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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

No More Paci

It's official...we are no more paci around this house! I seriously thought she'd still be sucking on that darn piece of plastic rubber baby crack till she went to middle school. You see, I have a total love/hate relationship with the paci. It made bedtimes and naptimes easy peasy. But as the months of paci addiction continued I began to break into a cold sweat at any mama's mention of knocking the paci to the curbside. 

I was downright terrified of how in the world we'd get her to go to sleep. 

Oh and this...this is her no more paci reward, a pink cozy coupe. 

As you can tell she absolutely loves it. And I'm also beginning to feel like our townhome is drowning in toys. If I go missing you'll know where to find me...underneath the piles of duplos in the living room. 

Back to the paci. Our method of removing the paci from daily (and nightly) habit came to me by way of an experienced mom of 4  (thank you, Rebecca!). She recommended I snip a tiny hole in the end of the paci to lessen the suction and go from there. Now since I was more than a little fearful about how the whole paci weaning would go I began my very small snip with a needle poke...because yeah, I was that freaked out about how it'd go. We gradually made the whole bigger and by a few nights in she was not liking her paci as much. After that we just removed it from her crib entirely. We'd get her to sleep after much coaxing and back rubbing. And now we're on to just popping her in her crib with books and stuffed animals and she talks/plays/sings herself to sleep.

This is a miracle. I believed this day would never come. Absolutely convinced she'd never sleep without the paci. 

I'm just here to say it's actually possible. There is life beyond the P-A-C-I. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caroline at Somewhere Around 21 Months or Something Like That

I've officially moved onto mom with more than one child status. I've completely lost track of how old Caroline is in months and she's less than two years old. I also usually can't remember exactly how far along in my pregnancy with Emily Kate I am so I guesstimate when asked. 

(side note...I guess I never officially announced it but let's do the big reveal in mom of more than one child style...second baby girl's name is Emily Kate. I totally planned how to reveal Caroline's gender and name on social media and to family. But with baby number no. Some things just start to slide.)

Now back on track. I thought it'd been quite a while...almost a year since I did a real update on Caroline- what's she's up to, her likes, development, etc. So I thought for memories' sake (and the sweet relatives who check my blog for Caroline updates) I'd do one. And since I'd have to get a calendar out to figure out exactly how old she is we'll just say somewhere around 21 months or something like that. Almost two works for me.

Caroline you are a joy. Rambunctious. Spunky. And such a talker. The only time you're not talking up a storm is when you're asleep. You're talking in sentences and talking about everything. I love it. You tell me about everything. 

Your favorite foods are mac and cheese, especially the homemade kind. I often try to hide either sweet peas or smashed avocado in it. But sometimes you outsmart your mama and pick around it. You like yogurt, and spaghetti, fruit and veggie pouches. You're also a huge fan of eggs and enjoying helping to make them. Your daddy also taught you how to operate the buttons on the Keurig so with a little supervision you can brew your mama and daddy some beverages. 

You like playing with your duplos and building castles with them. 
Reading books. You love, love, love books. Some of your favorites now are the Arthur series of books, The Baby Dances, The Day the Babies Crawled Away, Love You Forever, and My First Prayers. 

Our usual weekly outings include the park/playground and the museum both of which you enjoy. You definitely need your time to run around and play and get your energy out. You also enjoy swinging on the front porch and pushing your little shopping cart to the mailboxes. 

You are a huge fan of dress up. You like trying on clothes and jewelry. It's too funny when you hold up a pair of pants and say "It's cute!"

Some of the funniest things you've said lately are:
"No, Daddy, don't push her" when mama and daddy were hugging and you thought we were pushing each other. 
"Mommy sweetheart" I guess I must call you sweetheart a lot.
"Mike!!!! Mike!!!!" when you really want your daddy's attention.

You beg to watch "Let it Go" from Frozen over and over. 

You are a joy. You tire me out everyday with your spirited little personality, yet at the same time you're so life giving just being around you. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Love you, my big girl!