Top Ten Tuesday time!
This was our last weekend without Dan, and we girls had a good time. I lamented the fact that my camera is currently making the rounds of Europe, and my cell phone camera, while decent, just isn't very good at capturing a rapidly moving toddler.
Paityn is at that age now where she is leaving babyhood behind forever. There were many moments this weekend where I was reminded that I'm no longer the mama of a baby but of a little girl.
It was so bittersweet.
We are so very blessed, and I thank God every day that Paityn is healthy and growing. But the time is going by so very quickly. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was sitting on the couch, watching reruns of Criminal Minds and Gilmore Girls, and nursing my baby for hours at a time. I thought I would never be able to put her down.
And now, she's playing pretend and chattering up a storm. She runs and dances and rarely wants to sit and cuddle unless it's time to sleep. She makes jokes and laughs uproariously at herself. She can entertain herself while I do some chores or make dinner, which I truly thought would never happen.
I feel deliriously happy and achingly sad, all at the same time. I can't wait for the next moment, yet I feel the present moments are flying by so quickly that I want to grab them by their tails and force them to stop and linger.
I had several of those types of moments over the weekend.
Ten Sweet Moments from Our Weekend
10. Paityn modeling her own take on the fascinator. Take that, Princess Beatrice!
9. Don't you wish you remembered the very first time you dipped your finger in paint and squished it all over, enjoying the feel of it, the pretty colors, the swirls and lines and shapes?
8. Strawberries and picnics and sunhats... summer has officially arrived.
7. It's amazing how something so simple as blowing bubbles can be so fascinating. They are very beautiful, floating away in the breeze before suddenly popping and sending tiny rainbows of soap in all directions.
6. It took an amazingly long time to tear pieces of bread for the ducks. She was very concerned about equal shares.
5. She spent a good deal of time watching the ducks eat her carefully portioned crumbs of bread. It reminded me of going to feed the deer and ducks at The Waterworks back home when I was little.
It's really an interesting feeling to watch your child do something you remember doing when you were little. It feels nostalgic and brand new, all at once.
4. I was so proud of my little girl for this one! She said her babies were hungry, so I suggested she feed them. Paityn trotted off down the hallway. A few minutes later, when she didn't return, I went out to check on her.
She had found one of my nursing bras, put it on, collected her babies, carried them out to the couch, climbed up, and gave them all "na-nas," (her word for nursing) one by one.
It was so very sweet.
3. After na-nas, it was time for a story and bed.
2. No more pictures, please.
1. And my favorite moment of the week: Paityn making a video to send to her papa for Father's Day.
I have indulged myself the past couple weeks and shared a lot of pictures of Paityn. I do have some more wordful posts in the works that I hope to share in the next week or two.