Grant is traveling for work for a couple days, so it's just Maeve and I. We started our time together with a trip to the park. Though we live on the 8th floor of a large apartment building in DC, we are lucky to have a beautiful park right across the street where we can visit and hang out any time. When Maeve was itty bitty and sleeping strange hours, we'd head over there long after dinner and walk around, hoping the walk, chirping cicadas and warm summer breezes would lull her to sleep and they usually did. For the past 5 years, Grant and I have enjoyed Sunday evenings (during the warmer months) in the park listening to many drummers play together and watching a variety of people picnicking, doing yoga, playing frisbee, tight-rope-walking, and just hanging out together. Maeve now enjoys those Sunday evenings too and loves dancing and clapping to the energetic drum beats.
Last night there were no drummers, but there were a lot of people having outdoor fun and I think there was some kind of May Day protest (only in DC) at one end of the park. We found a quiet patch of grass and played ball. It was a nice start to some mama and daughter time.
I'm fortunate to work from home one or two days a week. This allows me some extra time in the morning with my family and I can also do a few things around the house during the day to catch up a bit. For example, yesterday while working from home, I was also able to make some sweet potato cubes, get couscous ready for Maeve's dinner (a new food to try) and put away some various toys, clothes and other stuff that had been lying around.
I work at the table when I'm home and as you can see it's generally covered with various things. This is the life of a growing family living in a one-bedroom apartment in DC. We are quickly running out of space, but we do the best we can. The table surface goes through cycles of projects, deadlines, mail, lunches, reads, games, pictures and it's always changing. I thought I'd give you a look into what's happening on our table surface today.
spray bottle - we recently got our maine coon cat, kuba, shaved for the summer. He seems to be happy having some of the weight off and is definitely happier on DC's hot days. However our other cat, Kati, either doesn't believe it's still Kuba, or thinks he smells bad, I'm not sure, but Kati is picking on Kuba and not being very nice to him. This will last for about 3 days and so the spray bottle is handy for when Kati starts to get a little too mean.
strong coffee - I'm a working mother of an 11 month old.
pears and avocados - and lots of them. These are two of Maeve's favorite foods and as you'll see in my next description. Having favorite foods around is important.
baby eating reads - maeve's eating habits have changed. She used to eat everything. Now she's being discerning. Foods are more often than not, coming right back out, but thankfully she's learned to give them back to me (or dada) rather than throw them on the floor. So, I'm re-reading some helpful books to see what options there might be for helping her continue to eat healthy whole foods.
bird craft project - maeve loves birds and for her 1st birthday party we're decorating with birds. I've also made her a few cardboard birds that make her very happy play with.
So that's my work space today... as an employee, a mama and pet caregiver.
One of my favorite times of the day is waking up with Maeve. She quickly pops up her head and her wild hair moves in every direction. Then she buries her head back down on me realizing that maybe that initial movement occurred too quickly. She then rolls around a bit, sitting up and falling back, I believe in an effort to wake herself up. This is where she is clearly more like daddy...needing some preparation and forethought before actually facing the day. But eventually she's awake and ready to either stand at the top of the bed, hold onto the headboard and fall back, then repeat fun acrobatics multiple times, or she'll read books. Since I'm generally still sleepy, I encourage the latter and grab her a handful of books to read while I try to wake myself up for the day. I listen to Maeve read her stories and make out words like "baa" and "quack" but I'm mostly fascinated by the inflection in her voice and her determination to share a good story...it's truly special.
I haven't been able to post much because I've got a lot going on at work and at home, but I've been trying to keep up on my picture a day even though I don't post about it. Here are a few to help catch up a bit.
I got my hair cut today. I went with a much shorter style and I think I like it. It's taking a bit to get used to. It's the shortest it's ever been. It feels great and I'm sure it will be easy and quick to style. Yeah for short hair!
I rode my bike to the Mt. Pleasant Farmer's Market this morning to pick up some goodies. It's nice riding in the morning because it's so much cooler and well, I melt in the DC heat and that can be very messy.
I showed up early and the market was already bustling. Lot's of incredible vegetables, flowers, breads...many fantastic choices.
I was on a mission for some basil and heirloom tomatoes. I'm planning to make (and freeze) a few batches of pesto, so I got lots of basil. It smells fantastic. I got heirloom tomatoes for some simple tomato and cucumber summer sandwiches. Other items that called my name, sweet onions and a baguette and bagels from Breadline. Here are all the yummy goodies...
Now I'm going to go try and get Grant up so we can enjoy a yummy breakfast of strong coffee, bagels and cantaloupe.