Wordful Wednesday: The Biz at 18 Months

My blog has suffered under Extreme Busyness Syndrome. So much so that monthly updates for my sweet Isora Rose have been all but non existent. (*To Isora – Sorry sweet girl. I really would have liked to write more about you over the past 18 months but keeping up with you and how quickly you learn everything is pretty time consuming. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love you and your Wiggle Worm ways so no complaints that I loved your sister more, m’kay?)

So I figured I’d take this Wednesday to gush show off brag discuss my sweet baby girl.

This is Isora Rose. 18 months old but just told me the other day that “I 3 year old Mama”.  Ummmm, no, you’re not. But cute that she repeats every. single. thing. her sister says, right? And yes, she talks. A lot. All day. All night. She says words that sound funny coming out of a 18 month old mouth. Like ‘remember’ and ‘medicine’. She nearly always says ‘thank you’ often says ‘please’ and her newest fav is “No. I do it.” SMH. WAY too early for that statement if you ask me. She says all her ABC’s and “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,14,Zoomi” (cause she knows it makes us laugh). She sings along to all our songs in the car. She loves when I sing Alouette and My Favorite Things and 1 2 3. And she loves Bob Marley. Of course 😉

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This little lady has always been sweet and chill but as she’s grown she has blossomed into the most good-natured, smiling and happy child I’ve ever known. She rarely cries (though the closer we come to 2 the more she fake-cries) and if she does get a boo-boo it’s easy to make her smile again. The song ‘Alouette’ used to be her stop-crying song. Now you just say “Boo Teta”. I know. It’s silly. Cedella said it to her once when she was crying and it stuck. They both crack up. Every. Time.

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There’s something else you must know about Iz. She is completely obsessed with her sister. Whatever Ella is doing or saying, Izzie is copying. It’s adorable and funny, as short-lived as it may be. Because one day they will fight over toys or clothes or boys or life but for now they’re pretty inseparable. And that’s cool with me.

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Despite their closeness they are very different children. And that’s the coolest thing to see. All the things that Iz loves that El gets easily bored by. All the subtle little differences.

For example…this kid loves to brush her teeth. It makes her whole day. She’ll say “brush teeth” until I go into the bathroom with her and put toothpaste on her Dora brush.

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She is a Weirdo. With a capital W. In our home Weirdos are just silly people who are different and unique. Weird is a positive. She has Weird in spades. She wore this one snow boot around for hours. Hours. And would freak if I tried to put the other shoe on her. Weirdo.

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And man is she funny. She is constantly thinking of new ways to make us laugh. She’s a natural Goof Ball. I kinda wish I could roam around the house mostly nude with a basket on my head too. Sadly she’s the only one that can get away with it, she’s a trailblazer of physical comedy.

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Like the Corn-Holio. She does this one a lot. Actually she takes off her shirt a lot. When her tummy is free she’ll rub on it like she’s rubbing a Good Luck Buddha and say “Tummy”. Makes us laugh every. single. time.

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And this…her fake pouty face. She’s got you fooled, huh? Keep in mind this face was directly followed by

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a big old grin.

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Did I mention Izzie can and will sleep just about anywhere at any time? No really. Anywhere. Remember this? A booth in a busy restaurant in Chicago.

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And at the Zoo. Even at her favorite place she sleeps.

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Another thing to know about this little lady: she loves to eat. Loves. Anything and everything. The only thing she seems to have an aversion towards is fish (which is weird cause we eat a lot of fish) but she loves everything else. Current obsession? Hummus, PB&J, Turkey and Yogurt. And cupcakes. Anything with frosting is cool with her.

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Always fruit. Off the tree, don’t care. She was digging on that pear. The cuteness of her eating this pear fresh off her Jiddo’s tree just kills me. I love it so.

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She is a book lover just like her Mama and her sis. Current favs include ‘Pajama Time’ ‘Duck on a Bike’ and the Little Critter book ‘I Was So Mad’. And anything that has baby faces for her to kiss. She’s really into kissing right now.

