Look who is sitting up confidently, has two teeth, and is saying Daddy! Little Ellie, that’s who! She’s also doing baby sign language – that’s her “I Love You” sign in the picture above. She picked it up on her own – I didn’t realize HOW often I do that sign with the older girls until I started seeing Ellie imitate me. She picks up on everything!
We went back to the Los Angeles Science Center yesterday! The girls were begging to go back, since we missed a few exhibits last week. They wanted to see the other half of the museum (it’s a huge place). Since Mr. M had his one day off work for the week yesterday, it was the perfect day to go!
Sometimes riding the escalators is the most fun thing:
We saw lots of exhibits we hadn’t seen in years. Some parts of the museum we hardly visit – they are a little out of the way, and worth the effort:
One of the things I’m struggling with the most right now is giving each girl one on one attention. It’s SO important to them. Ellie (8 months) obviously gets a lot of individual time with me. It’s harder to find that time with the older girls, especially with Mr. M working so much. Yesterday, I took Ellie and Ginger around the museum by myself while Mr. M had Paprika (9) and Violet (3) with him.
Ellie was in the Ergo and didn’t make a peep – but to Ginger, it still didn’t count as one-on-one time. She kept saying, “When can it just be me and you time? I just want it to be me and you and have our dates again.”
In retrospect, I probably could have left Ellie with Mr. M while I went off with Ginger. At the time, I was worried Ellie was hungry and fussy, and that she’d need me. It’s a tough balance, especially when I’m thinking about how she is going to handle the car ride home if she hasn’t napped or is hungry. Plus, the other girls were already upset that I was having alone time with Ginger and not with them. Live and learn, I guess!
Even so, we had a great time checking out the exhibits we never get to see. This one was about the life cycle of an egg/chicken.
Then, after the museum, we drove back to our neighborhood and went to Barnes and Noble for some free air-conditioning and to grab a bite in the Cafe. This is me with Ellie back in the kids’ section – our favorite hang-out!
I gave Ellie to Mr. M and had a mini-date by myself with Paprika in the Cafe. She read me books, and we shared dessert together. It was the BEST! She said, “I know I’m always thinking about the future and daydreaming. But right now, I am only thinking about this moment. I never want it to end. I am right her in the present with you, mama.”
We had a nice half-hour before the rest of our crew got really hungry for a snack and joined us.
I cherish these little one on one mini-dates as much as the girls do! It’s one thing I really want to focus on and be intentional about as much as I possibly can.
Ginger went crazy for The Book with No Pictures. It was a hit and she laughed until she could barely breathe.
Paprika really wanted this Minecraft Encyclopedia. I took a picture of her with it and told her to add it to her wishlist when we got home. That’s how I manage the “I want this” cycle of questioning when we’re at a store. It’s so much easier to have them put it on a wishlist and then see if they REALLY want it later. Then, they can save up to buy it or wait until there’s a gift-receiving occasion and ask for it. 🙂 Lots of times, they forget about it a few hours later! It makes us all happier, they feel heard, and they can feel in control of their wants/needs. Does that make sense?
So that was our little outing yesterday! I have lots to catch up on – so more blog posts soon!
Paprika reading aloud Click, Clack, Boo! at the Cafe yesterday. So funny!