Here's some of the ordinary moments I've been appreciating this week...
This is my favourite breakfast face. This girl just LOVES her food. Its a little on the ridiculous side. She would eat and eat and eat if I let her. She yells "Ahhhh-men" (which for her means its time for food) repeatedly until something gets placed into her chubby hand. We had her 9-12 month check this week - 91st centile for weight, 25th for height... just gotta love that kind of maths!
When Heidi hits the sack for her morning nap, I head downstairs for my "Quiet time", time to sit and read the Bible and pray. Sometimes Ava plays around me; a puzzle, a couple of books, looking after her dollies... but other times she joins me at the dining table with her own Bible, a scrap of paper to write on and asks for her own "cup of tea" She's my little mimic, but I love that she's getting into a habit of wanting to read the Bible every day, even if its only looking at the pictures at the moment!
This face is following me around a lot at the moment. She is going through a REAL Mama's phase... she's fine all day, but from 4pm onwards all she wants is me. And she wants me to carry her from 4 right up til bedtime. It's lovely, but its not practical, and this little lady is sometimes having to learn the hard way that she needs to be OK with playing on her own. When I'm getting frustrated, I just pause for a second and remember how grateful I am to have this little bundle of gorgeousness trailing me the whole time. And sometimes, then, I just have to lean down and scoop her right up...
I have lost my big girl to the garden every morning this week. She pulls on her wellies and her fleece and plods down to her Huette with Babydoll in hand... she walks up and down the garden bringing me cups of tea and "dinner" (which usually consists of a meal of salami, sausages, ham and carrots - yum?) and keeps me posted on what Baby's up to. Heidi watches from the patio doors. Pointing and babbling and wanting so much to trail her big sister... soon, I hope.
Tonight Dave and I head away overnight... we are leading worship at a conference tomorrow, and leaving our girlies overnight for the first time. They will have a wonderful time with Nanny and Grandpa, but it does feel quite strange going away. Amazing how much these little people become so much part of you!
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