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Though she loves to hang out at Play. she really comes alive at the zoo. On this visit she woke up just in time to chase the peacocks . It never gets old.

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She is a very intense and avid colorer. Have you ever seen a more serious coloring face? She’s doing business here.

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And she has entered the Momma and Baby phase. The second we get to Play. she goes right for the babies. At home she carries around three at a time.

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She even wears her babies while she’s watching her favorite shows (Currently: Daniel Tiger, Super Why, Team Umizoomi and Dora).

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Though she loves taking care of her babies she is still very much Mama’s Girl. I can’t get enough kisses and hugs from this kid. She’s positively delicious. She makes every single cell in my body vibrate with happiness even on the rainiest and grayest days.

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I catch myself sometimes just staring at her. Just in awe of some new thing she’s taught herself or something funny that she’s done. Watching that sweet grin spread over her face is like medicine for a stressed out soul. I love to watch her play and explore and try and persevere.

But seriously, where did I get this blonde haired green eyed child from? Another unique and beautiful thing about this sweet girl.

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But whatever you do. Don’t take this girl’s babies or food….cause she’s a tough girl. She’ll get ya.

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See? Told you she was funny.

Do you have a hilarious child of your own? I’d love to here about what makes your kid an awesome Weirdo!! Please share stories!!

Linking up with Amanda at Dude Mom and Angie at Seven Clown Circus. Go check out their gorgeous families now. Just do it.

Happy Wednesday!!

Up All Night

I screwed up again…

The 3pm energy drain hit me and I did it.

I had that one last afternoon cup of coffee.

Now it’s 1:30am. And despite the fact that both of my little angels (we’ll call them that now that they’re passed out) in their own beds, in their own room, and Michael is at work.

I could be downing a bottle of wine and watching Call the Midwife reruns. Or finishing The Sandman graphic novel I started earlier. I could be getting a couple hours of blissfully uninterrupted sleep. But no…I’m doing the fucking dishes.

“Why in earth would a woman choose to do dishes at 1am?” you might be asking yourself. The smart ass in me would say “cause the maid doesn’t come until Thursday”. And the realist in me says “cause I AM the maid”.

I also just switched over the laundry and set the diaper covers out to dry.

And now I’m wide awake…

My home isn’t spotless. In fact I’m fairly certain there’s thin (or thick depending on where you’re sitting) layer of white dog hair coating every floor of the house. It’s quite soft on the feet. Not so kind to my black wardrobe pieces.

And I don’t expect it to be. Having two small children has made me set my expectation levels incredibly low. And yet still I am surprised by how unexpected everything goes in our life. Life with small humans requires a lot of planning and preparation, both of which I struggle with.

The simple fact is that things can’t run smoothly in the mornings unless the kitchen is clean. Even my bare bones morning schedulencan be easily derailed. Everything takes longer if you have to wash a pan just to make some eggs, or shuffle things around to get to the butter dish. And god forbid there’s no sippy cups clean for her majesty Cedella’s morning juice.

And diapers? Well…we kinda need those. All day, every day. And they have to be washed before the stench takes over the girls room. We’ve got them both sleeping in there now…can’t ruin it with dirty diaper pail stink.

Did I mention both girls are sleeping in their own beds? All. Night. Long.

Yea, I may have postponed doing the dishes until 1am. And I’ll probably be tired tomorrow because I’m up so late. But today, I got an adjustment, ran into good mama friends and their kiddos, thrift shopped, hung outside with my big girl, finished a book and enjoyed a home-cooked family dinner.

I gotta say. Today was a good day.

Though could someone please remind me to stop drinking coffee at 2pm from now on. Yep. Feeling old.

But most importantly…

The dishes are done, man. ::wink wink::

Am I the only one that finds herself doing housework at odd hours of the day and night?

Guess who just climbed into my bed as I finished typing this? And no, it’s not the one in the crib.

Goodnight.

