Saturday, June 28, 2008

Willow's First Birthday Party

Willow's friend Milah turned one this weekend....and Willow got to experience a little birthday fun.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Backyard Fun

She loves her little lawn chair!

Friday, June 20, 2008

First Day of Summer

These are fun days...sunny afternoons spent in our back yard paradise...I have a little 'box' of water with toys set up under a big beach umbrella...Willow just loves to play there. It is great because I can fiddle around and do some yard stuff while she happily splashes. Yes, summer is here! Hooray!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

11 Months Old!

Wow! Where exactly has the time gone? I really can't believe that it has been eleven months since wee Willow made her grand appearance into this world...and now she is not so wee anymore! We were looking back at some of her videos today from 4 months, 6 months, 7 months...she loves to see them. I can just see the little wheels turning in her head as she tries to comprehend what it is she is seeing. I know that she recognizes herself...and I tell her 'See, there is Willow...remember when you did that?' I wonder how much this technology will affect her earliest memories of herself. I recall early memories from my childhood that are connected to photographs of myself when I was very young (but not this young) Will Willow build memories around these first comprehensions of herself as a tiny baby? I believe so. It is just amazing to see the person that she is emerging. We already have a pretty good idea of what her personality might be like. She is determined. When she begins to try something, a new skill or game, she repeats it over and over until she finally gets it. Sometimes she gets really frustrated and upset...but she doesn't stop trying, even through tears or sobs. It's pretty remarkable, really how determined she is. She has a great sense of humour and laughs and smiles come easily to her. She likes people and has never really 'made strange'. I like to see her waving 'hello' and 'bye-bye' to people everywhere, and they are so charmed by her. She is, for the most part, so easy going and laid back. (As long as I keep her well fed and napped) I am loving this stage. As a Mum I have a lot more freedom than I did a few months ago. I can actually take my eyes off of her and she is (usually) fine . Whether I run downstairs to grab some laundry or just go to the bathroom, it is like a huge sigh of relief to have that that little bit of space and not feel the need to keep one eye on her every single second. She plays by herself a lot and I can see her crawling from room to room, carrying toys, looking like she is on a mission of some sort. She makes little play stations here and there all over the house. These little 'missions' can last anywhere from a minute to 20 minutes or so, just long enough for me to do some dishes, make some dinner or do some blogging catch-up! By that time she is usually ready for some Mum time where she holds onto my legs, want a cuddle or gives me the sign for 'milk'. She is still crawling and scaling. I have 'caught' her many times standing by herself, as she transfers toys from one hand to the other. It's almost as though she is unaware of it, and as soon as she notices, she grabs a hold of a chair or table or just sits down. She has also been taking some unassisted, teetering strolls with her push walker toy...and a couple big tumbles, too. (yes, the little scrapes and bruises seem to appear out of no where these days) You should see the smile on her face when she enjoys the success of a few steps...she dives in for a big hug and her eyes just dance! She will probably be walking soon, but Mum is in no big rush for that! I am often amazed at how much she can understand and communicate, and how much this increases everyday. I believe that her understanding of language is far more extensive than I probably know. I can say to her 'Willow where's Pugsley' (or any other toy) and she will go and get it. Or Grandma may can say 'Willow, wipe your mouth.' and she does. To see her personality surfacing is really cool. Oh, sure we get on each other's nerves of the things that drives me nuts her is hair/face pulling, especially while she is nursing or while I am sleeping. She is still a big nurser and she loves to touch my face and hair while she is. Sometimes it is alot more than just touching as she gets her fingers tangled up in my hair, and yanks or picks and prods at my face with her little makes me want to scream! And she really hates having shirts pulled over her head, not being held when she feels like it and getting strapped into a hot car seat...those are some of the things that make her go ballistic...and boy does she give'er sometimes. It doesn't bother me too much, though. I amaze myself sometimes at the patience that I seem to be able to turn on, like a switch. Even though I may be frustrated, I talk in a low, soothing voice and the sticky moments always seem to pass. I guess I am growing as a person too! All in all this journey towards 'one year' is so exciting, rewarding, funny and totally love-filled. I am so, so thankful that I don't have to return to work at this point, because being with her is really starting to get more interesting, more rewarding and more important in every way!

Adam's First Father's Day....

What would we do without Daddy? Surely Mum would be completely insane by now with out him. He is our rock, our provider, our clown, our music maker, our relief shift, our strong shoulder, the tallest point in our little love triangle...he is all that and so much more. Hooray for Dad! A fantastic father is hard to come by these days and we're gonna hold onto him! Today is Father's Day and we are celebrating YOU! We had a great picnic at Echo Dale with Grandma and Opa and a lazy sunny afternoon in our yard. It was a perfect day...because we spent it with you! So here it is, our homage to Adam on his first Father's Day....we Love you, Daddy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun Times at the Park

For your Willow-loving viewing pleasure....

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sunny Snooze

We did have some sunny days, a couple weeks ago....geez it sure was nice (take a hint Mother Nature, that's enough rain already!)Here we are totally chilling in the backyard while Adam works some BBQ magic. Willow is catching up on snoozes while I work the crochet. I think we are ready to return to this now...bring on the sun!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Willow at Medalta

Now that the artist residency has begun at Medalta, we have been down to the site a couple of times to check out the gallery openings. Last week we went to the Earth and Fire photography show. Willow loved looking at the photos and the people, and so did I. Here she is checking out one of the restored brick really is a beautiful setting especially in the evening.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Willow the Strollin' Book lover...

Willow has always loved her books. She loves it when we read to her but she has also figured out her own exploration of them. Sometimes she just moves them around, stacks them up and plays with them like they are blocks. Other times I see her quietly and intently turning the pages, pointing, and basically reading the pictures. Sometimes she babbles away as she looks as them. Now I always make sure that she has some in the car or in her stroller and she remains happy for a long time. What a brainy little one she is!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Mum and Daughter

As she grows, so does my Love....

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