Rachel loves our dog, Zeus. She loves to lay on him, pet him (which in all actuality is just her pulling his hair out ), and to chase him around the house. She squirms when he comes in the room and let’s out a sound that Tim and I both agree sounds a whole heck of a lot like “Zeus.” It would even be a safe bet to say that she started saying “Zeus” before she started saying Dada or Mama. And if you ask her to say it when he’s not around, she won’t do it. She only does it for him. They are best buddies. They nap together, play together and even eat together (as in, Rachel shares her food while he waits patiently by her high chair). My girl loves dogs of all kinds–big, small, medium, hairy, hairless, black, brown, white–it doesn’t matter to her. If it has four legs, a wet nose and barks on occasion she is all about it. She’ll take a sloppy dog lick kiss over just about any toy you can give her. If the dog is in the room, she is probably trying to get to it somehow. So, it came as no surprise that she was going to be a puppy for Halloween this year.
On Halloween night we made our rounds to a few family members that live close by. Rachel had a great time with her “treats” and by the end of the night she could be found digging diligently in her treat bag for her new apple cinnamon puffs. After we got home we passed out candy for a bit then snuggled our little one to sleep. After Rachel was in bed, Tim and I watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on DVD. I spent some time reflecting on the fact that we have watched that movie together every year for the past 9 years. I had to count a few times to make sure that was right. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess!
Overall, our first Halloween together as our new little family was a success. Next up is Thanksgiving, the last of the “first” holidays for this little one. I can’t believe how fast this year is going!
While my husband has been away on a golfing trip the past few days, Rachel and I have been having some fun hanging out just the two of us. Unfortunately she get her first cold a little over a week ago (yes, I was a mess that my baby was sick for the first time!) which gave way to an ear infection during the middle of last week and she has been recovering ever since. This ear infection business really put a damper on our girls week plans.
Excited for a girls week!
Although her sickness kept us from having “fun” in the traditional sense of the word, I know I had a great time getting snuggled and slept on at the end of each day. Having a baby fall asleep on your chest is the best way I can think of to end the day! If only she didn’t have to be sick for it to happen…but I’ll take it when I can get it! 🙂 So for our girls week we spent the week playing and snuggling and learning how to blow her nose. We’re still working on that last part!
Please keep little Rach in your thoughts as she fights off the last bit of this cold and ear infection!
Over the past few weeks, Rachel and I have been having a lot of fun thinking of creative ways to spend meaningful time together in the evenings. My days at work can have a tendency to wear on my energy levels, so if I am not careful I could very easily find myself lounging on the couch in the evenings while Rachel plays on the floor.
Towards the end of the summer when I would think of going back to work and what it would be like in the evenings, I think I pictured something more along the lines of….well, The VonTrapp family from The Sound of Music. Complete with musical instruments, singing, dancing, smiles and laughter.
While I can’t sew any clothing out of curtains or teach Rachel how to recite a certain song, I can be sure that the time we do spend together is worthwhile and focused. With that thought in mind, we got out some paint brushes and a bowl of water and headed for the front porch!
I showed her at first how to dip the paintbrush in water and brush it over the concrete on the porch to “paint.” Rachel gave it just a few tries and then proceeded to throw the paintbrush as far as she could and then followed it up with some great big squeals and lots of laughter. Every time I returned Rachel’s paintbrush to her she would repeat her throw, squeal, and laugh routine.
Was it meaningful? Yes! Just in a different way than I had originally planned. I guess part of being a parent is being able to roll with the punches and move on.
We’ll try our painting project again some other time! 🙂
What are some fun things you do with your little ones? We are always interested in tips to help add a little spice to our evenings!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
What a whirlwind of a week it has been! The first week of school has left me feeling a mixture of emotions ranging from sadness (about leaving my girl) to excitement for the upcoming school year and just about everything in between. The mornings this week seemed to get harder instead of easier for me as the days went on. By the end of the week, I felt like a kid counting down the minutes until Christmas when I thought of spending all weekend with my baby. Rachel, on the other hand, spends her days as happy as a lark as I am told, so atleast I do not have to worry about her! I know that she is very happy during the day and that is very much a relief to me. Please pray that it gets easier for me to say goodbye to Rachel in the morning. I LOVE my job and my students (and even their families!) and am so thankful for being able to teach in a school I love with so many great colleagues around me, but I never thought saying goodbye to my little one would be SO hard to do!
This weekend I have had the chance to relax, sleep in and snuggle, snuggle, snuggle! I can’t believe how fast my girl is growing, it seems as if she learns something new every day! She went from crawling to standing to “cruising” to clapping in what seemed like a matter of seconds! With time moving so quickly, I wanted to be sure that we had some good “meaningful” play in together this weekend. There is nothing that I look forward to more than sitting on the floor and playing with Rachel. It is the highlight of my day everyday!
Since we moved last December we have accumulated tons and tons (and I mean tons!) of moving boxes. Most of them have been taken apart and stored in our attic incase we ever move again–even though I swore last December that we would never move again! Moving at any point is stressful, but we chose to do it two weeks before Rachel was born and it totally pushed me over the edge! I will never move again!! Unless it’s somewhere that has a beach, in that case, I’d pack up in a nano-second!
Since Rachel is crawling pretty quickly these days, I thought she would enjoy a simple obstacle course to crawl through. We brought some boxes into our living room and propped both ends open and the fun began!
