Clearly, these blog posts are very sporadic. I’ve long since given up the idea that I would try to use each post to catch up on what has transpired since the last. There’s just too much. Instead, I like to think of each post as a screenshot, a way to capture a moment in time.
In many ways, the more things change the more they remain the same. Lorelei remains in perpetual motion. It’s difficult, if not impossible, for Steve and I to converse at all during meals. Lorelei often inquires, “Are you talking about me?” and shows her displeasure when the answer is ‘no’.
Erin has been extra awesome lately, involving the kids in all sorts of interactive learning activities. The latest has them taking on the role of junior paleontologists and learning about dinosaurs. Lorelei is particularly fond of Pterodactyls. Today, they went to the Academy of Natural Sciences to top off their dinosaur lesson. We feel really fortunate to have Erin. She’s been a gem every step of the way. She’s planning to get some eggs to hatch in the spring. I can’t wait. Loli will lose her mind. (Edit: Chicken eggs… not dinosaur, in case there was any confusion.)
I measured L against her bedroom wall today. It’s been just about three months to the day since I last measured her. I’d say she’s grown about half an inch in that time. Not surprising, as I notice how long she’s gotten… particularly when she stretches out on the floor like she did today after her nap. The last bits of baby-ness are definitely waning. Her long limbs and sturdy body drape beyond the confines of my lap as we sit together in the rocking chair. She still lets me cuddle her though, so I’ll take it.
Sometimes after dinner, we watch something on the computer. L and I have taken to watching Ronja, The Robber’s Daughter, on Amazon. We both like it. Its a Japanime cartoon about a young girl, Ronja, who is the only child of a robber. She lives with her mother, Lovis, and father, Mathis, and his band of robbers in a castle set deep in a forest. Ronja sets out on various adventures in the forest where she is required to be brave and learn new things on her own. Ronja also just gets sheer joy out of discovering the world around her. Obviously, I see parallels between Lorelei and Ronja. Mostly, I love that she stays mostly still, nestled in the crook of my arm for 23 minutes per pop.
And with that, I’ll end with just some random things that L is into these days:
Still on a Dorothy kick
For a while, she was really into King Midas
“Credit cards” that come for her in the mail
Making bread like Mommy does
Owl Hoot, Owl Hoot (aka Hoot, Own, Hoot)
Blue has surpassed orange as her favorite color (thanks to Dorothy’s dress being blue)
Still likes to be tickled and have her back scratched
I’m sure there’s more, but it’s late (for me) and there’s bread to bake in the morning.