The Roommates

A few days ago, and for the first time, my son Joaquin got scared in his own room.  I don't want to sleep in the brown crib anymore, Mami! was all I could hear for a few minutes.  Since he is not one to make a big fuzz before going to bed, I went back to his room to try to calm him down, but nothing seemed to work.  I tried leaving the light on and door open but he kept on crying.  I want to sleep with Lucia, Mami.  I don't want to sleep alone anymore!

It was a Thursday night around 8:00 pm already and there I was, switching mattresses and his Toy Story toddler bed  from his room to his sister's room.  This was going to be a looong night!

I tucked him in his toddler bed, left the night light on and told Lucia that she was going to share her room with Joaquin for the night.  C'mon, Mami, he doesn't have a pink bed and I don't want his Toy Story bed in my room!  So I sat with my daughter, kissed her and told her that it was going to be just one night and that the next day she was going to have her pink room back.  No worries, sweetheart, this is just for one night.  You used to be scared too, remember?  We now need to help Joaquin feel safe. And she just smiled and nodded. 

I went back to my room and I could hear them chatting from a distance for a good five to ten minutes... All of a sudden the voices were gone and there was a moment of silence.  One, two, three, five minutes and no more voices coming out of my daughter's room.  Could this be possible?  Was this going to be this easy?  No going back and forth to Lucia's room to calm my son?  Well, to my surprise, as soon as I went back to my daughter's room to check on them, both of my kids were already in a deep sleep.  As you can imagine, I woke up that night every hour to check on them but the kids did not wake up until around 6:30 am.  The new roomies had a great night sleep... Mami, well, Mami not so much!

The following night after dinner and the kids' bath routine Joaquin was already expecting to sleep in his sister's bedroom, but this time Lucia was the one eager to have the sleepover once again.  The second night was even smoother than the first one; by 7:30 pm they were both sound asleep, no chatting or complaining what-so-ever the second time around.

The sleepovers went on for five consecutive days.  On the 6th day, I told Enrico Honey, I think I want to switch them permanently since they seem to have adjusted to being roommates so well.  Without any hesitation, Enrico helped me move everything from one room to the other and now we have a half Toy Story, half pink princess room living in harmony.  The kids are as happy as they can be being roommates and both Enrico and I just love seeing them interacting and sharing a room together. 

I am not sure how much this sibling love will last, all I know is that we should embrace it as much as possible since there is nothing like brothers and sisters getting along.  Ay Mama!

Today, I am sharing a baked salmon recipe that my kids now love.  Enjoy!

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 Ingredients:

-4 cloves garlic, minced

-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

-2 teaspoon dried basil

-Salt and pepper to taste

-Juice from 1 lime

-2 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

-4 (4 oz) salmon fillets

Method:

In a medium glass bowl, prepare
marinade by mixing garlic, olive oil, basil, salt, pepper, lime juice and
parsley. Place salmon fillets in a medium glass baking dish, and cover with the
marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Place fillets (individually) in aluminum foil pockets, cover
with marinade, and seal. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 minutes.  Buen provecho!

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