At first Rachel was a little unsure of what she was supposed to do. At one point she even collapsed the box and started patting it. After explaining to her that she is supposed to crawl through the box, not break it (yes, she’s very advanced ;)) I decided to use the flaps on the end to play “Peek-A-Boo” with her hoping to distract her from her recent box breaking discovery.
Once she started laughing and giggling from our “Peek-A-Boo” game, all she wanted to do was crawl over to me! Leave it to “Peek-A-Boo” to get her motivated to crawl through! Once she figured out how it worked, she spent quite a bit of time crawling from Mommy and then back to Daddy and Zeus waiting for her on the other side. Who said toys have to be expensive? You never know what you might come up with when you “think outside the box!”
What are some fun and inexpensive play activities you have tried?
I am doing my best to hang on to every last bit of sweetness that comes along with summertime. This summer has been the best summer of my life, mainly because I got to spend every single day of it doing what I love to do most–play with my girl! It’s amazing how perspectives change once you have children and what used to be fun is still fun, just not as enticing as it once was!
I remember people telling me before I had Rachel about this change but I just couldn’t imagine how your whole world could shift in an instant. But it really does. I view the world news differently, look at reality tv (guilty pleasure..) differently and even listen to different music when she’s around. There is just something about the innocence and sweetness of my baby that I want to protect and preserve.
Forgive me for going a little bit deep in this blog, maybe its the emotions that come with school beginning and summer ending that make me feel this way! I wanted to be sure that Rachel and I spent our last official day of summer enjoying each other’s company and having some fun along the way! What better way than playing with bubbles for the first time!?
Rachel followed the bubbles with her eyes as they landed on the ground and I could tell by the smile on her face that she was enjoying watching these bubbles surround her! As they landed and she reached out to grab them her smile turned to intrigue and then surprise when her finger popped each bubble! Each time I would blow more bubbles the process would repeat again and again. It made me wonder what she was thinking and if she started to make a connection with what was happening around her. I had to shake my head a little bit because I started thinking about her “schema” while we were playing with the bubbles…I guess you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher!
While we were blowing bubbles a butterfly started flying around us! It stayed for a few minutes and fluttered all around. Rachel was so intrigued and interested in this beautiful white butterfly that her eyes and head followed it the whole time! She is one curious little girl….
Nothing gives me greater joy than watching Rachel learn and grow and experience new things. She has helped me view the world differently and reminded me to slow down and enjoy the beauty and blessings of every day things. Do you ever have the feeling that where you are in an exact moment in time is where you belong? I have that feeling all the time now….like I was always meant to be her Mommy! Forget all this other stuff….this is my greatest purpose in life.
Here’s to summer love that will last forever! ❤
Playing with her carseat toy! She’s ready to go see Daddy!
Rachel and I had a good time with cars today. First we drove down to meet Daddy for lunch during his lunchbreak. The drive is about 30 minutes away and it is mostly a highway drive. At one point Rachel was doing her naptime “battle cry” as we like to call it, and I had to pull off the interstate to find her pacifier. After a few minutes of searching what seemed like everywhere, I found it. Somehow it became lost underneath her body, not sure how it got there but as soon as it was in her mouth she nodded off to sleep. We got back on the interstate and away we went for attempt number 2 to meet Dad! 🙂
We met at one of our favorite places to eat and had a great time. Tim and I were able to have a “mini-date” while she slept. Rachel was so surprised to see Daddy in the middle of the day! She woke up partway through lunch with a big smile on her face when she saw Daddy! Tim was drinking a milkshake, and despite Rachel’s pleas and attempts at grabbing his drink she was not allowed to have any! Sorry babe, not yet!
When we came home we played in her first “Corvette.” I took a delivery box from Amazon and drew a car on the sides (you’ll have to excuse the artwork, but as I tell my kindergarten students “It doesn’t matter how it looks, as long as you try your best!”). Very simple and inexpensive and it has kept her entertained for most of the evening! Some day when she’s older and wants this and that, I’ll have to remind her of the “simple days” when all she needed was a box and a blanket! 😉
These are the days….
Happy Rachel Day!
The 17th of every month has been dubbed “Rachel Day” in our household as it is the anniversary of the date Rachel was born (December 17). On that day Rachel and I do something special just to celebrate her. Today is Rachel’s 8 month birthday!
The day started off with apple yogurt for breakfast, which is an all-time favorite for her. If you were in my kitchen you would be able to tell it’s her favorite by the way she slaps her hand on her high chair tray as if she is demanding “more food!” and “faster service!” She is definitely bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning (although I’m really not sure who she gets that from…I know it’s not me!).
While she was napping this afternoon, I made her a new tutu which she proudly modeled for me when she woke up. We read some of her favorite stories, played with her toys on the floor and even practiced crawling a little bit. She rocks herself back and forth on her knees but hasn’t quite gotten the whole motion down. It should be any day now. I’m hoping that she starts crawling before school starts so that I can be here to see it. Either way, it is fun to watch her grow and learn new things every day! It might not have been an action packed day, but the great thing about life with Rachel is that even the simple “boring” days are fun and more meaningful just because she is around! She has me totally wrapped around her finger, that is for sure! Can you blame me?!
Have a great weekend, everyone!