Talia and Jordan have been talking up a storm. They speak in four or five word broken English sentences and fill in about half their words with Hebrew. They are also remembering more of the words to their favorite songs and singing them on their own.
While looking at a picture of an eight armed sea creature , she identifies, “appa-sauce” (octopus).
While playing with play dough she rolled out a small piece and declared it a snake, then handed it to me saying “make you”.
For the first time since our wedding in 2010 my husbands entire family was together, with us, here in Atlanta. Over the last two years everyone had come to visit, and see the girls growing, but never all at the same time. With everyone but his brother living overseas, coordinating time off from work was a challenge.
But everyone made it happen and for a long weekend the girls were showered with gifts and love and attention. They went out and played all day every day, ate yummy homemade food, and had playmates ready to entertain morning to night.
It was so cute to hear the girls call their relatives by name for the first time, my husbands brother, Dod (uncle) Ben, his sister, ceel-ya (Cilla), his mother, Safa (Safta-grandma), and father, Saba ( grandfather).
Everyone has since headed home, expect Safta who is staying to celebrate the girls 2nd birthday this coming weekend. Hopefully we won’t wait another three years to be all together again.
I really like toddlers, they are funny little people, when you hug them, they hug you back, their words, each one is purposeful and important.
The girls are just a week away from their second birthday, two years and somehow I don’t feel like I have much more of a grasp today on the endless tasks that need to get done each day than I did when they were just a few months. But it’s the little bits of their personalities that I see emerging each day that keep me excited for the next and the day after that. Sure, going and doing endlessly on the weekends after working all week is exhausting, but I cherish seeing the girls experience new things on our adventures.
I know this post is a little scattered but that’s just me these days.
I wish I had the words to describe the ridiculous cuteness that is my sweet Talia as she stood at the sink, filling a cup with water and pouring it on the counter, and the way she looked at me our of the corner of her eye knowing water stays in the sink. And yet this same little rascal loves when I hold her like a baby as she drinks her milk before bed and mushes her lovely with her perfect little fingers.
I wish I could record every sweet word that comes from Jordan’s mouth. Just this morning she was laying in bed with me and heard her Talia coming down the hall, she sat up and got so excited an yelled “Sista!”. When she picks up a heavy object she narrates “lif it up”. And when she does something to make us laugh she confirms “Jodan fun nee, ha ha”.
I can’t wait for them to wake up tommorw.
Talia in Pink, Jordan falling asleep
The girls got new pjs. Size 24 months and some 2t’s. I think it’s a bit crazy that stores sell both these sizes and I work for the baby clothing company. It means the same thing, but apparently a chubby two-year old kid wears 2t while a skinny one wears 24 months, but it doesn’t say that anywhere. Another one of those things moms are just suppose to know or hope someone tells them. Kind of like its ok for kids to watch the iPad at a restaurant if it means you get to actually eat the food you’ve ordered. I’m not sure how I feel about this one, I guess it depends how hungry I am.
The girls keep getting longer, their hair is getting curlier, they are talking up a storm and sleeping through the night ( thanks to an overall nap shortening regimen) and I’ve been working on a big post of things to come, be patient and stay tuned.
We are staring to think ahead to what it will be like to have a newborn baby in the house again. In about 20 short weeks we will will have just that. Baby #3 will be joining our gang.
Being pregnant this time is a very different experience than it was last time, at least so far. I’m much smaller now than I was at the same point with the girls. But the biggest difference is the amount of time I have to relax with my feet up. It’s not much more than it was before I was pregnant. I have chosen to relax on the couch rather than sit at the computer, hence the lack of blog posting lately. But for the most part life with two toddlers has gone on as usual. I tell the girls we are going to get a baby, they kiss my belly and call it ‘baby hallie’, which is the name of their friends baby sister.
This pregnancy has come with a twinge of bitter sweetness, we are so lucky to have two healthy children and another fairly easily obtained pregnancy moving right along. But all around us women struggle daily with the seemingly endless wait for the baby they want so dearly to grow inside them.
So for now we are enjoying Talia and Jordan’s crazy toddlerhood, I’m taking as good care of my self as possible and
Getting excited to celebrate the addition of a tiny human to our crew.
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I’m a wannabe, I want to be a farmer with chickens that lay eggs in white and browns and blue. I want goats that give milk that I can make cheese from. I’d like a garden that grows veggies year round. I’d plant new seeds every week so that we always have garden fresh veggies and herbs on our table.
But being away from home 11 hours a day and only having an hour or so of daylight when I get home, these goals are a little ambitious for this year. So we are starting small. We bought a package of mixed flowers from Costco that we will plant around the yard. They’ll bloom in the spring.
We only got around to getting three in the ground because the ground was so hard. We neglected our yard for quite a while when we first moved in since we were pretty busy with two newborns.
And while playing in the dirt after bath isn’t the most practical thing, my girls love being outside, so even if its only 20 minutes a day, it’s 20 more minutes of do anything time than we use to have when the girls were even just a few months younger and it’s a special 20 minutes to me.
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“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
Jordan, treasure hunting. She’s so good at cleaning up after herself, always helps when asked and loves putting things back in place.
Talia, concert in the go. My parents gave the girls a sweet vintage piano they thrifted.