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Words, Sleep, and Tummies

I took the liberty of writing down all of Jolie’s words a couple of days ago – totalling 42! – and although I won’t make you read through the list, I will tell you that Isaac took one look at it and said that if anyone were to ever randomly find this piece of paper, they would consider it quite an interesting shopping list. What, with words like “cookie” and “apple”, accompanied with “poo-poo”. Who knows, maybe that’s what some people call fertilizer? She gets more verbal every day, but I would have to say that her all time favorite word is “no”. Whether I’m asking her if she wants to do something, or Sophia is trying to take a toy away from her, or simply when she’s walking through the house completely alone, she loves to say “no”, while shaking her head back and forth. Sophia, meanwhile, is learning her own means of coping with a sibling by stashing and hoarding all of the stuff that she doesn’t want Jolie to have. The other day while Jolie napped, Sophia sat out in the living room and dressed her Cinderella dolls.  Once Jolie woke up we told her she’d better put them away but she wasn’t fast enough, and as Jolie entered the living room and attempted to b-line to the dolls, Sophia firmly held her back and screamed bloody murder for us to help her.  And that’s exactly what she repeated, over and over and over again, “HEEEEELLLLLLLPPPPP ME!  HEEELLLLLPPPPP ME! As if she’s being attacked by a large animal or something…

They can be sweet to one another, though, and I’m grateful for that. Although I can’t think of a story right now that illustrates this, just trust me, there are hugs and kisses given throughout the day.

Jolie surprised us over the weekend by sleeping 12 hours straight on Friday AND Saturday night.  We were new people those days, Isaac and I: productive, happy, patient.  And Jolie napped better during the day – go figure! I was beginning to think that her limit was 10 hours, and that was that, but now I’ve been given a ray of hope that will shine on me for a long, long time. Sophia always had her best blanky to keep her company during “night-night” time, and we were beginning to wonder if Jolie would ever be attached to anything… but it turns out she is in love with a pink kitty that Pop-pop bought for Sophia when he came to Alaska to do my brother’s funeral. This may very well be why she likes to go down to sleep better now, because she likes to make kitty “go nigh-nigh”. It’s very cute.

Meanwhile, in the placental world, baby #3 is moving around like crazy and is now 29 weeks old. Jolie will point to my tummy when I ask her where Mama’s baby is, and Sophia asks all the time if she can see the baby “for real” (as opposed to the disappointment she experienced when she saw the ultrasound). Sophia told me the other day that she actually has a baby growing inside of her, too, believe it or not.  It moves around a lot and prevents her from being able to pick up stuff off of the floor (“It hurts me to bend over with this baby in my tummy!), and it also makes her very tired.  She also told me that Jolie has one, too, which means we’ll have quite a large family when all of these babies are born!

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You know you haven’t posted anything for a while when you’ve forgotten which buttons to click on to get you to the part where you can actually type something (did WordPress totally redo their website, or what?) You also know, by the way, when your little sister stops sending you threatening emails about how if she doesn’t see a new picture of her nieces soon, then… Looking back at the last few pictures posted I realize how much different Jolie looks in 3 months! As someone recently put it, “She’s actually starting to look pretty.” Which offended me at first, I must admit, but then I realized how she used to have this permanent scowl on her face, and that has disappeared. Not to mention her beautiful wavy hair and huge brown eyes.

Sophia hasn’t changed very much physically, but I’m always noticing little differences about her. Like how she picked up on what “controlling” is and was eager to tell me, just recently, that King Triton is very controlling to Ariel. How she knew this, I don’t know. Just like I don’t know how she learned right from left, or how to tie a knot. That kid is always observing and asking questions and I think I’m going to have my hands full with her (like I don’t already!)

And there is another one on the way, which most of you probably already know. I was 27 weeks along yesterday, leaving not-so-long to go. Which is a good thing because this pregnancy has been by far the hardest. Nothing serious, just minor ailments that leave me wanting 9 months to be over sooner than later. We are very excited to be given the chance at loving yet another person in our family, and are eager to see the relationships of our kids as they develop over time.

Right now we are enjoying home life. The girls and I spent 4 weeks traveling to visit family in California over the holidays (2 1/2 weeks of which we were joined by Isaac). As I catch up on my journal from the trip I feel so blessed to have been able to do and see as much as we did. Some trip highlights were: drinking tea and chatting with my mom at the dining room table in Marina, watching Jolie walk on sand for the first time, watching Sophia being chased by the waves, sleeping in the same bed with my sister for the first time since we were kids, roadtripping with Isaac’s parents down to the San Fernando Valley and stopping at the Apple Farm for lunch – yum!, singing carols in the hospital with Isaac’s dad on Christmas day, spending a whole 24 hours alone with my husband on Imperial Beach, going to the Cheesecake factory with Annie and Dave, seeing Ozzy Osbourne the night we met up with Fred and Charif at the movies, Pinkberry, and seeing Sophia cry because she was going to miss everyone, but especially Grandma. Honestly, way too many fun, interesting, and exciting things happened to name them all, but those are a few. It only took us about 30 hours to get home, but we are home and we are happy to have a chance to relax in our own little world. We miss everyone so much, though, and are very lucky to have gotten to do what we did.

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