Time gone by... a girl *still* loved so much

Hi My Sweet Mirah,

This post is so impromptu that I don’t have any pictures to go with it. I haven’t written for such a long time I didn’t want to have any reason NOT to write so I gave myself permission to just do it, no pictures and all.

You are 19 months old now. Every time I say that I can’t believe I am talking about you. I know that someday I will being saying 19 *years* but for now, this seems old. Your daddy and I have been having such a good time with you lately. You are really blossoming into such a beautiful little person. So many times during the day you do something and I think to myself, “I really need to write that down so that I can put it on the blog.” Well, as you can see that since we’ve been so busy these past few months not much has made it here. I do have some things that I want to remember from this week.

Yesterday we got you a potty! You were very excited and you knew that THIS ONE was JUST FOR YOU. IMG_0087

Ok, so I DID have a photo after all! Anyway, you really love your potty. You have some idea of what it’s for, yet you haven’t performed the pertinent activity on it as of yet. We are very hopeful however because you have already pooped AND peed RIGHT NEXT TO IT!! Perhaps you are just having a timing issue. We’ve got time. Nice socks by the way (Mommy’s).

Another big event happened this week. I am not even sure if I should tell you this one, though, because you may hold it against me in the future. Oh well, here it goes..... Mommy *almost* lost Bunny. After much looking I found him here:
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Poor Bunny! He apparently fell out of the stroller on the way back from the park with your BFF Audrey and new babysitter Carmen. Phew! I was so relieved. I decided that either Bunny needs a GPS microchip implanted or he is not allowed to leave the house anymore.

3. (I can start counting here no biggie) You started calling Daddy “Dada” again this week as opposed to “Mama” which you had been calling him since his return from Budapest. I think you were teasing him. hehehehe.

4. You ate chicken that was not in the form of a nugget!! For the past few nights I have been experimenting with a new strategy at dinner. It’s called “Mirah eats what Mommy and Daddy eat.” Recently after a conversation with our neighbor who was serving salmon, potatoes, and salad to her young children, I decided to try out her strategy. She said she serves dinner and that’s what available to eat. If her kids don’t eat it, they miss out on dinner. It sounds harsh, I know, but I decided to give it a try. Tonight we had chicken, rice, and vegetables with peanut sauce. Given that you don’t do peanuts (as per advice of your dr), we skipped the sauce for you, but gave you the chicken, rice, and steaming carrots. We set it on your cute little plate and continued on with our meal. You were very happy to have your plate and fork and especially happy to be at the table in your booster seat. At first you just played with the food, trying out different methods for using a fork all of which had nothing to do with bringing food from your plate to your mouth. Then, out of nowhere, after Daddy had already gotten up to do the dishes, you took a giant bite of chicken! Hooray! And then another one! It was an exciting moment! I saw my future with many less chicken nuggets in it.

5. “Ya!” Not so long along you discovered the communicative magic of the word. “No!” So clear, concise, and to the point. You used it obsessively. I appreciated your new found expression, but hoped that you would soon learn “No’s” nicer cousin “Yes” and you have! Actually you say “Ya,” which is even cuter. In the morning I ask you, “Mirah do you want to have breakfast now?” You say, “Ya!” Then “Mirah should we do this...” “Ya!” “or this” “Ya!” Of course you don’t agree to everything by far, but it sure is nice to have both options available.

I really need to go to bed now so that I am not crabby, tired Mommy tomorrow. I’m glad I sat down to write this to you tonight. I am going to be doing this more often again. The days with you are so interesting and wonderful. I just remembered one more moment from this past week that I want to end with.... A few nights ago you weren’t feeling very well and you wanted to be held. When I tried to lay you down you stiffened up in protest and let me know that you really needed your Mama. Feeling tired (as it WAS the MIDDLE of the night) I first had a thought of “Ugh. Not now. I’m so tired.” I picked you up anyway. Then as I held you I felt in my arm how much you have grown. Your legs hang down so much lower than they used to. You are definitely not a baby anymore. I felt that. I thought of the days ahead when you would be too big for me to even hold you like this anymore. I squeezed you tighter and enjoyed that moment with you, my little girl, who I could still hold and love in the middle of the night.

