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Cara Bambina - A Special Time

Cara bambina,

It's been a while since I wrote you a little letter, but that's because I write them on the weekends and these past few weekends I've been way to busy actually playing with you and doing stuff with you to write. The only time I have to write is when you are napping, and lately I've been so tired that I end up napping then too.

You are a beautiful, fun toddler, but SO active and into everything! That keeps Mama very busy. Daddy's been working like crazy the past few weeks, which means it's been the Mama and Pumpkin Show around these parts. And although that is exhausting for Mama, it's been incredible good to have this special time with you to bond and just be there for you for all your needs.

I'm not sure I would be doing as well if you were at such a great age. We are playing fun games, from chase to singing songs. You are climbing EVERYTHING in site, and since I was a climber myself, I love to watch and spot you. You are really good at co…

Personalizing the Songs

Speaking of making up songs for the Pumpkin, want to hear a verse of You Are My Sunshine I made up just for my girl?

First, let me preface. Since she was, well, born, we've been singing You Are My Sunshine to her during the diaper changes. She rarely likes diaper changes, and she used to pitch quite the fit during them, so we'd sing to distract her. Londo sings about three real verses of the song, but I made up my own second verse.

The first real verse, for those whole don't know, is:
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are gray.
You'll never know, dear,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

Here is my second verse:
You are my Pumpkin*,
My only Pumpkin.
And I love you
All of the time.
You'll never know, dear,
How much you're wanted.
Please don't fuss, cry or whine.

I also have a made-up third verse, but it's not that good and I use it only when I'm desperate. And it constantly changes, so I'm not going to sh…

Requests and Sing Alongs

Not only am I in love with my daughter, but I'm in love with this current age/phase (especially when it includes her sleeping through the night). The Pumpkin has always been inquisitive and physically explorative. She's also always been pretty good about communicating, using both words and signs. And right now she is putting a lot of things together, which is really neat to watch.

I will likely be writing a lot of cute Pumpkin stories in the next week or two. I will do this both for your enjoyment of my cute little daughter and to document these things so I don't forget them years down the line. She's not always been easy as a baby, and we've been through quite a lot of fussy periods which I've talked about, so I really want to be sure to capture this stage where she is really happy, fun and funny.

Today, I will tell you about how she requests songs and rhymes, such as:
-She puts her thumbs together and says "bitsy bitsy" for the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
-She …

Post-Birthday Wrap Up

Thank you all for the nice birthday wishes! Also, it's nice to know that you all don't mind talking about farts. hehe. I haven't figured out yet how exactly I'm going to deal with that one, but I am considering everyone's opinions.

On Sunday, we celebrated my birthday by going to see The Lion King musical at The Kennedy Center (in DC). It was AMAZING!!! Absolutely incredible! The costumes were fantastic, the acting and singing superb, and the story itself was wonderful. I've seen a lot of musicals in my 32 years, a lot of plays, opera and ballet as well, but this was special. It was a PRODUCTION! I highly recommend it.

I got to enjoy it with Londo, my sister and my 13-year-old niece. The Pumpkin is still too young, although I can't wait until she is old enough to go to the theater with us!

As a belated birthday present, the Pumpkin slept through the night last night, leaving me with enough time to even Do My Hair this morning! I was in such a good mood (much…

Question of the Week - Favorite Day?

Today is my favorite day of the year. That's right, I love Bastille Day. You may be wondering why I love the day the French rose up and stormed the Bastille...

Because today is also my birthday!!!

Normally, I would go "wooo hooo" and talk about how much I love my birthday, a special day just for me (and anyone else born today and France). But I'm a bit hormonal because the Pumpkin is nursing at odd times that my body isn't quite ready for, and we had a really rough night of sleep, which lead to us sleeping late and me running behind on everything. I skipped breakfast, and even though I had a decent time at the spa this morning, there were some frustrations. Add to that a fussy toddler and I'm just tired and cranky.

How can I not feel wonderful on my favorite day of the year? After my morning at the spa, paid for (mostly) by a gift certificate that was given to me a year ago, how can I not feel relaxed and pampered? I almost feel the most guilty because I am not…