3 is Such a Great Age

Dante is getting awfully close to being 3 . . . his birthday is May 16. I love this age. He?s finally outgrowing the need to destroy everything simply because it exists and he?s really taking an interest in the way things are done. He picked one of my baby tomatoes the other day and I explained to him that it wasn?t ready and we need to wait til they turn red. ?Ok.? he said, and rushed off to play.

I figured it was only a matter of time before he?d strip the plants of the remaining little tomatoes . . . but he hasn?t touched them! I love being pleasantly surprised.

Lately, he?s been telling us when he is tired and needs a nap. And he goes off to bed on his own and has a little nap and then gets up refreshed and ready to go go go til the end of the day. I love it.

While Dante has always been a real character, now he?s really branching out and I am starting to see how very different my boys are. They may only be 16 months apart, but they are nothing alike!

Dante used to want whatever Dorian had. If we let them pick out a toy in the market, Dorian would never fail to choose a car . . . so Dante wanted one, too. Now, he will choose a bag of marbles or a ball over a car or puzzle. When they have popsicles, Dorian wants purple or green and Dante always wants red. When I read to them, Dorian wants long complicated stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or a fairy tale . . . Dante wants nursery rhymes and books that he can point out what he knows in the pictures.

Such diverse little people! And now that my baby is so very not a baby, I?m finding myself kinda wishing we?d had more and wondering what other children would have been like!

4 and Counting . . .

We got internet after Dorian was born, when I was pregnant with Dante. It was at the point when Irving saw I could actually earn online (I walked to the internet cafe each day and spent an hour collecting job leads and assignments and sending them, then worked offline at home). Back then, you had to either prove an income of something like Q11,000 a month or pay for 2 years in advance. We managed to convince the company to let us pay for 1 year and monthly after that. It came out to Q9,000, which Irving borrowed from friends and family.

The internet was not great, but it worked most of the time and allowed me to get more work. Then it started to fail more and more often and before Christmas last year, we got a second internet one, a USB stick modem that you pay for with phone cards. It worked most of the time, so between the two of them, we managed fairly well.

Then Telefonica, the original internet, switched from a base to a stick modem as well. The usability dropped drastically. Customer service sucked, which was extremely frustrating. Finally, in January, both internet companies went downhill and last month, between the two of them I had about 50% up time.

So we bought another prepaid stick modem from Claro. It also works . . . from time to time.

I should mention here that I actually ended up losing/quitting my main job because I didn?t have enough internet time to work anymore. Where I used to spend my mornings with the boys and nights working, I have been working from dawn til about 3-5 pm when the internets . . . all three of them, cut out. If I?m lucky, they last til 7, but the past week, it?s all out by shortly after noon. Needless to say, that?s not really working for earning money and I?m spending my days and nights extremely frustrated, not being able to spend time with my kids or able to work much at all.

So, we finally made the decision to go with another company, one that is foreigner owned. They wanted six months up front, which I really did NOT want to do, but I?m desperate. It was installed today. We were told that noon is always a slow time. Well, it was a bit slow, but definitely something I could work with.

And then it got slower and slower until now, at 7 pm, pages won?t load or they take literally 10 minutes to load, which obviously doesn?t work if I?m needing to do research. I?m unable to open more than one tab at a time either, which is what I need in order to do my investigations . . . and we?re back to square one and out a heck of a lot more money. This is one of those times when I?m ready to throw in the towel on Guatemala.