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9 Jun

Hoy estaba sacando una charola para hornear cuando cayó al piso un pequeño brillantito rosa. De inmediato sonreí recordando la tarde de hace dos días en la que pedazos de tela rosa y brillantitos para hacer pulsera se convirtieron en la elegante capa de un pequeño Pony. Soy mamá de dos nenas: a los 4 años Lu es una exploradora del mundo, hadita, fashionista, escritora (pero nunca, nunca princesa) con un enormísimo corazón y una bondad infinita y Pilita, a los casi cumple dos, muestra un don temprano para la comedia musical con un temperamento artístico para acompañarlo, es un ser nocturno, encantador y entusiasta, devota fan de su hermana, Trepsi, Mickey, Cri Cri y los minions.

Mis nenas me han llevado a días llenos de princesas caramelo y personajes de Vaselina, de canciones de payasos que hacen Bu  y jacarandales , de sandwiches de nutella y platos interminables de matitios (jitomates cherry) con tash (cottage), de resistol de brillantina y plumones lavables, de conciertos en trayectos llenos de tráfico y picnics de paletas heladas.  

Mis nenas son dos individuos y como tal en muchos sentidos opuestas: Lu es tempranera, Pilita nocturna, Lu vive en su mundo Pilita firmemente en este, Lu odia las verduras Pilita las ama pero Lu y Pilita son un gran equipo: Lu es una intérprete experta del lenguaje de Pilita  y Pilita le recuerda a Lu de respirar cuando la frustración amenaza con apoderarse de ella. Comparten el amor por  lo dulces y los colorantes artificiales (¡Frutsi y Fruti Lupis!!!!) , por la música, las obras de teatro y los shows, toman turnos con sus juguetes, se acuerdan siempre de compararle una sorpresa a su hermana cuando van con mamá al súper y duermen de maravilla si están lo suficientemente cerca para abrazarse….pero sobre todo mis nenas se hacen reír la una a la otra con carcajadas de cristal transparente que tienden a hacer eco en mi, generado una risa ligeramente oxidada, que encierra el recuerdo de lo mucho, de lo fácil que ríen los niños. 

 

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Nenas

9 Jun

Hoy estaba sacando una charola para hornear cuando cayó al piso un pequeño brillantito rosa. De inmediato sonreí recordando la tarde de hace dos días en la que pedazos de tela rosa y brillantitos para hacer pulsera se convirtieron en la elegante capa de un pequeño Pony. Soy mamá de dos nenas: a los 4 años Lu es una exploradora del mundo, hadita, fashionista, escritora (pero nunca, nunca princesa) con un enormísimo corazón y una bondad infinita y Pilita, a los casi cumple dos, muestra un don temprano para la comedia musical con un temperamento artístico para acompañarlo, es un ser nocturno, encantador y entusiasta, devota fan de su hermana, Trepsi, Mickey, Cri Cri y los minions.

Mis nenas me han llevado a días llenos de princesas caramelo y personajes de Vaselina, de canciones de payasos que hacen Bu  y jacarandales , de sandwiches de nutella y platos interminables de matitios (jitomates cherry) con tash (cottage), de resistol de brillantina y plumones lavables, de conciertos en trayectos llenos de tráfico y picnics de paletas heladas.  

Mis nenas son dos individuos y como tal en muchos sentidos opuestas: Lu es tempranera, Pilita nocturna, Lu vive en su mundo Pilita firmemente en este, Lu odia las verduras Pilita las ama pero Lu y Pilita son un gran equipo: Lu es una intérprete experta del lenguaje de Pilita  y Pilita le recuerda a Lu de respirar cuando la frustración amenaza con apoderarse de ella. Comparten el amor por  lo dulces y los colorantes artificiales (¡Frutsi y Fruti Lupis!!!!) , por la música, las obras de teatro y los shows, toman turnos con sus juguetes, se acuerdan siempre de compararle una sorpresa a su hermana cuando van con mamá al súper y duermen de maravilla si están lo suficientemente cerca para abrazarse….pero sobre todo mis nenas se hacen reír la una a la otra con carcajadas de cristal transparente que tienden a hacer eco en mi, generado una risa ligeramente oxidada, que encierra el recuerdo de lo mucho, de lo fácil que ríen los niños. 

 

 

 

   

 

1 Aug

Top 5 Stay at home Fun


1. Read BOOKS on the floor with mommy or on the couch with daddy (who doesn´t do floors!)

2. Feed Little People pretend food using play dishes all over the house.
3. Eat junk food: Paleta Payaso followed by Totis followed by ice cream with sprinkles followed by a lollipop followed by gummy bears followed by chocolate covered raisnas (ok not really but she would if she could)
4. Watch the same 3 Trepsi DVD´s over and over again. (although lately Elmo and Dora have been added to the repertoire)
5. Sing, dance, play instruments along with daddy.
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Top 5 Outdoor Fun

1. Jump, run and fall on the trampoline

2. Climb and slide off grassy hills. Damp grass makes you go faster!
3. Chase bubbles. Try to blow bubbles. Spill bubble soap trying to blow bubbles.
4. Give mommy heart attacks insisting you are ready to climb the big kid slides even tough you aren’t even 2 yet.
5. Excitedly exclaim over animals. Proceed to try to eat worms, crush snails and pet spiders.

