OLIVIA LATELY

Monday, March 10, 2014
Does her own thing. She likes a little thinking time to herself (just like her mama). 
 Picks out her own clothes. The other day wanted to wear her 6-12 month old "coat" from last winter...
Hunts for rocks, like so. She's working up a collection. 
"Reads." By herself. Most often in her very first sitting spot ever, Ryan's trumpet case.
She is a mama to four dolls that she wraps in blankets, cradles, and kisses. She wipes up spills and throws everything in the trash (like keys and cards and water bottle parts). She likes my shoes, my nail polish, and my make up. She is darling.

But, truthfully, Olivia has never been harder to mother. Lately she is throwing down opinions like law, and when she can't have what she wants (scissors are dangerous, dear!), she throws down a wicked tantrum. She's been smacking down a good chunk of my offerings to love and help her - a hug, a book, some food. “Doeeee!” she’s been saying. I hear it so much all day long that today I actually tried to teach my toddler how to say no. “It’s with an N, Olivia, no. Na-na-no!” “Doeeeeee!!" 

Her sweetness prevails, though.

Lately, whenever we’re doing something face-to-face, Olivia will cup my cheeks in her tiny, pudgy hands, and stare right through me via our eyes. Her look says, “You’re so pretty, Mama…” Then she’ll touch my cheeks, as if they’re velvety and flawless. The first time her young self took two seconds to recognize me and speak to me and love me, my face in her hands, I cried (seriously, though)! I felt so loved. Then she touched those tears, stopped them from rolling, and I smiled. She smiled bigger.

Olivia lately is growing and sweet and strong and hard...but at the heart of her personality and our every day together is a tender, kind little girl. She is mine now more than ever, the little drama girl. Love her so. 

7 comments:

  1. I just got to work and was scrolling through feedly, and I thought, "I hope there's a Jeni post today!" You are the perfect sweet and wonderful person to be a mom. Honestly. I hope I'll be like you!

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    1. This made my life, because I know you don't compliment in jest. You'll surpass by lightyears, Jules. Just wait. Love you.

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  2. I stumbled upon your blog through the course of blog stalking awhile ago and thought I would finally pop in to say hi, love your sweet posts, and your little one is adorable! She is lucky to have such a loving mama :) I feel a connection to her because after I had two boys (who I love to pieces) I got my own little girl. Also an Olivia. So keep up the good work being Olivia's mom!

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    1. Oh Leilani! So glad you said something!! I feel a connection to you now - mothers to Olivias are semi-rare. Maybe two sons are in my future and then we'll be really linked :) You're wonderful. Thank you for coming by to visit - I love that you do!

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  3. This girl!! Love this.Tillie has a little reading spot that she loves too, and it cheers my heart!! Hang in there, most of the time I think I'm being too hard on Tillie and I just need to relax and embrace it like you do!

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    2. I have a real hard time imagining you being too hard on Tillie, knowing you to be the peacegiver that you are. Que sera sera - what will be will be when it comes to toddlers and developing emotions. Plus, I see sooo much of myself in her. All that drama :)

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