Toddlerhood is full-on. Wow. I feel like we are on the go non-stop. When we get home from nursery she goes down for a nap, and once she's up it's off to the tracks! Generally about 3 of the 5 week days we have play dates in the afternoon, and then the other two days we either try to go to the pool or run errands. But to stay home, cooped up (relaxing) in the house? No sir, no way. Her unleashed energy would make our walls rattle. I'm really curious how it's going to work when the little one arrives, recalling there were days on end when I didn't leave the house after Isabelle was born. Soon we will see!
Speaking of nursery, which she's been going to regularly since January, she seems to love it. I feel it's been wonderful enrichment for her and the playtime she gets with other little ones is second to none. She normally goes from about 8am to 12pm, and it's delightful to walk in the room to pick her up and see her laughing and playing with other children. Nursery on the other hand, should also be called boot camp for little immune systems, but apart from the string of colds she has caught, it's been nothing but positive.
In other news, Isabelle, our darling daughter, is well...a genius. (Okay, okay - I'm not really that parent, it's just that her development never ceases to amaze me; especially comparing it to 6 months ago, 12 months ago, and realizing that she's only 19 months old now. It's pure *magic* watching your child grow and learn.) Practically every day there are new words coming out from whoknowswhere and she is speaking with more understanding of concepts, series, short phrases and occasionally using prepositions like "after" or "to", as well as conjunctions like "this, not that" etc. Clearly she has no true sense of grammar, but to see her developing language and delivery is amazing.
This week we've had numerous tea parties, dress up in her new prima ballerina costume, and lots of runny noses. We're gearing up for new baby's arrival in the beginning of April and I'm trying to do things to ensure that Isabelle has the mild end of blind-sight when baby comes home. However, I get the feeling that no matter how we dice it, it's going to be a big shock to have mommy's attention divided for the first time in her life. Considering there were times that I thought my body might mold to my Dutalier when I was nursing Isabelle in those early days, it is hard for me to imagine what it's going to be like nursing #2 with a toddler who barely lets me alone enough to prepare her dinner for her. We'll all figure it out I guess!
Her school hosted a national dress day, in which the kids dressed up in clothes representing their home country. Here are just a couple snaps of her classmates...
There was a Doha food festival at the American School last Friday, and the Green Box hosted a booth. As such, I was asked to prepare a lot of juice for our booth to hand out to the passerbys. Isabelle was a great sous chef, er juicer, helping out by handing me carrots and celery and conducting quality control. (If I were in the states, I would definitely get one of those kitchen stands for toddlers from Williams Sonoma as she LOVES helping out at eye level).
I've already mentioned that relaxing at home translates, to one little Miss Isabelle, as being cooped up. AND I've mentioned that nursery is kind enough to share every runny nose that passes it's doorway with our baby. SO, what do you do when you're home sick, unable to go anywhere? You improvise.
Unfortunately, I didn't get the camera in time to capture her dancing & twirling, or admiring herself in her bedroom mirror, but I did get the camera in time to catch the dress-up portion of the afternoon. She's a girly girl through and through!