Bama's officially dropped her afternoon nap. Up until today, we kept our routine. I'd put Rabbit down for his nap, then she and I would read stories, have a snuggle, and I'd leave her in my room for her "rest." She would nap, but more often over the last couple of months, she'd get up and read to herself for an hour or so. Sometimes, I fell asleep during our cuddle and she would read, eventually coming over and giving me a kiss on the cheek. "Mama," she'd whisper, "It's time to get up."
But nap is gone and quiet time is here, because she still needs down-time to chill out and reflect or be still or whatever. Today we did things a little differently. She asked if she could sit at the table and play with the playdough we made yesterday. I was cleaning our disaster of a kitchen and sorting clothes. Chores. Unfun for me, background for her. She made me diamond cookies and clovers and moons and padded back and forth between her playdough world and my slog, sharing her creations.
When it was time to go outside, finally!, she decided to practice jumping from the rocks to the bricks and deck. We added chalk islands. I chose two colors and shapes for a game that she modified, but one I think we can come back to again and again and make more complicated. She could jump from blue to blue or orange to orange, or shape to shape, allowing her to zig zag across the wood and onto the bricks. She called it Run-Jump-Hopscotch, hopscotch being her new obsession even though she doesn't understand it. I'm excited to see how this will progress and how Rabbit will be able to join in.