I think I will remember 2011 as the year of THE LU. Because Lucy is ALL consuming right now. God love you Nora, you are so very independent. You always have been. You learned to crawl at 4.5mo and that was it. Goodbye, mom. This one? Lucy? She is a clinging ball of terror. I can't handle her and her clingy-ness. For everyone else she is a doll. Figuratively and literally. For me? An absolute terror. Lucy played by herself for almost an hour today in your father's care. I enter the room and make one small peep. Her head POPS up from her quiet time play and immediately you can see the lower lip quiver. The arms go up and the screaming begins. If I am in the room, I HAVE to be touching her in some way or she will have a complete, utter breakdown. On some level, I am amused by her fondness for me. But mostly I am just really annoyed. Super annoyed that I cannot accomplish anything without this lump attached to me in some way. Or I just have to deal with her screaming. I can't deal with the screaming. She loves to nurse. She loves to grab me and my boobs. I have cuts all over my boobs from her grabby hands. I am being abused by my 5 mo old daughter.
OH I didn't know how well I had it with you as a baby. I always wanted a BABY not some freak-of-nature-super-advanced kid who never needed me. Now I have this crazy-sensitive, OVERLY needy baby who only wants me. Who needs to be constantly comforted by me. Who is always looking for attention. Sigh. The grass is always greener...
I could do a picture montage of the year, but I am lazy. Lazy, running out of time, coughing up a lung and my boobs are killing me from a certain someone pinching me. Maybe I shouldn't be complaining while ending the year since our family has been so blessed but I'm just not in the mood. Here's to a great 2012! We shall ring in the new year with what else?!? PICTURES!!!
|From NJ's Liberty State Park: see the new world trade center? Right next to Daddy's head! Not complete yet!|
|At Ellis Island finding my great-grandma Concetta Ricci Marcotrigianio (your great-great grandma)|
|From Ellis Island right next to great-grandma's name. Her name has a good view!|
|Cafe Roma in Little Italy|
|Good morning NY!|
|Teddy's morning smile|
|Nora Christmas morning|
|great-grandkids with great-aunt Lucy.|
|Aunt Molly and Clare with Teddy and the Lu.|
|Central Park Rest|
|Central Park Zoo with Aunt Molly|
|Swinging in Central Park|
|Climbing the rocks in Central Park with Nonni|
|Nora, you were a better climber than me|
|Playing with i-pods Christmas morning|
|Obession with play nativity set|
|We love playing doctor- thanks to Marta!|
|Loved watching NY traffic|
|View from the club level at the hotel. We travel in style with Aunt Katie and Uncle Kevin!|