As Hannah grows and changes on an almost daily basis I'm quickly realizing that things I thought I'd remember forever quickly fade as those sweet moments are replaced by new ones. I'm sure you can relate!
For the first year and a bit that Hannah was home I kept a calendar on the kitchen table, documenting all of the fun little things she did as well as her growth, weight and the grand entrances of her teeth! Using that info I documented those events here in monthly updates on the blog. After I went back to work and life got busier, gathering those details together didn't happen as often. I don't want to lose these moments so I've decided to create posts here that will in turn be captured as parts of her books as each year I turn this blog into a book for Hannah to view and enjoy later.
Today I want to share and capture 3 fun things that happened this week. 2 of them blew my socks off at her skills given that she just turned 3yo a few weeks ago and the other well, LOL...it's reality with my honest little love! :o)
Wednesday evening when we got home Hannah said that she wanted to draw a picture for Papa. I thought this was a great idea ~ especially since I knew the plan was to enjoy our amazing, unseasonal 80o weather (in March!!) and walk to where Nana works after supper. She carefully chose a piece of paper and got out her markers and began to work away. I was preparing supper in the kitchen so while we were chatting, I wasn't looking at what she was doing. You can imagine my amazement, shock and surprise when she said, 'Mommy, come see my picture of Papa'!!!
She easily described a head, 2 eyes, a nose, mouth, ears, hair and 2 very long legs! WOW!!! I was shocked to say the least and so pleased with what she had drawn! Lots of praise and cheering in our house!
A game that she's recently made up and will tell you is her favourite is the 'money game'. In reality it is the leftover Chuck E Cheese's tokens that we brought home from her birthday party. We use those on the carpet to create shapes, letters, numbers and faces. I guess she was incorporating those skills into her drawing. Way to go Hannah!
The second thing that happened was the very same evening. (It was an exciting night, can you tell?) Rather than drive to Nana's work (approx. 2kms from home) we walked. I tried something new for us and pulled out her Baby Hawk carrier and put her on my back. She LOVED it and so did I! She could see so much more and we were easily able to talk to one another. When she's in the stroller she's so far away and as we have busy streets to walk along, the noise of the traffic often makes conversation a challenge. In the BH we could chat, point to birds, sing and more. She quickly exclaimed, 'Mommy, I like this!' and asked if we could do it again. Yay! Great exercise for mommy carrying almost 32lbs on my back and great for the two of us sharing time together too. At one point she rubbed my arm and said, 'You're doing a great job Mommy! I'm so proud of you!' Heh...love it!!
Anyway, the second amazing thing of the night happened when we decided to count motorcycles. We had seen 2 and a third passed by. I asked her, 'How many motorcycles have we seen now?'
Her answer was 'Three!' as she held up 3 fingers.
THEN she said, 'Mommy I want to count 5 motorcycles. I have 3 so I need 2 more.'!!! WOW! How did she know that? She just turned THREE! I give a lot of the credit to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show that teaches a lot of great skills including basic math, without the kids really knowing it. Way to go Hannah!
And finally, a moment to capture that still makes me giggle, even if it is a little embarrassing! Sadly this one happens about once a week and yes, it happens in the middle of the night or early in the morning and I giggle every time!
We wake. The birds are singing and the sun is beginning to rise above the horizon. A brand new day is before us!
And then I hear.....
'Ewww Mommy! You go potty! Stinky, stinky, stinky! You need to go poopie!'
Heh....morning breath as described by a preschooler!