Over three months have passed since our last update and although I can’t say we’re doing bad, this dark cloud hangs over our heads…everyone’s perhaps. It almost feels wrong talking about our lives when there are so many lives that have been lost in Israel and those recent plane crashes, just to name a few places and events. It’s one of those times when the world just seems to be on edge. My prayers and thoughts are with those who are suffering. With that in mind, here are our 21 month milestones, as small as they are compared to what others are going through…
State of the Dilan
I’m pretty sure that if you’re not crazy about your child around 21 months, something’s wrong with you. Dilan is absolutely amazing. He’s big enough to communicate in the cutest way, yet small enough to still have that “baby” feel to him at times. It’s perfect. We didn’t have a well check this month, so no real height/weight/head stats, but it’s safe to say that he’s growing faster than Germany scored those 7 goals against Brazil last month. Dilan’s going to be reading this in a few years and won’t have a clue what we’re talking about, so we’ll fill you in later, buddy.
Dilan’s favorite foods still include blueberries, pears, and bananas. Waffles, pancakes, pasta, lima beans, meats, fried rice, and daal (Indian lentils) come in as close seconds. He’s got a great daily routine down and knows it so well. We LOVE watching him put all his books back in the wicker basket once it’s bedtime. It makes us beam with pride because we worked so hard on his routine and we all just love it. That’s not to say that we don’t take him out of the routine from time to time. We visited the observation deck at the airport today and that was SO worth pushing his bedtime for. He loves planes, cars, trucks, anything that moves really. He said “bye bye train” today after a train went by on our way back from work. I melt when I hear him say things like that, especially since he’s still very slow with talking / vocabulary. But, he’s getting there! Just today, he said “mama play” when I dropped him off at daycare. Not what I wanted to hear. I played with him for 5 minutes and then it took all the willpower in the world to turn around my car and drive to my office. Even if it’s only 2 minutes away, it seemed way too far. Sometimes it’s hard to be a career mom.
Back to Dilan: He still loves to rough house with daddy and he ALWAYS has to be part of any hug or kiss that he sees mommy & daddy do. It’s adorable. Bobo is still his best friend, closely followed by Thomas the Train, who takes up about 40% of his crib. Another 20% or so usually gets taken up by a Tonka truck. It’s amazing how he still manages to sleep through the night most days. We’ve battled two ear infections, the flu, and second time hand-foot-mouth virus this year. If you have no idea what that is, your child probably didn’t attend daycare. It’s annoying, but makes him so much stronger. The willpower and quest for independence is a struggle some days, but hey, it’s not like daddy and I can’t relate Dils, if we could freeze you in time right now, we would. You are amazing. Please don’t ever stop smiling.
State of the Mommy
I’ve been doing MUCH better with running more consistently and I think it’s helped my energy levels a ton. I’m not a morning person, so didn’t think waking up before the sun’s around would suit me, but it does. Helps put me in a great mood, too. Sleep is for the weak. Unless you’ve got a newborn, then you’d be willing to pay top dollar for 15 minutes of sleep, of course ;-). When work’s tough and everyone’s cranky or Dilan is teething, I still have a Don Julio margarita kind of day, but in general, I’m paying more attention to being well. I’m also taking an Ayurvedic class. It’s engrained in our culture, but I’ve heard so many conflicting theories and misconceptions that I decided to explore it for myself. I need something that fits my lifestyle. I learned some amazing things about myself. I’ll share them in a separate post. We made a family trip to gorgeous Punta Cana 2 months ago. White, powdery sand and blue water. It made me feel so refreshed and lucky to have what we do. I still don’t have the toys at home completely under control and it’s still a challenge to cook one-handed dinners, but it’s all work in progress. I do have some pretty good ideas for healthy and simple toddler dinners, so I’m planning to start a Pinterest board for that. Stay tuned! I also saw a chiropractor for the first time last month…another must-have, girls. Turns out that one of my legs is a full inch taller than the other. How hilarious is that. Proof that you don’t’ know everything about yourself after all…
State of the Daddy
The daddy is traveling again as I type this. He does a phenomenal job balancing his work, which is as nuts as you think it would be for a startup CEO, and life at home. He’s by far the most organized and efficient person I know. It amazes me how much he’s able to cram into a day without losing his head. Today, Dilan spontaneously said “Dada play”. Shows how much of a daddy boy he is. His favorite things to do are taking Dilan to the pool and on bike rides. Those are closely followed by brushing Dilan’s teeth. I’ll have to post a video of this for you guys to understand that one. It’s become a favorite part of our day.
With all the horror and terror in the world, it’s nice to remember those little, sweet moments. After all, finding some goodness in life is the only way to keep it going, right?