Sunday, 22 November 2015

The 52 Project: 47/52

'A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2015.'

Dear Ruby, 
You have had the privilege of spending lots of time with your paternal grandparents this week, and you spent your first night away from me and Daddy this weekend, at Granny and Grandad's house. Daddy and I had a wedding to travel to, and we knew that you would have much more fun with Granny and Grandad by the sea than you would have had at the wedding. It was such a treat to have an entire night of uninterrupted sleep, and thankfully, you were fairly kind on your grandparents, only waking them at 11.30pm instead of the usual 1am / 3am that Daddy and I have become accustomed to. Feel free to carry on in that kind vein now that we are back home - I wouldn't mind one bit! 

These days, you talk a lot about the moon and the stars, now that they are shining beautifully from 4.45pm. Sometimes you like to pop out into the garden first thing in the morning to check if there are any stars still shining, and you also like to comment on the lack of fireworks there have been since Bonfire Night on 5th November. It's a privilege to have an insight into your observations of the world around you - thank you for sharing with us, little one. We love you.

All my love,
Mummy xxx

Sunday, 15 November 2015

The 52 Project: 46/52

'A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2015.'

Dear Ruby,
Every Tuesday morning, we go to a singing group, and each week we sing a song about what the weather is like that day. You love this song, and as a result, we sing it multiple times every day. Each time, we talk about what colour the sky is, and what the weather is like. Without fail, you say the sky is blue, and the weather is sunny. Well, for the last few weeks, the weather has been the complete opposite of this. It's been grey, windy, and most definitely rainy. You bring one of your baby dolls into the kitchen, sit her on your lap and ask for the 'ra-ra' (weather) song. 

Despite all of the wind and rain, we have still spent plenty of time outdoors. On one of our many trips to the park this week, we collected leaves, and brought them home to decorate with glitter glue. I loved seeing how intensely you concentrated while decorating them. If we had a whole forest of leaves to decorate, I think you would happily keep going until you had covered every last one of them in gold and green glitter. 

You have also found great enjoyment in painting this week. This is something we have only just started doing, despite intending on introducing you to the wonders of paint a long time ago. On Saturday morning after we had finished our raspberry pancakes, you and Daddy spent an entire hour painting together, making beautiful patterns, prints, swirls and hand prints with your choice of colours. I hope that you never lose courage to be creative. 

All my love,
Mummy 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The 52 Project: 45/52

'A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2015.'

Dear Ruby,
I took this photo on a grey Sunday morning as we headed out to the shops to buy some bread at 7.30am. I love that you are up for going on walks with me no matter how early it is, and I love that you always remember to bring a bag. Even if we often end up walking back home to return the bag after you discover it can be challenging to carry, I love the way you make these connections between going out and needing to take a bag.
Today we celebrated the birthday of one of your friends, and partway through the party, I went to find you, and you were sat all alone in the conservatory, eating a sausage. Later on, you let yourself out into the garden while everyone else remained inside, and enjoyed a bit of peace and quiet. You often seek out the quiet spaces when we are with lots of people, and I like that you seem to know when you need a bit of time alone. I look forward to the day when you learn that I like to have some alone time when I use the bathroom : )
All my love,
Mummy xxx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The 52 Project: 44/52

'A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2015.'

Dear Ruby,
My sweet strong girl, sometimes with being a parent, it can feel like you are living in the thick of it all of the time, and it's not until you take a step back that you gain the perspective you need. Of course, I am talking about myself here, but perhaps one day this will help you too. You are changing and growing so much at the moment, and I fear that I have been caught up in the hard parts of this rather than the wonderful aspects.

This photo captures you perfectly as you are at the moment - lover of being outdoors, determined to ride (or sometimes just push) your bike around the garden, insistent on avoiding getting dressed wherever possible, wellie wearer (it took you barely a moment to master how to put these on yourself), and happy in the rain.

Recently, you have been wanting to spend a lot of time doing mark making. You are particularly fascinated by circles, and talk a lot about your marks being circles. You love singing - particularly nursery rhymes when we're in the car (five little ducks, twinkle twinkle little star, horsey, horsey don't you stop, the house song, hickory dickory dock are sung or played on repeat), and if I sing a song that you have no interest in, you have no qualms about telling me, 'no, no, no.'

Your language development continues to amaze me, and I love the way you talk about past events - it's such a lovely insight to the things that you remember. (Daddy catching the train and aeroplane to China this week, where Nanny sat in the car, Rachel's birthday party, jumping at the park and the tiny circles Nanny drew have all been regular topics of your initiated conversation this week.)

Here's to another week of learning and growing together.
All my love,
Mummy xxx

The 52 Project: 43/52

'A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2015.'

Dear Ruby,
I took this photo of you at the farm - you were at the top of a high slide, ready to come whizzing down. I love this photo for the way it captures the light, your hair colour and your confidence. 

I have always wanted to give you space to explore, not wanting to stick to your side when you are playing as I know this can be a hindrance, but lately, your adventurous spirit has caused me to have a few heart-in-mouth, stomach-sinking moments, where you have run off, and I have momentarily lost you. During our trip to the farm, you managed to escape from the playground and out onto the pavement twice, and I found you running down the road, away from the farm. Mothers need eyes like hawks, and legs like cheetahs to ensure the safety of their children.

All my love,

Mummy xxx