A few firsts I wanted to share:
Thanks to Suzie’s fascination with books, I was able to sneak this french braid into her hair. I thought to myself as she sat on my lap flipping pages furiously- “No… no way, could I?… let’s see, maybe just in the middle… Wow! It’s long enough to french braid!”. Once it came time to put the elastic in she was on to me, and it took a very enthusiastic rendition of “The Ants Go Marching” performed by me to keep her from escaping, entirely… But we did it- I was very impressed with us both.
Now this next thing is not a first, but it’s the first time I managed to document it:
I thought I heard a little peep out of Suzie not long after she’d fallen asleep for her a nap in her stroller. I looked down the hall into the bedroom and saw a cat tail swinging from inside the stroller… I knew just who it was, so I grabbed the camera and snuck around the corner…
Dumpy is mostly undeterred by Suzie’s forceful affection, and is always very gentle with her in return. The cats totally get that it’s all about the baby… I remember when Suzie was just days old, Manny was more or less asked to live outside for the time being (Dumpy was not yet an indoor cat) because I didn’t have the constitution to keep an eye on all the critters AND take care of myself and this delicate new life- the dogs lived in the opposite end of the house until Suzie was about 4 months old, even. But Manny would inevitably sneak in when the door opened. After about the third day of Suzie being in the house, whenever Manny snuck in she’d immediately go for Suzie’s feet and begin purring loudly and rubbing on her frantically (which is bizarre and unusual behavior from Manny to begin with, let alone for her to display this kind of affection toward a weird, unpredictable, squirmy little alien) as if to say “Look at me! I’m being SO sweet to the baby! Okay? I get it! Can I please stay in here?”.
And here’s one that I just think is adorable:
Taken by our friend Helen at her yarn shop in Belfast. Too cute!
Although we’ve been managing to have fun indoors this winter season- with Music Together classes, story time at the library and playing on the children’s floor, visiting the co-op for lunch and always leaving having made new friends (that’s all Suzie!), singing and dancing inside at home constantly…- I am starting to feel ready for some warmer weather, and the projects that come along with it (greenhouse time!). We’ve been taking walks in the snow now that Suzie is more stable on her feet, which always end in tears when we have to go back inside- not such a bad thing! I’m so glad she feels so connected to the outdoors! She’ll wake up saying “Hop! Walk? WALK? Hop walk!” Which means; lets hop down off the bed and go for a walk :D. This is such a magical time in her development. Her vocabulary continues to build steam, since the last post she’s learned many new words including: necklace, earrings, ears, mouth, nose, toes, shoe, foot, boot, walk, mustache & shoulders. She can point to her book about the ABCs that her Aunt Claire gave her and say “Aae-Pee-pees!”. This is new yesterday… I really can’t keep up with her! She’s changing so quickly I have to re-evaluate my interaction with her one a daily and sometimes hourly basis. If I’m not honoring her newly acquired abilities on an emotional, vocal, physical or psychological level, I get the hairy eyeball, big time! It’s pretty helpful, honestly. Her instincts are impeccable and she’s very sensitive (like mommy!- it’s a blessing and a curse, but for now it’s purely a blessing). I’ll offer new words, objects, tasks/concepts (put this inside this bag and carry it over here, for instance, or help me put the dog bowls in the cupboard and shut the door), but mostly I just have to stay out of the way. We’re both having a lot of fun :)
And the most recent first- Suzie just put herself to sleep for a nap for the very first time :) What?! :D Milestone!
Before long there will be pictures of seedlings and bare ground, I’m getting excited…