Monthly Archives: September 2012

52 objects: week 7

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  • What it is: One of many notebooks I have
  • Where it comes from: A goody bag from a licensing event on the 11th September 12
  • Where it is: On the bookshelf
  • Why it was chosen: This is the latest acquisition in the notebook sector. I have this thing with notebooks. I love notebooks. I have loads, some of them unused, some of them partially used (I think I don’t finish them so I don’t have to through them away). I like to write thoughts and ideas, make lists (ooooh, I love lists).
  • What else: Ok, I love book but I would say that 99.99% of the ones I own at the moment were freebies. Oh, yes, or do you think I would spend £6 on this Chica Loca notebook in the photo? Nah.

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52 objects: week 6

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  • What it is: My only pair of All Star
  • Where it comes from: I bought it in July when I went to San Diego
  • Where it is: Shoes shelves in the hall
  • Why it was chosen: I only had one pair of All Star in my life (this is the second), a white glittery one, when I was in 6th, 7th grade (12-13 years old). I love All Stars, but for some reason never bought them. Maybe because I didn’t think they are as comfortable as running shoes. I’m now rediscovering the love for All Stars and might invest on a couple of pairs.

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What a long week!

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How sad is it when you start the week thinking it’s Friday? This has been a loooooooooong week! No wonder I’m exhausted.

At least we had a break from the “terrible twos” and the train journeys have been quite enjoyable.

Today I was on my own for Laura’s bedtime routine and she was brilliant – and we both fell asleep in my bed, like in the good ol’days.

Some random photos with random stories, not necessarily from this week.

I went to Harrods for the first time a couple of weeks ago (i’ve been there before but it was too crowded and I couldn’t stan it) and fell in love with their miniature houses section. They are amazing! Some (bad) photos:
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I also tried for the first time freshly made candy – still warn! Yummy!

Laura’s is perfecting her drawing skills. Can you see a face here? You should be able to see the head, the eyes, the hair and… The hands!
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Laura found her 1st birthday favour cup with the photo of her wearing a birthday hat with a monkey on her shoulder. Of course she wanted the hat. She wanted it badly. Luckily I kept the hats from her bday (not sure why) and she was happy as Larry, as you can see. At least she didn’t ask for the monkey (or lion or giraffe).
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From time to time our local supermarket has papayas from Brazil. Not a huge fan, but I get one when it’s the papaya season. This one was in the fridge for a month (!!!) and I thought it was good to bin, but to my surprise, it was even a bit hard. It didn’t taste of bad food, it just didn’t taste of anything. For £1.5 a unit, I was expecting a bit more.
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And next Friday, people, we are flying to Brazil! The same Brazil that went through a heat wave this week, with temperatures soaring to an amazing 40 degrees (celsius, which is 104F) in winter!! I don’t expect to be that hot when we get there (I’m actually hoping it won’t be that bad, as I can’t cope with extreme heat), but at least sunny and around 28C? am I asking too much?

Hello people

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One of Laura’s favourite activities is singing. And a 35 minute train journey is the perfect situation to practice, right?

I’ve noticed a new song in her repertoire, one i’ve never heard before, so I’m assuming is one she sings at the nursery.

I managed to film a little bit, quite at the end – and she wasn’t very happy to find out she was being filmed, as you can see.

The lyrics (most you cannot hear because I was too busy enjoying the singing) are like this:

Hello mummy
Hello daddy
Hello Laula
Nhem nhem (I need to find out what this bit is)
Hello moco (man)
Hello people
Hello tchu-train
Nhem nhem (sic)
Hello sun
Hello sun
Nhem nhem (sic)

She has been singing this on a daily basis and sometimes she adds new words, like colours and objects she sees on the way. Adorable!

Here is the link:

Laura singing Hello

The terrible twos

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I thought I was lucky and Laura’s terrible twos were going to be a breeze. Yes, she had temper tantrums before, but they were totally manageable. Almost easy, I dare say. In some situations I remember looking in her eyes and explaining why she couldn’t have something or why she had to whatever and then offering an alternative, something nice to do afterwards, etc, and she would be ok.

Now… now… oh geez. Her tantrums can last for 30 minutes, with cries (screams) that would probably trigger the neighbours to call the police. And they are quite often as well. This “phase” started after grandparents left – or maybe we just started noticing it because we are on our own now? Hubby is way more patience than I am for this things, but equally he gives in whenever she screams. She can get a lot from him and no wonder why she calls for daddy when it’s just the two of us. If it is something I can be flexible, I will be flexible. But if it’s something that it has to be done – bath time, sleep time – not a chance. The worst scandals are the ones with no apparent reason – I bet that after 2 minutes of cry, not even Laura remembers why the heck she is screaming about. In these situations, we just let her be.

