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Its Amazing

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Its amazing how much Violet talks now! It surprises me every time I suddenly make sense of what sounds like baby babble. This morning it was “I’m-a sit down.” A couple days ago it was, “Found it!” She can say the dogs name Princess, though it sounds like “Pintheth” LOL…its so cute. This morning she said, “I want Pintheth.” and “I’ma letter out, ta da!” (I’m going to let her out) and “Ivy’s thcared of Pintheth” (Ivy’s scared of Princess) Princess was trapped under the laundry basket if you are wondering what she was going to let her out from.

Her phrases are just developing so quickly. I thought maybe she was repeating phrases she heard, because I certainly do not remember Ivy speaking in full sentences at this age. But she is definitely putting them together by herself. Next thing you know she is going to be carrying on full conversations!

UPDATE: Oh, and the other thing I noticed today that she started saying was a full “yes” instead of “yeah”. Only she pronounces it “Yeth.” SO CUTE!!! So a few minutes ago she said, “Want apple jooth.” “You want apple juice?” I asked. “Yeth,” she answered. LOL

Anyway, a quick update on everyone else. We are all sick!! It started with Violet, then I got it, then Phillip and now Ivy. It doesn’t seem to be very severe, thank God! But the girls did develop a wet-sounding cough that is a bit nasty. As long as they don’t sound like their lungs are affected I am ok with that and we can just ride it out. I need to take Violet in for her 18 month vaccinations… a little late! I keep forgetting for some reason. And I don’t want to accidentally become a non-vaccinating mom! I do believe in vaccinating your children, unlike many of the Attachment Parenting moms in Vegas.

Things You Can Toss

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Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Rings

Rings

A Salad

A Salad

Your Cookies

Your Cookies

Believe me when I say the above image is far more attractive than the one presented yesterday…first by Violet, and then by me. We went to Amelia’s 3rd birthday party at the pony farm, and on the way home Violet had a cookie tossing “episode” just as we were pulling up to the house. I ran inside to get a towel so I could extract her from the mess of the carseat. I started taking her out, but when the smell hit me I began to gag uncontrollably. Phillip came back out after taking Ivy in, and found Violet still in her seat and me with my eyes watering, making some very unpleasant sounds, and trying desperately to pull it together so I could get my poor daughter out of the car. He took over while I staggered into the front yard, still gag-gag-gagging.

Phillip started a bath for Violet while I ran around a little longer, trying to gain control of these spasms. Finally, hand over mouth, I ran back into the house and made it to the other bathroom, where I joined in Violet’s ignominious fate.

I have no idea WHY this happened to me! In the last 3 years of parenthood I have come across my share of disgusting bodily fluids. I have NEVER gagged or have been made sick. My stomach was ironclad, or so I thought. I often mocked Phillip for gagging while changing a dirty diaper. Oh yes, I mocked him gleefully.

But no more. He has banished me from making fun of him, and frankly I am feeling too sheepish now to poke fun. I have learned my lesson.

Here are some pictures of yesterday, before it all went awry.

On The Move Again

Posted in Ballet, Extended Family, Health, Sad Things | 16 Comments »

We are headed to LA on Saturday. Stuff has been happening with my family. First we lost a close family friend a  few days ago. She had been friends with my parents since before any of us girls were born. Her name was Irma Crow. For the longest time I thought we were related, just based on the closeness of our families. I thought she was my aunt, and her kids were my cousins. Anyway, she had scleroderma and cancer. She suffered a lot and for a long time. But it still came as a shock when it did happen.

And then a couple of days later, my grandma ended up having to go to the ER because of how ill she felt. It turned out she had a host of other problems apart from the tumors they recently found (and probably as a cause of them). She had a bacterial infection in her blood that could have soon caused sepsis, she has gall stones, and her liver function was not up to par. She was also dehydrated. Anyway, it all sums up to something very bad. At her age, I cannot imagine her having much more time. The tumors are likely not treatable, because the cure is worse than the disease. The doctor figures 6 months at the most.

And yesterday my sister Natalia went under the knife to have a lump removed. Signs point to it being nothing, but with my older sister Marcela dying of cancer at age 31, any little thing seems terribly ominous. All day I kept thinking the worst. We won’t have the biopsy results until next week, but everyone seems optimistic.

The last few days have been hard, and although I am trying to keep my chin up for the girls, there are moments when it all just hits me very hard and I just feel this overwhelming sadness and depression. Yesterday in the middle of ballet, with all the activity and “Oh, how cute!” smiles all around me I kept tearing up and had to go outside several times to compose myself. It was very inopportune, but I seriously could not help it.

