time in the middle

i think she might be growing
david was out of town for three days, which gave me a whole day at home with the kids yesterday. even though i come home at 2:30 four days out of the week, it was nice to have the whole day. i realized after we dropped off eliot at school that i really dont get to spend much time with just the girls, they are both napping when i get home from work. after i put arlo down for her morning nap, i realized that i spend even less time with just collette. i need to change that. it was wonderful spending time with her, one on one.
i am an oldest child and have what some might say is an, ahem, strong personality. i think eliot is headed down the same path. yesterday as i chatted with collette, i started thinking about how little i really know about her personality. or i should say, that i know her in such a different way than i know eliot. of course there is no way to capture that first child mutual discovery experience with other children, and arlo still has so many baby needs that take most of my time and attention. but that doesnt mean i cant discover collette on her own terms.
fish face
she wears her heart on her sleeve, for real and to her advantage. cries at the drop of a hat, i think that has a lot to do with the advantage thing. is a total night owl. is small, but mighty. can bully eliot and drop him to the ground with a body tackle if she feels like it, but also just as gladly plays along side her big brother. has a love of all things fuzzy, because she likes to pick with one hand as she sucks the thumb of the other. is turning into a ham, and is just plain wicked cute. i love you collette, thanks for hanging out with me yesterday.



Blogger beth said...

i love how you appreciate your children. and want to discover who they are. and get excited about their differences. and treasure the times you have with them. the way you are a mother encourages me. thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings, han.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Heidijayhawk said...

the middle child...such a different one...but oh so special in their own way.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

This is very sweet, Hannah.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

my middle sister would most likely agree with all this-- the picture thing seems to be an important issue too-- taking lots of solo pics, etc.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Maluhia said...

I'm a middle child and I would like to say "thank you!".

4:44 AM  
Anonymous katherine said...

as a middle child myself,I find this post extra sweet--and I love Collette's polka dot top!

6:24 AM  
Blogger dopeattic said...

oh geez, it's hard not to be smitten! i'm the eldest, my brother ethan is the middle, he and my mother have a very special bond, i'm glad we're all her favorites, in our own unique ways. love you. :)

7:07 AM  
Blogger bugheart said...

i think middle children
can often be the most
and different
from the bunch
(i am the youngest)...
i think it's tough
to be in the middle.
. . . . .
love that last

8:14 AM  
Anonymous myra said...

So incredibly sweet Hannah! And the perfect photos for such a lovely post.

10:54 AM  
Blogger molly said...

so lovely hannah. what a wonderful perspective and adoration for your adorable collete.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Those eyes make me melt. They really do tell a story.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Ow! My heartstrings!

This is so sweet.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

Oh she will melt hearts!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous www.quiltwhileyoureahead.typepad.com said...

I have three children too and it's a real treat when I get to spend some one-to-one time with one of the older ones. They're such special people in their own right!

3:29 AM  
Anonymous julie said...

"small but mighty" perfect description. love this post hannah and collette too of course.

6:42 AM  
Blogger julieree said...

so incredibly sweet.
And yeah I agree she is wicked cute.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

beautiful photos and such truth in your words...

9:14 AM  
Blogger ke said...

collette looks so grown up in these pictures. she was just a baby. i can't wait to see the person she grows up to be!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I have three children as well: a girl sandwiched in between an older and a younger brother. They are spread quite far apart, 14 and 6 years old, and the baby is 18 months. I read your post yesterday and it really stayed with me. In my case, it is really true about the oldest and the youngest. Thanks for putting into print, thoughts I have had rattling around.

6:25 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

Seeing Collette the other night made me realize how much I miss our playdates before Vance was born. Those photos perfectly capture her. I love that girl. Glad you got some one-on-one time with that cutie-patootie.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I hear you so clearly! I must put myself in discovery mode for the middle child too.

And Collette -- you are such a sweetie! And Kate is like you: small and mighty!

12:27 PM  

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