Celebrating you, celebrating us.
May 09, 2011

This was the third year that I celebrated Mother’s Day as a mother or a mother-to-be.  It was pretty awesome.  Flowers.  Omelets.  Mulberries.  Family pictures.  Cards.  Sweet pea seeds.  Hugs.  Gardening.  Laughter.  Phone calls from friends.  Jokes with my grandmother.  Tortillas from scratch.

And the sweetest little girl in my arms.

A few weekend memories that I do not want to forget:
    -  In the afternoon, Charlotte wanted milk.  She ran around yelping FIDE-ING! FIDE-ING! (finding, finding) until she found me reading a book on the couch.  She grabbed a waterproof blanket and laid it out, then climbed on top, leaned back and looked at me expectantly.  Um, yes, baby?, I said.  MOOK! (milk), she demanded.  I don’t think you need milk right now, I said.  She scrunched up her face.  PEAS? (please), she asked, eyes big and hopeful.  Oh okay, kiddo.  If you’re going to pull out the big guns.
    -  Grandpa found a grasshopper.  Charlotte touched it and it leapt.  She chased it, touched it again, and it flew.  She chased it back and forth across the yard with us for several minutes, until it became so exhausted that all the prodding in the world wouldn’t budge it.
    -  While Donald was pressing tortillas, my father prepared the taco fillings, including avocado.  He’s been picking handfuls of avocados every day from just the trees in his backyard as part of a weight-loss program for his dogs.  As a result, there are tons of avocados to be had around here.  Charlotte kept pointing and asking for CAVOS! CAVOS!  When we asked whose avocados they were, she said BABY’S!  Fair enough.
    -  In the morning, Donald gave me a card from Charlotte that was filled with scribbles.  Did you make this beautiful art for Momma?, I asked.  OWAGE!, she said pointing to the orange crayon marks.  YEH-WHOA!, she said pointing to the yellow.  BOO!, she said pointing to the blue.  So that’s a yes?, I said.  YEP!, she replied all shy-like.  Yep?, I said.  YEP!, she whispered.
    -  Sometimes when she hurts herself, Charlotte asks for a kiss.  I rarely, almost never, kiss where she’s hurt – this is something she’s learned from watching other children.  When she does ask for a kiss, I always tell her ‘happily’ and then I give kisses.  In the middle of the day, she touched some sort of nettle.  OWIE!, she cried as her finger swelled.  HONEY!, she demanded.  I rushed her home, slathered honey on her finger, and comforted her.  When we washed it off, she looked at it pointedly.  MAWMAW?, she asked.  Yes, darling, I responded.  AP-HEEL-ME KISH? (happily kiss), she asked.  Oh, yes, I said.  Happily.

This Mother’s Day I want to thank all of the people, some parents and others not, who challenge me to be a stronger parent.  I appreciate it.  I appreciate you.  All of you.


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  1. By on May 09, 2011

    Egads, only a toddler can wear out a grasshopper.

      Also, I had a friend who would always kiss the boo boo until her son had an accident while using the toilet. He had lifted the toilet seat to urinate and let it fall back down and hit his penis. He ran to mom asking her to kiss it. Nope, not that boo boo she said.

  2. By Sara on May 09, 2011

    Sounds like a wonderful mother’s day. I would love to have an avocado tree, I begged and begged my parents for one when I was a child, but they told me they were too messy. We would save a small fortune if we had a tree where I could just pick a few every day. :)

  3. By on May 09, 2011

    Thank YOU for being such an inspiration for the kind of mother I want to be! My son is a few months younger and I love the glimpse into the future that your writing offers, and all the ideas for how to interact with him and activities to do together. I’m so glad you had a lovely weekend and send lots of hugs from Texas!

  4. By on May 09, 2011

    I’m glad you had a wonderful mother’s day!  And it’s a good thing spring is here so Charlotte will have many more grasshoppers to chase!!! =)

  5. By Sarah Christensen on May 09, 2011

    Mitzie - I’d draw the line there too!  Poor kid, but NO WAY.

    Sara - There are tons of avocado trees around here.  The fruit isn’t very messy, but they do drop a ton of leaves.  I think the biggest problem is that rats and squirrels love avocados so if the tree is near your house, you are constantly battling a rodent infestation.  You can always plant one now - nurseries carry older trees that will produce in a year or two.  They take breaks every few years, though, so be prepared!

    Jennifer - Thank you, that’s very sweet =)  My newest idea is: chase grasshoppers.  They can’t go very far, so you can totally sit back and hang out while the kid runs back and forth screaming GAS FEW! (grasshopper flew)

    Lauren - There are tons of grasshoppers!  Can’t wait to see you tomorrow, friend =)  I might be bringing out the science geek in you; I have all sorts of awesome newness in the veggie garden that I have questions about!

  6. By Courtney on May 10, 2011

    Love that she can say “honey” perfectly ... sounds like she’ll be good summer help for us one day!  Happy Mother’s Day, Sarah.

  7. By Sarah Christensen on May 10, 2011

    Courtney - I will happily send her to have a summer bee-keeping adventure one day.  What fun!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too.  Fingers crossed for a baby soon-like!! =)

  8. By on May 10, 2011

    It has been a joyful to watching you growing into motherhood…even though we don’t know each other. :-) It takes me back in time and helps me to remember all the sweet things that happened when I was growing into it myself. Quite lovely.

  9. By on May 10, 2011

    I’ve obviously not learned how to proof-read before hitting “enter”.


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