Making: the most out of no-work mornings, when I could find time to sit by our kitchen window to read, think, have coffee.
Cooking: make-believe dishes in plastic measuring cups to “feed” a toddler learning the basics of pretend play.
Drinking: Coffee, always coffee. 🙂
Reading: literacy journals to prepare for thesis writing, Ron Clark’s The Excellent 11 for work, and revisiting Fates and Furies for fun (?)
Wanting: to be home as quick and early as possible. I hate the fact that vans from my hometown have gotten scarce, and I have to resort to riding a jeepney, which lengthens travel time.
Looking: for a copy of The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori.
Playing: songs from my phone again, since I have some alone time to listen to music during the commute to and from work.
Watching: Modern Family Season 9, The Bucket List Family videos on YouTube, Barney, and all them Winnie the Pooh movies.
Wasting: time on social media when I should be occupied with more productive endeavors.
Wishing: that the coming months bring us more favors.
Enjoying: the little pockets of time I now have again for myself: early mornings when both baby and daddy are asleep, and my work commute.
Waiting: for the processing of a potentially life-changing application.
Liking: today’s outfit—crisp white button-down, jeans, and tan lace-up sandals with stacked heels courtesy of my sister.
Wondering: what’s going on in my husband’s head.
Loving: the sound of Yanni’s laughter. When I hear it I always think it should be bottled up and sold as an anti-depressant.
Hoping: that Yanni’s German measles resolve right away.
Marveling: at how Yanni can now connect prior knowledge to new information. Some anecdotes: her Chicka-Chicka ABC book has a drawing of a coconut tree, and she opens a page and then points to the coconut tree outside our window, saying “tah”; one of her current favorite songs is The Green Grass Grows All Around by Barney, and I was surprised when one night she got Is Your Mama a Llama, turned to a page with a turtle and some eggs, pointed at it, and made an egg-in-nest gesture; she loves playing with AR Animals Cards now, and she constantly picks up similar animals to show us, like the egret and flamingo, rhino and hippo, antelope and Sika deer, as if to ask to explain how they are different.
Needing: to know if this is in fact the best set-up for our family right now.
Wearing: clothes I haven’t worn in months which are starting to smell musty because of this wet, wet weather.
Noticing: how much Yanni has grown and that she’s starting to be more willful.
Knowing: that the strength of a parent’s love is constant. It brings so much comfort to know that I have my parents’ support no matter what—whether it’s money I need or extra hands to help with my child.
Thinking: about how complicated parenting is, and how my husband and I seemingly have different approaches, and how we could resolve these differences, and how it will affect our daughter as she grows up.
Feeling: uncertain, uneasy; like something is not quite right.