else is holding her and she sees Devoted Daddy or me approach. She smiles radiantly at us when she wakes up from her nap and (lately) throws herself into my arms. She sometimes buries her head in my shoulder (even though I don´t know exactly when or why) and laughs happily when I get home from work.

She doesn´t like being rocked to sleep and gets fussy when someone holds her for too long. She can sit playing happily with her toys on the floor much longer than she can sit in someone’s lap (but she angrily shouts when I walk out of the room) She likes to be held looking out so she can intently watch everything that is going on and would lift her head from my shoulder to look around even when she was a tiny newborn.

So today when Lu fell asleep in my arms in worried that she was sick but secretly really, really enjoyed it.

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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.