How is it possible that in the blink of an eye my second child is already 3 years old?
I used to religiously follow a blogger who doesn’t blog anymore. I would laugh at her little anecdotes about her girls and smile thinking of the day when I would have similar stories to tell. I know I need to embrace these moments now because soon they won’t be little snuggly buggly kids anymore. That blogger’s girls are tall and grown up and can read and write and do so much more. I’m in shock every time I see them on Facebook because in my mind they are still those little girls.
That was vague and awkward but what I’m trying to say is that I know this time is fleeting and I try to remember that every single day and to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly. Seems like just yesterday I was announcing Raffi’s pregnancy and now we have 3 kids!
Here are some random thoughts about Alessandra as she turns 3:
1. The girl still loves cheese, and food in general. Remember this video? She is still as passionately in love with cheese as she was then. She is also known to ask to eat something about 30 times a day.
2. Every morning Ali asks what she can wear that day, and like a stereotypical girl loves picking out clothes, getting dolled up, putting on makeup and getting her nails done. Here she is with Auntie Alexis getting her lip gloss before going out to dinner:
3. I love that Alessandra will go with the flow, try anything, and make friends with everyone around her. She is equally as happy sitting in a coffee shop “reading” magazines as she is playing soccer.
4. Ali loves her siblings to the max. Sometimes she loves them too much! Valentina usually whines a little when Ali gets too close as Ali has been known to hug Valentina until she falls down, squeeze her cheeks really hard, and in general play rough. She is also the first one to check on her siblings when someone gets hurt and tries to be a little momma all the time.
5. Music is a huge part of all of our lives, but Alessandra shares Raffi’s love of the Jersey Boys soundtrack. Her favorite song is “My Boyfriend’s Back” but she calls it KAY-DA. KAY-DA = Hey-la, hey-laaaa my boyfriend’s back. She cracks me up.
A few more random thoughts. Ali loves washing her hands with too much soap. She stopped sucking her thumb 2 or more weeks ago. Her favorite breakfast is Honey Nut Chex dry with a cup of milk on the side. She loves drinking Trig’s morning smoothie and adores cantaloupe. She thinks of everyone in her family and loves to be surrounded by everyone. She can rough-house and keep up with the boys, even much older kids, and enjoys having her best friend Bella come over for playdates. She and Bella always get into trouble, painting their own nails or hiding in a corner eating contraband. Ali is our goofball and loves to make everyone laugh.
I think she will be that way forever. I hope she is that way forever.
P.S. We let Alessandra pick anything she wanted for her birthday present. Her decision? She asked for a homemade carrot cake like last year…. and an electric pencil sharpener. Seriously! She makes us laugh
We just got back from a killer vacation as a family. We spent our days swimming and building sand castles and our evenings eating good food and strolling. Now that we’re back, I’ve noticed a big change in my kids and I’m not sure how to reset. Raffi is 4.5 and Ali turns 3 this week. They are very sweet kids but all of a sudden have started fighting a lot.
Raffi is also very grumpy/crabby and Ali has been whining a lot. Actually they both have been whining a lot. Raffi has also been talking back to us which is a completely new thing.
They were super spoiled on our vacation with tons of attention. We also said yes to a lot of things we normally wouldn’t. They watched plenty of TV and ate tons of candy. This week is a complete detox from both in many ways, but I didn’t expect this reaction.
For now I’m planning on keeping up with the detox of no TV (except Friday movie night!), no candy, and back to our basic family rules. I’m also trying to give each child enough attention. It has been challenging to do so since we got home as there was plenty of laundry and unpacking to do as well as catching up on work. I’m making a conscious effort though.
They also seem to need space from one another. All of a sudden they seem to get on one another’s nerves. This is a new thing. They seem to annoy each other on purpose and also just generally need space. I’m unsure how to provide that since they share a room and do most activities together. At least Ali has dance which is just her thing and Raffi gets quality time with Trig on dance mornings.
I’m hopeful someone has some advice for us as this is completely new territory for me. Or maybe you’ve been through it with your kids and can help us understand what is going on. While our kids can be rowdy at times, they are usually well-behaved and quite kind to one another. I can’t figure out how to stop this behavior in its tracks as most of my usual tricks aren’t working. It’s obvious that Raffi, especially, is going through something but I can’t figure out what or how to help.