Eva is quickly approaching her 4th birthday (can you believe it?!) and more and more as she grows she becomes this complex little person with her own thoughts, reasoning and ideas — ”I’m doing running and leaping so I get more energy. And I’m doing galloping so I get smarter and smarter. And I’m twirling so I get more brave when there is rain and lightning and thunder!” (I couldn’t make this stuff up!). I feel like I really need to sit down and write a little update about Eva:
1. “I have a plan”. She is always about coming up with a solution, mapping out a plan or negotiating a resolution. If something goes wrong or a mistake has been made: “it’s ok mummy, I’ve got a great idea…” or like today on the way home from our morning outings, Owen was overtired and crying in the car, Eva started to “shhh” him and just as we pulled into the drive away he fell asleep — “He just closed his eyes. I put him to sleep. We’re a team, mummy!”
2. A performer. She will recite songs learnt from preschool or reenact dance routines from her Saturday morning ballet class. Just the other day I noticed that she was dancing in the playroom and singing quite loudly only to realise that she was actually putting on a performance for our unaware neighbour who was talking with some trades people.
3. Confident. Eva loves to talks to “stranger” — asks questions and tells stories. Just the other day she started talking to a shop keeper who commented on one of Eva’s toys that she was carrying around in her purse. “I got these Octonaut toys for Christmas and I got an Octopod as well. My mummy said that I was a lucky ducky, but my daddy calls me sweetheart.”
4. Princesses and Octonauts. Eva is in full swing imaginary play mode and seems to alternate between the two obsessions. For the past week she has been reenacting rescue scenes with her Octonaut figurines and for the past couple of days I’ve had to refer to her only as Dashi (one of the characters) and she’ll correct me if I call her Eva or sweetheart — “I’m not sweetheart! I’m Dashi, remember?” We have a couple of books, including the Creature Report and I’m just amazed at the information that she has retained.
The other day I opened the book to the narwhal and in character, Eva schooled me: “The narwhal has a big tusk and lives in the coldest place in the world. The arctic.”
5. Cheeky. She is at the age of testing boundaries, which is normal, but incredibly frustrating. Eva has run away from me and “played” hide and go seek at the supermarket. Swatted at me in frustration only to lie and stay that she was just trying to give me a high 5!!
Everyday Eva makes us proud, she makes us smile, laugh, and a little frustrated too!
Owen Henry — 10 Months Old (posted 2 weeks late!)
Owen is such a sweet–natured, loveable boy. He is still cheeky and loves cuddles.
Owen has found his voice. He calls out, squeals and babbles. In underground car park, he hollers back and forth with Eva to hear his voice echo and loves to hear his hoots magnified through the microphone on Eva’s toy piano.
Eva and Owen’s relationship is growing. It’s so rewarding to watch. While Eva isn’t the maternal, dotting older sister, she treats him like a playmate—someone to chase her, blow raspberries at each other, and get admonished with together. They have already teamed up against Johnny and me erupting into giggles when the “get in trouble”.
He also now says “da da da da” for Johnny.
He is still a daddy’s boy and tries to stall Johnny in the mornings as he leaves for work—reaching, pointing, demanding extra cuddles and crawling into his lap as he ties his shoes.
He will crawl into our lap to read a book. He will request certain books over again by pointing or simply throwing any new book you try to read aside. His current favourite is Moo, Baa, La La La. He will now repeat and imitate some of the sounds.
Owen is also such a social little boy. He waves at “strangers” and is constantly smiling. He loves going to his baby stories and rhyme time at our local library and interacting with the other babies.
He is such a strong little boy — stronger than Eva was at the same age. He can now pull up, stand up, walk around furniture, walk while holding his hands. Although, he still prefers to crawl, and we’re in no hurry to force him.
Knowing from experience, they grow up so fast, and I am just trying to enjoy every minute that I can.
Food: apples, blueberries, carrots, tofu & meat
Books: Spot’s first Easter, Moo Baa La La La, Peek a Who?
Toys: Eva, Eva’s toys — Octonauts and Frozen figurines, Little Tikes Red Car, and the wooden Melbourne Tram and peg people.
Songs: 5 Kangaroos, Roar by Katy Perry
Poor little guy. Owen had been fighting a high fever over the past weekend and then a rash appeared all over his trunk yesterday — tell tale signs of Roseola. This morning it has cleared up and he’s back to his normal active self — ripping up toilet paper, pushing and throwing things off his highchair tray, and trying to drink my cup of coffee!
HAPPINESS IS EVA
3rd Birthday Party