Monday, May 23, 2016

Dear Bora,
At least I can say that I was pregnant that time we ate an entire watermelon together. But I don't have that excuse for all the other times... There are worse things to binge eat, though I'm sure that will be a pathetic explanation when I'm having my stomach pumped in the ER. 
Your watermelon-loving sister, 
Kate

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dear Kate,

Remember that time we ate almost an entire watermelon in one sitting?  I wish you were here because at least then I'd only eat 1/2 a watermelon.

I bet there's an ICD-10 code for this:  Polyuria secondary to excessive watermelon ingestion.

I don't know how to stop myself!
Bora.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dear Bora,
I, too, use the patent-pending "3 Blankie System" and it has served me well.  We recently became a bit more dependent on the blankie because K has stopped sucking her thumb!  I was sure it was going to be every bit as traumatic and drawn-out as potty training, but it was easy.  We have her first dental appointment coming up soon and I really wanted to be able to tell the dentist we were trying to get her to stop.  All it took was a trip to the dollar store for some prizes, a fun pair of socks to wear on her hands at he chose is rubbing blankie on her nose.  But since blankie will not cost us thousands of dollars in orthodontia, I think we're trading up.  As for your "naptime friend" dilemma, is it too late to buy 2 more Gunkeys?  K rotates between favorite stuffed animals (she calls them her "guys").  While that's helpful for not becoming too dependent on one, it does mean she often gets upset when I didn't anticipate which "guy" would be her favorite in my packing for trips.  There's a downside to everything, right?
Love,
Kate

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dear Kate,

C has suddenly decided that he needs his monkey stuffed animal - named Gunky - to accompany him to school and to bed.  I'm assuming that he was influenced at school since they are allowed a "naptime friend."  The only problem with this is that we have to be sure Gunky goes with us each day to school AND comes home with us. So much pressure!  I mean, this is the whole reason I invented the 3 blankie system!  I was pretty sure that I out-parented all the other parents when I came up with it.  You see, we have a special blankie for home, a car blankie that never leaves the car, and a school blankie (it was just an extra prior to starting school).  The system started to fall apart when special blankie got softer (hence, becoming "special") but we've somehow managed to keep it going.

But now R has decided that she needs a blankie too.  Despite the fact that C does not tease her about not having one (like an older sibling I once had did to me...), she now tries to walk off with his and will scream if you don't give her the random blankie in the car.

Oh blankies,
Bora

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dear Bora,
That sounds glorious! All it takes is one day like that every so often and it gives you happy memories to cling to while your 3 year old has a total tantrum melt-down during a Skype call with your grandparents or when your teenager gets caught skipping school (both of which happened this week for me). I'm glad you had such a successful and satisfying day of adulting. You deserve lots of them- way more than you will likely ever get.
Your proud and a little jealous sister,
Kate
Dear Kate,

Yesterday was a magical day.  It was my day off with the kids.  First, I got up way too early and got my charting done while drinking iced coffee and watching cartoons with C.  Then, we all got dressed and went on a long bike ride/ walk down to the park.  Next, we went to the grocery store and didn't forget any of the items on the list.  C fell asleep in the car on the 5 minute drive home and stayed asleep through a transfer to his bed!  Then R went down without much fuss!  Kate, do you know what I did next?  I read a book.  I read a book without holding a baby awkwardly.  Without being interrupted and losing my place 10 times.  Without any distractions!

After reading for almost two hours without a peep from either kid, I thought to myself, "Is this heaven?  Am I dead?"

Then the kids woke up.

But really, they were in good moods and we had a great rest of the day.

Now that's heaven,
Bora.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dear Kate,

I agree. This week has been an eternity. Today is my "weekend" though since I don't work on Thursdays and it's my week to work Saturday.  Ugh.

I was planning to sleep in this morning but C decided that 5:30 was sleeping in enough.  At least he's cute and content to watch a movie with me while I finish some charting from this eternal week.

Hope the weekend gets here soon for you and passes quickly for me,
Bora.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dear Bora,
How is it not the weekend? This week has already been a million years long. 
Your weary sister,
Kate
Dear Bora,
K still calls them "light savers" which is too adorable to correct. There are only a few things she still mispronounces, and it's one of the only things from her babyhood that I miss. Coffee was foshee. He blanket was her bwitty. Already I'm  drawing a blank on some of the other cute words. Maybe this what all those parents mean about time going by too fast?  Wait, is that my daughter screaming for me when she should still be asleep and I need to leave for work in 3 minutes and I haven't brushed my teeth yet?  Maybe I'll have time to reminisce when she's in college. 
Love,
Kate

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dear Kate,

This morning on the way to the preschool, C and I had a conversation:

C:  Mommy, I want a light sword!
Me:  A light sword, huh?"
C:  (excited now) No, a light saber!
Me:  A light saber?  That would be so cool!
C:  (suddenly very angry) I want you to give me a light saber!  I want a light saber now!

He proceeded cry about this for about 30 seconds.

Me:  I wish I had a light saber to give you right now.  That would be so cool!  If you had a light saber, what would you do with it?
C:  (immediately stops crying)  I would build Legos.

That was the end of the conversation and we had a peaceful drive thereafter.

Didn't know you needed a light saber to do that...
Bora

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dear Kate,

It would appear that my 15 month old daughter's only understandable and frequently repeated word is "THAT!"  Yes, always with the exclamation point.  And while the particular meaning of "that" can be tricky to figure out, you better figure it out because "that" is all she wants.  She will not accept "this" or "those."  She only wants "that" and if you get "that" wrong - you better watch out because NOT "that" is about to get slapped out of your hands.

Love,
Bora

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dear Bora, 
Is there a cap on the number of tantrums children can throw on Mother's Day?  No?  Hmm. Hoping your Mother's Day is less scream-y than mine. 
Love,
Kate

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dear Kate,

Last night when I went to put on R's pajamas, she got up after the diaper change and ran to the coat tree.  I went over to where she was and started putting on her pajamas and she let out the most ear-piercing scream.  She was insanely angry that I wanted to put on her pajamas and not the jacket that she picked was pointing at and saying "That!"

She knows what she wants,
Bora

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dear Kate,

I realize it may be a little early to tell but I'm pretty sure that R has inherited my propensity to start books and never finish them. She LOVES to bring me books to read.  She squeals gleefully as she runs towards me with a book, carefully situates herself in my lap, helps me open the book to the first page - and then before the first sentence has been finished, she forces the book closed and signs "all done."  She then takes the book back to the shelf and gets another.  She does this repeatedly, never getting beyond the first page. If I open the book back up and try to continue, she screams in anger and pushes the book closed on my fingers.

"All done"
- Bora.