Kisses to you my sweet. Good night.

xo,
Mommy

Mirah... almost 17 months!

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Mirah, my sweet, again I am behind. Such is life these days. We have been very busy. Momma is growing her business. Daddy is teaching and finishing up his dissertation. You, my girl, have been up to a lot as well. Off the top of my head, here is what you have been up to....

1. Communication! Every day you say a new word. Here are the words (or alleged) words we have heard from you:

Dada, Mama, Daddy, Apple (favorite word alert!), Uh-oh (it’s ridiculously cute when your own child says it),
Birds = “-ds”
Avocado = cada cado ...favorite food
Grandma = gamma
Up = Uu (with a very slight “p”)
Out = Ow (no real “t” yet)
Hi = Hi ( with an almost silent H)
Audrey her bff = Di-Di

I really need to go to bed so I am going to finish this later. I promise.

Ok, I’m back! More words for Mirah...

Bubble
Cracker
Kroll
Car
Owl
Cheese
Agua
Water (wa wa)
Yogurt (sounds more like Go-Gurt)

2. Toddler Fasting. With all this talking it seems that eating has gone to the way side. Right now the only two things you will reliably eat....... chicken nuggets and fish sticks. Not exactly what I had envisioned when I dreamed of what a wonderful parent I would be. Oh well, I’m sure this will pass too. In the meantime I will keep giving you wonderful fruits and vegetables with the hopes that one day you will venture out and try something new. Let me tell you, you WANT to try mango. It’s pretty much one of the best things to eat... ever.

3. Dancy-Dance! You love your microphone that plays music. It instantly puts you in a dancey dance mood. You have two main dance moves: 1. the sway 2. the spin (you walk in a circle for what’s gotta be an uncomfortably long time). The best part about ‘the spin’ is that you put a very serious look on your face. It must require a great deal of concentration to keep going in those perfect circles.

4. Potty Fascination. You really have no idea what the potty is all about, but you love to have us take your diaper off so that you can sit on it for about.... two to three seconds. We humor you and try to explain to you (with really bad parent-ese what the potty is all about). We hope to get you your own potty soon, although you look really cute when I hold you over the big potty.

5. Toothbrushing. Not your Favorite. Mama’s patience has been really tested with this one, Mirah. Long story short (although I know it won’t be short)... Daddy and I thought your teeth looked yellowish a couple weeks ago. I asked some mama’s friends about it and some suggestions were to brush more times per day (up to 3) and go in to see a dentist. We did both. The extra brushing really helped because when the dentist looked at your teeth, gleaming white pearls shone back up at him. I was both embarrassed and proud. The 3x/day brushing routine is not working so well anymore. The novelty of the electric toothbrush has worn off and you really just want to suck the toothpaste directly out of the tube. Or you want to try to put the cap back on(more on the later). In the evenings at your last brushing, I try to intervene a bit to make sure you are actually getting your teeth cleaned off. This has turned disastrous. I usually just take a thin wash cloth and go in for a quick swipe. Or more accurately now, I go in for a quick painful chomp on the finger. Ouch. Neither of us is happy with this situation, so I think I will give a rest for a while.

6. Lids. Caps. Oh, they are THE BEST! However, don’t you DARE actually put them on anything MOM! Mirah, right now you are fascinated with lids and caps. You will play half the morning with a sippy cup and its lid. You try and try and try to put it on the cup, but because you don’t know about the “twist” part, you never actually get it on. I have made the mistake of showing you how to twist the lid on and the result is a m-e-l-t-d-o-w-n! I guess if the lid is to go on, you are the one to do it (even if you don’t know how yet).

7. Climbing. Running. Laughing. You are a very silly girl, Mirah. Daddy and I have so much fun playing around with you. You always have something fun (and oftentimes funn-y) up your sleeve. Just recently you have figured out how to crawl up on to the sofa. You beam with pride, get down, and do it again. Ah, the pleasures of accomplishment. You also love to run, especially AWAY from us. Of course you think it’s funny and Dad doesn’t help the situation by pretending to be a monster chasing you! As of now, I’m still faster than you, but if and when you become faster than me.... You’ll be in time out. Yep. I’m the strict one apparently. That is becoming more evident every day.

