Hi everyone, good to read the updates
. I hope everyone is healthy and happy now.
We are doing okay here. I have thrown myself into my photography and everything else has fallen by the wayside. I love it, though, and am improving in leaps and bounds, so am very happy about that. Am thinking very hard about going into business, but it would not be for a while yet. I still need to improve my skills, and I need for Sophie to be a bit older too. I've been doing a 365 project where I take and post an image a day (which is actually a LOT of work) - you can see what I've been up to here
. I think I'm going to go to every other day, though ... it is just too much.
DD1 is still defiant and strong-willed, but I think I am adapting and she is maybe
starting to mellow. A little, lol. I think she knows so much, but she won't be "taught" and she won't show off her knowledge either. I finally managed to coax her into singing the ABC song with me the other day, and it turns out she does know most of it (how I don't know, since she won't let me teach her the song
). She recognizes most letters by sight, because that is something she has an interest in, and knows most of the sounds they make. But here is the crazy thing ... she is teaching herself math. She cannot count to 20 yet (again, won't let me teach her), but she can do addition!!!!! And, it's not something I ever taught her, she figured it out herself. One day she just started talking about how one and one is two, and one and two is three, and two and two and one is five. The other day she said she had on three shirts and one pair of underwear, so that was four; and a pair of paints so that was five, and a sweater so that was six
:. She'll also say that three twos is six, so that's multiplication
!!! I mean, both of her parents and grandfathers are engineers, so I suppose it's in the blood, but it still kind of blows me away
We've signed her up for a Montessori preschool in the fall. It's a lot of money, but of all the schools I looked at I liked it best. I hope we end up being happy there.
Sophie turned a year a few weeks ago, hard to believe. She is doing well overall, but is still sleeping like crap. We nightweaned a while back, and it's still awful. I decided last night that I'm going to try cutting dairy from our diet and see how that goes. She was still gassy when I was on the full elimination diet when she was a baby, but I'm desperate, so will try again. She is typically up every 1.5-2 hrs all night long, and dh is handling it all because if she sees me she wants to nurse. Not that I'm getting lots of sleep - my insomnia is in full force as usual. Lots of miserably tired days here in general ...
But at least dd1 seems to have recovered from having her paci taken away. It was really, really hard, and our bedtime routine still isn't as easy as before, but at least she is back to sleeping 11-12 hrs/night again.
Well, everyone is up and I need to get some breakfast going. I'm sorry I've been so absent
. I have so little time to myself, and it has all been going to photography lately ...