I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)
Those inevitable-yet-pesky preschool germs are at it again, keeping this bundle of energy snuggled up on the couch and requesting "The Sound of Music," her water bottle and nothing but bowls of cereal to eat.
Although I am sad she is not feeling well, I would be lying if I didn't admit to a tiny bit of happiness at her being home sick.
You see, it feels good to be able to take care of her.
To know that the little things I am doing (like getting her what she needs, asking how she is feeling, tucking her in like I would want to be tucked in, reading to her, telling her stories when she asks, snuggling with her) might be making her feel a bit better, and at the very least, loved to the moon and back times a million.
To feel those little arms wrapped around my neck, to hear that small voice tell me she loves me, to see her sucking her thumb just like when she was a baby.
...just took her first steps! It was so cute because Alex and Claire were just as excited as Noah and I, and Lucy just thought that was the greatest thing. :)
...is showing a feisty side of her up-until-now very mellow personality. She complains when we leave the park, kicking and squirming so that if I were not quite as strong as I am, she would fling herself out of my arms to the ground! Oh, and the swing (you know, the one place at the park I can put her and know she is going to be safe), is no longer good enough No, she needs to be on the merry-go-round, or crawling on the ground, or climbing up the steps and nearly tumbling down the tallest slide!
...likes to play in the kitchen while I make dinner
...loves to go for wagon rides, especially when Claire is pulling her
...just loves feeling like she is one of the big kids. :)
...wishes she could climb dirt piles too, hehe.
...see what I mean?! With the feistiness??
...likes going down the little slide by herself, thank you very much. :)
She has five, almost six teeth, and those little suckers are sharp. Not that I've been bitten while nursing or anything... :)
She loves cheese.
Her little fingernails have dirt under them, a sure sign of her newfound bravery and exploring tendencies.
2. I have way too much fabric and way too little to show for it.
So, I decided to implement a semi-strict and very ambitious plan.
Specifically, to sew most of the spring and summer clothes for my littles.
I realized it is much more efficient to sew assembly-line style instead of outfit-by-outfit, so I even wrote up a plan of action.
My first task (to be completed by Saturday and already finished, boo-yah!) was two knit dresses.
One in size 5 for Claire, and one in size 18-24 months for Lulu.
The best thing?
Claire (who has been known to stubbornly reject my previous attempts at wardrobe sewing) immediately stripped down to undies, put on her dress, slept in it and insisted on wearing it to school the next day (yesterday).
That's a success in my book!
Especially because Lulu is too little to demand clothing choice autonomy. :)