The “Twos” have been anything but Terrible.
They have been…
I can’t get over how much Paprika loves her little sister, Ginger. She is the sweetest big sister to her. It melts my heart.
I often look at our pictures and think that there should be four little girls in them, and without our twins, the picture is always incomplete.
But, I am so very grateful that Paprika has a sister to grow up beside her.
Someone to be her best friend.
As they grow older, their age difference will fade. And they will always have eachother. They are very lucky, indeed!
Ginger is 8 weeks old today, and Paprika will be three years old on Sunday! Time is flying- please make it stop! 🙂
Ginger is growing very well. She outgrew most of her 0-3 month clothes at 6 weeks old, two weeks ago. She is wearing 3-6 month clothes now, and they are fitting perfectly, some are even getting snug!
She is a very sweet baby, and is especially attached to me. She’s not very comfortable being held by anyone else, and she is happy as long as she can see me. If I leave the room or am out of her line of sight, she gets pretty upset pretty quickly and can’t be calmed down. But once I pick her up, she is fine and gets quiet immediately. She is very attached to me, which is great! It doesn’t give me much of a break, but I love the closeness I have with her and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Paprika turns 3 on Sunday! I am happy to say that she is now fully potty trained and isn’t wearing diapers anymore- even at preschool! I almost don’t want to talk about it because I don’t want to jinx it, but she has been doing great! We are so proud of her.
All of a sudden, Paprika is so grown up. Where did her babyhood go? She is not a baby anymore, that’s for sure. She is a little girl now. Love her so much.
My mom went home early Tuesday morning. Mr. Mustard headed with her to the airport at 4:30am, so she could make her 6:30am flight! When I picked Paprika up at preschool, she wanted to know where her Grammy was. Paprika wanted to go play in the pool with Grammy, and I had to explain to her that Grammy went home, and that her home is very far away (about 2000 miles).
I think that’s the biggest sacrifice we face living in California…being so far away from my family. I miss my Aunt Laura and Uncle Kevin, my Grandma and Grandpa, my mom, Eric, Robbie, my dad, Uncle Rob and Aunt Jackie, Uncle Ed and Aunt Jeanette, all my cousins, Ann and Len and their kids…just everyone, really. It is very hard for me sometimes…most of the time, really! I think you can’t really know how much you will miss your family until you have children, and want your children to grow up knowing your family.
We are hoping to get out to Indiana this year for a visit. 🙂 It’s definitely very challenging travelling with a two year old and a newborn! I am pretty scared to attempt it. Travelling with Paprika was hard enough- so adding Ginger into the mix? Sounds like a recipe for hair pulling and tears – on my part! So, we’ll have to see how brave I get, and if Mr. Mustard can get some time off work to accompany me.
I know a lot of people live far away from their families and they get through it alright. I just get sad about it some days. But then I look at Mr. Mustard, and at the sweet faces of these girls and they cheer me up quite a bit, and I know all the sacrifices we make are worth it.
I have never met a little girl who loves the beach as much as Paprika is loving it now. A year ago, she could not STAND the beach. We took her on a family trip to Panama City Beach, Florida exactly one year ago, and she refused to go to the “beach and the ocean” (as she calls it). Our room opened right up to the surf- literally, we were 10 yards from the tide…but she wanted nothing to do with it!
Now, she could spend all day every day at the beach. She loves playing in the water, chasing the waves back and forth. The Pacific is cold, but she doesn’t mind one bit!
It was really cute watching her jump in and out of the water, run up the shoreline, and play in the sand. She was as happy as she could be!