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General terrible twos updates

Quoth the chucho, “Nevermore.”

photoSofia has had a chucho since the day she was born. Earlier this year we had weaned her down to just using it during naps, bedtimes, or when we knew she was really exhausted and just needed to calm down. We have gone through so many chuchos this year and when we got down to one I just thought “when this one gets lost we will be done with chuchos”. That was two months ago. I can’t even keep track of my shoes so I was shocked when we managed to hang on to that one little chucho for weeks.

The other night Sofia had woken up in the middle of the night so I brought her back to our bed. She fell asleep immediately but I was kept up with the blissful wheezing of a chucho with a whole in it. I finally fell asleep only to be woken up moments later by Sofia looking for the lost chucho. Exhausted, the next morning I decided that was it. Friday night we were going cold turkey. No more chuchos. I thought this would give us a buffer for two screaming nights and hopefully she would be getting some sleep by Sunday night.

Bean never ceases to amaze me. The first night she cried for a couple minutes, then asked “the Great Pumpkin took my chucho?” and I said “uh, sure, yea”, and she rolled over and went to sleep. She woke up in the middle of the night really upset but a small snack and a quick snuggle with Daddy and she was all good. Since then she will ask once before bed for chucho but that is it. I was prepared for a fight and she is taking it like a pro. It makes me a tad sad as it is the end of her being a baby. I think about how she is turning three in a few weeks and my little bean is growing up. And then she throws the mother or all tantrums and I think maybe, just maybe, she has a little toddler left in her.

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what are you doing?

If I had a penny for every time Sofia asked this question I would have a million pennies. And now you are probably asking that question as we have been MIA for the past few weeks. No idea how it has been three weeks since our last post. We have been busy that is for sure. We were so blessed to have two of my great friends from college come and visit us. Stacey and Lysee, Stacey bringing her almost three year old son, Ryan, with her. I was happy they were coming but a little stressed thinking about how Sofia might behave. She had been doing so well with her pushing and hitting, keeping it under control most of the time. Lately though she has been regressing and is having a harder time controlling her behavior and emotions. I didn’t want Stacey to come all this way only to have Sofia make her son cry. I didn’t have to worry though, Sofia did have her moments but Ryan could also hold his own. For the most part they were two peas in a pod and had a great time together. We had a barbecue, went to the park, showed them the coast and Cannon Beach and even managed to get a girls night out (thank you Auntie Gigi for watching the kids!) It was sad to see them leave but hopefully we can persuade them to come back this fall. You can see all our pics from their trip here.

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Other than that we are enjoying the summer. I can’t believe it is the end of June already. How time is flying. We are taking swimming lessons again and Sofia has made friends with one of the girls in her class. Ella just like Eloise! Her mother and I were commenting on how this age is so great. I must say it is my favorite so far. Our good days far outweigh our bad ones. Not that they are really bad, but the tantrums can get kind of old. The other day she was crying for an hour straight. I thought I would scream or she would puke. Luckily she calmed down before either happened. She is getting more and more articulate though, saying how much she missed you while you were gone, or letting you know she is upset. “Mommy, I am upset”. Something so cute about such a little bean saying something like that. She is starting to play better on her own now, and will even sit and read a book herself. Well, look at it herself anyway. It is hard to think in a couple months she will start school. Only two days a week but still. School. School! How is that even possible?

I can’t think about that now. Right now we are focusing on the rest of the summer. Spokane in a couple weeks for the 4th. Yes Nonna, we are coming. Will you be around?


General sing a song updates

sing me a song

Where to start. Lately Sofia has been more attentive to what is going on around her. As I said before she not only hears songs but she listens to them. She now will ask what I am singing when I start humming at home. We had a great outing to New Seasons where we were both belting out our favorite Jason Mraz song. She sings constantly, humming her own little tunes and singing along as best as she can. She has gotten back into Charlie Brown Christmas and we have been watching it non-stop. The other night I was cleaning up from dinner and she was singing along with the little Peanuts, trying to hit all the high notes. Ridiculously cute.

sofia drawingWe finally had a nice day today. We had a couple of sun breaks this weekend and whenever the rain stopped the kids would rush outside, whipe off the slide, then dart back in again when the rain started again. Today there was no rushing and no darting. Ajay joined us on a walk and we stopped by Rite Aid for some supplies. That place is so full of everything and anything you don’t really need but we managed to make it out with just the essentials… and a box of new sidewalk chalk. Daddy went to work but Sofia and I sat outside and did some drawing on the back patio. Here is some of our artwork. Bonus points if you can spot the elephant.

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I apologize for not updating in awhile, and also for having the site down for so long. I just am so ready for spring I couldn’t stare at that holiday pattern anymore. So here is the updated site. There is lots more to add but I wanted to get it back up and running. Let me know if anything looks off or broken. Stay tuned for more updates in the next few days as well as some new photos. I need to take some video soon of the bean. Some of the things that come out of her mouth really crack me up.