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!
|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.|
and new special shoes.