Sometimes I have to control not to laugh though, because it can be “amusing”. I think it’s bizarre how she screams to the point she is almost purple, saying “go away, mummy, go away”, but when I start asking her questions, she gets a bit confused and answers them, in between her cries. Today was one of those situations. She was EXHAUSTED from the nursery, so I took her for her bath time earlier – not a good idea. Screams, tears, slaps (she slapping me), go away, mummy, daddy-daddy, for half an hour. She was in the bathtub and the chat started:

Mummy: do you want your dummy?
Laura, very angry: No!
M: sure?
L, angry: no dummy.
M: Mummy is sad
L, angry: no sad
M: mummy doesn’t like when Laura is upset like that
L paying attention, but sobbing lot: no, no
M: do you want to come out?
L, upset, but not angry: No, no come out!
M: Are you cold?
L: No, cold. Mummy go away.
M: Ok, mummy will go.
L: no go!
M: Do you want the towel?
L, grabbing the towel: No towel, go away.
M: Laura wants chocolate?
L very puzzled, wanting to smile: no…
M: Laura wants ice cream?
L even more puzzled: no?

Then I took her out of the bathtub, against her will, more screams: dummy, dummy! Took her to my bed, still just wrapped on her towel, dummy, almost closing her eyes, I sang twinkle, twinkle, hugging her. I asked if she wanted to put the nappy – she said “yes, and clothes”. Laura wants to choose her clothes? Yes, jama (pyjama). Lots of kisses later and we were in good terms again.

It is “interesting” to see how these things work, but very tiring as well. Actually, it can be draining. But the most annoying part for me is that this phase seemed to start out of the blue, almost overnight. I’m glad it has a time to end, though.

Notes:
1) it’s worth when she is tired, just like when she was a baby.
2) other than these tantrums, she is adorable and extremely funny – and a chatter box, her vocabulary has improved so much that I can’t believe my ears.
3) Despite extremely annoyed about the tantrums, very tired and sometimes sad, I find them (the tantrums) very… interesting. I feel like I’m learning a bit more about my daughter and her personality.

52 objects: week 5

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  • What it is: Our coffee machine
  • Where it comes from: Some dear friends gave it to us as a wedding gift, because we are coffee lovers but only had instant coffee at home
  • Where it is: Living/Dining room
  • Why it was chosen: Although I don’t drink as much coffee as I used to, this machine is used quite a lot and make great coffee. I love getting the colourful capsules with different types of coffee from Nespresso

Duracell

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Not sure what has happen to me today that I woke up wanting to sort out the house. Since 8am to almost now, 10.30pm, I’ve been cleaning, washing, moving, carrying, organising.

And I haven’t finished yet – I focused on kitchen and living/dining rooms, but they are way far from being cleaned and organised.

There is one thing that has been annoying very much lately and it is the fact that there are toys all over my house: garden, hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom and ALL other bedrooms. We don’t have a playroom and because we spend most of the time in the living room, it is where Laura has most of her toys.

20120909-223018.jpg The empty space on this wall is reserved to put the painting of the previous post. We also want to put a decorative fireplace there. So toys won’t be allowed. (not sure when it will happen though).

20120909-223039.jpg Toys, toys, toys. Books, books.

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20120909-223103.jpg Laura’s little drawing corner that also functions as her dining table.

20120909-223117.jpg Even the TV is hers… Disney Jr or CBeebies whenever it’s on.

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We had barbecue yesterday and today to celebrate the beautiful weather. The sun was very hot (but it was a bit cold in the morning – at least at 6/7am, when I woke up).

Laura was only on her nappies most of the day and really enjoyed the “freedom” of being without clothes. Quite rare.

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By the end of today, the temperature dropped a bit and we had to dress Laura. But she found daddy’s working glasses, thought they were diving goggles, and soon after putting the on, she stripped herself again and went to the pool. I don’t have photos os the actual swim because I was too busy trying to get her out of the water.

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>20120909-224943.jpg Barbecueing. Actually, bbq was long gone. I took this photo, went back to my cleaning project and 5 minutes later daddy calls me to come with a towel to remove her from the pool.

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Grandparents left this morning. 😦