I’ve been going to this amazing yoga class at the gym.
As I was walking out of the class last week, I overheard two women talking about the Cinque Terre. I excitedly turned around to chat with them… my own impending Italian adventures just weeks away. (yay!) And we chatted for a good 5-10 min. One woman had just gone to Italy, the other was leaving soon. I was trying to get info on their itineraries, and half way through the conversation it hit me that they were both college students… and I was the weird old lady butting in on their discussion. Oops.
Why do I feel like I’m still in college?
So there’s that.
In other news, Lil has somehow learned to pick up stuffed animals and squeeze them into her chest, often tilting her head to the side to snuggle it right into them. No idea where she learned it, but it melts my heart every time. Also melting my heart is when she tries to tell me what that particular animal says — the monkey she’s snuggling in the above photo says “oohh ohhh”. This is during daddy-daughter pre-bedtime storytime… typically one of the sweetest moments of my day.
I’ve also been harnessing my inner Montessorian recently, trying to make sure that I’m involving Lilly in practical life activities to the extent that she can be involved. It’s so awesome. We started by keeping a wet washcloth within Lil’s reach at mealtimes at about 10 months. After each meal, we’d wipe her hands, face, and tray — in the same order (left to right, top to bottom). Around 11 1/2 months, she began to grab the cloth when she was finished with her meal. With a very focused look on her face, she’d drag the washcloth across the tray. Note that the tray doesn’t get super-clean, but it’s cool to see her participating in our daily rituals (especially when it involves cleaning up after herself).
We’ve cooked a few times – I’ve moved a small table into the kitchen, and she can add food from one bowl into another. Veggie lasagna day was super-fun: she’d help spread the sauce with a spatula, then move the veggies (that I cut earlier) from a bowl into the lasagna dish, and spreading more sauce and cheese. (and also eating all of it, which I think is not allowed in typical Montessori activities, but who doesn’t taste a bit of what they’re cooking from time to time?) Of course, we made a giant mess, so I grabbed a bucket with water and two rags, and she “helped” me mop the table and floor by putting the towel in the water and then pulling it out and dropping it on the floor, then picking it up and putting it back in the water, and so on. (Also: dawn mixed with a little oxyclean is an amazing stain remover.)
And more recently, her interest in the dishwasher has become a little more helpful. She’s our “silverware specialist”, pulling out the forks & spoons (after we’ve swiftly removed the knives) one by one, and handing them to me. This is most helpful when the dishes are clean. Not as helpful when they are dirty, but we’re going to work on putting them back into the dishwasher.
I’m watching her become interested in moving things from one place to another. She also digs repetition, screwing lids onto jars, and climbing the stairs. It’s so fun to see what she’ll do, say, or know next.
Also, she got her second tooth last week. I think more are on the way.
And she’s wearing shoes more often now, though I hate putting them on her because it looks like it’s more difficult for her to move in them. She’s not quite walking by herself, but I think that’s coming soon, too. She’s pretty happy (as in, laughs and squeals) whenever we take her hand and have her walk along side us. In this, too, she seems to just want to do what Jason and I are doing.