What’s New: Welcome to the Crazy New Year
Well, so much for my plan of getting a week ahead in my weekly updates. Instead I have fallen a few weeks behind. I’m just glad I didn’t choose “slow” as my word for the New Year, because so far it has been incredibly fast and crazy, crazy. Elliot will be six months old this week, and Annabelle will be driving by next Tuesday, I’m pretty sure.
No sooner did E learn to sit up than he started refusing to do it altogether, because he’d rather stand. I try to put him down for a bit of independent play, and he keeps his legs straight as they can be, more or less insisting on standing instead. Yesterday, he stood up on his own for the first time, grabbing onto my leg and standing up to get off the potty. He’s really comfortable in most any position these days: back, belly, bottom, etc, and looks as though he may crawl any day if he doesn’t skip straight to walking.
As for me, I’ve thrown myself into the preparation and upkeep of our new classroom, which, thankfully, Annabelle seems to love. Last week, I was able to steal some quiet while Elliot slept after class, and give Annabelle a presentation on the Pink Tower. There’s always that moment after a successful presentation when I determine that my work is done and I can sneak away and let the child engage fully with the material on their own, and when that moment came with Annabelle it felt amazing. All the time and energy I had put into the whole effort was suddenly, so obviously, worth it.
Timing has not been on my side, unfortunately, and the husband left on a trip the Saturday before our first morning of class. Solo parenting during the first week of starting, in a way, back to work, has been challenging, hence the quiet on other fronts. Of course the children and I all got sick after that first week, too, so I’ve been solo parenting sick children while sick, and thinking on what absolute heroes single mothers are. It’s a wonderful time to be building a community program, that’s for sure!
I have not replaced my camera lens just yet, so I’m still working with my trusty android exclusively. I’ve been holding out on taking photos of the classroom, waiting to try a lens a friend generously offered for free. Unfortunately, it does not work with my camera after all, so I guess I’ll be taking the very best cell phone photos I can manage next time we have class. I am so eager to share!
For now, here are some glimpses of life since my last official update, today’s photo captions by Annabelle:
I’ve been fascinated by Annabelle’s art since she started drawing more and more recognizable figures. One day, a week or two ago, she drew a couple of pictures and hung them on the fridge and her chalkboard with magnets. She then explained that she was going to look at her art, and walked back and forth from one to the other. We visited an art museum in the city not long ago, so I think this stuck with her.
The outside play on that last day involved me doing cartwheels, and Annabelle giving them a go, too. She wanted to do some on video for her daddy, too. What have you been up to? What’s 2013 like for you? If you have any updates to share, please link them below!