Sunday, 24 April 2016

The 52 Project: 17/52

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

Dear Ruby,
This week you have mastered the art of climbing into the bath by yourself and getting dressed completely on your own. I love that today, you chose to wear not just one, but two dresses (in this photo, you can just about see the second dress that's red poking out from under your blue dress). 

I took this photo of you when you were playing a game of Hide & Seek with Daddy in Stoke Park. I love your current take on this game, which basically involves you saying, 'I go hide in the living room...you come find me.' Then you often come and find us instead. You get a lot of enjoyment just from playing with us, rather than because you understand how the game is meant to work, and just seeing your glee is contagious. You like to 'hide' on the sofa under a blanket with Daddy and I have to come and find you again and again. The giant trees in Stoke Park lent themselves perfectly to your version of Hide and Seek, and I loved watching you run out from your not-so-secret hiding places, arms tucked up and swinging across your chest in this wonderful running technique you have developed.

Here's to many more hours of playing together in ways that make us all laugh and smile.
All my love,
Mummy xxx

Sunday, 17 April 2016

The 52 Project: 16/52

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

Dear Ruby,
Our week has been filled with its usual quantity of highlights, and perhaps a few more lows than average. You and I are both starting to feel the strain of me being heavily pregnant, and how that limits what we can do together. We both find it frustrating that I can't cuddle you as easily, or run with you, or spend as much time on the floor together, but this won't be the case for much longer. On Tuesday, I had to go to the hospital for them to try and turn your baby brother around (he was breech), and as a result of this, you missed our singing group which we've been going to every Tuesday for at least a year now. That afternoon, we had this conversation:

You: 'We go to singing with Nicky' (singing teacher).
Me: 'Oh I'm sorry lovely, we had to miss singing today because I had to go to the hospital.
You: 'Don't worry, Mummy. We go to hospital later with Ruby. Don't worry, Mummy.' 

Thank you for your kind heartedness and for being gracious even though you missed doing something you love. 

We have been thoroughly enjoying the benefits of more hours of sunlight, now that Spring is here. This has meant a few late afternoon trips to St. Andrew's park, which would've been impossible to do when it was getting dark at 5pm. This often means a late dinner time, but you never seem to mind, and I am loving the rhythms of our afternoons - long naps and time outdoors drinking in the sunshine and fresh air. Here's to enjoying as much time outside as possible over the next few months.

All my love,
Mummy xxx

Monday, 11 April 2016

The 52 Project: 15/52

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

Dear Ruby,
Granny and Grandad came to look after you for a few days this week so that I could go and visit my friend Katy before she flies back to Brazil, and before your baby brother is born. You had lots of adventures with them at the farm, the zoo and the library, and impressed everyone with the volume of food you can eat. 
When Daddy and I are making plans for things we might do, like going to the park, we will often spell them out, because we know that as soon as you hear the ideas, you will want to go immediately. You have picked up on this way of communicating, and although you are a little way off being able to blend, segment and spell words, I love the way you repeat the things you hear. For example:
Daddy: 'I could take her to the P-A-R-K.'
You: 'Daddy's going somewhere...to the R-K.' I want to come too.' 
I love that even though you don't quite know where we are talking about, you want to be a part of the action, whatever that may be.
All my love,
Mummy xxx

P.S This photo was taken at Sneyd Park Nature Reserve - we went there for the first time this week and you loved spotting all of the ducks and the one little duckling as they swam about the pond. You did a fine job of confusing the ducks by alternating throwing stones and bread into the pond. Thankfully, no ducks were injured as a result of your stone throwing!!

The 52 Project: 14/52

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

Dear Ruby,
One great highlight of this week was that you finally got to meet your first cousin, Carolina, who is nearly four months old now. We went to Worcester for your Great Great Aunt Morgy's memorial, and all of Daddy's family were there, including your cousin.

My favourite conversation from this week:
Me: 'I'm feeling very hot.'
You: 'Mummy's got steaming coming out.'

I love the way you make connections based on your understanding of how the world works.

All my love,
Mummy xx