Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

Life & learning from a 3 year old

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

On a personal note, life can get rather hectic as a working mother of two who is attempting to delve deeper into a photography business while maintaining meals as a family, regular bath-times, some semblance of a sense of humor, sanity and more than 5 hours of sleep a night. Admittedly I can get so caught up on all the things I need to be doing and less of what I am actually doing.

This morning I got really down on myself for missing a day of my “One a Day” photos since this is my achievable goal when the rest of my life, at times, feels like one step forward and four steps back. To make up for it, I posted two photos in one day and decided to blog. I took photos of Aya on Sunday for my one a day but there were a few that I liked. Sometimes it’s fun to just sit and watch her play, run, laugh, examine the world. It’s at these times I feel the most peaceful and I feel like I can learn a lot from her. Aya is a light in my life. Appropriately, I caught her while the sun was coming down and streaming into the walkway of our apartment building.

So here is a blog post about learning from my three year old. Mind you, this is the same day we had the following conversation:

Maaama, whats your favorite princess?

[me] I really like Princess Tiana.

[her] um. Princess Tiana is pretty as a picture. BUT Briar Rose hangs with fairies.

*duh* obviously Briar Rose must be pretty dang cool if she keeps company with three fairies… here’s some other things I learned from Aya the other day.

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Sunset: Quality Time in the Sand

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The other day we managed to catch the sunset off Pico. Aya has gotten so big. It’s hard to believe it’s already been two years since we brought home a screaming baby, who, for the life of us, we could not understand. The first night she was home she screamed. and screamed. and then screamed some more. Ironically, it was the most sleep I had gotten in four days since I had spent a extra time in the hospital for complications. After a blood transfusion I was finally able to go home where obachan, jichan and Brent swapped off trying to rock her to sleep all night and I only had to wake to feed her. 

The next morning we went to the pediatrician, perplexed by what to do with this little screaming baby. The pediatrician looked at her. weighed her. picked her up and said. oh. she’s hungry. Apparently all the blood loss I experienced was not allowing Aya to get enough to eat. The pediatrician very carefully suggested we supplement with some formula if we were okay with that. I say very carefully because parents have very strong feelings about breast feeding and formula and since this was the firs time we had met our pediatrician, I’m sure she didn’t want to offend anyone. It was a non issue for us and I was not threatened by the idea of providing our child with something to take the edge off. Aya proceeded to chug a few ounces of formula in an astonishing couple gulps. She was weighed again and had already gained a few ounces. 

I thought of this while looking at her today and being amazed at how much has changed. We couldn’t understand her then and now she’s at a stage where she is making herself very clear. “mama said no to Aya”, ” I don’t like that”, “mas agua pleeeese”, “no”, “no.”, “no!”, “NO!!!!!!”, “I wanna go see animals..giraffes, elephants”, “gorilla is eating paper. gorilla is mad”. (that last one was from our trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo last weekend where the gorilla was really eating paper and did look pretty annoyed).

Some photos from our sunset.