Sunday, July 28, 2013

Good bye Pattipat

I am very behind on posts, since we spent a week and a half on vacation, and two weeks with grandparents visiting, and it has been summer ever since.  I think I will work backwards to catch up on posts.  I'm a little less overwhelmed that way.  If you want to read about our trip in the meantime, you can see Colette's posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Colette took a lot of pictures.

Our project this week has been giving up Eloise's pacifier.  I gave her (and us) one week to prepare for the big separation, and then, on Monday, when she woke up, we put Pattipat in the dishwasher and told it goodbye.  I actually told her that she had grown out of the pacifier, and that it was too little for her (this method worked for giving up diapers, eventually, so why not a pacifier?). Here she is waking up with her paci for the last time.
This girl has got some crazy hair.
 We watched a couple of Elmo videos about saying goodbye to a binkie.  Eloise has never called her pacifier a binkie, though, so she told me, "Binkie is what you call it when you tell it bye-bye."
Midway through the morning, all was still going well.  How do you feel about saying goodbye to your pacifier?
So good!
Welllllll. . .  This was probably the last smile I saw from her for two days.  Eloise spent two hours crying for her lost love, Pattipat, instead of napping on Monday.  Not only was she tired from not napping, but her tantrum made her extra exhausted.  We had planned to use our family home evening time to take the family to see a potential new puppy, but, instead, Todd and Jared went to see the puppy, and Eloise went to bed an hour early.
She went to bed an hour early, but she didn't get to sleep until two hours later.  Then she slept for an hour, and was awake again for another two hours.  She slept again eventually, but was up at first light (4:30 a.m. here in the north) asking for breakfast.  Todd went to bed with her until he had to get up to get ready for work at 7:30.  Eloise bounced up with him.
Tuesday was a little bit better.  We went to a children's concert in the park in the morning and saw Caspar Babypants.  It was a really good concert for kids.  There were probably 800 people in the park, but Jared and Eloise were enthralled by the music.
 Benjamin was enthralled by his first graham cracker.  He made a substantial mess.
I took the kids over to the beach when Eloise got tired of the concert (she made it for almost an hour- that is a pretty huge block of time for a tired two year old), but neither of them wanted to play anymore.  I think we were all tired from all of the crying the night before.  
When we got home, Eloise napped, but she started an hour and a half later than usual, and slept for half of her usual nap length.

Every sleep period has gotten a little bit better.  When Eloise went down for her nap after church today, she told me, "I don't have a pacifier anymore."  That was all! No crying! Hallelujah.

Here is the puppy.  We are bringing her home on August 20, when she is old enough to leave her mother.  She will tentatively be named Shadow.  She is a black lab/redbone coonhound mix, and she is all black.
We are looking forward to our new puppy love.

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