(my little homage to the passing of David Bowie. What a legend.)
So changes…Gabriela turned 18 months old Sunday and that lil chica is changing day by day. It’s amazing. She’s growing and advancing and turning into a little <gasp> girl. I love it and I hate it.
Our last beach outing consisted of well over an hours worth of Gabi running around on the sand, tossing sand over back, and jumping the waves (with big papa). Gone are the days of tranquility when she would just hang in her little tent and everyone else would get some sunshine. But ya know what: this is pretty awesome, too! Just seeing her explore and check out the world is pretty darn cool. And entertaining! And, I’m coming to grips with the whole ‘having sand in places you don’t want sand to be!’. It amazes me how sand can get up in places on that little chica! Thank goodness we started bringing a water jug so we can clean her up and there’s even a hose-like thingy at our spot if she gets extra sandy. I’m hoping she’ll eventually figure out face-planting in the sand isn’t a real good idea.
Along with much more active beach days, we’ve FINALLY moved Gabi into her bedroom yesterday! Being 18 months old we figured it’s time. We’ve always kept her pack n play, and then crib, in our room. It made sense since I was still breastfeeding her and for some reason her weird habit of being wide ass awake at 5am. I’d bring her to bed (I know, I know) and she’d sleep until 7/7.30. Glorious. So there was trepidation moving her so. Far. Away. (About 10 steps to the other room.) but alas we did it and last night sucked! She was up every two hours and by 4am I was exhausted and we both were done. Needless to say she slept until almost 9 all snuggled up on my shoulder. I know, I know.
But as of right now, sweet girl is taking an awesome nap on her own, in her crib, in her bedroom. Yes!
Our chicken coop/tractor is finished and I’m thinking we’re heading to San Juan on Sunday to fetch our chicks. If I remember correctly we’ll be doing two buff orpington’s, 2 ameraucana, and 1 Plymouth rocks. Unfortunately we were hoping for an australop but our guy doesn’t have any. Gives us room to grow. Eventually.
Also hoping to get back on the meal planning kick. I’ve been winging it lately and I’ve noticed that I’ve been using a lot of dairy, cream, buttttteerrrrrrrr, and not really accounting for portion sizes. Needless to say I’ve been feeling a bit on the chunky side. So I need to start planning better. Dinner tonight will be a pork loin. Of course I have no clue yet what to do but I’m sure I’ll think of something.
Thanks for sticking with me. There will be much more food blogging to come as well as chicken updates and the goings-on with sweet Gabriela.
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Tagged: 18 months old, catawba chicken tractor, chickens, garden, island life, Puerto Rico, toddler life
Look at that sandy face, haha! It is an awesome time now for you as you rediscover the world through her eyes and can really enjoy her. You guys did a fantastic job on the chicken coop and I’m looking forward to more updates on that.
I love the before and after photos at the top with her little chubby cheeks that you just want to kiss 🙂 Good luck with the move of Gabi in her own room. It can be very tough, I know, but she and you will get used to it eventually.
It truly is amazing seeing things through her eyes and just stopping to look at the world around us. Such pure joy children have. The coop totally rocks! Believe me, you may be reading lots of the goings-on with these chicks/chickens! Should be fun! I meant to reply to your last message of meeting up when you come to the island in February…I’d love to! I’m sure we can figure out a place to meet either on your side, my side of the island or in the middle. We love checking out new places and we haven’t really gone exploring too too much in Rincon! 😉