I need to take some time to relax tonight, so I am going to end there. I am hoping to make smaller posts more often. Even if it’s just a quick list of things I want to remember.

I love you, love you, LOVE YOU, Mirah!

xo,
Mommy

DC for Chatta's Baby Shower

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6 hour car ride, ice cream is essential.

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From Grandma Susan

New York Ci...Tay!

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Big City, Big Glasses.

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Daddy help!

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Mirah getting her hands and face cleaned up by uncle Scotty. Notable because of the way Mirah was mesmerized by Uncle’s incredibly gentle method.
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Mirah sitting on Baby “Ernie.” (hehehe)

Grandma Maddie Visits!

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In celebration of her 60th birthday, Grandma Maddie came out East for a visit! When she got here, I put her right to work. I was desperate for some extra help, and hey, what are moms for? Then we drove down to NYC for the real celebration. On Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day with Adriana's family and had some delicious Cuban food. Yum.

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The highlight of Grandma's trip to NYC was her 15 seconds of fame on the Today Show. We got up early and went to Rockefeller Plaza with a bright pink sign.... Grandma had her 15 seconds of fame with a quick interview by Al Roker.
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Walking with Grandma in the Park, NYC.
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And of course, playing with Grandma Maddie.
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13 months old, 14 months old, 15 months! Oh My!

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It's been so long since I've written that you are now 15 months and I haven't given an update since you were freshly one. I started this post on the 24th of April and I'm finishing it today, the 5th of May.

These past months have been quite busy. Here's what you are up to now:

1. Birds! Or as you call them, "dssss" Mirah, you are an avid bird watcher, hunter, chaser, and scream at-er. You love birds so much that when we are at the park and a bird flies by you will stop whatever you were doing to watch it soar and then land. You've gotten pretty good at sneaking up on them too. I think it must be partly due to your low to the ground stature, but they hang around for awhile before flying off and many times you get pretty close to them. You like to holler to them to like you are saying "hey bird! hey bird! stay there! I'll be right there!

2. Walking backwards, running forward fast! You do this really adorable thing right now where you walk backwards, get a big grin on your face, and then RUN really fast forward. I think that you think you are fooling us in someway. You're thinking something like, "my parents think I am going to keep walking backwards, but wait until they see what I have planned, " and then you dart forward at super toddler speed.

3. Speaking of super toddler speed, there seems to be a little cat and mouse game going on around this house. Whenever Mommy wants to put on your shoes or change your diaper you make a mad dash away as fast as you can. I chase you, but I try not to make it too much fun because then you are going to run away from me even more! I have to say You + Running = Really cute! Although I'm sure when you actually get faster than me, I won't thinks it's so cute.

4. Teeth and food. Ugh. Ugh. Triple ugh. You have ten teeth now. The top two middle front ones; the bottom middle four front, and four molars. Surprisingly the molars didn't cause you much trouble. Recently, though, something was going on. I saw a tiny speck on white on top the other morning and so I think it's another top front one coming in. Anyway, the reason why I bring it up is because you really worried Mommy this last time around because you basically stopped eating anything of nutritional value for about two weeks. Or if you did eat something it had to be pureed and you HAD to eat it with your hands. What a mess! I tried to discourage this eating behavior until you stopped eating altogether and I got desperate. I mean a girl really shouldn't try to survive on crackers alone! Things have gotten MUCH BETTER the past few days. The first night you ate something green again I was so happy and relieved I almost cried with joy.

5. Tiny Eyes! You like to make this really silly face lately where you squint your eyes up really tiny and smile! It reminds me of pictures I've seen of Daddy when he was little! Even cuter, is that we can prompt you to make the face by saying," Mirah... Tiny Eyes!"

6. Sleep, glorious sleep, glorious sleep!!!!! I really never thought I would get good sleep again. Granted my definition of "good sleep" will never be what it used to be, but these days you are an amazing sleeper. Many if not most nights you sleep through the WHOLE night!!!! It's quite exciting! However, occasionally there is any unfortunate caveat and you decide that 5am is a great time to get up for the day. Luckily it doesn't happen often. Also, wonderful in the world of sleep is that you now only take one nap, but it typically is over two hours long, sometimes you even make it three hours. Since Mommy has to try to work while you sleep, this recent occurrence is MUCH appreciated.

