My original intent for this blog was to stay connected with far away friends and family from our home in New Hampshire. We’ve been here almost three years, and making time for the many phone and email conversations we’d like to be having has been difficult.
New this week:
The most exciting new thing to happen this week has been our daughter’s obvious development of an imagination. For months now, she’s been playing “mama” with her baby dolls by tucking them in, feeding them, wheeling them around in a small stroller, and even changing their clothes. She’s also been setting up little scenes with her blocks and small figurines. But this week, she is straight up, trying to fool Mama and Dada.
A few nights ago, our daughter and I were upstairs getting ready for bed, when she said “Man Yellow Hat!”
She’s on a Curious George kick.
“Oh, yes, The Man in the Yellow Hat. He really loves George, even though George is SO naughty.” I said something like that, because George really is so naughty. He reminds me a lot of my toddler.
“No, there! Man Yellow Hat!” She points under the bed. CREEPY!
“You see the Man in the Yellow Hat under Mama’s bed? That’s silly.”
“No, There!!!” She points to the crawl space up near the ceiling. We’ve never opened that door. It’s entirely possible that a man wearing a yellow hat has been living in the crawl space for over two years.
Have your kids ever totally creeped you out? This was the equivalent of being alone with your dog or cat and having their ears perk up to listen to an inaudible sound while they stare at nothing.
The next day “honeybird, mama!” Honeybird is what she calls hummingbirds. Adorable. She started pointing all over the house. “Honeybird! There! There! There!”
Oh, no. Now, she’s hallucinating. Hallucinating: the way paranoid parents refer to the development of an imagination in a toddler with a good sense of humor. Anyway, today we’re being visited by fictional a “catapeepow” (caterpillar).
She’s also loved her crayons, painting, and blocks this week. She’s been sick since last Wednesday with a virus so we’ve been trying to have some low-key fun at home (aside from the trip to a creepy children’s museum that resulted in the return of her fever.)
Cece was also super excited to receive a special package containing three children’s books on the subject of food allergies from Aunt Beanie and Uncle Joe this week (Thanks again!). We get a lot of deliveries since we don’t have a lot of options for shopping around here. Living here has simplified our lives in so many ways, but sometimes we “need” to put an Amazon order in. This time the package was just for her! What fun!
Also, in exciting news, Dada is on vacation until next Wednesday! He hasn’t taken much time off in forever, and our vacations haven’t seemed like real vacations since we moved here. So this is going to be awesome! We’re even planning an overnight beach getaway. Woohoo!
All is good with baby #2. Her heart beat is right on target and she seems just as strong and active as her big sister. Brace yourselves!
Cece enjoys communicating with her baby sister by blowing raspberries on my belly. I can’t say I enjoy this nearly as much as she does. When my stomach is unavailable, like in public, she blows raspberries on my chest and yells “Baby inside!” for everyone to hear. It’s not embarrassing at all.
Life with The Palumbos is good! We’re all recovering from our scare last week, trying new recipes, baking homemade bread, and excited to see what the next several days off have in store!