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Thursday, November 20, 2008

From Baba to Milky

Childhood is peppered with milestones - the first word, the first tooth, the first step. Some come with struggle and fanfare - others prove so much easier than you’d ever anticipated.

Lola overcame two hurdles in the last couple of weeks, with ease and grace. Gee I’m proud.

The first was led by my dear husband (to whom I will forever be grateful). When I was in Maine he sleep-trained our little girl. We had been getting up a couple of times in the night to give her a bottle. A habit bred out of laziness on our part as giving her a bottle sent her straight back to sleep and we could never muster the strength to battle with letting her do without. But Steven held firm. She cried, maybe 20 mins or so - and then. Peace. Silence. Victory. Now she wakes up maybe once during the night with a mewl, but quickly goes back down with no intervention from us. Oliver of course is still padding into our room every night. But hell. One battle at a time right?

The second milestone was more traumatic for me than for her. Saying goodbye to the bottle in bed, meant we transitioned at the same time from bottle to sippy cup. A new sippy with a soft teat so not such a big change. Lola barely blinked. So now the bottles have been put away. My baby is growing up. I feel a profound sense of pride and sadness to say goodbye to one of these last vestiges of babyhood. I said to Steven - dude, it’s either another baby or a dog. Needless to say, looks like Rover is going to win on that one.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oliver’s Favorite Tune

Apparently it was number one in the UK.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

I love you

This week Lola started saying “I Love you” this kind of comes out “Aye lough you” but we know what she means. Other words include: no, please (peas) thank you (takeoo) shoes, pasta, no more, dog, mama, papa, nanny, granny (gannee), meme, socks, grandpops (ganpos) oliver (owah), janeh (janet next door) mine, mater (from the movie cars), truck (chuck) and many many more.

I love you though, that right there’s a milestone. Oliver is copying - not to be outdone. He takes great pride in correcting Lola on her pronunciation, which he finds infuriating.

A typical conversation: “Chuck!” says Lola. “It’s not CHUCK its TRUCK!” shouts Oliver. Lola waits a beat then looks at her brother and shouts back “Chuck!” grinning from ear to ear. “It’s NOT CHUCK, TRUCK!” yells Oliver. And so it goes. She is delighted by how furious this makes him. And Oliver, poor lad, falls for it every single time.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Pirate & The Bee

Halloween at 625 Angelus Place was a busy affair. Went to Oliver’s school for a party with lots of other semi0drunk parents and other kids hyped up on cookies and cake. We then proceeded to parade around the neighborhood. Oliver loved it. Lola was kinda over it pretty quickly. Altho she delighted in running away from Oliver’s friend Romeo.

I have a feeling this will be a pattern. Lola playing with Oliver’s friends and it driving her brother crazy.

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