1. Never has it been more apparent there is a boy in our house. Milo is just over the moon about All The Wheel-y Roll-y Things. He’s got different sounds for cars, trucks, dump trucks, airplanes, helicopters, trains, and rockets. Our current rotation of books has a clear theme, and there are frequent shouts of “GAH-BAH TWAH!” (garbage truck), “AH PAYNNNNE!” (airplane), and “SEMMA TWAH!” (cement truck). #cantstopwontstop friends.
2. Sophie’s picked up on playing “mama and baby.” I can’t get over it! Mama giraffe and baby giraffe, Mama Minnie Mouse and baby Minnie, it’s the best. THE best. She gives kisses, comforts crying babies, and gives piggy back rides. Truth be told, her pretend mamas are nicer/cooler than her real-life one some days, but it makes me happy to watch her play pretend.
3. Something magic is starting to happen at our house. It’s small and short and rare, but Milo and Sophie are starting to seek each other out. Sophie will call “come on, Milo” in her baby voice and Milo will run after her. Similarly, when Sophie’s in the middle of a meltdown pleading for a break (she goest to her bed to calm down), Milo hears her say “break,” gathers his effects (blanket, maybe a truck or cup or binkie for the road) and trots up right behind her. He waits it out in her room, either playing on the floor or sitting in a chair near her bed while she settles herself down. They’re going to be friends. I just know it. They already are.
4. Our eating experiment is going pretty well. I’ve been more of a stickler about regular snack and meal times, doing my best to make those count (i.e. they’re more substantial). I’ve continued to try to make whatever I want to for the main dish at dinner, but to provide plenty of familiar sides. Slowly, but surely, both babies are getting a little more brave at trying new foods. I’ve even come up with a great protein-packed green smoothie both kids will eat/drink as part of our afternoon snack! (I think I’ll post the recipe soon for the specifics, but it’s soaked cashews + almond milk + kale + vanilla + bananas + a bit of pure maple syrup)
5. Sophie starts special needs preschool in less than two weeks. I am really, really, REALLY nervous about it. There are a host of emotions all moms feel when sending their oldest/first to school. There are a few extra things that you experience when you’re dealing with special needs. Friends, if you have any happy thoughts, good vibes, or prayers to spare, can you send a few my way? This is a big, scary, wonderful, awful, exciting chapter we’re starting. And I’m craving peace.
Happy weekend, dear reader. Thank you for being part of this great community. Wishing you all every good thing!
P.S. If you haven’t already, stop by Melissa’s to see the Think Greek Quinoa Salad I posted this week on Bless This Mess. It’s so yummy we’ve made another batch this week. My recipe for Chicken Zucchini Poppers was also featured in her 18 Zucchini Recipes roundup. Fun!
P.P.S. I had a super geek-out experience this week. Diane Sanfillipo of The Balanced Bites podcast, and author of great cookbooks like Practical Paleo (SUCH a great resource!) and 21-Day Sugar Detox posted MY RECIPE this week! She pinned my Chicken Zucchini Poppers and posted it on her Facebook page. I about fell out of my chair. And I may have squealed out loud. More than once. Now, (really) freak out over. Promise.