Every Wednesday I write a post to reflect on any big events in our family’s life, along with all of the small changes and new developments I notice with Annabelle during the week. Life moves so quickly, and this is my way of keeping track – my virtual scrapbook, if you will. If you write a post, or put together a collection of photos, to record the happenings with your own children or family, I’d love to have you link up so I can follow along. There’s a link-up at the bottom of this post for anyone who would like to join. This year, I’m also participating in Mamatography, a 366 day photo challenge, started by Luschka at Diary of a First Child, and this weekly update seems the perfect time to post the photos I take during the week, so you’ll see them scattered about in each post.
It was a slightly busy and very sad week around here as we said farewell to some great friends. I don’t know if it’s the nature of this island, where so few people plan to stay forever, the need we all have for support during this stage of parenting and life, or something else entirely, but I still can’t believe what incredible friendships we have been able to form in our short time here. It’s wonderful, and makes it a bummer to say goodbye. The day they left, Annabelle asked for P and I reminded her that they went on an airplane to their new house. She did not like that, and told me so, “Not wanting them to do that.” Thank goodness for Skype and vacations – I love knowing that Annabelle will be able to maintain a connection with her first best friends.
Despite the sad bits associated with our week, Annabelle has continued to find laughter in even very small things. Yesterday, we Skyped with her “Grandma Great and Grandpa Great” (my grandparents) and she showed them her animal models once again, telling them the buffalo was a “watermelon,” and laughing heartily at her own joke.
Another thing I have noticed with her is how very tuned in she is to different foods and flavors. I don’t know if it’s a by-product of the way she has experienced food (Baby-Led Weaning?), growing so many herbs ourselves, or if she just naturally has a very refined palate, but I’ve been thoroughly impressed. I made some basil-tofu ricotta, which involves mixing a variety of things into a pound of silken tofu, including a teaspoon of dried basil. Annabelle, who had not watched me make it, came along afterward and wanted a bite. Upon tasting it, she declared, “has basil in it!” She also noted the tiny flecks of chocolate in her special treat of organic animal crackers – a flavor I thought was far from prominent. She amazes me with the subtleties she picks up on.
A is also very into the camera lately, which makes it much easier for me to remember to take a photo each day, “Mommy, take a picture.” The quality of the pictures, however, has suffered, since she is usually running over to look at the result before I actually have a chance to take one, like in the above when she posed for all of two seconds with fruit stickers all over her torso. Word to the wise, the adhesive sticks around. There are still traces of it on A’s skin four days later. We won’t be doing that again!
She’s occupying herself for much longer stretches of time, which is helpful when I have a lot of work to get done. It’s also just great to see how content and secure she is in her own company. The funny thing lately is that she spends very little time with the carefully designed activities on her shelf, and a great deal of time in activities of her own invention. Early this week, I opened up the pantry to find a wool dryer ball, asleep on a small plate on the bottom shelf, with a lovely soft washcloth for a blanket. Almost daily, she asks me to get out the yoga mat and, if I’m not available to do a video with her, she happily practices quietly on her own. Since I wasn’t up for a session on Monday, she brought the dvd case from our prenatal yoga dvd to her mat as inspiration.
She has always been an independent person in her own unique way, very resistant to help and instruction on most things. Lately, I have seen a balance appearing there, with her asking for help on things she’s struggling with, and willingly accepting it. At the same time, she has started very carefully enunciating the word, “help.” I absolutely love her independence, but it’s hard to see her frustrated when she’s unwilling to let me help, so this has been nice.
Sleep continued to be a bit of a challenge this week, but I think we’re settling into a nice groove about now. I just need to figure out naps, which are only happening about half the time lately despite clear signs that they’re needed. There will definitely be a sleep post in the very near future! I’m sure we’ll get it all worked out and settle into a nice groove just in time to move across the globe, battle the jet lag, and welcome a newborn into our family. Ah, well.
What’s new with your family this week?