 

Top 10 Foods (because 5 just aren’t enough)
1. Anything that can be eaten with a spoon.
2. Any pasta, anytime. (Especially Mac and Cheese for breakfast)
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3. Gummy anything
4. Anything with gummies. (extra points for marshmallows)
5. Broccoli, cactus paddles and zucchini..
6. Mango, papaya, watermelon and strawberries

7. Apple soda
8. Froot Loops (What is with kids and this stuff? It’s awful!)
9. Fries
10. Coconut lime Thai Soup (I swear.. she gobbles the stuff)

School Days

21 Jul

Lu started school last February after her long time nanny simply disappeared. On Monday
she simply didn’t show. No warning, no notice, she just vanished. So I called school and my wonderful, caring, understanding principal gave me a week off to figure out a new arrangement. I called a tiny preschool that had extended hours and miraculously they welcomed us with open arms agreeing for her to start the induction process the very next day. That Tuesday I knocked on the door and a pretty young teacher opened the door said hi and extended her arms to Lu who happily left without looking back leaving me… speechless. That was it? Bye- bye baby girl? What happened to the tears, the clinging, the anxiety? So while my baby happily discovered a room full of new toys her mommy filled out forms and tried not to cry while peeking at the web cam conveniently located in the classroom for nervous mommies like me. 45 minutes later Lu was focally a student and was led down to me by the same nice teacher. The next days Lu left happily with the teacher and to tell the truth I felt pretty relived that I had such an adaptable, easygoing daughter. However next week my husband called me miserable after having dropped Lu off amidst an ocean of tears and wails. Ok, I´ll admit I was warned that when she realized that this arrangement was permanent she wasn’t going to like it but I still hoped, or rather my guilt still hoped, that she absolutely loved school and would never cry. But she did cry. For a couple of weeks. But then she really did love it.

 

It’s tough to say how much of the wonderful kiddo Lu is has something to do with school or
if she would have turned out the same if she would have had her mommy with her 24 -7 but the Montessori Preschool did teach her a lot of cool stuff:

  • Reciting the days of the weeks and the months (not exactly Montessori but a great
    grandparent trick)
  • Putting things away
  • Coloring and playing with Play Doh on the table and not on the bed. Or the rug. Or the
    bathtub.
  • Playin with other kids nicely and sharing toys.
  • The “Baile del Sapo” song (really cool since I loved that song growing up)
  •  Montessori language: Lu doesn’t play with toys at school, she “works” with “material”
  •  Eating with a spoon and drinking from a cup.

Last week was her last week at this tiny and warm preschool. This August Lu starts big girl school (which also happens to be my workplace). Her 5 minute drive in mommy’s or daddy’s car to her tiny 8 kid classroom will be replaced by long bus ride to a 20 kid classroom at the preschool of our dreams. We are all really excited about this new phase in her life (Lu screams the schools name followed by “Big bus!” all the time) but we are also shocked that our baby is actually ready to go to a “real” school on a “real” bus.

Lu and Phia at the End of the Year Festival. Lu danced to a classic mexican baby chick lullaby.

Mommy and Lu love

23 Dec

This blog post is Inspired by Andrea at Silence and Noise)

Happiness is:

 1.Twinkly, sparkly lights all around the city.

2. Parties, especially singing “Dale, dale” and wacking the piñata.   

3.  Huge, fluffy, huggable stuffed animals

4.  Pasta by the handful!

5. Vacations: mommy and Lu 24/7

6. Books, books, books…

7. Napping together

8. Playing with water

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My little chatterbox

22 Dec

Can´t talk with a mouthful of spoon I am a talker. My mom says I started early and never stopped but Lu is giving me a run for my money. Poor Devoted Daddy seems to be surrounded by two chattering cockatoos (we do let him speak. sometimes.) Lu is 13 months old and seems to learn a new word every day which makes communicating with her a lot easier. She now has words or specific sounds for: water, milk, , mommy, daddy, pasta, grandma, Phia, duck, cow, dog, eat, cat, baby, girl, boy, play, toy, shoes, ball, sun, moon, balloon, crib, apple, banana, book, hands, feet, music, car, drum. She also surprises us with some weird and difficult words like: papaya, guitar and cello (Devoted Daddy plays the guitar and the cello by the way). She points at what she wants and says either "want" or "this" She also loves "reading" books to her stuffed animals and is babbling incredibly complicated phrases non-stop. But the best word is the cherry "Hola!" which is the first word she uses to greet us when we peek into her crib in the morning. Some other really cute non chatterbox related cuteness: -The food dance: L really, really loves to eat. Sometimes she likes the food she’s eating so much she shakes her shoulders and arms in what we call the happy food dance. -Feeding everything: her stuffed doggie, her socks, her dollies, the chair all seem to want a taste of whatever imaginary food is in her spoon. The eating always includes sound effects so that we are absolutely sure they are eating something yummy. }-Imitating people who laugh! I love this one because her laugh is really deep and throaty for some reason...-Singing and dancing along with the Trepsi kiddie music I always play in the car (much to Devoted daddy’s misery)-Wagging her finger and saying “no, no, no” with a huge smile on her face when she is about to do something she shouldn’tSushi rice yum!

