Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hmmm, I was thinking today that Willow is almost at the very last stage of being a baby...she is crawling but not yet walking. It occured to me that once she starts walking she would be a toddler and not a baby...and that is right around the corner. So, these are the last days of baby-ness, in a way, and it makes me want to love her and cuddle her so much more. She is doing this other really cute thing right now which is 'sharing'. Like when she has a cookie or other food or a toy that she is chewing on, she will hold it out as if to share it. I always say 'Oh thank you, yum-num-nummm' and pretend to eat it or whatever and she thinks that is just best thing. I really wish that I could stop time and just have this phase last a little longer of her burning around the house on her hands and knees, sitting and clapping with joy at all the things that make her proud or happy, saying Mum-mum-mum-mum at everything...ahhh, but time is fleeting and moments can't be captured except in memories. Life rushes by.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Time is Flying...

It is so amazing to see Willow as she grows into a little person. Adam and I both talk about how she hardly even looks like a baby anymore. To me she is still my baby...especially when I am nursing her and she tucks her feet up against my thighs, closes her eyes, cups her hand together...my baby...my child. She never ceases to amaze me. She has mastered the art of pulling herself up to standing, although I still have a hard time taking my eyes off of her, always ready to leap to catch a fall (and I do catch her sometimes)but just the the last few days she has figured out how to get back down into crawling from standing and switch from crawling to sitting upright. She scales everything around her: the couch, the chairs, the guitar cases, her Dad, me, whatever is available. Her legs look stronger everyday and the sumo-wrestler wide stance she assumes is the cutest looking thing from behind. Still standing on tippy toes, she seems more and more sure of her footing everyday. Tonight she delighted me as she sat upright, clapping, really clapping and making a clapping sound, not just banging little fists together. And as I applauded her accomplishment, she smiled and clapped more, so proud of herself. I can't believe how much I Love her. We had a really great playdate with Naveah and Kendra today...I don't know who had more fun, the girls or us Moms. Willow loved to see all the things Naveah could do, walking and manouvering in ways that seemed very interesting to her. I am so glad that she is getting the chance to play and interact with some other babies and I know that this is just the beginning. As the weeks and months fly by, I see her grow and change so rapidly and I know that this babyhood will be gone in the blink of an eye...it makes me a little sad, but mostly I am just thrilled to see her grow and change with each day. Soon my maternity leave will be over and Adam and I are making the hard choice to be a single income family, a life with no frills economically, but rich with the joy of being with her as she experiences all of her 'firsts'. I was reading a parenting magazine where the editor was talking about how amazing her daycare providers were, providing so much for her child, watching her first steps, drying her tears etc and I thought to myself that it was really weird. Weird that she would choose to be the editor of a magazine about parenting and all these parents would read it and look to it for advice, over actually being with her child. I am judgemental, I guess. I mean, to each her own...I actually feel lucky that I don't have a career that means so much to me that I would choose it over being a full time Mama. And I think that my upcoming exploration into economic poverty will only make me more resourceful and active towards anti consumerism and sustainable lifestyle, two things that I value very much. So, there it is, being a stay at home Mom, is, in my mind a subversive, political act of Love. And there is nothing I would rather do more.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Our Easter Bunny...

We took a little time to enjoy the park by our house on Easter Morning....someone really enjoyed it!




























Check out those teeth...she has three on top and two on the bottom!

Friday, March 21, 2008

First Day of Spring

This is what the first day of spring looks like in our neck of the woods...yep that's ice on the river...with lots of blue sky and sunshine too!


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday at Grandma and Opa's House

Willow loves to sit on Grandma's lap and listen to Opa play the harmonica...and then a little bird watching through the window...good times!



Saturday, March 15, 2008

Eight Months Old...

..and I can't imagine what life was life before her.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Willow in the Spring....

Is it really here? Can this be spring? Willow and I found a patch of sunshine and grass in the back yard on Sunday. She had so many things to explore, even in that little space: sticks, leaves, grass, rocks....I can't wait until the ground dries up and the yard becomes our domain. We have so much to look forward to!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Willow These Days...

You might not even recognize her...she is changing so much!


Don't bother me, I am looking at my books (it's serious)










Sunday, March 9, 2008

Willow: Full Steam Ahead...

So, Willow figured out a pretty major thing last weekend while she was hanging out with Perdi. You see, Perdida is five and a half months older than Willow and has pretty much perfected walking and manoeuvring her way all over the small jungle gym that Lola has set up in her living room. Willow seemed pretty amazed that another little person, like herself, could do so many amazing things. She had just perfected her own crawl only a week or two before and now it just wasn't going to cut it watching the world from the floor. So she did what any self respecting baby would do, she learned how to pull herself up to standing with the help of the little rainbow chair. She did it during a potluck, when the living room was packed with people, so she received quite the cheering applause. So, that was the beginning of the big leap, I believe. Now she seems filled with the courage to try all kinds of maneuvers throughout the house. This is it, the real fun has begun! Mama now has to be on alert 100% of the time, keeping one eyeball on Willow as she crawls and tumbles her way to toddler dexterity.

The week passed in a blur as Willow, (and Mama) were both laid out with a terrible cold...this was Willow's first...I don't think she liked it too much. It actually started before our trip to Van but wee both troupered through the weekend only to collapse in a big heap the moment we arrived home. We are on the mend now, still snotty and tired but Willow's mood is considerably better. She spent time yesterday with Grandma and Opa at the ZB cafe, entertaining them with her side to side jive and huh-huhing smiles. Which reminds me of another big step that she has taken in the past week or two...her syllables have increased from 'huh-huh' and 'ahhhh' into 'blarglely-googlargly' and 'amablagala' etc. This new baby-ese is the sweetest thing and every time I hear it, it just makes me smile the biggest smile. These are magical, precious days, as I see her development taking huge leaps, I can also see the speed at which she figures out new skills and makes discoveries about the world is increasing rapidly. Indeed, at one week shy of eight months, it is full steam ahead, with no looking back for both Willow and Mama.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Willow's Weekend Away....

We had a great long weekend away...back to our old stomping grounds in Vancouver....and back to Willow's birthplace. She continues to be an excellent traveler...she slept the entire drive to Calgary...almost three hours. We decided not not stop at all - why wake a sleeping baby? Then the flight to Vancouver was also smooth and easy...she is so good! The sights and sounds and smells of the city didn't phase her at all...and she seemed intrigued by everything. The only meltdown occured on the Skytrain on Friday at rushhour, after a whole day out...and to tell you the truth, it was so hot and crowed it was making me crazy too. But she did manage to scream the entire trip...go Willow go! The highlight of the trip was introducing Willow to all of our friends and watching her play and interact with their kids. Her and Perdi really got it going on in the play world and when we were leaving Perdi covered Willow with sweet kisses and hugs - so adorable! Here are a couple pics from the trip...


















Willow learning the finer details of a sippy cup from her good buddy, Perdi.



















Willow enjoying some fine dining on a swanky Yaletown patio with Sandy...



















Willow and baby Evan meet...I think it was Love at first sight for Evan, judging by his huge smile!
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She tried her first croissant....mmmmmmm! Fratelli + Continental = JOY!
















On the way to the aquarium with Makayla and Kieran....
















The aquarium was amazing! Willow squealed and kicked and 'huh-huh'ed' the entire time...I think she is starting to really understand 'water'.




The Beluga viewing room was really cool...
















So fun and so exhausting!















The gorgeous babes had a marathon of play!