It isn’t officially fall until we’ve gotten our flu shots. I got mine at work last week, and this morning I took the girls to our provider’s office to get theirs. Daphne handled it like a champ, and though Mimi was psyched up, she lost it when she realized it was going to be in her arm. It was her first shot in her arm, I was a bit surprised myself. But, she recovered immediately upon seeing the toy prize bin.
Using the app “1 Second Everyday” I made this video montage highlight reel of Miri’s first trip around the sun, condensed to 39 seconds.
I didn’t feel like cooking last night, Matt didn’t feel like cleaning, and Miri was tired of being in the house all day. So, we went out. Matt didn’t want to bother with the stroller, and squirmy Miri didn’t want to bother with being held, so we just held her hand and she strolled down Market street. First we “browsed” (pulled all the books off the shelves then pressed the “quack” button in the duck book 492 times) in a kid’s bookstore, then we ate at Sam’s Sushi in Ballard. I’m glad we ordered Miri her own food, because she gobbled her sushi and slurped up all the miso soup. And also, I don’t like sharing food. Avocado roll, tamago, rice, and even a bit of pickled ginger were all big hits tonight. My little baby has been replaced with a toddler who walks down the street, reads books, and eats sushi. I swear I only just blinked.
Last year I read about a Day in the Life Photo Challenge, and although I couldn’t get it together to join the Flickr group and post my photos on the right day, I did my own challenge on September 20, 2013. It was just an ordinary day at home for Miri and I, during my maternity leave. I hoped to be able to do it again every six months but here we are, one year later, and I finally remembered to do it. So on September 19 I documented our ordinary day together, trying to take at least one photo every hour. Admittedly, it’s a fairly mundane documentary unless you have a burning desire to know how a 13-month-old spends her days. I remember to take photos of the milestones and big events in Miri’s life, but these “ordinary” days fly by, merge into each other, and change so fast. I’m glad I’ll have a snap shop of the every-day things.
It’s hard work being a waddler toddler…
there are boring errands to the post office…
and then grocery shopping, trying to make healthy choices…
Then you have to try to put all those groceries away, thank goodness Ted is always willing to lend a paw…
But lunchtime is always a blast!
It’s important to make sure that Ardie gets his exercise too…
Is Daddy home yet?
Yard work is never done.
Nothing is funnier than tummy zerbers and tickles from Daddy!
…then we have to read stories to Daddy before bed.
See the all the photos from our day on in my Flickr album.
About a week ago, inspired by the sunny California weather, Miri stood up and walked across the room. After her initial drunk-stumbles, she came to the conclusion that this walking thing might be even more efficient than crawling. I’m not sure who’s more proud, me or her. I’m a little embarrassed that I was actually worried about her not walking yet…but I guess that’s my job as her mom. Now I’ll just have to find something else to worry about. It blows my mind that a year ago, she couldn’t even hold up her own head, and now she’s running away from us in search of adventures.
I’ve also realized how my perspective on babies and kids has changed. I used to see little kids in terms of what they couldn’t yet do. For a example, a little toddler stumbling around wasn’t very coordinated or able to run yet. A babbling baby couldn’t talk yet. But now after spending a year watching Miri turn into this little person, I see kids in terms of what they couldn’t do yesterday. A little toddler stumbling around is taking her first steps that she couldn’t do without holding on yesterday. A babbling baby is trying out new noises that she wasn’t able to make yesterday.
No matter where her adventures take her, it’s always nice to reach up and find Daddy ready to help..