...needs a dog! She has been the proud mama to a number of dogs for a while, but they've been getting non-stop attention lately. We have Ocho and Bowie (named after our friend, Kara's dogs), Rufus (recently named after the dog at playschool), and a few Riley dogs (named after Mo D's Riley). This week, after resurrecting the first ever Riley from a toy bin, she decided Ocho needed a collar, leash, and a way to pull him along. This is what we came up with:
Riley is the white dog. Ocho is riding on the newly designed-for-carrying-dogs lego platform, with a new paper collar and kitchen twine leash.
It took us a while to come up with a way to roll Ocho. When we finally made a working design with Legos, Anna wouldn't stop walking her dogs.
...loves music, singing, and dancing. My favorite part of bedtime these days are the few moments when I lay down next to her to sing a song. It used to be that we'd snuggle in the rocking chair while I sang "Sleepytime Girl" or "Bushel and a Peck," but now Anna sings to me. Most often, she sings her own made-up songs. The melody is simple and the words are few, usually including something about various animals, St. Nick, maybe something about our day, but they always ends the same. "And that's the end of the song."
...is growing up. I know. It's obvious. It just feels so real after last week when we were putting up some new paper lanterns on her ceiling and doing a little reorganization in her room. Since she was a baby, we've rocked and snuggled in my old rocking chair before bedtime. Rocking has become more and more infrequent though, especially after naps stopped. At Christmas, Anna received a bean bag that she decided to keep in her room. It's where she likes to read, and once it arrived, it's where she's preferred to read her bedtime story and eat her bedtime snack. The rocker wasn't getting much action. When I asked if she would like to move it out and put her bean back and little rocker in its place to free up room and create a little "reading corner," she was all for it. It's a fine change, I know. But, I am kinda sad that our rocking days are few (I'm not going to say over - I'm hopeful we'll steal moments occasionally in its new nursery location).