jessica: "before i was in your tummy, i was in the egg shop wasn't i? and i was safe and warm in the egg shop wasn't i? and the egg shop was in the hospital!" full of wonder of life and trying so hard to figure it all out... where she was before she was born and we were living life without her...
my little one is growing in leaps and bounds, as they are inclined to do. i have noticed so many changes in her of late. until recently, her confidence when in company of her peers is one area that has been lacking. we have attended a local play group nearly every friday morning for the past two years and its only been in the past few weeks that jess no longer clings onto me or follows my every move when we are there. she has found some independence and is no longer afraid of the other children. more and more jess is interacting with other children and adults, it is a pleasure to see such a transformation.
jessica and i have pretty much been constant companions ever since she was born. i have never had more than a couple of hours away from her at a time. then it has only been if she is looked after by her dad or big sisters. i have kept her close (or she has kept me close!) and been her safe rock. i know we have quite an unusual situation and there probably aren't many kids these days that have spent so much time with their parents. i think we are fortunate that i am a stay at home mum and haven't had to send jess to child care and as we don't have any family living close by, child minding even for a fews hours isn't an option for us. it has allowed jessica to flourish and grow at her own pace into the bright and confident child she is today.
saturday week will be a big day for both jess and i. we will be separated for a whole day while i attend the nursery with tim coulson. i am so excited to be doing something on my own, for myself and quite nervous at the same time. jess will spend the day with her big sister and is quite excited about it so i am sure she will be okay (and i will be okay too). little by little we will separate from each other.
i am loving counting down the weeks until we welcome a new little one into our family.
and this little girl is so excited to become a big sister, it is her number one topic of conversation!
we are at 24 weeks already and it goes a little way to explain why i haven't been around on this blog much over the last few months.
thoughts and priorities are elsewhere and getting early nights and feeding myself well have been at the top of the list this winter. come spring it will be all about organising and spring cleaning and preparing and at the beginning of summer we will have our new little bundle in our arms.
3. the weather has warmed slightly and the sprinkler has been in use once again.
4. the first ranucula has bloomed... and been picked by my girl!
5. "here's a flower for you mummy" and a few more blooms come inside.
6 & 7. we took a walk to the highest sand dune in town and stopped to take in the view before running through the bush down to the beach.
8. how this dog is loved. how sad that she is getting older and grumpier by the day. jess really needs to be supervised when patting tilly now as she is not tolerating much from the smallest member of our family.