Thursday, July 8, 2010


Lately, Gwen has started identifying any grouping of objects or animals as "a daddy [object], a mommy [object], and a baby [object]!". I guess it's one of those phases every kid goes through.

Lately, Gwen has pointed at illustrations in books and named them after her friends Ben and Isabelle.

Lately, summer has arrived, in a ridiculously rapid fashion. Three days ago, Gwen was wearing this fleecy jacket. Now it's hanging on the clothesline on a day where temperatures passed 20 degrees by 7am.

Lately, I've been feeling grateful for my healthy daughter as I learned that my cousin had to spend two nights in the hospital with a dangerously jaundiced newborn. (She's home now, but my heart still goes out to her - there's nothing like that new-mama fear and anxiety.)

Lately, Gwen has been showing some interesting tendencies that make me wonder if she has OCD - like insisting (in quite an emotional fashion) that people sit in the same places they sat last night, or that her books be put away in a certain order, or that her stuffed animals be right-side-up in the bed as she snuggles with them.

Lately, I've been wondering if Dora ever says anything about rainbows on her show, because Gwen has a persistent habit of flinging sand or dirt or pebbles in an arc through the air and saying "nanananana RAINBOW!" with the tonal consistency of mimicking *something*.

Lately, Gwen's been requesting "the muffin song" before she goes to sleep, and it took me several days to figure out that she was actually talking about these guys and not the baker who lives on Drury Lane.

Lately, Gwen has put together sentences I can't believe came out of a two-year-old's mouth, i.e.: "Hi, Mama, did you have a good day at work?"

Lately, I've had nothing but good days at work. I really love my job.

Lately, Chris and I have been planning a joint 35th birthday celebration with a Zombie/Survivors theme.

Lately, I am feeling full of joy and gratitude and calm content for everything I have and everything my life includes at the moment.

How've you been, lately?


Jess said...

So glad to hear you've been content :)

I don't know about Gwen, but I know that I've shown OCD tendencies like that since I was at least 4 or 5 (probably younger, that's all I can reliably remember) and I don't think I'm technically OCD (ie I don't get really uncomfortable when things are out of place, I just like them better that way).

Examples: At age 5 or 6 I had more fun planning and making lists of rides at disneyland and the PNE than actually going to the park.
I was definitely lining up stuffed animals and labeling their seats/beds etc with extreme intensity by age 4.

It may not mean OCD, but rather good concentration and an intense connection with categorization/organization and the way she orders and understands the things around her.
And it might mean she won't grow up to be like most men: "where are my keys/wallet/stored documents/head?". And that's a good thing!

Amberism said...

The order thing I am sure is developmental. I love(d) watching The Toddlers line up the matchbox cars in this perfect line. I have soooo many pictures of that, it fascinated me. Several other wee folk I know do the same thing with various items. I've heard through various "theys" that it's pretty normal at this age to want things in "order", they're sorting through thing in their brains I guess.

Amberism said...

oh, and I meant to say that lately things have been really very awesome. Thank you for asking, and for sharing!

Jess said...

Lately, I've really enjoyed reading your blog.


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