Hello again, faithful readers. Thanks for your ongoing patience.
The kids are growing at a lightning pace and it’s hard to keep track of everything.
I guess the biggest thing is Eloise is standing and pulling herself up on things. She is NOT standing by herself though. When she lets go she is wobbly and immediately sits down after a few seconds. I am impressed though, she is really good at not falling. Because when Frances was younger and started standing, she used to fall all the time and for no reason. It was like her legs just gave out or something. When she wasn’t crying it was incredibly funny. It really was like having a *drunken midget* around. *(Hat tip to Tina Fey)
Eloise may not be standing independently or walking yet, but she is amazedly sturdy. She has thinned out a lot, and like Frances, a little tall for her age. She HAS started traversing the couch like a pro, and I expect the first independent steps will come in the next month or so.
Eloise is also eating up a storm… No doubt to fuel her active body. Like we did with Frances, we make all her baby food and freeze it. In the past few months she’s had: avocado, corn, tofu, sweet potato, apples, pears, chicken, green beans, peas, broccoli, mango, yogurt, cheese, zucchini, and butternut squash. All organic if possible. So far so good on everything too. She’s a great eater.
We try not to be snobby or preachy, because there really is no right or wrong way to raise kids. I mean, there is… Like don’t lock them in a cage, or let them watch Barney the purple dinosaur… Ever. What I’m trying to say is that while we have a strong opinion about organics, it’s a personal choice. And if your personal choice is to poison your child with pesticides, then so be it. It’s America and you are able to do what you want. Just don’t give your 5 year old a gun. Please.
Below is a list of the so called “dirty dozen”. 12 foods that you really should be buying organic. These are fruits and vegetables that are so laden with pesticides, that even a good thorough washing doesn’t remove them all. So don’t just laugh at me and say just wash your produce and it’s okay. It’s not.
Nectarines – imported
Sweet Bell Peppers
Okay, so this year it’s 13. Sue me. Take a look at those and think about how much you consume these foods. Scary, huh?
It’s not all doom and gloom though, There are also plenty of produce out there that is safe even if it’s not organic. So don’t think you have to go crazy and go 100% dirty hippy. The following non-organics are pretty safe after a good wash:
Frozen Sweet peas
Let’s talk about sleeping, or lack thereof. Eloise has just now began sleeping through the night. And I mean like 2 weeks ago. Up until then it was 6:30pm to bed and up screaming at 3:30am. I would go in and soothe her, but would try to not pick her up. Most experts now say a calming voice while touching them is better than picking them up and rocking them. So I tried that, often multiple times a night, but it almost always culminated in Annie going in a feeding her. Yeah, we caved in and did what you should never do. Somewhere in Eloise’s tiny brain she stored that info and processed it for future reference: “If I cry enough, the milk will come”. I could almost hear her thinking it… every night at 3:30am. And she always ended it by saying: ” I own you, bitches.” At least that’s what I thought she said. I was sleepy.
So, this continued for a long time until 2 things happened. One, we finally said no more milk. Mainly, because at some point soon, Annie will ween, and then there will be no more warm milk in the middle of the night available. So we decided to close the store early and just stop. No more Annie going in, just me taking it for the team. And I did for about 3 days straight. Constantly getting up starting at 3:30 to about 5am, off and on, whenever she cried. But she eventually always went back to sleep and woke up between 6:30-7:30 with a smile on her face. Weird, huh? No screaming, no whining for milk. Happy as a pig in sh*t. So we KNEW she wasn’t waking up hungry at 3am. I must also explain that during this reign of terror, she was also sick with colds/flus/ etc, and also teething her two upper front teeth. So it was really hard to figure out what she needed. Anyway… the second thing we changed was we put a night light in her room. That. in my opinion, was the solution. Because literally that night she slept from 7pm to 7am. It was a miracle!
Now let’s talk about lies. Lies I tell you! Frances has now joined the lot of us and is exhibiting plausible deniability in everything. Example: Frances and Eloise playing together, and I turn my back. To which I then hear Eloise screaming bloody murder. I turn back around and ask Frances what happened. To which she innocently replies: “Nuffing”. Upon further inspection it was discovered that Frances had “attempted” to jump over sister. She failed.
Sigh… They grow up so fast.