See, here's the deal. For a while we've had the computer in the bedroom. But now, Amia is going to bed regularly at about 8:30 every night. Usually we blog when Amia's asleep. Now when we blog we come dangerously, very dangerously, close to waking her up. Unable to deal with that kind of stress, we're now moving the computer to another room in the house. This will allow for more frequent updates and pictures. Expect the move in the next couple days. Same with the pictures. Sorry!
But, there has been something really cool that happened. Last night we went to an attachment parenting group. It's a group that meets every month to talk about attachment parenting techniques, AND, perhaps most exciting of all, has a weekly playgroup! The people there were so, so cool. Talking with Suzanne later we realized how cool of a model it is as a child-development/family-development centered community. One of the cool things for me about attachment parenting is that it seems to view the world through children's eyes, focusing on what they're able to understand and their needs. So, for example, there was someone giving tutorials and information on how to wear your baby, with slings, carriers, wraps, etc. While she was talking there was like 20 things going on! Babies were playing and nursing, kids running around chasing each other, parents making sure their kids' needs were being met. And the teacher kept talking! And all the adults were listening! I completely understand the need to take children out of the room for certain kinds of meetings. But this was a real powerful example of a group that didn't exist primarily for adults, that accepted children and their needs, and their parents (who usually have to run around just as much as their kids) as part of the group. Very cool.
Last night we were having a study circle at our house. I just finished saying a prayer, and over in the corner Amia was sitting reading a book about a little fish. As soon as I finished Amia said, very clearly, I love you. We don't know who she said it too, or what the 'stimulus' was, but it was very, very great.
We here at by turns have experienced several exciting things in the past few days. One of those is the typepad template update! Woohoo! Also, we went to Heartland Baha'i School, a regional summer school in downstate Illinois. We got to see many wonderful and close friends, and many of them had babies! It was so fun to talk shop. The trip was also exciting in that this was the furthest we've travelled in the past year. We felt so free again. For a family that used to travel pretty frequently all over the continent, our little drive to Springfield, IL, was like driving to France. And it wasn't even that hard. It took a little longer. About 6 hours both ways, but that's because we tried to time things around Amia's naps, with stops at friends houses and Borders in between. Yes, I think we may finally be back on the road again! (Cue the music!)
Last night, however, was a little trying. Amia only had one nap the whole day, so we expected her to go to bed early and Suzanne and I would have the rest of the night together. Around about 7, after much tossing in the air, which she can't get enough of, Amia fell asleep exhausted and happy. About 7:30 a noisy floorboard woke her up. There went the rest of the night. We spent the next 3+ hours with a very tired Amia, two very tired parents, and a hot apartment. We all finally fell asleep about 11. That was a long night.
But, after she woke up early from what we thought was being down for the night we did go to the beach (I really wish we had pictures). If you've not seen Amia at the beach you're really missing something. First, you can't really carry her because as soon as she sees said beach she starts pumping her legs in excitement, like, I see it! Let me down! Must play! Then she digs in the sand with her little hands, tries to eat rocks, and watches other little children. Then she wades into the water. What she lacks in size she makes up in other areas. There's a little thing called heart and she's got plenty of it. With a storm coming in the waves were almost taller than her, but she just kept on wading in, with mammoth (to her) size waves pounding her chest and face. She loved it! I pulled her up to keep her out of the way, but again she pumped her legs to be let down.
I've finally come to the conclusion that Amia is a character.