Sunday, November 16, 2008

bubble mini in rosegarden


bubble mini in rosegarden, originally uploaded by varenia.

My Piper.

This 21-month-old amazes and exhausts me. Usually at the same time. She is into everything... really. Everything. I've raised two toddlers before her and have worked with countless children this age, and I can honestly say I've rarely seen anything like it. So inquisitive, so insistent...

Usually Apple does at least 90% of my shop's modeling, because she's three, can follow directions, and loves getting dressed up. Oh, and she loves being "paid" to model (in the currency of lollipops, that is!) Apple has modeled so much, she has the routine down: wipe her hands clean, don't mess the clothing, set up the back drop, etc. What I didn't realize is how often Piper has watched us do this, and that Piper, too, had the whole routine down.

She was so excited when I asked her to try on this new bubble dress, she immediately started banging on the cabinet where I keep my camera, and then on the back door to be let out to model. It was so cute watching her trying to set the backdrop up, and dragging the quilt we use against it... and she was actually pretty agreeable during the photoshoot, and only ran away grinning a couple of times :)...

I guess my lesson learned today was that everyone should have the right to re-invent themselves each day. Even though I try really hard to refrain from "labeling" the children with attributes and characteristics, I find myself habitually bracing for battles and confrontations with my third little one. I guess because there have been so many. Yet today she showed herself to be so kind, cooperative, and just genuinely wanting to be a "part of"...

As she grows up sooo quickly it was an affirming reminder today that I need to be growing, too.

2 comments:

giddygoat said...

Super sweet dress, but a lovely post. Thanks for the reminder to not pigeonhole my kids. :)

Heather said...

hehe, i think Piper and my audrey would be a dangerous pair. Some girls are just a force to be reckoned with--- which is why mine is headed for being an only child, lol...