Friday, August 03, 2007

Sister and Brother


Little Petunia will soon be 21 months, on Juj’s 11th birthday to be exact. We are starting to feel more balanced as a family as the boat has been tilted towards the "baby" for close to two years. Petunia now chats and plays with Juj and despite their age difference there is still a lot of the both of them shrieking "mine!" They enjoy watching Charlie and Lola together, eating Juj’s homemade Popsicles, making sour faces together, teasing each other and hogging the couch. They play together, Juj building houses with hallways and windows, Petunia jamming as many animals in and knocking it down. Juj has taught her a number of words lately and she seems to be at a stage where she will try to say anything. "Say enzyme," says Juj sweetly, "say small intestines, say stinky toes." And she does, at least she tries.

Her favorites phrases these days are:
"Read now!" Juj taught her this one...
"Sit down... "da play!" A very strong suggestion...
"Park... mine" That’s my park and we’d better stop now!
"Hi da mama!" Oh hi, you're still here, nice!
"No, not!" Applies to diaper changes, yucky foods, leaving grandma’s, going inside, etc.

As July was a month of non-stop socializing and trying to cram every summer activity in before the short season ends, it is my hope that August will be slower and more mellow as we prepare for fall classes, daycare and sixth grade. Juj I’m sure won’t agree with me and is spending long days and nights at fairs, water parks, beaches, bike races, outdoor music fests, backyard BBQ’s and the like. Petunia and I have been visiting the daycare and working up to longer and longer separations. It feels right to me to start her at the center a few days a week this fall and that is a relief. I feel as if we’ve reached a milestone, as if I am ready to release her in some small way into the world to learn to trust others, to get along with people who are different, to begin to deal with small groups of kids in small doses and continue to learn to communicate. Plus they have water tables, lofts, slides, swings, fish, a pretend kitchen and art hanging from tall ceilings! So, here is to the toddler and pre-teen years, and me continuing that slow process of letting go...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

THey will always be are little babies!