#1- THE TRAMPOLINE... she laughs hysterically when her siblings run circles around her on the trampoline. The kids are only allowed to do little jumps, and Mia would stay there all day long if the kids would. I can hear her screaming while I'm in the kitchen. She screams when she's happy... it's more like a squeal than a scream, but it's loud and happy! She feels similarly about the swing, but the trampoline definitely is her thing right now.
#2- The "clean it cloth" drawer. My sister has always called rags "clean it cloths," and so do we. Well, little Mees knows the drawer and unloads it nonstop. If we put them back...she promptly clocks in and gets to work. Again, I think it is adorable! I am sure eventually I won't, but every little move she makes brings sunshine to my heart.
#3- Rough housing with her daddy. This is not a new love, just one that has grown in intensity. Mia has one killer belly laugh which can be heard daily when her daddy is "roughing her up." Last night, John was making Mia roll off the couch then would catch her. Eventually she would shout "go" and dive right off herself. When daddy gives the other kids a turn, Mia watches intently, then squeezes herself back into her daddies clutches.
#4-Knee Walking. The girl can walk-- she will gladly walk from JB to myself...looking a lot like Frankenstein. She refuses to walk on her own...not even one step. She goes EVERYWHERE on her knees. I don't get it.. it is a matter of a few inches and she could be bruised knee free. Mia now has some fancy pink orthoses that we think are darling, but I feel have caused her regression in walking. She is forced to stand correctly on her feet now, and she's not going for it. I really wanted her to be walking (without mommy/daddy encouragement) pre Ned, but unless she has a really successful couple of days.. it's not looking good. Personally I think she is waiting for her Nana. Nana and Mia have a special bond... it's possible she doesn't want to show off until her Nana can witness.
#5- The slide: We took the kids to the park after a little maternity photo shoot last week. I think all of the rough housing is creating somewhat of a little dare devil in Mia. The slide in our back yard is too long for her to attempt solo, but the one at this park was the perfect Mia size slide. Once she slid down, we couldn't keep her off...and we didn't want to. I love to see her progressing. As we drove away I had to hold back tears (pregnancy hormones) because John and I have never taken our three kids to the park all together before. John usually takes the kids out and I stay home with Mia. It was nice to have a normal family outing to a park... it was long over due.