Sunday, January 26, 2014

at fourteen and a half months...

i begin this post with a few recent favorite photos.  i love snapping pictures of us...slices of time for you as you change by the minute.  oh i love you in my hat...
oh my dear, you love the book nook more than i had ever imagined you would.  you walk into the room, look in at all the pillows, squeal, and then walk as fast as you can to the nook, where you immediately collapse into the pillows.  you bring books in, you lounge back, you laugh hysterically...
i'm taking a self portrait workshop in 2014 and this week the theme was shadows.  we captured you in a diapered state in your nook and added a shadow...
sadly you aren't spending days with rachael and august anymore.  we were so lucky that care situation for as long as we did.  i'm incredibly grateful.  we have a new care situation, but as we got to that place, you had a few special daycare setups.  you got to spend a special day with emily and lydia--eating, playing, and exploring the toilet...



  
and you got to spend a bunch of days with caroline before she went back to college.  you read, played, and went outside a bunch...



and speaking of outside time, it's been really really cold here--so we haven't been able to go on as many walks as i've wanted.  it just seems wrong to bring you out in negative temperatures, don't you agree?  but when we do go, we bundle up...

 and you seem to have a great time...
except you don't seem to be that into sledding.  it's funny, there isn't much in life that you are indifferent about.  you either love love something or clearly let us know it's not for you.  but sledding is this expression i've never really seen from you before.

shots from your first time sledding...


and from your second time sledding...
{hobbes tried to grab the sled handle and take you for a ride...thankfully we were able to intervene}

 
and we just got a 3-d image of your sibling...
take a peek at what you looked like in your photo...quite similar if you cover up the bottom half of the photo.  and lots of people say boy, but i just don't know.  what do you think, miss maeve?

and no post would be complete without a series of food pictures...




and i took this photo today after your nap and my do you look big...
you recently got to meet cousin eve.  we made sure you kept your distance, with your perpetual runny nose and interest in touching faces, but you loved being there and hearing her noises...
this month has been all about playing.  at daycare they said you are busy all day long, dumping out toys and buzzing from one thing to the next...
and the food play continues...
and the most interesting thing to play with these days is your humidifier...
dad has made sure you are a patriots fan.  here you are playing before a recent game...
and last week you let dad use your outfit for a snow(wo)man that he made...
and now a few videos to share.  you came home from daycare after the break and that night you wanted to practice walking more than you ever had.  here is a scene from that evening...

you've made such progress with walking and now you are zipping around the house.  carrying whatever it is that has your attention.  and crawling is now very rare...

i'm sure it's a combination of pregnancy hormones and the fact that you are you...that lately i have a hard time watching you without getting overwhelmed with emotion.  i am reminded every day that you are literally walking your path...and i already recognize that i can help in many ways, but that the journey is yours.

and with cousin eve's birth, the upcoming birth of your sibling suddenly seems real.  i'm incredibly excited and yet i wonder what it will mean for us...how will we find what is ours? what will become the space and the place that we carve out together?  and oh to watch you with a little brother or sister...it's almost too much to even wrap my mind and heart around.  over these next days, weeks, and maybe months that i carry you atop my big bump, i hope that you two are already forming a bond that will carry you through your lives together long after i'm gone.

you leave me no choice but to smother you in hugs and kisses, to snuggle with you whenever i see a chance, and to savor this time before i become a mother of two...and you become a sister!  xoxo!

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