Family fun: top shot.
Memories are made of this.
This week the little man has been poorly again. Nothing serious. Just a run-of-the-mill childhood viral thing, plus teething. It has been pretty miserable for him, and he has not been sleeping, eating, or smiling anything like as much as he normally would.
Out of desperation the other day I grabbed his big sister’s rabbit comforter blanket square (‘Thumper’ or ‘Sumper’ as she so sweetly calls it) to hold while he went to sleep. It just happened to be near to hand, and was soft and snuggly, which I thought he might find soothing. He fell asleep almost instantly. Staggering! Perhaps because it smells like her? Anyway, he has become quite attached to it, so we broached the possibility of her letting him keep it so that he could go to sleep with it every night.
Our girly has had Thumper since she was born. She has gone to sleep with him every night. She still does, although he is now a minor player in the bedtime gang these days (pride of place goes to baby and catty, followed by Bella the doll!). She was quite unsure about letting go of Thumper. But we talked about it and she agreed that she would let her little brother have him. No cajoling from us, no drama from her, she just let him have it. What an incredible act of love and kindness and sharing, for a two and a half year old to demonstrate. She had our hearts bursting with pride.
Laugh out loud.
Oh the joy of knowing that you can make someone laugh. It is a very gratifying feeling. Our girly has discovered that she has this skill with her brother. As he has her on the biggest pedestal going, she can do that just by smiling at him and pretending to laugh. Which then tips her into actual proper belly laughter. Which makes him laugh even harder and bang his fists on the table with delight. Which sends her into total hysterics. I defy anyone to watch these two at this for more than a minute, without joining in with the general hilarity. They are so sweet and funny together.
“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.”
Kate Forsyth, The Witches of Eileanan
Music makes me happy.
I can’t even give a name for this one, but I love it none the less. It is a completely made up little song that our girly devised to sing to her brother. Total gobbledegook words and a hodge podge of nursery rhyme tunes. It’s adorable. She can be being a complete monkey all morning, and then just totally melt my heart by sitting down next to him and stroking his hair while she sings to him. She’s so full of love.
This week has been a good one, with lots of very sentimental moments. Also some big steps forward, like our girly’s first go on the zip wire, her first try on a balance bike, and her amazing braveness with swimming at the moment. I feel like every time we take her to the pool at the moment she is taking another huge leap forward.
And our little man has been doing planks this week. Over and over again! He is definitely trying to get himself in forward motion, although at the moment he is getting places more through a kind of horizontal shuffle and roll system. Very effective, if a little strange! I’m sure it won’t be long though…