Hank: Mama, I am so hungry.
Me: Quiche is in the oven and it will be about 35 minutes.
Hank: But I am really very hungry.
Me: Did you not have um lanche (a snack) after school?
Hank: Not today.
Me: Oh! Then you must be very hungry. I am sorry Hank. I didn’t know. We’ve been relaying on our village for help since Molly was born and are off our game a bit.
Hank: Our village?
Me: Yes, our village is you, me, papa, Molly, Ana Godinho, your Avó (grandmother), Fatima, Ana Santana… Our friends and family have been helping us so much and it is wonderful, but that also means that we have to communicate more. More people means more confusion. Can we make a deal?
Me: Can you promise to tell me if you need something a bit sooner. If you don’t have um lanche (a snack) after school you tell me when you get home. If you need anything can you tell me? Do not assume I can read your mind. I am very tired and not on the top of my mommy game right now.
Hank: Sure I can. I understand it is just my stomach doesn’t and it is growling.
Me: Can your stomach settle for pão com manteiga (bread with butter)?
Hank: My stomach can have pão com manteiga (bread with butter) and three pieces of your yummy quiche.
Me: Then we have a solution for today and for the future.
Hank: Yup, yup, yup! And Can I hold Molly while you make my pão (bread)?
Me: Oh that would be lovely.
Hank: (handing over the baby) Hello, villager Molly. You are so cute, cute, cute! Our mommy will be right back. She is just getting me some pão com manteiga (bread with butter). You are going to love pão com manteiga (bread with butter) when you grow more.