Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Peanut Butter, Tantrums, Elbows.

Sometimes Grace gets her own breakfast while Ruby and I are still asleep...

And her tummy is happy, and her teeth are all buttery and we have a good morning. Until it's time to clean and I have to get her to clean this off the kitchen table:

It's a village of animals with large, scary eyes. Not matter how hard I try, I can never fully understand how important this world is to Gracie. The way their bodies face, whether they are on the left or right, where they are in proximity to tiny chairs and swings, are all of great [tantrum-threatening] importance. She remembers who she has downstairs and who she has upstairs and her heart literally seizes up when anyone touches them. I keep thinking Hulk will rip right through the center of her body and attack me if I continue "helping" her clean them up. And when she starts screaming at me, I have to count backwards from ten and visualize how sad I think I'll be when she is too old to play with toys to get me through the next few minutes of pre-k meltdown episode #17. This happens almost every day. As I try to get Grace to transfer her traveling circus to the little toy table, Ruby's doing this:

She's got like one or two toys that she even cares about. And they are usually on the floor under the table. And when I ask her to move them, she picks them up and idly chucks them into the toy bin. If they fall to the bottom? Fine. She just skips off with all her little nondescript bruises riddling her knees and elbows, her two-day-old ponytail bouncing between her shoulders. Can't wait to meet my third little friend.

14 comments:

kevin said...

i remember my mom asking me how i knew so much about transformers. who can fathom the mind of a child?

Kristie said...

frustrating but priceless moments. the lense is taking some great shots (not to mention the talent that is controlling it). xx

Dee said...

It always amazes me that such different people came from my body. It is such a testament to the incredible force of personality. About ten minutes before bed gus will begin rounding up all the usual suspects a place them in his bed. On one occassion I counted ten teddies/soft dolls/soft toys/cushions. Zac's more inclined to Ruby's attitude. We'll see what Poppy's inclinations are.

LeDoux said...

is that your new lens? because it's awesome. i love the picture of Gracie's "animal village." it is just sssoooo Gracie. what would should do without her little toy world? so cute.
xoxo

eRiCa said...

loved this post. Just dealt with a meltdown over moving Ella's world of princesses when trying to clean up. UGH! Really liked the picture of the toys on the table and of course your girls. I hope you're feeling well. I adored your maternity pics with your girls.

Mailee is just like Grace. She could care less...is it a second child thing?

sharry said...

i see you're workin' the lens...and lovin' it!

nice DOF :) - i love photography lingo...the bits i understand anyway.

Celeste said...

Yummm I love peanut butter too! Your girls a re too cute... and so different... that's what makes them so fun right. Happy Mother's Day!

Lillie said...

Loving "her two day old ponytail". Sophia will get that knot in the back of her hair from sleep, and instead of brushing it out, I try and hide it in a pony... for a couple of days at times. I love little girls.

Rebecca said...

This might be some of your best writing yet. I love it Sarah--

StrykerLOVE said...

i'm beginning to understand!

Jessie said...

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Katherine said...

I love your blog. And I love you. Miss ya sarie.