We’re supposed to be getting new laptops for work, so I started organizing folders, deleting old files, drafts and I came across this one. Another conversation between Stu and Teagan in the morning, on the way to day care, sometime back in September:
As they were driving to day care, Stu passed a school bus. Teagan said that she will have a lunch box when she goes to school. In her lunch box she’d like a sandwich and some crackers. And fruit. She likes bananas now, but when she’s on the school bus, she’d like an apple, please.
My silly little girl. I love these “Deep Thoughts” of hers.
In other news, she loved her green cupcake I brought home for her and her sister. Ashlin, loved getting a “birthday!”
Neither of them understood why the cupcake was green, nor as big as their head. They were both happy to eat it though!
This morning, Teagan woke up first. Not the normal routine, but one that worked just fine. After the noisy alarm went to the bathroom and got dressed, her sister woke up. Teagan and I went in to Ashlin’s room to get her. As I was looking for an outfit for Ashlin, Teagan went up to the crib and Ashlin leaned over and give her a huge hug.
Teagan loved it. She’s usually the one initiating hugs, that are often accompanied with tears thanks to her over-enthusiasm. When I asked if she’d move back in, Teagan did quickly, she really enjoyed getting a hug from her sister. She was more than eager for a second hug. Ashlin, true to her sweet nature, hugged on cue. I’m so glad I usually have my phone with me, to be able to catch a blurry shot of sisterly love.
It was a good morning.
PS. We should be able to play in the new sprinkler tomorrow!
The girls this morning were so sweet. Ashlin was laughing at Teagan, who was just being her silly self. You can see how much they love each other. Ashlin watches Teagan with pure love, it just oozes from her. Adoration. Teagan is so happy when she can make Ashlin laugh. She gets such a lift from it.
Today, Teagan buried her sister with toys in her exersaucer.
Then she ate a spider.
It was a toast spider that Stu made.
First, she pulled off each leg and ate it.
She didn’t like the eyes – Stu used Marmite for those. So he put brown sauce over them. That worked.
Then Stu made a star and a moon. She LOVED them too.
I think the spider somehow put her in a bad mood, maybe it was all the legs? She was a beat the rest of the day, even with two longish naps. She’d want to do something, then when you started doing it, she’d cry hysterically. So, we’d stop, and she’d cry hysterically.
This morning there was a surprise after my shower. A lovely steam message. Made my day.
Made one of the few days I have left, before going back to work, better.
It’s nice to have little reminders like this. I still feel a bit blah – haven’t lost all the baby weight yet. I’m getting there though! Down to the last 5-7 pounds, depending on the day. And although it’s getting lower and lower. it feels like it’s taking forever. I haven’t had the mental fortitude to try on my pre-pregnancy jeans. Not yet anyway.
So, it’s nice to get messages like this… or like this one, that he drew while playing with Teagan outside over the weekend. It was right outside the front door. Teagan made sure I saw it when I went out to see them after getting Ashlin to sleep.
Teagan had happy cake today! I brought cupcakes to day care to celebrate her birthday.
Around 2:00, after nap time I went to the day care with cupcakes – happy cake – for all the toddlers, with extras for the instructors. Teagan was so happy when I showed up. ”My mommy!” she screamed happily, “Aclin, sista.” Every instructor needed to know that I was her mom and her little sister was there too! So cute.
After she showed us off, it was snack time. Three kids sat down, the fourth didn’t want to. Paper towels were put down as napkins and the cupcakes were handed out. Teagan wolfed down the first one, and asked, so nicely for a second. I let her have it. At the time, I thought “why not? It’s her birthday.” I ended up regretting it, as she melted down into a teary mess as I got ready to leave.
After a bit, Teagan needed a diaper change, and I took advantage of her being occupied, sneaking running out, apologizing to the instructor as I did. I always feel bad leaving her crying with the instructors. They’re probably used to it, and I’m sure Teagan stops quickly enough after we leave – out of sight out of mind. Still, I felt horrible. All I had wanted was to make the afternoon special, and she ended up crying and being unhappy.
After Stu picked Teagan up from day care on his way home from work, we went for a walk. Our first walk all week, thanks to the rain. Teagan asked for flowers – daddy-lions raaarrrrrr – which we picked for her when they were by the sidewalk. She loves blowing the seeds.
I can’t believe she’s two. She’s so proud of being two – she told everyone at day care how old she was. But she’s growing too fast. I always joked with my friends that they needed to put their sweet little kiddos in a box so they wouldn’t grow, so they’d stay small and sweet. I want to put my beautiful princess in a box. But I also want to watch her grow up, experience new things, remind me of things I forgot.
