What have I been up to? With my kitchen remodel, not a whole lot of cooking that’s for sure! When I’m thinking about what to blog about every week, I usually can fall back on talking about a latest recipe I’ve tried or something cooking related. But honestly, cooking that is blog-worthy hasn’t been on my radar in a while. It’s been a long three weeks (of grilled cheeses, pb&j, turkey sandwiches, etc) without a kitchen sink but I’m happy to report, we have our new counter tops along with a fancy new sink and faucet.
The remodel is no where near done though. We (I say we, but it’s really my husband and his dad) still have to install the hardware, crown molding and a back splash. Speaking of which, I currently have no less than 10 different type of tile downstairs as I try to decide on which I’m going to like for the foreseeable future. I don’t like making decisions like this. In this case, the back splash needs to be understated, subdued and neutral as our counter tops are focal point. Understated, subdued and neutral reads BORING to me. I’m more of a pop of color, bold texture type of person. But I know that’s not going to work here. Ugh. Just venting. I have to make a decision soon as our labor crew (my in laws 🙂 ) will be here on Wednesday.
So today, I thought it would be fun to share with you some recent stories about Corrine mainly because I talk so much about Joelle on her monthly updates, I’d like to share about Corrine for my memory keeping sake.
My oldest, Corrine….. She’s my too clever for her own good child with a sweet heart yet an attitude that she could have only gotten from her mother. She’s a parrot that will definitely repeat anything you say. So far she’s said: “I’m just pissy” “what the hell” and “son of a bitch” at least these were all directly a mimic of the words out of my mouth. I guess I should learn to watch my language around her. It just slips out sometimes!
We just recently converted her crib into her toddler bed. She never tried to jump over the rails but we decided it was time. For the most part, she’s been great. I’ve heard stories from other moms that their kids would trash their room but emptying every drawer in their room. Corrine hasn’t done any of that. Thankfully. However, she doesn’t always nap as I can hear her talking to herself over the monitor. And usually during nap time, I’m scanning her room with her camera to find her. Most times I’ve found her passed out in various places in her room: her rocker, in front of her bed or dresser but never in her bed. In fact, right now, she’s asleep right in front of her door. I guess she likes her freedom. Keep your fingers crossed she doesn’t learn to get out of her room.
Do you have any funny stories about when your child was switched to a toddler or big kid bed?
Corrine has such a sweet heart. Whenever I sneeze or cough, immediately she says “you ok mommy?” And it just makes me feel so good that she’s developing a sense of empathy already. She knows when I’m not in a great mood and she’ll ask to cuddle on the couch. Which sometimes can be confused with her asking to color. Either way, I’ll take it. This isn’t just for me, she’ll ask anyone if they are ok. “You ok mimi?” when mimi had a cold. Or “papa has a big owie” when he fell off his bike. I love that she’s very much a sweetheart with a little (or alot depending on the day) of sassy mixed in.
Funny story today. Corrine left Dave’s tablet on with the Sesame Street game going. I didn’t notice it until the house was quiet when the girls went down for their nap. I kept hearing Elmo’s voice and for a moment I convinced myself I was just hearing things from the vast amounts of Elmo I hear everyday. I searched all downstairs for any Elmo toy (we have a few) that could talk to see if they were still on (or possessed). Nope. Until I found the tablet, I shut that bad boy off real quick. A mom can only take so much Elmo.
One more story about knowing when to let your kid be brave. We were at the pool yesterday and it was full of kids of all ages. Corrine really wanted to play with these two girls that were much older, probably in 6 or 7 years old. They were playing with swim Barbies just like the one Corrine had. She kept shly looking over at them, following them, and looking back at me as if she was asking permission to go play. I said “go say hi and show them your Barbie.” My brave little girl did it and the girls just ignored her 🙁 Yet, Corrine kept following them around the pool and did what they did. They still ignored her 🙁 And one of the girls even said “stop following us.” The mama bear in me wanted to pull those girls aside and set them straight. But I didn’t. Dave and I tried to distract Corrine away from the girls and eventually it worked. I’m proud of my brave girl for trying to make a connection with those girls. I just wish they would have included her. Oh well, she didn’t realize what happened but my heart hurt for her.
I’m sure this is just the start of allowing Corrine to find her bravery in social situation and it’s a sign she’s really growing up. I’m excited to see how her skills develop and I’m sure she’s well on her way to being a social butterfly, hopefully with kids her own age.