oh… and Lucy turned 2!

Let’s be honest, the second child doesn’t get the same childhood as the first. When Leo turned two he was enrolled in toddler music classes and gymnastics, he had a little playgroup, weekly trips to the zoo or Children’s museum.  The world was his oyster.

I did try to suffer through toddler gymnastics with Lucy but there are only so many times you can sing the ABCs while watching babies attempt to jump on a trampoline before you lose your damn mind, and I have officially reached that point. In Leo’s first two years, I was more of his chauffeur; Lucy is more like my sidekick. I am sure there are huge developmental benefits to in trips to Trader Joes, Target and my gym’s Kids Club. Right?

Leo had a big party for his second birthday, with a ton of other kids and homemade food and decorations. This year I was so exhausted after Leo’s birthday and all of the Kindergarten prep that I declared, “we’re not having a party for Lucy!” Leo started Kindergarten just three days before her birthday and our house is a disaster since we have been childcare-free for over a month now and there are toys everywhere… she isn’t even going to remember her second birthday party, right?

Lenny and I went back and forth over this for weeks- he wanted a party, I wanted cupcakes and candles.  I really think that Lucy would have been fine with either option but we settled on “a little playdate” with a few of her friends. We sent out a Paperless Post with a kitty on it because Lucy loves cats and I ordered a kitty cake from our favorite bakery. That was supposed to be it. But since I can’t leave well enough alone, two days before the playdate I decided that I needed to start crafting kitty stuff like mad. I blame Pinterest.

Kitty cookies, kitty sandwiches, kitty gift bags, kitty bunting…

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Happy girl on her birthday!

After Lucy’s birthday it was on to the next challenge: potty training. We use the boot camp method in our house so when Lucy woke up the day after her birthday, all diapers were gone.

It takes a few days for little ones to get that peeing and pooping your pants is not a good idea, even if you’re in the middle of doing something really fun. So after pooping in a friend’s lawn, peeing at the Natural History Museum and few washings of the car seat cover, Lucy has potty training down. Which of course means she is ready for the biggest milestone of toddlerhood! Preschool!

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First day of school!

Lucy started last week at the same preschool that Leo attended and she is loving it.  Just like her brother, there are no tears at drop off, only smiles and hugs. Her teachers say she is thrilled with every activity and completely well behaved… if only it was that way at home right?

It seems like Lucy went from a baby to a little girl overnight. A part of me is sad that she is growing up so quickly but a part of me is really excited to see what kind of kid she will be. Will she be a storyteller like her brother? A bookworm like me? At least I know that she is having such a fun time figuring it out right now.

 

 

 

the big day finally came…

Leo finally started school last week!  It seems like we have been building up to this moment for months… touring pre-schools, applications and then finally getting in!  There was lots of work building up to the big day from the careful selection of a lunchbox to placing teeny-tiny “Leo” stickers in all of his teeny-tiny underpants, shorts and shirts. We practiced opening his lunchbox, using the “big” potty, waiving at friends to say (as opposed to a hug and big wet kiss which is Leo’s preferred greeting).  We even took a last minute trip to Santa Barbara to celebrate.

When the big day finally arrived Leo was so excited he woke up at 4AM demanding toast, he finally realized that he had to wait a bit longer for school to start he went back to bed for a few hours. The sun did eventually come up and when he was fed, dressed and ready to go, he carried his lunchbox to the car proudly.  Mom and Dad took him to the playground and introduced him to his new teacher and when it was time for us to say goodbye he started crying, that really sad cry that starts off silent, the kind of cry where you know that your kids is actually really sad and not just about to throw a really big fit because they can… Then Leo realized that he got to stay and play and only Mommy and Daddy had to go and he was fine. That was it, the big day, it came and went without event…

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Leo posing with his 20 pound lunchbox on the first day of school.