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

Beach Baby II

22 Jan

Having two sets of doting parents is the best:

-Four people who are always thrilled to see Lu and take her for the hundredth time to walk around the restaurant or see abuelitos miniature collection again and again and again.

-Two sets of cool houses to explore with super special toys and STAIRS! (very important for a little girl who loves climbing and lives in an apartment)

 -Lots and lots of crazy, funny doggies who really love food throwing babies and even let them pull tails and ears.

 -Mommy and daddy actually get to sit down and eat while someone else keeps Lu from stabbing herself with a fork, feeding her broccoli to the dogs or getting a cool noodle wig.

But best of all having two sets of grandparents means sometimes we get two different Mexican beach winter vacations: beautiful Playa del Carmen and super fun Ixtapa. Here are some vacation highlights in pictures

Lu actually started saying sea, sand, fish, bird inspired by the beautiful place

Pizza in the kiddie pool? Why not?

Club Med Ixtapa (Baby Paradise!!!! Try it!)

Hours and hours and hours playing in the pool

Beautiful sandy warm sea sunsets every day!

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!

 

Earrings and haircuts

12 Dec

Lu got her ears pierced by the nurse on the hospital the day we took her home. No, I am not a savage, it’s just a cultural thing and like most cultural things we just don’t question them. However this month Lu lost the back of an earring so I took off the other one, not really worried about it since I will often go for months without earrings. But now after two weeks of earring less daughter I have scheduled an emergency appointment with the pediatrician to have her ears re priced. Why the rush? Because hearing people ask again and again why my cute baby boy is wearing pink is starting to get annoying….   

Baby GIRL...

 

Ok I’ll admit it doesn’t help that I let my mom talk me into getting Lu a hair cut and the hairdresser gave her what is clearly  a boy-cut …

Party Girl

12 Dec

Lu turned 13 months yesterday and bad mamma that I am writing her birthday party post one month late but it was such a beautiful, fun party I really think it deserves a post.

Originally we had planned a Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds themed small, intimate party but somehow we ended up with a huge (and I mean Mexican style extended family great aunts and uncles huge) kid filled party and I am thrilled to say everyone had a great time, especially the birthday girl.

The party was held in our apartment building’s beautiful garden.  I love themes so I tried to fill the party with rainbows which remind me of Lu´s cheerful, colorful personality. We put up crepe paper rainbow-colored flowers and hot air balloons (courtesy of the wonderful party wonderland Sonora Market) along with rainbow-colored balloons, mega sequins and a Lucy sign. We (and by we I mean my mom, Lu´s nanny and me) painted and planted tiny potted plants in rainbow-colored pots. The garden looked beautiful but the best rainbow theme was found in Lu´s super cute handmade outfit:

The amazing tutu and rainbow painted High Tops were my mom’s handiwork and the embroidered appliquéd T shirt was made by Lu´s nanny.

The food was delicious: a waffle and pancake bar for the kids along with some rainbow colored Fruit Pebbles treats (same recipe as Rice Krispies treats but made from Fruit Pebbles) juice boxes and water bottles. The grown ups had their own menu featuring fresh fruit kebabs, poblano crepes and sun dried tomato quiche. There were also sliced carrots, jicamas and cucumbers with lime and chili and some veggie chips.

The activities where a probably the most complicated part to plan since the guests ages ranged form a couple of months to 7 year olds with most of the guests falling into the toddler or preschooler category. Finally I decided on a lot of activity stations: a sensory station featuring oatmeal, amaranth, Jell-O and shredded paper tub;, a water play station with a water table and a tub filled with toys and a tiny amount of water; an art station with fruit loop necklaces, finger-painting, watercolor painting, Play-Doh modeling and best of all carton playhouse decorating and finally an active play station with Little Tike ride on cars, a bouncy castle, a swing set and a trampoline. 

The activities worked wonderfully and all of the 25 kids had a blast but the best part was that Lu enjoyed every second of her special day. She bounced on the trampoline wearing a tutu, got soaked on the water table, bounced in the trampoline again, dug into the oatmeal and Jell-O like a champ, ate some finger paint and Fruit Loops, bounced on the trampoline again, hit her beautiful rainbow colored handmade piñata, tried the bouncy castle and decided the trampoline was much better, stared at a bunch of crazy grown ups who sang Happy Birthday,   ate tons of multicolored  frosting and fed some to mommy, daddy and Phia, bounced on the trampoline some more and finally fell asleep for a 3 and a half hour nap. She clapped, laughed, smiled, bounced and smiled all day long showing us that she definitely is like a rainbow.

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