Do you prefer color…
or black and white?
Would you like to do out in the open…
or should you stick to out of sight?
|My Mommy and Me|
|Me and My Mommy’s Leg!|
|Me and You!|
Hi little gal. I got some photos from my mama of me as a baby girl. Everyone asks your dad and I “who you look like.” Most think you look more like your dad, and I’d agree. However, you do look a bit like me as a wee one. I guess that’s what happens when genes collide, right? You look a bit like both of us! I’ll post photos of your dad as a baby boy soon!
You are 16 months old today. Tegegne is your best friend. He loves you so much. You even let him be rough and tumble on occasion. Your dad is pretty fond of you as well. And so is Grandpa Ben. Those boys, what have you done to them? You’re also my little buddy and I totally love relaxing with you. You’re now saying “Up Peese,” you rub my belly and say ba-bee, you dance with or without music. We love you, kid.
Are you a day dreamer? Or does daydreaming frighten you because it often sends security right out the door? Or maybe you need to understand everything before a grand idea can come about. Does daydreaming seem like a waste of time because you are motivated by productivity and success?
Michael learned quickly that I love change, daydream often, get carried away, and get reeled back in (by him!), and we continue on. I am an adventurer. Motivated by the need to be happy and plan enjoyable activities, to contribute to the world, and to avoid suffering and pain.
Do you feel like you know yourself and the personalities of those around you? It was so good for me to realize that just because I constantly want to plan enjoyable activities, doesn’t mean everyone else wants to attend them! It is quite good to have peaceful evenings at home.
Being married, I find it so helpful when I consider Michael’s personality along with my own as we do life together. Then there is our children’s personalities. We are really seeing Tegegne’s come forth lately! Michael noted that it’s so interesting that we do not know the genes or personalities of his birth parents. He realized this as he sees Hensley do things just as he did at her age.
I must take time to stop and think.
(These thoughts were empowered by the Enneagram. photo.)
Hi there. I’ll start by saying what Olivia’s mom says, “You wear me out, but I love you.” You are so thoughtful, intuitive, funny, and wild, strong-willed, and full of life! Friends say you are mellowing out a bit. You can entertain yourself, and I appreciate that. If I don’t stick to my effective “timeout” 1-2-3 counting, I’ll find myself in a discussion with you that is not necessary. I must remember, even though I count a lot, that it’s still the most effective way of discipline.
You and Ababayeh rode bikes along all of Cliff Drive the other night. He was so proud of you. Many hours have been spent in your sandbox already. You love that thing. I don’t record our conversations that often, but like most kids your age you say lots of funny things.
Here’s a bit from this morning:
T: “Penguins make a circle so they can get cool! They just come together…”
T: “Mom, what if I had a “deck” on my back?
M: “A duck?”
T: “No, a deck! Like Ababayeh is going to build in the back yard.”
M: “Oh, well I guess people would walk on your back.”
T: “But not without asking first, right?”
T: “If you were a chocolate mommy, Fields would be chocolate, right?”
M: “Tegegne, what is the rule with Hensley on the stairs?”
T: “Not to touch her…but I was just helping her. She was in danger.”
T: “I can’t wait to go to the swimming pool and meet Ababayeh there!”
We love you son,