Monday, July 28, 2008

Buddies At Last...


...or at least they're getting closer to being buddies. Irie seems to have come to understand that Willow is a little human and he seems to have accepted that she above is him in the household pecking order. Willow thinks Irie is pretty interesting and cool and loves to play him...if he feels like it. But it seems like these days he actually likes the attention he gets from her,(he will take a take pull wherever he can get it, I guess) until it turns into a beat down with some toy or another, which we always break up with our 'Please be gentle to Irie' chime. All in all, I think that a friendship of the most archetypal nature is forming....a girl and her cat...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Practise Makes Perfect...

Willow did a lot of work on her walk at Grandma and Opa's today. You can see Opa and Adam cheering her on from the sidelines. After all that hard work of course she took a dive bomb into her favorite pillow. Grandma has warned me that in no time she will be running...away from us...



Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Mischief Factor...

Ok, this type of thing is on the rise quite dramatically. Willow, in all of her beautiful toddler curiosity decided to see just exactly how many baby wipes were in the container and just exactly what it might feel like to pull all of them out and surround herself with the carnage. It was pretty cute....this time....

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Willow IS Walking!

It's official: Willow is walking! It began on July 20th. Up until that point she had been taking steps in between Adam and I or Gramma and Opa, sometimes up to 5 or 6 steps at a time but always while being 'coaxed' or encouraged. Then she just started doing it on her own, when nobody else was looking, just to get from one point to another. She still scales a little bit, when she wants to moved quickly, and she still does quite a few butt crashes, fewer and fewer each day. So let the history books show, that on this day, eight days after her first birthday, Willow is officially taking her own little walk on the wild side....

Monday, July 21, 2008

Willow Meets the Animals....

Today Adam took a personal day, after such a busy weekend with so little sleep, we all needed some R&R. We headed out to Echo Dale in the morning...the temperature was to hit 36C so we knew we needed to get close to some water. We also made a stop at the Echo Dale petting farm. Willow got to meet some animals up close for the first time. She loved little bunnies (she knows the word for bunnies and her 'sign' for them is to bounce up and down like hopping). The big pig, Daisy, had a litter of little piglets...when they got on mama to nurse we showed Willow the sign for milk and she really got it! She was smiling and pointing and doing the milk sign and had a full understanding that the piglets were having their milkies too. It was so cool! She also loved the calves and was a little nervous when this friendly one was licking her hand. She smiled as she pet his ear. After the farm, we headed over to the lake and had a great time swimming and playing in the sand and keeping cool in the shade. We left before the real crowds hit and came home to cool off out of the sun. It was a great day!<

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Willow's Garden Party

So, as I mentioned before I wanted to throw a little party for Willow, so she could have some fun playing with other kids....what self respecting one-year-old- would want to hang out with adults all day long? We planned a little afternoon party in our back yard. It was great to get the chance to share the garden with some people as I feel like I have been working so much back there and I wanted to get my 'garden pride' on an show it off! So, Willow's best friend, Milah and her parents Cam and Lindsay came over, along with Gramma, Opa and The Shannons. The girls had a great time playing in the 'water box' that I have had set up for Willow all summer and trading water bottles. The food was great, the cake was delicious, but Willow still didn't devour any...she picked at the icecream a little and that was it. The day was beautiful and sunny and our little garden party was a big hit! Happy Birthday, Girl! *whew* What a week...now what comes next?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Willow is One Year Old!

Well, what could be more special than your child's first birthday? It is certainly the biggest milestone on the calendar. To look back and see how many changes take place in the first year of life is simply magical. And to feel how quickly the year has passed for us as parents is almost scary. I have been looking back with amazement and wonder. I cannot believe it was only one year ago that I was going through the drama of labour and the birth....as I look back I realize that I had no idea how much the journey that we were embarking upon would change our lives forever.....

