These sisters can’t get enough of their little brother. If he is up and not nursing, then his time is demanded upon by the girls. After placing him in the bumbo yesterday, I ran to start a new load of laundry. When I came back, the girls had joined with him in a reading circle, all cozied up with blankets, in all stages of dress-up, taking turns reading to him from his little books. And how he loved it – how he loves them. I’m seeing the twins especially in such an older light now that they’re actively taking part in caring for the baby.
I let the girls take their baby dolls on a walk all by themselves today. Keith and I have always hovered close when we’re all outside, but since moving from our busy street in the Urban Core to a sleepy suburban neighborhood, I’ve slowly realized that perhaps I can let them go. A little. We’ve started small by allowing them free reign of the yard, both front and back, while I’m in the kitchen. But today it was time to let them go farther. It was the middle of the day when our cul de sac was even emptier than usual, I told them precisely which driveways they could walk between, and then I stood on our own driveway and watched them the entire time. But they walked tall and confident, like they knew just what they were doing. Like they were more than ready for this freedom, and maybe it’s just their cautious mama holding them back?
The twins collected fruit that had fallen on the sidewalk. Adeline walked like a princess. The twins could dig in the dirt all day, Adeline would just as soon help me wash the dishes.