Tag: Mara

Big weekend

We managed to make the most of our quiet weekend in Ottawa. It’s been a busy summer (just got back from a quick trip to Winnipeg!), so a little downtime is welcome.

James got our bikes up and running so we were able to take Mara out for her first bike ride.

He also set up her wading pool, which she seems to love. She figured out all on her own that there is a slide (I wasn’t in a hurry for her to discover this feature).

This afternoon, Mara and I checked out a kids’ gym for the first time. It was pretty hectic there, but Mara definitely had fun. Not sure if I’m ready to keep up with her on the trampoline, though!

Caught in the rain

Mara was having an odd sort of morning today. She slept fairly soundly after waking her dad up beforeĀ  6 am, and got up around 9:10 am with a confused look on her face as if to say, “How did I sleep so long? And where am I?”

She wouldn’t get into her seat for breakfast, but I managed to get her to eat some cereal while sitting on my lap. We also nursed on the couch a bit during a thunderstorm. Yesterday had been very active, with us going to Babytime at the library in the morning and then to the park (wading pool and playground) in the afternoon. But with all the storms forecast for today I thought we’d just stay in.

That didn’t seem like the right plan for Mara today, though. Between rain showers I ended up putting her in the carrier and we walked to the plaza down the street. I hadn’t eaten anything myself yet, so we walked to Starbucks for me to get something. I only had $10 on my since I had left the diaper bag at home and luckily my order came to that exactly (expensive!).

Mara was suddenly in a very good mood, and totally won over the mother and young daughter at another table. I think she wanted to invite them to come home with us!

On our way home, the next rain storm started (thankfully, no thunder this time!). We got absolutely drenched, but Mara seemed quite happy.

Now we’re all dried off and just need some lunch…

Open on Sunday

Turns out that our wading pool is also open on the weekend!

We didn’t know this, so when my dad and I took Mara to the park we didn’t have all her swim gear along. She didn’t seem to mind going in wearing her clothes!

After some time paddling around we decided to dry off in the sand…

She’s One

It was Mara’s first birthday back in June! So hard to believe. Some parts of the past year have gone by quickly and others fairly slowly. At the moment, James and I are loving all the new developments of the early toddler stage. (I know I might come to be shocked by that statement, so just thought I would record it now so I remember!)

We postponed celebrating Mara’s birthday until the Canada Day weekend. They say not to invite too many children to a first birthday party, but I think Mara was glad that we had 3 other kids there. And here she is with her first piece of cake:

Mara is mobile

We can finally say that Mara is crawling!

A few weeks ago she started moving independently, but it was mostly a motion that pushed her backwards along the floor (usually into a corner, making things a little easier on me). I didn’t define this as crawling, but others who saw Mara moving told me I could call it that.

After that, she started getting from one place to the other but in a mysterious sort of way. There wasn’t real crawling action but she would find some way of wriggling from one spot to the other. It was hard for her to cover much ground, but she could make her way around the table (for example). I would be sitting with her and see her move but still be surprised that she could, somewhat slowly, make her way along.

Then this weekend she came up with a sideways motion that lets her move forward in a straight line. She can actually decide where she’s going, and get there! It’s amazing to see how this reduces her frustration level. So it seems she favours the crab-crawl style — two hands in front, one knee on the ground, and the other off to the side a bit. Means that she can easily move to sitting if she wants, which we think she likes. I’ve seen her get into the full crawling position a couple of times as well, but she hasn’t been able to really put that into action yet.

Short video of her crawling to come!

In other news:

  • Mara is napping in her crib, for the third day in a row! (Yes, this is actually note-worthy for me. Mara’s usual nap position is in someone’s arms.)
  • Mara now says a version of ‘mum’ on a regular basis (and not just when she’s crying).
  • Mara also seems to have a version of the word ‘dad’ that she’s working on. Sounds a little more like ‘papa,’ which she came up with on her own (I have been prompting for ‘dad’ or ‘daddy’ but she doesn’t go for D sounds so far…).