That’s right. Here is the official blog announcement. There is going to be a second Fudgelet in the family. Well, obviously I won’t call that child Fudgelet as well. I will need a second nickname. It is still a bit early to be confident on the gender, so we shall see. I had joked previously about making the name related to salt/chips/etc. in honor of K’s favorite treats. And it could work in a sweet and salty way for their names. Anyway, I am not focusing on the baby today as much as myself. I don’t get too many chances to be selfish these days, and I am taking advantage of it on here today. This is also my moment to remind sensitive souls and eyes to stop reading here. If you don’t enjoy knowing or hearing about female things, then go now and come back next post.
This is past due because I wasn’t going to make a big deal of the “half year mark” other than continuing to say “2.5 years old” when people ask me, as I have been answering for the last month or more. Otherwise, I wasn’t planning anything. Then I remembered the photo shoot from last year and how he had fun with it. And not long after I watched Yolanda on How to Cake It make a half birthday cake for her son, I thought it could be fun. I decided about three days before his special day to make a cake and make it a “thing”. He picked the cake, but I knew he would want that kind anyway, so I was prepared. I let him pick the size (either an 8-inch shorter cake or a 6-inch taller cake). He picked the 8 inch, and I made a half batch of a cake recipe…but a full frosting recipe, which was necessary with all of the layers. He also directed his photo shoot and enjoyed it immensely. I think the most fun part was watching me drag around the huge panda from room to room when he wanted pictures in a different spot.
This year, I managed to find a couple Chinese New Year books from the library in the toddler section. The Fudgelet loves reading them, and he also loves learning new Cantonese phrases/songs/etc. I figured doing some crafts related to the holiday would be perfect since he is also missing Christmas activities and decorations. Initially I was going to check out a craft store and grab some pre-packaged crafts kits. Then, I looked online and found a few sites with easy crafts. After we made them, we went to the craft store to get other goodies …. and apparently they didn’t have ANY Chinese decorations anyway! Unheard of! So, it’s just as well we did it ourselves.
We made our twice-annual visit to Maryland to see family, friends, and celebrate Christmas. Shortly after this post goes live we will be back home and getting ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends and our small family Christmas. We save our gifts for when we get home…lots of pros because you can have everything ready for when we get home and not have to worry about shipping it somewhere else, there is no hassle of bringing presents to and fro, and it spreads out the giving. Here’s hoping my boys like their presents.
This year, we once again decided to get dressed as a family for Halloween. We had a few ideas brainstormed from last year, but changed our minds after seeing the Fudgelet in his new jacket.
Any ideas from this?
You are getting so strong, thoughtful, and clever.
I’m sorry I haven’t written to you for awhile. I really thought it had been sooner, but time keeps flying. You are into the “let’s not use months anymore” for your age category (even though I do still think of it in my head). You started using two words together quite awhile ago, and then more and more until you are definitely using sentences. Not all of the time, and I have to remind your dad to use sentences around you too (it’s easy to slip into Fudgelet phrases) in order to encourage you to do the same. Sometimes you are quite demanding “Mommy sit here” and other times sweet “Elmo and Bear need to sleep all night long” (wonder where you heard that one, haha!).
Oh, Fudgelet. You have come so far in a year. Last year, you weren’t talking, just babbling. This year, I can ask you questions and get several word answers. In 15 years from now, you might use fewer words to answer me than you do now (haha). Last year, I had a big party planned. This year…well, it is a month out from when I am starting this post and I have to say that there is no party planned. We might do a summer party and celebrate yours and K’s birthdays, we might have a fancy playdate with our friends…but I’m not sure. I keep waiting for a day when I can sit down and plan that out. Right now, I haven’t even had time to get some chores done. You know, because you have decided to give me 2 no-nap-days this week. Yeesh. You’re sick, so that explains one of them. The other one? I don’t know. We were both so tired that day.
Thankfully, you are super cute. That part hasn’t changed. In fact, I think you might be even cuter now.