Yesterday, I tried to write a post . I failed. I did little more than upload the picture I wanted to use. A picture of Teagan. My big girl.
She looks so much bigger, is acting so much older than just even last week. A blink of an eye ago. I know that some if it is due to Ashlin being here, and being so small compared to Teagan. And Ashlin’s not really that small, though she’s not a big baby either.
Teagan’s been using much more complex sentences, thoughts, than she was before. She’s gone from “Titi’s milk” to “my milk” in what seems like days. She does still refer to herself as the baby, but she also refers to Ashlin as her baby sister. Her vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds. It seems as if shes picking up something like five new words every day. Her pronunciation is also improving. If you ask her to watch you say a word, she can almost imitate it. She still has issues with s’s and with th’s. It’s so cute that she’s still saying “beeze” and “tank tou.” She’ll even sing the Yo Gabba Gabba song. Sometimes she will change the words to “Mama, Dada.” Sometimes it’s mommy and not mama. It’s still very cute.
She loves singing, laughing, trying to make us laugh. She will ask you to eat her feet every morning and every evening. It’s never an old joke. It’s her job to turn out the lights at bedtime, and god forbid you do it for her. She doesn’t cry anymore (mostly!) when you brush or comb her hair. More mornings than not, she will demand you put a pony tail in her hair.
She loves going for walks, though she doesn’t like walking. She much prefers to be pushed, but I think it’s because of the snack tray. LOL.
She whispers “thank you,” but will shout “Love you!” If you use the sign “I love you,” she will whisper it back, until she shouts. Although she can’t get her fingers in the right formation, she will hold her hand up, palm to you as her way of signing it. She gives spontaneous hugs, even to her sister. She will also tell her sister to “be quiet,” and “no crying!” Shhhhh. She even told her sister that she loves her. Without any prompting. She will share her food and share her toys. Usually. Sometimes she needs reminding to play nice, but she generally does without the reminder.
She loves hats and her hop-hop shoes (bunny slippers). She will almost always wake up in the morning with a rats nest for hair, but also a song. I like listening to her sing in her crib while drinking coffee, hoping that she goes on and doesn’t start to cry.
She has had a few tantrums, especially if you forget her bubble in the car, but generally she’s a very happy girl. She’s terribly fun to tickle! And will ask for more!
This morning Teagan woke us up by running into our room and going “baby! Shhhhh! Hi baby! Sleep. Bubble!” LOL. She was cute. She went to LaLa and left us half dozing. Off to day care she went.
The rest of the morning was pretty calm. Ashlin was mellow, I got some coffee and put my feet up. There was a hint of ankles before the day started, so I’m not too concerned. The end is in sight.
Mom and dad went to pick up the glider. Stu worked from the dining room. I played with the baby and watched her sleep. She slept very well last night – she went 5 hours without stirring. I totally felt that this morning though. LOL!
The glider had a broken part, so dad only put the ottoman together before he and mom left. I’ll get a replacement part mailed early next week..
Once mom and dad left for their home, the house seemed too quiet. I guess I had gotten used to them being around. I know I’ll miss them – they were so helpful, even when they thought they were doing nothing. Mom made sure I was fed and had water to drink. She found me time to put my feet up. Made sure I walked a bit – at Target, Babies R Us, BJ’s… LOL.
The rest of the afternoon went well with just the three of us in the house. Stu went to get Teagan. Dinner with her went very well. I tucked Ashlin in the pack n play while we started dinner. Teagan ended up eating a ton of left-over manicotti and strawberries. She asked for two, three, no two cookies. LOL. I gave her a small handfull of animal crackers.
Ashlin started to stir just about the end of dinner. Teagan did the “ssshhhh” thing with her finger and said “no crying.” I asked her if she wanted me to get her sister to see if we could quiet her. Yes. She wanted to see her sister. Teagan watched as I got the baby, then noticed that Ashlin needed a change. We asked Stu to change the stinky diaper. Pewwww. Stinky! Teagan laughed.
As Teagan finshed the last of her cookies, we told her it was bedtime. Ok, no protest. I asked for a kiss goodnight while I was downstairs, as now it was time for mama to feed the baby. She gave me a nice, long, slobbery kiss. She gave her sister a kiss as well. A very sweet kiss.
The day ended well. I’m just about ready to sleep, like a sweet baby I know…