It's fun to go back and get into my own head during the exciting time of waiting for the reality of where we're at today. I scan those pictures from the ultrasound and try to make the leap to the face of the little girl who begged me to stay in bed this morning and drink more pretend juice and eat more pretend beans (M&M's).
There was such a level of the unknown during that time. Anticipation and longing to know if this kid would bring the joys of parenting that people talk about. We knew there would be agony and frustration, but people imply that it's all worth it. Turns out - our girl is willful and tests us a lot, but she is happy in our home and we are happy with her in it.
Things have changed a lot since those early days. Lucy jokes around with us, sure it's little kid humor but it's great. This morning she climbed on Jason's back and we "lost her". We looked all over the bedroom, under the bed for her. She giggled and laughed as we searched. I hope I never for get the sound of her little voice "I'm here Mommy, I'm right here." When we found her I gave her a big hug and told her that I had missed her. She hugged back and said "me too." Come on... how awesome is that?
Lucy has 'things' now. She loves her bike and thanks to bike days at school is getting quite proficient. We take the tricycle to the park and she zips around. She accepts the helmet and is happy to wear it. She is also starting to want money - change really. She likes it and asks for it. Today she unzipped my wallet and found all the coins. I explained that they were mine and that if she wanted money we could work out some chores for her to do to earn her own money. Cleaning her room and picking up her toys shouldn't be earning activities, but we'll come up with something.
We were in Long Beach last weekend and while it was far from sunny and warm we had a nice time. We abandoned the port-a-crib and took a small cot for Lucy. It started out as a major failure, but ended up working out marginally well. Once we moved the cot into the big closet in the room we were in she had her own room and was able to shut out all distraction and fall asleep. For naps it was a lot like locking her in a closet, but when she fell asleep it was on the cot. Night time was a lot easier.
The biggest thing it did for us was to confirm that it was time to convert her crib to the toddler bed. We did it the day we came home and we hope that by Saturday nap time that she'll be so use to it that she WILL nap in it. So far, it's been three nights and there have been no incidents of falling out although last night she woke up around 12:45 and seemed lost in the bed. I went in and laid her back down and she was fine. She was super tired as it was the final night of swim lessons and we got home LATE. This is not a kid who regularly goes to bed at 9pm...that extra hour matters.
We're about to leave for vacation and while we're only going to visit the Denver grandparents there is a lot of prep work to do. I have a business trip earlier in the week and when I get back we leave less than 12 hours later. This weekend will be a mush of packing, and planning.
I'm looking forward to vacation (even though I'm not being a very good employee right this second.) The bookclub ladies were kind of surprised when I said that the trip was going to be fun. It's reasonable to think that a vacation to the in-laws is more of an obligation than a vacation, but as I've said before the in-laws are good people who are relaxing and enjoyable to be around.
Let's do all keep our fingers crossed that Miss Lucy naps while there. She was a bad napper when we were there last Summer, but I think we'll be able to wear her out more this time.
Oh, and because this is MY blog I can proclaim for the world (5 readers) that my big girl told me this morning that she needed to pee, and actually did it on the potty! It's the 3rd time and it's not a huge trend, but today was the first time she took off her diaper to do it. The other times it occurred at bath time so she was diaper free.
For the vacation, instead of hauling a stroller and a port-a-crib we'll be bringing a bicycle helmet and a toddler potty insert. See... life changes quickly.