Friday, November 30, 2012

A Lucy Cop-Out

It's not the Thanksgiving post I promised (sorry Aunt Molly) but a blatant cop-out... of the Lucy variety. It could be her age, it could be that I am away from her so much now (after being with her 24/7 for almost 14 months) but this kid has me completely and utterly wrapped around her finger. She just has to flash those dimples and I dissolve. Lucy weaned in the middle of the October and gave up the boob addiction but traded for a pacifier addiction. I feed into it... maybe because I am so relieved she no longer wants to nurse or maybe I feel guilty for not being at home with her anymore. Either way, she is addicted and I am not even attempting to break the habit until the new year.   

Lucy is crazy and so funny. She loves a good cuddle and she is still rocked to sleep each night. She is feisty and devilish and a spitfire. But, at the same time, she is laid-back, go with the flow, let us do anything. She is a classic second-born. Maybe that's my obsession  I will always be able to identify with her in that way. Don't worry Nora, Aunt Katie has plenty of "special" weekends planned for the two of you. 

God knew what he was doing when he blessed Lucy with her charm and those dimples. And yes, Lucy dressed up as the Thanksgiving turkey. She loves dressing up. See, I gave you a little slice of our adventures. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Halloween... was a month ago

Happy Halloween! It was almost a month ago... it's been a non-stop crazy month. A quick recap...

We carved pumpkins. I can claim the happy face pumpkin, Marta made the one with the holes, Mary carved the haunted house and you and Daddy did the ghost in the jack-o-lantern. You and Marta made these insanely adorable and very delicious monster brownies. Seriously, look at these things.

 Nora, you insisted on being a purple brewha and carrying a Yoda Easter basket. Lucy was a strawberry, not a tomato or red pumpkin. A strawberry. We trick or treated and enjoyed the crisp cool air because.....

 Lucy had croup! In the middle of a hurricane! Hurricane Sandy was in full force when we lost power and Lu was having some breathing difficulties so Daddy hooked up our mini generator to power up the nebulizer  We even took a flashlight bath to help open up her airway. Unbeknownst to me, nebulizers do not help with croup and the swelling of the trachea. At 11pm Lucy woke up in clear distress and could not catch her breath. After an initial check by Marta we braved the hurricane and whisked her off to the E.R. where some steroids helped her swollen trachea. The next morning and day, we were all exhausted. Thank goodness the area had basically shut down due to the hurricane so no one went to daycare or work and we all just rested. 

A few random pictures to end our October. 
Lucy traveling around the house with her backpack.

REAL Birthday party fun!

Make believe birthday fun. 

Playing Nonna's piano. 

Story reading with Nonni and Teddy. 
For my final installment in October:
Nora, you were in your first ballet recital  Now. Don't get ahead of yourself. You take "Pee Wee Princess Ballet" at a YMCA with Ashley. The recital was 15 minutes, tops and in a workout studio where the parents sat along the mirrored wall. But you were asked to dress up as a princess and you chose Belle. It was crazy cute. And you are quite a good dancer because you love to follow directions. In fact you always want to play, "ballet class" or "gymnastics" or "school" where you are the teacher giving directions. So you are good dancer, not because you are the next child prodigy because you thrive off of following instructions.... as long as they don't come from your father or I.  

And my Thanksgiving goal is to have November all neatly updated by (gasp!) the end of November. Don't start counting down, I know December starts on Saturday. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

F is for Fall and Festivals Too

Learning bit by bit how to be a working mommy. You two are amazing. I went away this past weekend for my annual beach shopping trip and I came back to a preschooler who can dress/ undress themselves and put herself to bed. And to Lucy who no longer nurses (did I just type that?!?!?! on a side note, she finally fully weaned on 10-10-12, two years after she was conceived and 12 years after your father and I met). She is walking and talking and dancing and playing and is just a budding independent little soul who seems to have gone from baby to toddler overnight. 

Nora you have exploded with attitude and ideas and imaginative play. You strap on your backpack and you are off into your Dora-like adventure around the house and outside into the yard. You and Lucy play together and she can sort of follow your very elaborate scenarios. You have been enrolled in mini-gymnastics where you are an all-star but will scream if I leave the studio. You are quite body-aware and because of it, you can mimic the teacher and the moves almost exactly. Most of the other parents are quite impressed with your advanced skills for a 3 year old since you are better than the other kids including some 6 year olds. But you are so sensitive and when you get overwhelmed you become emotional. I understand. And you're 3. You're supposed to be emotional and irrational at 3. And you also take 'pee wee princess' ballet with Ashley every Sunday. Hopefully, I will have some pictures next week as it is your class "performance" and parents are allowed to watch and record. Each week you learn ballet through the method of storytelling. Dancing and using your body to tell a story about various Disney princesses. For the most part, you and Ashley have loved this class and love seeing each other and you love even more having lunch after, just us girls. 

Lucy has personality coming out her ears which I am most certain she is picking up from you. She is obsessed with shoes, baby dolls, belly buttons (show me your button!), and food. Lots of food. However, even with her obsession with eating all.the.time. she is quite petite for her age and is growing slower than the pediatrician would like. I don't think we can put more food into her. She is just an efficient little machine. Lucy is also slightly bow legged (according to our pediatrician) and it requires special support shoes which tie. Ugh, that's an extra 2 minutes every morning that I don't have and add in coats since it's gotten chilly and now we are waking up 15 minutes earlier just to compensate for all the extra wears.

So here in 20 pictures have been our Fall adventures so far. 

Rained on our parade. But we still had fun!
Fall Fest rides!
And Nora chooses.... MARY! to ride the bumper cars with her.
Cotton Candy high.
Enchanted pumpkin farm. Sitting in a whale's mouth.
Humpty Dumpty. You are protectively holding onto Lucy and Teddy.
Humpty doesn't look too happy, I would be protective too.
Walking with Nonna
Pony ride, you went three times
because Lucy and Teddy were too scared to take their  turns!
Pony petting.
Let's touch a chicken!
Hay ride to the patch.
I adore this picture.
Pumpkins for everyone!
Nothing says "Happy Birthday Aunt Molly" more than a bunt cake.
One of Lucy's  favorite snacks.
An apple. Not cut, not peeled. Just give her the apple. Now. 
Bouncing ball fun until someone launches into the side
of the chair and bruises their face. 
future computer engineer. Or junk collector.
Breakfast with Marta.
Lucy with the "bruha" hat.  
M-i-c-k-e-y M--o-u-s-e
and new special shoes.
I can't promise when I'll update again. But I will update when I get the chance.