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The little things

Like most people I know--ok, I'm exaggerating an assumption--I have a million and one things I'd like to blog about.  I fully intend to share things that I find interesting, beautiful, moving, things that make me wonder, that make me smile, things that irritate me, or things I want to record for my own memory.  But the days slip by and I don't get around to it.  Tonight, though, I want to do one of those record-for-posterity's-sake posts, though, so that, someday, when Soëlie asks, I'll be able to tell her when she did such and such.



So today: Soëlie does not agree with the time change at all (in Europe, it is the last Saturday--ok, Sunday, actually--of October), but despite that, we had a good day, a really good day.

The sky was brilliant blue, the temperature quite fine, so I let her play in the backyard, beneath the maple tree. She had a ball frolicking with the cats and the leaves, crawling about, doing her own thing.  

She's so nimble and assured now, compared to the baby girl who "just yesterday" was learning to pick up and let go of things.


At lunch, I let her hold the spoon and after a little help from me at the beginning, she soon had the knack of carrying it to her mouth and feeding herself before the food fell everywhere.  She still can't scoop up the food by herself, but I'll know she'll be doing it before long. I feed her everyday, and now she offers me food, too, tickled pink with I eat what she gives me and tell her "thank you." Little leaps, everyday, and soon she won't be my baby any more...


In the bath, she was trying to catch the water pouring from the tap. It wasn't the first time she's tried it, but she went a step beyond and tried to approach the problem in a more analytical way:  If I can't catch it at the 2/3 point, how about I try to catch it up at the top.  Hmmm, no good. What about at the middle?  Still doesn't work.  I wonder if I can do it at the bottom, just before it reaches the rising water?

For the first time, she lay down on her back in the water and floated, never taking her twinkling eyes off me, a little bet-you-didn't-know-I-could-do-this smile playing on her lips.



frigg, footlingagain, I know I'm supposed to be in bed, but my love called and delayed my posting. :P  Tomorrow, I'll be in bed on time for sure!





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frigg
Oct. 31st, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Awwww, this is great. She'll have so much fun reading about herself when she's older.
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
She will as long as I keep writing nice stuff about her. It's in her interest to remain sweet. :P
footlingagain
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Such a good excuse for not being in bed! And the photos are so adorable - as usual - I'll have to let you off.

Soëlie is coming on so fast! Your descriptions are so evocative, too - I'm sure she'll love them when she's old enough to appreciate such things :)
mnfaure
Nov. 2nd, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Such a good excuse for not being in bed!

hehe. I'm glad you approve.

She is growing fast. I feel the paradox almost everyday of seeing her both as a wee, helpless thing and a little person capable of so much.
pjthompson
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, lovely. Thanks for sharing with us as well as Soelie.
mnfaure
Nov. 2nd, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
You are welcome, as always. And thanks for being shared with. ;)
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