7. Nanny share. Last week we got you set up with some regular babysitting time. You and your buddy Audrey share the same babysitter two times a week. It's Audrey's babysitter really, but she is sharing her with you. Audrey's mom and I are really excited about this because we think that you and Audrey are going to have some good times together. On your first day with the new sitter, Jenn, something totally adorable happened. Since Audrey was really young her parents have helped her learn how to use the potty and now at 15 months she is pretty good at it. Therefore, when Jenn was babysitting the two of you, she sat you (who has yet to touch your heiny to a potty) down on the potty. She said you just looked up at her like, "what's this all about." And then Audrey says to you, "psssssss." HA! That is so cute! You two are going to teach each other so much.

8. Da-ddy! Yep, Daddy taught you how to say it and he is very pleased with himself.

9. My own little Co-Pilot. Mama has a new bike with a very special new seat on the back. A seat for YOU! We went for our first real bike ride today. I think you really liked it. You fought the helmet at first, but now I think you realize it's just part of the experience and it's worth the hassle. Plus, mom has a dorky helmet on too! The things you do in order to be a good role model.

10. A pat on the back for Mom and Dad. We love this! When you give us hugs you now also give us a little pat on the back. So sweet and just what we need!

11. Brush your own teeth with an electric toothbrush nonetheless! Mama got you a special electric toothbrush in order to entice you to brush. So far, so good. You love it, but it's very important that you do it YOURSELF. No help allowed.


Grandma Susan's Visit!

Grandma Susan made a spontaneous visit out here right before Easter! As you can see by the video Mirah had a wonderful time with her Grandma.


They went for many walks together. Grandma would just have to say, "Mirah let's go for a walk!" And Miss M would run over and grab Grandma's hand. It was very sweet to see. Nick and I got to go out one night. It was great. We realized it had been a really long time since we had gone anywhere together at night. And of course, wonderful Grandma did some cleaning while she was here.
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Cousin Rebecca, Kailani, and Great Aunt Karen came over for an afternoon together too! Mirah and Kailani took turns pushing the babies around in the stroller and swapping apples. Hopefully we will have more fun times together with the Hart-Thackers this summer!
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And then a trip to NYC!

Next we went to NYC to see Uncle Scott, Adriana, Grandpa Bill and Grandma Linda. And just like in DC, Mirah , you wanted to walk the city streets like a big girl. You played in Central Park and discovered that sand on the feet is... weird. After playing in the park, Uncle Scott and Adriana took you off by themselves and the rest of us went to a movie. This was a really big deal to your parents. Seeing a movie in a theater is something we rarely get to do anymore. I think you slept most of the time you spent with Uncle and Adriana. I do know that when you awoke, Uncle immediately sent a text message to Adriana (who was in the dressing room at the Gap) that said, "She's awake!" I think he was worried you might start crying and that he wouldn't know what to do. You wouldn't do that to your uncle, would you Mirah?


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A trip to DC way back when.....

Dearest Mirah,

It's been awhile. I know. I've been very busy with work and I'm sorry that this blog has been pushed to the way side. I am hoping to make it up to you with a little catch up. Here we go....

At the end of February Daddy, you, and I drove down to Washington DC to visit Uncle Mike and Auntie Chatarina. You know, Mirah, Auntie has a baby growing in her tummy. The baby (who we call "Ernie" (thanks to Grandpa Larry)) will be your cousin. Sometimes pregnant women do strange things. Look at what Auntie ate for breakfast one morning:

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Yep. Ice cream, whip cream, merengues, blueberries, and bananas! And with that look in her eye, do you think she shared?!

Just kidding. That was an over-the-top delicious dessert she made for us while we were there. Unfortunately you were asleep in bed and missed out. Someday I'm sure she'll make one for you and cousin "Ernie."

It was a quick trip, but we did venture out to Georgetown where you wanted to show everyone what a big walking girl you are now.

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On the way home we drove through a terrible blizzard. You slept. Daddy drove. Mama tried her best to stay calm. We made it home safely. Next time we'll check the road reports before heading out with you.

Meet M-urtle

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To celebrate Valentines Day we brought Mirah to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium. She saw sting rays, jelly fish, sea lions, a giant sea turtle, and sharks!!

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