 

Lu´s first year in favorites

13 Nov

1 month

Sleeping swaddled snuggly

Having your head jiggled in daddy’s palm

Napping in mommy’s chest

Warm (hot!) baths with lots of water (no matter what baby books say)

2 months

Being naked in the warm sun

Staring at your black and white mobile

Your swing

Your flower pacifier

Sleeping in our arms

Daddy singing Jesus Christ Superstar

Your special anti reflux formula!

3 months

 The horsey and the bunny on the Tiny Love Mobile (you ignore the ostrich tough)

Mommy blowing raspberries on your belly

The blue robe hanging from the hook over your bathtub

Your grandpa singing DayO

The blue teddy bear

Babies cloth book

Trees moving in the breeze

Bouncing in the bouncer

Ticklish diaper changes

 

4 months

Kicking away on any flat surface

Yoga breathing

Your hands are the ultimate toy

Mommy singing Itsy Bitsy Spider while daddy dresses you

Grabbing people’s faces

Baby Einstein Lyullabies CD (we hated then tough)

The floppy stuffed bunny

Sophie the giraffe

5 months

Sucking your toes

The big girl swing!

Splashing in the tub and in the pool (Hooray for warm weather)

Little girls fussing over you

Playing with any type of crinkly bag (chips bags are your favorites)

Daddy beard tickling your tummy

 Mexican braided rattle (it doesn’t hurt when you bang your head)

Slapping the table

The singing toucan lantern (the singing cracks you up)

Doggies

6 months

Eating chayote!

Chewing on kitchen utensils while sitting in the Bumbo chair

Exploring the sound your different rattles make

Chewing on anything and everything

You happily call out whenever you see a doggie and try to pull Tina´s tail

Slapping the table

Giving yourself oatmeal facials while “eating”

Showers make you laugh out loud

Napping on the beach

 

7 months

Eating and playing with bananas, pears, papaya, spinach, chard and pasta!

Baby Einstein Excersaucer

Dodo the Monkey

The dancing Princess Piano

Chewing on the foam floor

Phia visits

Your granddad’s nose and your grandma’s handbag

Sleeping over at Taty and Zeide´s

Shows: Disney on Ice, Gazillion Bubble Show (yes you are a little bit young but hey you love them and you get in for free)

8 months

Avocado! Eating it, mashing it, stuffing

Watching the animals at the pet store

Trepsi kiddies music over and over and over and over and over again

Seeing the carrousel (tough not necessarily riding it)

Mommy’s Blackberry

Fisher price Farm

Standing up no matter how much your mommy and me teachers tells you not to.

Books! Your favorites are I Love You trough and Trough, Puppies (with dady´s sound effects) and Farm Animals

Daddy’s and mommy’s wind up toy collection

 

9 months

Talking (you never stop!)

Food that actually tastes like something. You tried and loved udon soup, miso soup, curry potatoes, cous cosu, calabacitas, pasta soup, asparagus

Slides, swings and trampolines

Hugging daddy’s stuffed Nietzsche

The stuffed duck (you yell “Duck!” when you see it)

Eating paper (receipts and magazines are your favorites)

Standing up grabbing onto furniture

Crawling  after mommy

Dancing along to Ducks Dance Too

Kleenex boxes, Tupperware

Bubbles, the bigger the better

Knocking doors while going “Toc, toc, toc”

 10 months

Fireworks at the Independence Day party

Thai coconut milk, lemongrass soup

Feeding yourself

Giraffes at the zoo

Peaches!

Playing peek a boo after your bath

The magna doodle magnetic pencil (weird but at grandmas you hang on to it for dear life.

Singing and clapping along to Trepsi kiddie music (while daddy and I slowly go nuts hearing The Wheels on The Bus for the 1000th time)

The Backyardigans Show or so your grandparents say since we weren’t invited.

11 months

Brushing my hair

Feeding people your toys

Books, especially the GRANDE (big) Book. When we read it aloud you shout “grandeeee!” when we get to the pop up pages.

Opening and closing drawers, cabinets, doors (which has meant heavy baby proofing efforts)

Seeing kids in costumes trick or treating.

Cactus paddles (nopalitos)

Your pacifier all day every day

Bouncing on your knees

Your pushcart, you call it cotetito or little car  

Musi music class with aunt Ni