One Fish, Two Fish

Anna, Month Four June 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month Four,Photo — leighnut @ 1:26 pm

Dear Anna,

This is the month of belly laughs, little one. You are such a happy, squealing little baby! I think you have a good sense of humor, because you crack up easily at little things. Your eyes smile, first, then your mouth, then out pour big belly laughs. Sam is your entertainment of choice. He is your favorite accidental comedian.

This month, you went to the cabin for the first time. I was wondering how it was going to work, juggling you and water time for Sam, but it’s been great! You love to be down at the water and you adore boat rides. This is wonderful news! In fact, you love it so much, it’s your favorite place to fall asleep, with the wind in your hair, the hum of the motor, and the call of the loon. As hard as it was, we kept you out of the water for a while, because there were late-season duck mites. Itchies and babies do not a good pair make! Finally, we dipped you in and — surprise, surprise! — you love the water! At first it was chilly and you tucked your feet up under your body, but finally your feet came down and you kicked. Every time I would dip your tummy in a little bit, you’d gasp at the cold sensation of the water. But you smiled the whole time, my little water baby!

Tummy time is finally fun. You can keep your head up high enough and long enough to play with toys. One of your favorite toys is your crinkle paper. I’m pretty sure it’s your mission in life to see how far you can stuff it into your mouth. You also rolled onto your tummy this month! You were irritated with me that I wasn’t feeding you immediately, and rolled to your side, then flipped up onto your tummy. How surprised you were at the new vantage point!

Your hair is getting blonder by the day, Anna. You have some very nice two-tone hair right now. It’s getting longer and longer, too, with some ringlets starting to curl. Strangers still comment at how beautiful you are and how amazing your crazy hair is. You love to have me run my fingers through it when you’re falling asleep.

Anna, you are so smart and inquisitive, wanting to be at the center of everything. You love to look at faces and stare into people’s eyes. More than once, someone has commented at how intently you watch people. I believe your wise blue eyes are a portend of more wonders to come. You are my greatest joy and my bestest girl. I am so grateful for you, my little Anna-Anna.



Mama’s Boy June 8, 2011

Filed under: Sam — leighnut @ 11:39 am

The other day, Sam and I were reading books before bed. He had chosen Llama Llama Misses Mama from the library this week and we were just cracking it open for the first time. It’s a story about a little llama who goes to his first day of preschool. We love the Llama Llama series and have a few of them at home, but we’d never read this one. As I was reading about the sad little llama watching his mama llama leave him in the classroom, not wanting to engage with the other children in the classroom despite lots of fun activities, I watched Sam’s little eyes grow bigger and bigger. When the story ended — with little Llama happy at his new school and happy that his mama llama came back — Sam turned to me and said, “Mommy, why did the llama’s mommy leave him at school?” I said, “Preschool is for kids and mommies and daddies don’t stay at school with the kids.” This was distressing news for Sam! He said, “I don’t ever want to go to school, Mommy. I want to stay with you forever!” And he fiercely hugged my leg.

Even after we were snuggling in bed, he kept bringing up the poor lonely llama at preschool. I asked, “Sam, are you worried about going to school?” even though he is not scheduled to go this fall. He said, “Yes Mommy, I’m very worried about school.” So we talked about it, about all the fun things he would do at school and how Mommy or Daddy will always come to pick him up when school is over. He seemed slightly relieved. At least he was sufficiently relieved to go to sleep that night.

I know, once the time comes, he will love school and being with friends for a few hours. But, it’s true, my heart melted when his little arms wrapped around my leg, stating with conviction that he wanted to stay with me forever.


Putting It All Together June 1, 2011

Filed under: Sam — leighnut @ 10:13 pm

Today at nap time, Sam and I were talking before settling in to sleep. I’ve just gotten my hair cut and asked Sam what he thought. He said, “It’s not good.” “Not good?” I asked. “No, Mommy, not good. It’s too short,” he explained as he tried to wind his fingers in the back of my hair. I said, “Well, it’s a good thing that hair grows a little bit every day.” He was quiet for a minute, then said, “Mommy, is hair like a plant? Plants grow a little bit every day, too.”

What a smart cookie.