The 52 Project: 20/52

'A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2016.'

Dear Ruby,
On Wednesday afternoon when you woke up from your nap, instead of coming straight downstairs as usual, I came to your room with Jude, and we started sorting through your book basket.

'I love this one - Bobba goes to school.'
'I love the foot book. Bear Snores On is fantastic.'

We spent a good hour in your room - I flitted between jobs - sorting books to take downstairs, putting aside toys to take to the charity shops, nursing Jude, and all the while you just sorted through your books. It. loved hearing your thoughts about the different books in your basket.

Last week, you picked up a new book which Granny had given you a few days earlier, and proceeded to 'read' it. You knew what every page said, and it blew my mind. At this stage, you are using the pictures to tell the story, and recalling from memory the sequence of words, which is part of the process of learning to read. To me, this is no less amazing than actually being able to read the words on each page. One of my favourite things about my time working as an early years teacher was watching young children learn, and getting to watch you learn - my very own daughter - it's such a privilege.
In other news, you continue to be very loving towards Jude, who is now two weeks old. Curiously, you like to lick him rather than giving him kisses. I love the way you express affection!

All my love,

Mummy xxx

Dear Jude,
You are the most smiley newborn babe that I have ever met - almost every nap is punctuated with sleep-smiles which have completely taken me by surprise. You sleep for the best part of 23 hours a day, and when you are hungry, it is quite simply a matter of urgency. You go from peacefully sleeping babe to screaming within seconds, barely giving me a moment to pick up the normal hunger cues that babies give. 

After spending nine months growing you and wondering what you would be like, it is so lovely to be finally getting to know you. I love that you have lots dark brown hair like I had as a baby - this is how you looked when I dreamed about you. We think you're brilliant.

All my love,

Mama xxx