So much has changed since August. When he's up, he's walking ALL the time. unless he's sitting to hear a story. or eat. Today was a big day - no more high chair, he's sitting at the table.
|yes, I need a good table mat ... today's improvisation was wrapping paper with painter's tape!|
All that activity means it's really hard to capture a close-up. unless he's asleep. Not gonna lie, by the time the morning is over, I'm ready for nap time. Today it started just before noon. After one reading of Where the Wild Things Are.
I've learned to make quick use of what might be 40 minutes or might...like today be a full 90 minutes.
|knitting. tea. my chair.|
You can see a glimpse from that last photo - the sun came out today. It's been gone for weeks. I was itching to get outside. So after nap and snack (thanks to Katie, I know a bit of baby sign language - and so does Charlie. more, all done, milk. he gave me signs for milk and more after his nap today; of course "after nap" to me would mean "snack" anyway), we went to Avalon. I haven't seen that many strollers there ever! We parked ours at the bocce ball court,
which is right next to the HUGE Christmas tree ... Charlie had great fun exploring the ornaments. and the lights. (we're gonna have "fun" with our trees this year!).
After that, he submitted to the stroller and we went to Whole Foods. He had fun flirting with the ladies shopping...and then we shared a vanilla gelato.
Home...and Holly was ready to walk. So was Charlie. Sadly, Charlie's legs ran out way before Holly was anywhere close to being done. My fitbit clearly has NO IDEA what it's like to look after a 14 month old and a dog. all day. 35 active minutes? yeah. no idea.
Then we played. read the same books a few more times. put the toys away (this is a new game and I'm hoping he likes it next week, too)... and then his mama came to take him home.
...I finished cleaning up, poured a glass of wine, and sat down to write this post.
I'm reminded yet again how wonderful this space is - to connect, to share, to document, to simply be - thank you for sharing it with me.