Bella Boo is 2!

As usual, I’ve now gone months without writing or reading. Sorry guys…I just don’t know where my days go! Bella is go, go, go all the time and trying to clean or do laundry is about impossible when the girls are awake so I have to spend the time they’re sleeping doing everything instead of doing the relaxing I’d like to be doing.

So where are we at 2 yrs old? Her physicality is ridiculous. This girl can do things and has arm strength like I’ve never seen before in a toddler. One of my daycare families got her her 1st leotard. Their oldest daughter is a team gymnast so we’re going to to open gym with them one night so H can work with her.

Language is still lagging. She says a lot more words but unless you’re around her all the time, you probably wouldn’t know what she says half the time. Her attitude and sass often gets the point across though.

Words you can understand: cookie, candy, chip ( notice a pattern, lol), hi, bye, please, thank you (tanks), truck, Daddy, mommy, side (outside), Shark (for baby shark) and moo (foster baby…moo is part of her nickname). She is just starting to say love you and blows lots of kisses for bye bye.

Bella is a terrible eater when it comes to anything healthy( takes after her mama that way). Apple cinnamon fruit pouches are her favorite thing in the world right now so at least that’s halfway healthy. She still loves bottles and formula and often steals Moo’s so she’s going to be ticked when that goes away in 2 weeks, lol.

Bella is a mix of a little sugar and lots of sass. She’s determined, tenacious, stubborn and refuses to listen. Hopefully, these qualities will someday help her make her dreams come true. Right now, they just make mommy’s hair even more gray and lead to a lot of frustration for both of us.

All in all, I can’t wait to see what she learns over the next year! Hopefully, listening will be one of them. ūüėāūüėāūüėā

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Why?!

Why can’t I get back in the habit of consistently writing on this thing and reading blogs?! I’m like 6 months behind and have no clue what any of my favorite bloggers are up to. ¬†It’s not that I don’t want to know or don’t care. ¬†I think about you Ladies all the time…I just can’t seem to stop and focus long enough to read or write. ¬†This might have to do with my little toddler tornado. ¬†A doesn’t stop moving until it’s time for a nap or bedtime. She is nearing 22 months (how?!) and thinks the world revolves around her (okay, except for M it pretty much does).

At 22 months she’s way ahead on motor skills according to Birth to 3 and lagging a little in language but not enough for intervention especially when you look at her corrected age. ¬†But guys…this girl is so, so, so smart. ¬†Like a little to smart for her own good. ¬†She’s a little MacGyver. ¬†She will pull (until I moved it to the basement) her rocking horse down the hall from her room to the kitchen so she can stand on it to get into things she’s not supposed to. ¬†In the basement, she pulls her train over to the pool table to get on top of it. ¬†And those are just a couple of examples. ¬†The kid can figure out how to get into almost anything she’s not supposed to be in, lol. ¬†She is a totally Daddy’s girl! ¬†She loves anything with a motor that moves..the faster the better. ¬† She loves to go in the truck with Daddy to go pick up new mowers and is happiest when she’s sitting on one, or in the boat or in the car (without being stuck in a car seat). ¬†None of them are even running, but she just loves to be in them turning the steering wheels, lol. ¬†She loves to dance…I’ve gotten some really go videos of her lately getting her groove on. ¬†She loves M! ¬†She still gets a little rough with her love sometimes but we’ve caught her more than once putting her arm around her, giving her kisses or just playing with her nicely. ¬†Huge improvement there! ¬†She has lots of tantrums but thats not surprising since she doesn’t have the language to communicate well yet and sometimes, it’s just because we won’t give in to whatever it is she wants. ¬†She’s really good about taking us by the hand to show us what she’d like. ¬†She thinks if she says please (peas), she should automatically get it. ¬†ūüôā ¬†She’s the best but I’ll admit she exhausts me on a daily basis.

M is fantastic. ¬†She turned 9 months on Monday and that’s all I can really say about that. ¬†She’s coming along on all her motor skills and I think crawling will be happening soon.

We also added another foster girl last Thursday. ¬†E is 10 yrs old and actually has the same birthday as A. ¬†We’re pretty sure this will be a relatively short placement which is good. ¬†I always forget how ill equipped we are for older kids just because everything in this house is geared towards 5 and under so there’s not much to do here for them.

I’m only a few days out from being done with my 8 week recovery from the hysterectomy. ¬†They took my uterus, ovaries and cervix so the bright side it that I have 3 less cancers to worry about. ¬†Recovery went smoothly and I only got to truly recover for the first 5 days because then my Mom had to get back to working and Justin had work and mowing. ¬†I’ve been lifting the girls since then and continued doing daycare for a couple more weeks before I was done for the summer. ¬†There were some days that I hurt pretty badly, mostly because of A’s elbows and knees hitting the incisions. ¬†I walked a 5k at convention 3 weeks post op. ¬†Emotionally, I’m either doing fine with it or it hasn’t hit me yet…I’m not sure which. ¬†J, on the other hand, is having a much harder time dealing with the emotions of our chances of getting pregnant being 100% gone.

Other than that, we’re just trying to enjoy the summer and the girls as much as possible. ¬†We’ll possibly be doing a CT trip in August but have to wait to see if the court orders that M can come with us. ¬†They did when we were going to go in June but plans changed to August so now we go back on Wednesday to see if the judge approves it again.

I hope all is well with you guys. ¬†I miss you and knowing what’s happening in your lives. ¬†If anyone feels like it, please send me an email updating me on what’s going on with you so far this year! ¬†pdot95@gmail.com.

Lots of Love~

Dawn

New Password Protected Post

Hi Friends,

I finally managed to get a post written. ¬†As per usual lately, it is password protected. ¬†If you’ve been reading the last few posts, it’s the same password. ¬†If you need the password, please email me at pdot95@gmail.com and make sure you let me know which blog is yours. ¬†Due to our life circumstances right now and not wanting to take any chances of a certain person making up a blog to get into mine to read it, I am only giving the password out to the blogs I’ve been reading/have been reading mine for awhile. ¬† Here is the link to the post:

https://ourgreatestdesire.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/5-years-and-other-stuff/

Password Protected

Hi Friends,

I just posted a new post that is password protected. ¬†All my posts will be protected from now on and I will only be giving out the password to people that I know have been following or I’ve been following them for awhile. ¬†I’m sorry, that’s just the season our family is in right now. ¬†I will keep the password the same for all posts. ¬†Email me at pdot95@gmail.com for the password.

Here’s the link to the post: ¬†https://ourgreatestdesire.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/ive-missed-you/