Darn, it’s almost 11 p.m. again. I was hoping to get a few more things done tonight, like reading more of the midwifery material I need to have done before a big meeting on Tuesday, and also posting photos from Germany and Mexico because I promised these would be on my blog in the annual letter I sent out to friends and family last week. Most of the letters have arrived at their destinations, but the photos have not! Sorry folks. If you’re here for pics, keep checking back; it’s near the top of my list.
Many of the evenings where I haven’t been getting things done, it’s been because I’ve been getting stuck at the piano. The Big Band has a dance coming up on Saturday the 26th, so I’ve been practicing for that, but I’ve also been working on a new song. I was pleased with it when I finished it, and then I got disenchanted with it, but tonight I made some changes that have got me excited about it again. So I just couldn’t leave the piano when it felt so close!
I just wanted to write a quick post to tell you all about some of Jade’s new words. Today I heard two words that I’d never heard her use before: "lap" and "dance". Although she didn’t use them together, thank goodness.
"Dance" came first. I’ve been playing lots of music during the day, and we often dance together. Some of the big band-type music really gets the heart pumping, particularly when you’re swinging a toddler around in the air. Anyway, I had some big band music on this afternoon, and Jade came over to me, put her arms out to me and said, "dance?" How could I resist? She’s getting good at it, too, and not just in my arms. Charmaine came to babysit for an hour so that I could walk Nanuq and since she’d just taken her first belly-dancing class, she showed Jade some of her new moves. We have a budding belly-dancer in the house!
The second word came about when I sat down this evening (on the toilet, no less) and Jade came running over clutching several books. Normally she asks to be read to by saying, "book? Book? Yeah?" but this time she said, "lap?" instead. Despite being caught with my pants down (snort) we sat together and read for a bit.
Yesterday she surprised me by pointing at the koala on her toothbrush and happily announcing "lala!" I also learned that an umbrella is a "lella" and a hippo is an "ippo". (We’re making sure she learns all the most important words first, you see.)
So those are the highlights of the day. Hmm, I sure hope Jade sticks with belly dancing and leaves the lap-dancing out of her repertoire…