The Isora Report: Month 3 & 4

Between our ultra busy soaking-every-last-drop-of-summer schedule and the lightening speed at which Miss Isora is growing and I haven’t been very good about updates. So here’s a very picture heavy drop of her 3rd & 4th month updates. Month 5 is coming up tomorrow.

MONTH 3

Weight: 14.5 lbs.!! Wow!!

Height: 23.5 inches

Clothes/Shoe Size: 3-6 month clothes. Newborn and 0-3 onesies are way too small. Shoes? Nope…it’s summer. Really it’s even too hot for clothes. Hence the sticker on the tummy this month.

Milestones: This month she started her newest most endearing habit. Our little Boogie is officially a thumb-sucker. During our family trip to Oscoda she started sucking her thumb to soothe herself back to sleep and has been ever since. It’s absolutely adorable and no, I don’t plan on making her stop any time soon.

Because of her convenient little thumb sucking we officially moved Izzie to her crib in the girls shared bedroom. Once she’s asleep she’s asleep all night, well, as long as her big sister doesn’t wake her up. I love to go in there when they’re both sleeping and just listen to their sweet sleepy harmonies.

Month 3 also marked her very first laugh. It came when we were giving the girls a bath one night. Somehow we managed to get both girls into Isora’s baby tub and Cedella started splashing the baby. At first it was cute, and then just cause it’s her, Ella started taking it even further and splashing even harder. At first we thought she was crying, turns out she was laughing. Just giggling. With Cedlla giggling even louder and harder over her. She just adores any and every sweet torture that her sister puts her through. Poor thing.

Isora’s first time at the beach was this month too. Despite the chilly cold temperature of Lake Huron in June she seemed to really enjoy getting her feet in the squishy sand and feeling the cool breeze on her face. She never got a chance to put a fistful of sand in her mouth though. Better luck next year I guess :)

Favorites: “Alouette” Grandma Linda started singing her that song and she adores it, sometimes singing this to her is the only way to stop her from crying. Her Mini Sofie giraffe teether and anything she can put in her mouth. Flying like an airplane up in the air. Raspberries on her cheeks and tummy. ANYTHING that Cedella does is her instant favorite thing.

MONTH 4

Weight: 15 lbs.

Height: 24 inches

Clothes/Shoe Size: 6-9 month clothes. A couple 3 month things still fit. Size 2 shoes seem to fit good.

Milestones: Teething has begun. The drool, the constant gnawing on other people’s fingers, even a little bit of bedtime discomfort. She’s been wearing her amber necklace and takes teething tablets when she’s especially cranky.

She’s now a master at the tummy time and rolls from her back to tummy and tummy to back with ease. In fact this month she’s rolled off the bed more times than Cedella ever did. The second you set this child down she is moving.

Little Boogie got to go to her first concert this month too. There was a fundraiser for the Broad Museum in Old Town featuring a band called Janka Nubay and the Bubu Gang. Straight outta Brooklyn by way of Sierra Leone. See hung out in the carrier all night and loved swinging and dancing with me and her dad to the music. And Janka Nubay even pinched her cheeks after. She was definitely the youngest patron of the arts at that show!

This month Izzie got to meet lots of family members and friends she hadn’t met yet. It was so busy I didn’t get a chance to take her monthly pictures. Between visits from our Canadian family, relatives from Lebanon and the Deirmimas annual reunion, it seemed like an entire month full of visits. And she seemed to particularly love meeting her cousin Mila.

And being passed around to everyone at the reunion hafli (dance party). Though, the party may have gone a bit too late for her.

The biggest milestone of this month? Food. She is completely obsessed. Haven’t given her anything more than a chunk of banana in her mesh feeder thingy, but she absolutely loved it. In fact she wouldn’t even let me pry it out of her hands without screaming in protest. So when her Jiddo offered her a cucumber she was all to happy to gnaw on it.

Favorites: Getting tossed up into the air. Being in the baby carrier on my back. “You Are My Sunshine” sung by me, Cedella or both of us. Hanging strawberry toy on her car seat. Bananas. Smiling, she’s always smiling.

Stay tuned…Month 5 is coming tomorrow!!