Now my days are filled with Willow, from beginning to end. Lately I have been so enchanted by how she looks - like a little person, a toddler and hardly a baby at all. In the morning, eating breakfast, my eyes linger on her blond hair, now becoming so long and curly....her mile long eyelashes, her amazingly beautiful blue eyes. I swear, I could hold her gaze in a game of 'see my soul' for longer than any other person on earth. I love to take this time with her....I know that those moments are fleeting and never coming back again...I know that change is an unstoppable force. Always, there are things that keep me busy, chores, meals, gardening, projects, things that distract me and engage me. Sometimes she accepts this and just does her own thing: plays, entertains herself, explores every element of the world around her...other times not. She clings and cries and demands to be picked up and held. So I do. I can do almost any chore one handed with her on my hip now, if need be.
I am happy to still be nursing her. At times it can be tedious, laborious, but I remind myself of how special this time is and I remind myself to appreciate it. Many times I don't even need to remind myself. I just do enjoy it. Must be the effect of those nursing hormones. It is the best feeling seeing how she has grown so strong and healthy. There is nothing like watching her drift off into a peaceful sleep. When she sleeps she still looks like a baby...I think many of us do. And when she does fall asleep, whether it is for one of her two naps or in the evening when she finally does go down to sleep, it is always such a relief, a gift, a breath for me.
Right now at this moment I can hear Willow and Adam playing together. He is playing guitar and she is singing loudly, at the top of her voice with "Glar-Gla-Ahhhh" and other syllables that she seems to know the meaning of that I have yet to completely understand. One of her words seems to be 'this', which she says 'dis'. She uses it all the time to point things out. "Dis...Dis...Dis" She loves music and she loves Daddy. Every evening they read, or look at her cards (she has alphabet card with pictures on them that she loves to look at)or play music together. Either one of us will basically do whatever it takes to make her smile, laugh or be generally entertained. And she laughs very easily, which is great. A simple game of peekaboo can send her into the giggles and Adam's funny face making can send her into gales of laughter....as does a good tickle. Her and I spend time everyday listening to music and I dance around with her on my hip, bouncing and grooving. She does her own bouncing and swaying to the music and I know that one day soon she will be doing her own crazy dances...
It seems like now I realize that this parenting journey is one that will continue on for the rest of my life...it is a one way ticket with no return trip back to 'singlehood'. But now that I can really see the person that Willow is emerging, I would never want to turn back. This first year was so completely amazing, I can't wait to see what it to come.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Willow Turns One....

We started off the morning singing Happy Birthday and Willow opened her first present from Mum and Dad...a plush rocking elephant. She hopped right on for a ride. A little while later I saw her head butting it, just to see how much she or it could take....pretty funny. She spent the better part of the morning exploring her new toy....



So we decided that Willow gets to have two Birthday parties this year. Why not? I mean you only turn one once, right? Well, we wanted to celebrate her actual birthday with Gramma and Opa and watch her eat that monumental first taste of cake.You can view the actual play by play photo essay courtesy of Adam's photography in the Picasa album (see the Willow's first Birthday link on the sidebar)


As you will see, she was much more interested in the presents than the cake and ice cream, which surprised me...is she really my child? Oh well, she just had so much fun with the presents...the ribbon, the paper, the boxes...oh ya and the toys..it's was lots of fun to watch her dive into it all.

Later that evening, we came home and Willow dove into the rest of her presents...what a lucky, loved girl! Thank you to everyone for celebrating this BIG birthday with her.

Happy Birthday Willow!

My beautiful girl, you are one year old today. I Love you more than I can ever explain! You've changed my life completely but I would never, ever trade it back. To me, there is no better gift than to be be a part of Willow's World. Have a wonderous day, my sweet babe...enjoy your birthday.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Willow Visits Calgary....

We had such a fun trip to Calgary this past weekend. It was so great to hang out with friends...and Willow had a bast too! She went to the Zoo and spent hours playing with the big girls, Seija and Bronwyn. She joined right in on the fun....and learned a thing or two about keeping cool on a hot afternoon.





Friday, July 11, 2008

Willow and Her Birthday Packages....

The mail has been chock a block filled with cards and packages for Willow this week. It is so great that everyone wants to help celebrate Willow's first birthday! I don't know who finds it more exciting, me or her! She is very interested...but she's going to have to wait until her Birthday to tear into them....

Willow and her Paper Rolls

Okay, does she look like a toddler here or what? Wow! She's almost one year old!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunny Day

Willow Walks One Handed....

We love to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon at Grandma and Opa's place. Willow is getting really confident with her walking...look at this one handed walk! Go Willow Go!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Kiss Me!

Ok cute kid, I'll kiss you! Willow has recently learned how to give big sloppy mouth kisses. I think she learned from her friend Milah who always lays them on. It is so sweet...she just does it then smiles the biggest smile!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Willow Practicing her Walk....

She's really getting the hang of this walking thing.....

Happy Birthday Canada!

Willow celebrated her first Canada Day at Kin Coulee park this year. There was a lot of fun to be had, balloons, cake, music, people, dogs and after a hot afternoon she decided it was siesta time. At night we watched the fireworks from our front stoop which was good..we could see them above the trees but they were actually quite far away so they weren't too loud....she was completely entranced with the sparkles.

Willow and Her Balloon

Isn't a child's first helium balloon an archetypal moment? What is gravity? Can I fly too? Watching her play is the stuff of poetry, for me.