pictured: november twenty fourth

I want to take a photo of each kid each week, to keep me taking pictures and to have a cool record of their growth. I wish I’d started a while ago, but there’s no time like the present!

Rowan, looking grown up
Rowan - November 24

Lucy, dancing to her favourite song (Ride This Out by Imaginary Cities)
Lucy - November 24

Clara, also looking grown up now that she’s eleven months
Clara - November 24

pictured: last week

Apologies that these are all phone pictures. But phone pictures are better than no pictures!

We went to Birds Hill to hit the beach. It was lovely.

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Lucy is “playing” soccer this spring.

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We went for an explore and found a new park.

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And some lovely yards and houses on the way home.

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I have a fuchsia hanging up by the door and Rowan picked me a flower.

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And I’ve started two baby sweaters.

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hey there

Again with a long gap in posting. I keep thinking I should just give up, but I still like my blog, so instead I’ll just let it be what it is. It might become less about the kiddos and more about the stuff I make. Or maybe write, if I ever get around to writing all the ideas in my head. Or just continue to be random and sporadic and read by my mom and a few of my friends. That’s okay! I don’t want to be a viral sensation anyway. I don’t want to live in a fishbowl with everyone evaluating all my life choices.

So, here’s a listy list of what’s up these days:

– I have two births this summer. Yes, really! One is soon. I’m excited to get back to doula work but a bit nervous about the Clara situation.
– The Clara situation is that this girl does not like to sleep on her own, won’t take a bottle, doesn’t nap much, and needs a lot of snuggles. It’s lovely, but also challenging. I do have other children and a raging sleep deficit. Aiee!
– But she’s still the cutest little muffin you ever did see.
– Rowan is very two.
– Lucy has her preschool orientation tomorrow. She’s also in soccer and doing a great job. She wants to be an architect these days, and I keep finding very interesting structures built out of all sorts of things.
– I’m still into knitting. I have many projects in my queue from tiny sweaters to grown up sweaters. Lucy has chosen sweaters for everyone in our family, so I’m going to be busy for a while.
– I want to be into sewing too, but there is just not time. It’s way easier to pick up knitting than it is to pick up sewing. So alas, all those ideas have to just wait.
– Can it please be sunny and warm outside? We’re so ready.

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growing up babies

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Last night I had a little cry while everyone else was sleeping because Clara is so big already. She doesn’t curl up into a little wombling anymore – she stretches out and has lots of happy awake time. She might even be convinced to take regular naps, except that regular naps would mean that we never leave the house, so we’ll leave them as they are for now. She has such a cheerful personality that is completely infectious. People stop me in the street to say how wonderful she is. She would be able to roll over, if her shoulder didn’t get in the way.

They’re all so big already. Rowan is two. He has these fantastic little turns of phrase – “how bout this one?” and “only one more” (over and over) and he mimics Lucy’s habit of repeating what he says for my benefit: “Hello baby Cala. Said hello baby Cala!” He can jump, sort of, with a lot of effort and earnest faces. He has to run and yell at the same time (and then he’ll say “TOO LOUD! TOO LOUD!”) and he is always “all ready to go!” That means we should go splash in puddles, or at least go for a walk. He adores Clara and is so gentle and kind and loving to her. She was the recipient of his very first spontaneous “I love you.” He is still such an old soul, quite serious (except when he’s not), and quite ready to be all grown up.

Lucy is terribly excited for kindergarten in the fall. Her imagination is massive and elaborate. She makes up detailed, complicated scenarios to act out with Rowan and it’s devastating when he doesn’t fall into line. She’s such an oldest sister, and she’s turning into a complete Hermione. She narrates everything. She comes up with answers to almost everything. She often takes responsibility for the family and expects to be treated as an equal (that sometimes causes… difficulties). Her drawing skills are still growing, and she has really remarkable penmanship for a four-year-old. Reading is just around the corner, I’m sure of it. She is such a treasure.

It’s so much fun to watch them all grow up and turn into their own little people, but I think it’s okay for me to be a little bit sad as they leave their baby selves behind.