I think I would have felt better had I been to church on Sunday and taken Communion, but Violet was too sick and I had to take her to Urgent Care. I have been praying, but I really need to get to church to find some strength and solace in the Sacred Species. Maybe this Sunday I can make it to St Therese for the Extraordinary Form.

Anyway, I am looking forward to getting to my family but not to the upheaval traveling causes me. Travel adds a different stress while being close to everyone takes stress away. Funny.

Well, here are a couple of pics from ballet and other things that have been going on. I have been too closed up in my own world to post recently but I figured I better do it before I leave, or it will never get done.

Ivy's first official haircut

Ivy's first official haircut

The Princess and the Pea from last week's ballet class

The Princess and the Pea from last week's ballet class

A tender sisterly moment

A tender sisterly moment

Violet's first pony ride

Violet's first pony ride

Ivy was very excited about getting to ride a pony again

Ivy was very excited about getting to ride a pony again

Violet curled up in Phillip's arms and stayed like this for a while, just staring at him.

Violet curled up in Phillip's arms and stayed like this for a while, just staring at him.

This week was Little House on the Prairie

This week was Little House on the Prairie

I loved those little bonnets!

I loved those little bonnets!

Ooooh, ouch.

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Ivy: Look, mom your belly is really popping out!!

Me (sucking it in): How’s that, better?

Ivy: No, its still just popping out.

Me (thinking, “That’s sad, I am sucking it in as hard as I can!”): Oh well…

Ivy: Mom, I love your belly, its soooo cute! (pats my stomach, gives me a hug and rests her head on my belly)

Me: Ummm… thanks.

Ivy (lifts up my shirt): Hello, belly!

Ivy then grabs my fat roll and makes my belly button speak like a puppet. “Hello, Ivy!” (in a deeper voice)

She gasps in surprise, “Oh! Mommy your belly said hi to me!”

Me (sighing): Yeaaaah…huh. How ’bout that.

Ivy: Awwww, your belly loves me!

Aaaaaaannnnd, SCENE!

Garlic Naan with Pumpkin Cream Cheese – Yuuuummmm!

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So I have been struggling quite a lot lately to get up in the mornings. Its like I have these weights attached to my eyelids and my limbs. Its been hard. This morning Ivy came and tried to wake me up because she was hungry. I told her I would be right there, to go to the living room and I would be there in a moment. She was kinda  mad that I would not get up, but she went. I fell back asleep for half an hour.

When I finally came to, everything was quiet. I jumped out of bed to find Ivy. I had been dreaming that she had been kidnapped out of my car. I found her in the kitchen quietly eating the leftover garlic naan from last night’s curry. With pumpkin cream cheese. She looked really happy.

There was only about a quarter tub of cream cheese, but she ate that whole thing! “You want some, mom?” she said sweetly, smiling. “I made it for you!” I just stared at her, looked at the empty cream cheese tub, and said no thank you. “Look,” she coaxed. “Its goooood!” She was opening her eyes wide, raising her eyebrows and speaking slowly like she was talking to a toddler. I guess that is how I talk to her, and man am I condescending! I shouldn’t talk to her like she is stupid just because she is a kid. She nibbled a little bit of the naan to show me what to do. “Mmmmm, that’s goooood!” She held it out to me and nodded her head reassuringly. I laughed and gave her a big kiss. “Thanks, Ivy.”

Then when I went to get a spoon to stir my latte I found a dirty spoon in the drawer. Well, don’t get me wrong. It had been licked almost clean. I think she ate the cream cheese mostly by the spoonful and only spread it on the bread at the end. Then I felt really bad for not getting up when she asked.

This reminds me of the story my mom tells us about when Marcela and I were kids, and we tried to wake her up because we were hungry. She snapped, “Please just let me sleep!!” Nati was still a baby around that time so she was exhausted. We went away and when she woke up all was quiet. She asked us if we wanted to eat and we said, “No, we already ate.” She questioned us further only to discover we had helped ourselves to some eggs for breakfast. Raw eggs. LOL

This reminded me of that. Anyway, Ivy seriously cracks me up. I feel bad, but not that bad. I am proud that she is so self sufficient that she can find breakfast for herself. That said, I am going to start being better about getting to bed early so this doesn’t happen again. Who knows what she will pull out of the fridge next time!