I haven’t written much lately, except for brief captions, so in today’s photos I’ll share more about GiGi’s latest interests and favorite things.
The dress up-stage has begun.
Gianna has spotted every tutu, dress and skirt in her closet that has any sequins, tulle or chiffon and insisted in wearing them again and again. Then she asks for hats… sunglasses…necklaces….gloves… or a tiara. She’s had all these things within reach all this time, but until now she has let me choose what and when she’d wear. Now every day is a chance to experiment with fashion.
It occurred to me to play a video of The Nutcracker Ballet and see what happened. Sure enough, she loved it and was imitating their moves and trying oh-so-hard to keep up. She grabbed me to lift her up when a scene demanded it. She had much fun and learned to say “ballet dancing”.
She loves picking the wildflowers in our lawn and is interested in blowing the many dandelions in our yard. Daddy and I demonstrate, and she tries with such vigor! Still, no real blowing of air- more like a “Pffff!”
I’m so glad we “seized the days” of recent warm weather. Two playground visits, plus more outdoor time. Now we’ve been indoors 48 hours and if I can help it, won’t leave the house for a few more days.
GiGi’s playground behavior is interesting. At our home and yard she’s Miss Intrepid, climbing on furniture, etc and basically fearless, unstoppable. Out there in the real world, she’s quite cautious and looks to me for the “ok” to try things. Even with my encouragement, she’s tentative. Part of it might be the many wild, bigger kids carelessly zooming by her. She stays away from all, preferring to play it safe and not be trampled. Better safe! I hope she makes friends in the future, and intend to make an effort (a calculated one, with kids closer to her age and few on number)!
Recent warm days:
First time down the slide! Wasn’t keen on trying again.
We gave Gianna art-supplies Valentine’s basket (instead of candy).
She’s been enjoying stamping markers, rubber stamps, and coloring pencils, plus her already favorite Play-doh and finger paints. These next few days will see even more use of these.
We are enjoying and cherishing the last weeks with a 1-year old. I hope everyone is staying warm on this last week of February!